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Palestinian author Adania Shibli strikes balance between politics, self

Josa Lukman
Josa Lukman

The Jakarta Post

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Jakarta  /  Sun, August 25, 2019  /  06:15 pm
Palestinian author Adania Shibli strikes balance between politics, self

Adania Shibli (JP/Anggie Angela)

Silence, or a lack of words, can be thought of as antithetical to literature. When silence reigns and nothing is said, how will we get our points across? When Palestinian writer Adania Shibli talked about silence on the main stage of the Jakarta International Literary Festival (JILF), it came as quite the surprise. However, silence is oftentimes a form of refuge for people in Palestine. In an increasingly hostile world, every minute detail can and will be politicized, in one way or another.  For Palestinians, this effect is amplified. Shibli said in her keynote speech titled “I Am Not to Speak My Language” that speaking Arabic was far too often avoided when in the presence of Hebrew speakers. Speaking to The Jakarta Post on the sidelines of JILF, Shibli said that life in Palestine was “a constant challenge” at every level, even with the simpl...