For Palestinian Prisoners, A Book Is A New World

Abby Zimet

In conjunction with an art show in Jerusalem about the books that lived with Palestinian prisoners behind the bars of Israeli prisons, a moving account of prison as university - how books helped educate and transform generations of Palestinian detainees, from the days when books were banned and one prisoner would narrate one chapter a day of “Les Miserables” to "active and living workshops" on historical and political texts.

"Those who are deprived of bread dream of bread, and those who are deprived of freedom seek freedom. The Palestinian prisoner resorted to books in order to dream and free themselves through words as well as to escape to an alternative to their lived reality." - former political prisoner Khalil Ashour.

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