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Ibrahim Mālik

The Culture of Peace and Co-Existence – Translated by Jamal Assadi, with Assistance from Michael Hegeman and Michael Jacobs

Edited By Jamal Assadi

This selection of Ibrahim Mālik’s short stories and poetry brings together an illustrative compendium of his works, which propose a genuine portrait of the numerous predicaments, concerns, apprehensions, and coercions from which the Arab community inside Israel suffers. To a great extent, these difficulties are currently the lot of many ethnic groups and communities in the Middle East and many other parts of the world. General readers of this work will take pleasure in exploring a different culture, while specialists interested in Arabic literature will find new and bountiful grounds for academic study.
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I am coming, Aminah!

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Hajjah Aminah will not stand before the investigators’ of the Shabak (the officers of the Israeli intelligence agency). Nor will she be subject to any questioning or answering. But even if she confronted them face to face in then intensely dark room, she would not reveal any secret of those hidden thoughts she has concealed for more than fifty years. What is more, she is secretive in nature and refuses to share her secrets with others.

Out of my long and close knowledge of her, I think she will not tell them that she has only one younger brother who lives in Yarmouk, a refugee camp for Palestinians in Syria, with his distanced and exiled family. He lives at a house similar to a tent for refugees in Jalal Ka’wash Street, the martyr. His name is Amin Sasi Husain Almhannawi. Like her, he is from the demolished Palestinian village of Samach, which overlooked the southern beach of Lake Tiberias, exactly where the captive Jordan River departs from the Lake flowing southbound towards a destination Hajjah Aminah knows nothing about.

Nor do I think she will tell them that Amin was the apple of her eye and that she has sponsored him as if he were her own child or that he was her whole world. Amin is no longer a cut off branch from the tree ← 25 | 26 → of Sasi Almhannawi. Rather, his branch has become stronger and has grown green leaves. He has...

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