Let’s be honest: anyone that knows me knew this was coming sooner or later. I knew the day I started this blog that at some point I wanted to do something centred around Palestine, and I’ve been thinking a lot about it over the past few months. My blog is about books and bookish stuff, but I feel like I won’t be truly myself on here if I never talk about Palestine. Palestine is a huge part of me, and I want to share that side of me on my blog too.
I’m starting this series to help raise awareness on what is happening in Palestine, and on the suffering of the Palestinian people. Most blogposts in this series will be nonfiction book recommendations revolving around a certain topic relating to Palestine (Palestinian history, the Nakba, Gaza, West Bank, etc), but I will occasionally include blogposts on my own thoughts and opinions around a certain issue. If there is anything you would like me to address or talk about in this series, please do let me know!
Mawtini means ‘my homeland’ in Arabic, and is also the name of a popular song throughout the Middle East. In fact, Mawtini is also the national anthem of Iraq, as well as the former national anthem of Palestine! I’d been struggling to figure out what to name this series (sorry Faatima, ‘Come and PalesDine with Me’ is not going to work), when this sort of just clicked. I love singing Mawtini, and it’s perhaps one of my favourite songs/anthems ever. It’s also a perfect fit for what I have planned for this series and what I hope to accomplish! If you want to listen to one of my favourite covers, here it is.
I hope you all enjoy this series, and learn a thing or two from it! I really do want my friends and followers to know more about Palestine, and to know the truth about what is happening. For so long, the world has only ever heard the Israeli narrative – I think it’s time we started listening to the other side. I know a lot of people in the book community aren’t comfortable talking about politics, especially Middle Eastern politics, but I hope to change that. I think it’s important to get out of our comfort zones and look at what is happening in the world around us. Because this is a book blog, I will mainly focus on recommending books I think are important to read to understand what is happening in Palestine. If you want to know my thoughts on Palestine in more detail, you can always follow me on Twitter. I hope you like this series!