Mirror

By Mahmoud, Palestine It was the end of January 2018, the time of year that people in the Middle East expect snow. Alone in my studio apartment in Bethlehem, I remembered images of family gatherings, wearing our warmest clothes, enjoying creatively prepared sweet warm dishes, gathering around a wood stove. We took the warmth from … Continue reading Mirror

A Secret History

By Lior Vered, Israel. My grandfather died a few days after I was born. He was in the hospital for a minor illness and was supposed to be released in a few days. The doctors said it would be ill-advised to bring a newborn to the disease-filled hospital. So, I have never met my grandfather, … Continue reading A Secret History

I am Here for my Daughter – equality in inheritance for Tunisian women

By Oumeima, Tunisia. The issue of women’s rights has always been central to the legal discussion in Tunisia, hence, consistent reforms to family law have been carried out since the 1950s. Guaranteeing basic human rights in family laws means ensuring the protection of women’s rights and by large good family practices. Although since its independence … Continue reading I am Here for my Daughter – equality in inheritance for Tunisian women

Far Away From the Square

by Fatima, Egypt. I tell this story from the blurry memories of my younger self. I do remember that it was a time when the whole world seemed to stand still. Tomorrow was so unpredictable then. Yet somehow, and despite everything, it looked much brighter than before. What seemed like just another mundane Tuesday coinciding … Continue reading Far Away From the Square

A Palestinian refugee, between the hammer of pain and the anvil of hope Chapter I/VI, My Family: The pain just started

By Osama. A   Chapter 1, My Family: The pain just started   1948. This is the year when my family was first displaced from our homeland in Beer Sheva. It happened during the war, our house and farm were looted in cold blood. My grandfather passed away 10 years ago. He always told me … Continue reading A Palestinian refugee, between the hammer of pain and the anvil of hope Chapter I/VI, My Family: The pain just started

Do You Know What?

By Dean, Israel It’s late at night and I had been up since 5 am. We’re somewhere in Jordan, a horizon of sand hidden in the darkness. Someone had mentioned sitting outside by the firepit. Strangers, mostly. I’m not sure where the firepit is. I’m not sure anyone is going to want to talk with … Continue reading Do You Know What?

‘Gender Colors’

By Aseel, Palestine Pink is the color for girls and blue for boys. Dolls for girls, cars for boys. They say that boys prefer cars and the color blue and that girls prefer dolls and pink but they are rather taught from a young age that they should prefer it that way. Little girls and … Continue reading ‘Gender Colors’