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Upcoming book launch to highlight Israel-Palestine

14 May 2018

Tensions are mounting in the Middle East, with the US making the inflammatory move of relocating its Israel embassy to Jerusalem. At the same time, live ammunition is being fired by the Israeli army on unarmed demonstrators in Gaza.

Graffiti on the separation wall in Bethlehem

Graffiti on the separation wall in Bethlehem. The wall cuts through the West Bank, cutting off many Palestinians from their families and their land. Photo : Eoghan Rice.

Donald Trump’s decision to name Jerusalem as Israel’s capital city is worrying for anybody who wants to see a negotiated peace between Israel and Palestine based on mutual respect, dignity and equality.

If you are interested in learning more about the situation in the region, Trócaire will be hosting the launch of the incredible new book ‘Kingdom of Olives and Ash’ which details the impact of Israel’s occupation of the West Bank. 

Yehuda Shaul of Israeli NGO Breaking the Silence will be joined by acclaimed author Eimear McBride to launch Kingdom of Olives and Ash. 

This is a unique opportunity to hear first-hand testimony from the West Bank from one of Ireland’s leading authors and a leading Israeli human rights activist.  

The book is a powerful and moving collection of writing by twenty-six international writers. Each writer visited the West Bank to meet Palestinian communities living a daily reality of occupation.

The event will take place in Dublin’s Smock Alley Theatre on Sunday May 27th (2-3.30pm). Trócaire is delighted to host the launch in association with the International Literature Festival Dublin

Author Eimear MacBride and Israeli activist Yehuda Shaul

Israeli human rights activist, Yehuda Shaul, and Irish author Eimear MacBride.

Kingdom of Olives and Ash includes contributions from several of today’s most esteemed storytellers including: Colum McCann, Jacqueline Woodson, Colm Toibin, Geraldine Brooks, Dave Eggers, Eimear McBride and Mario Vargas Llosa.

Eimear will give her account of what she saw in the West Bank, while Yehuda will speak about his life as a soldier-turned-activist who now campaigns in defence of the Palestinian communities he once policed.

Tickets are available for €12, please book online at International Literature Festival Dublin website.

 

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