“Gaza Writes Back has been praised by numerous writers including Susan Abulhawa, Victoria Brittain and Jean Said Makdisi. The book debuts as discussions rage in academic circles in the United States about calls from Palestinian grassroots organisations for American universities to sever institutional ties with universities in Israel. Those calling for the boycott cite the tight restrictions Israel has placed for decades on the academic freedom of the 4.2 million residents of the West Bank and Gaza.
In his introduction, Alareer said, “Some readers may say death and dying permeate these stories. But what else do we expect from a generation that spent a considerable part of its life looking death in the eye? Due to the occupation, death has become a daily encounter for most Palestinians. Still, beneath this layer lies an insistence on life and a determination to live. Between the lines of these stories is a desire for survival. The very act of writing tells of the hope of a better life the writers have.””