Gaza on My Mind: Conversations With my Brother-in-law and Other Gazans

Gaza on My Mind: Conversations With my Brother-in-law and Other Gazans
Publisher: Green Publications
Published Date: February 2020
ISBN-13: 9798616347022

Gaza On My Mind is a personal, often very funny, and sometimes shocking account of life in Gaza as a child under occupation, as an aspiring entrepreneur during the First Intifada, and then as a member of Yasser Arafat’s new Palestinian Authority administration in the Ministry of Culture.
It is also a book about exile. When Aser (the author’s brother-in-law) moved to London in 1998 the Yasser Arafat International Airport in Gaza was nearing completion.

Bill Clinton was the guest of honour for the grand opening that December. But it took nearly ten years for Aser to get back to Gaza, and it wasn’t on a direct flight to Gaza’s own international airport, but by the usual nightmare route via Cairo, a taxi across the Sinai Desert, and then a long wait at the Rafah border crossing. By that time the airport and the peace process were both in ruins, and the border guards belonged to the new Hamas authority.

Phil Collins probably didn’t have exiled Palestinians in mind when he wrote his hit song If Leaving Me Is Easy (Coming Back Is Harder), but that’s how it has been for Gazans, like Aser, who have left. But for those that remain, nothing has been easy, least of all leaving. Gaza On My Mind also includes conversations with members of Aser’s family in Gaza, who are still there living under what they call ‘the siege’, and readying themselves for whatever other injustice might come their way as the Americans prepare to relaunch the peace process with their ‘Deal of the Century’.

Winners of the Palestine Book Awards

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  • I Sing From the Window of Exile
  • Imagining Palestine: Cultures of Exile and National Identity
  • Transnational Palestine: Migration and the Right of Return before 1948
  • Among the Almond Trees: A Palestinian Memoir
  • Things You May Find Hidden in My Ear: Poems from Gaza
  • Tolerance Is a Wasteland: Palestine and the Culture of Denial
  • Reclaiming Humanity in Palestinian Hunger Strikes : Revolutionary Subjectivity and Decolonizing the Body
  • Psychoanalysis under occupation: practicing resistance in Palestine
  • Power born of dreams: my story is palestine
  • Al-Haq: A Global History of the First Palestinian Human Rights Organization
  • Sambac Beneath Unlikely Skies
  • Places of Mind: A life of Edward Said
  • Except for Palestine: The limits of progressive politics
  • A history of Palestinian Islamic Jihad: Faith, awareness, and revolution in the middle east
  • Wondrous Journeys in Strange Lands
  • Against the Loveless World
  • The Hundred Years' War on Palestine: A History of Settler Colonialism and Resistance, 1917–2017
  • Life in a Country Album
  •  There Where You Are Not