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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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The Tragedy

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(Inspired from a folk story)

My friend’s story astonished me. We, then, were young. We lost the days of our parents and with them, we lost everything. My friend told me, one day, “Let’s eat figs from Jbail Kwaykat,” his demolished village, the road to which was not surrounded by wires. They destroyed most of its houses and inhabited the rest. In the beginning, they did not pluck out the fig and olive trees. He said that they used to have tasty fig trees. I was tempted by his offer, especially because I was a bit hungry that day. So, I accepted the invitation. He convinced me after removing all reasons for hesitation. “These are our fig trees. See the fruits are rotten on the branches. Why should we be deprived of them?”

Therefore, we went to eat figs from an orchard that our friend’s family used to have, but we were surprised by a sound that startled and frightened me.

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