Poem: Legitimate Grievances

I am pleased to share this poem published on Glass: A Journal of Poetry in their series, Poets Resist. This is a reflection on the banning of protests in the Olympics 2020 under the guise that sports are “neutral.” But have sports ever been neutral? A thank you to the guest editor, Christine Taylor, for handling this piece with care! For M, and after Muhammad Ali Link: http://www.glass-poetry.com/poets-resist/afaneh-legitimate.htmlContinue reading Poem: Legitimate Grievances

Military Occupations and Baton Rouge: Poetry

I wrote this poem “Military Occupations and Baton Rouge” as a reflection on two conversations: one in summer 2018 in a cafe in Ramallah with some friends and one in summer 2019 in my office. Both were sparked by a conversation surrounding Jerusalem. In that cafe in the summer 2018, my Palestinian friends and I spoke about what it would feel like if there were … Continue reading Military Occupations and Baton Rouge: Poetry

The night the elections rob Palestinians is afternoon in America: Poem

I am thrilled to be a part of the platform, Poets Reading the News, this week!   Check out all the incredible poetry on their platform. Here’s a link to my poem on Bibi, Israel and what is Palestine in the midst of all this: http://www.poetsreadingthenews.com/2019/09/afaneh-election/ Continue reading The night the elections rob Palestinians is afternoon in America: Poem

The Real-life Captain Mageds: Stories of Neighborhood Soccer Teams and The Occupation

There is an image that has been haunting me for years. On first glance, there is nothing haunting about it, but if you know what I know, there’s a grave reality behind it. For now, this piece, which finally found a home on Sinking City, will be the last piece on the segment of “The Two Sides of Qalandia Checkpoint.” I hope to revisit this … Continue reading The Real-life Captain Mageds: Stories of Neighborhood Soccer Teams and The Occupation

Science, Solutions, and Gaza

A few months ago, I presented on the promotion of hydroponics as a sustainable solution  for Gaza. I found myself constantly thinking, how sustainable is this? Then, a medical student asked. My latest piece on the Fair Observer. Solutions to the Humanitarian Crisis in Gaza Can Only Succeed if Occupation Ends Continue reading Science, Solutions, and Gaza

On Ndaba Mandela’s “Going to the Mountain: Life Lessons from My Grandfather Nelson Mandela”: Reflections from Palestine

A few weeks ago, I came across Ndaba Mandela’s book Going to the Mountain: Life Lessons from My Grandfather Nelson Mandela in the library’s “Popular Non-fiction” section. I checked out the book and started reading, only putting it down when I had to get to something else. I won’t give a synopsis of the book here, but I wanted to write about four instances to which I, … Continue reading On Ndaba Mandela’s “Going to the Mountain: Life Lessons from My Grandfather Nelson Mandela”: Reflections from Palestine