Saturday, Jan, 18th, “Gaza Writes Back” was officially launched in Malaysia. Refaat Alareer, Editor, and Yousef Aljamal were present. They both spoke about the book and their experience writing under occupation and followed that with readings from “Gaza Writes Back”.
Alareer spoke about the war and how it was “mainly intended to kill the hope in us, to smother the dreams we have, the dreams of peace and of freedom,” adding that “Gaza Writes Back” is “about life in the face of death, hope in the face of despair and selflessness in the face of horrible selfishness.”
Aljamal talked about the story of his eldest brother, Omar, who was shot by an Israeli soldiers and said, “This is a story among many other stories, the story of every single family in Palestine. It tries to convey the legacy of more than nine decades of colonization and occupation to the readers in a fictional way they can relate to.”