The Palestine Podcast #20: Ghada Karmi on ‘Return: A Palestinian Memoir’
The Palestine Podcast showcases a selection of lectures, talks and interviews featuring leading experts and social justice activists active on the Palestine-Israel issue. Brought to you by the Ireland-Palestine Solidarity Campaign.
PP#20 – Ghada Karmi on ‘Return: A Palestinian Memoir’ [2016-09-08] – (Download here)
On Thursday September 8th 2016 we spent an unforgettable evening with acclaimed Palestinian author, academic and activist Ghada Karmi as she launched her latest book, ‘Return: A Palestinian Memoir‘ (Verso, 2016).
The event was jointly hosted by the Ireland-Palestine Solidarity Campaign and Academics for Palestine, and took place in the Ballroom in Wynn’s Hotel in Dublin. Ghada Karmi was in conversation with well-known academic and journalist Harry Browne, and there was time for questions from the audience.
About the Speaker
An extraordinary memoir of exile and the impossibility of finding home, from the author of ‘In Search of Fatima‘ (Verso, 2002) and ‘Married to Another Man: Israel’s Dilemma in Palestine‘ (Pluto, 2007)
“The journey filled me with bitterness and grief. I remember looking down on a nighttime Tel Aviv from the windows of a place taking me back to London and thinking hopelessly, ‘flotsam and jetsam, that’s what we’ve become, scattered and divided. There’s no room for us or our memories here. And it won’t be reversed.’”
Having grown up in Britain following her family’s exile from Palestine, doctor, author and academic Ghada Karmi leaves her adoptive home in a quest to return to her homeland. She starts work with the Palestinian Authority and gets a firsthand understanding of its bizarre bureaucracy under Israel’s occupation.
In her quest, she takes the reader on a fascinating journey into the heart of one of the world’s most intractable conflict zones and one of the major issues of our time. Visiting places she has not seen since childhood, her unique insights reveal a militarised and barely recognisable homeland, and her home in Jerusalem, like much of the West Bank, occupied by strangers. Her encounters with politicians, fellow Palestinians, and Israeli soldiers cause her to question what role exiles like her have in the future of their country and whether return is truly possible.
Disclaimer: The views expressed in this podcast reflect the opinions of the speaker(s) only and do not reflect the views of the Ireland-Palestine Solidarity Campaign unless otherwise explicitly stated.