HBKU Press Observes United Nations International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People

HBKU Press Observes United Nations International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People

Doha, November 28, 2023 – Hamad Bin Khalifa University Press (HBKU Press) takes part in the United Nations’ International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People, an annual observance which “traditionally provides an opportunity for the international community to focus its attention on the fact that the question of Palestine remains unresolved and that the Palestinian people have yet to attain their inalienable rights as defined by the General Assembly.” This comes at a particularly significant moment in Palestinian history, as the oppressed residents of Gaza continue to defy all odds amid a rapidly deteriorating humanitarian catastrophe, experiencing unprecedented blatant infringements of their most basic human rights.

HBKU Press encourages readers to learn more about Palestine and supports the Palestinian people and their right to tell their own stories with literature that introduces poignant, thought-provoking themes. Readers are invited by HBKU Press to explore books written by Palestinian authors from around the world as they offer their unique perspectives in their own undeniable voices.

Reflecting on the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People, Bachar Chebaro, Executive Director, HBKU Press, said: “HBKU Press is an international-facing publisher that introduces unique Arab and regional voices to the world.” We are proud to showcase the many talented Palestinian authors we continue to work with as we strive to extend the reach of stories and voices from Palestine.”  

Golda Slept Here by Suad Amiry is an enchanting masterpiece that weaves together poetry, prose, monologue, and dialogue to illustrate Palestinian history, achievement, and daily life in this multifaceted literary tapestry. Golda Slept Here is a must-read for anyone interested in original Palestinian literature or cultural heritage, identity-making, and remembrance. This novel is now available to readers in  Arabic and English.


Mornings in Jenin by international bestselling author Susan Abulhawa is the critically acclaimed historical novel that tells a multigenerational story spanning over three decades of life under occupation. Mornings in Jenin is a powerful and influential novel that is sure to leave a lasting impact beyond its final pages. Also written by Abulhawa, The Blue Between Sky and Water  is a similarly powerful novel starring a female-centric cast of strong Palestinian women navigating loss, dispossession, and exile. Originally written in English, HBKU Press now brings both critical novels to readers  in Arabic.

Bitter Almonds by Lilas Taha tells the story of Omar and Nadia, young Palestinians who navigate the daily difficulties of chaos and displacement. Equal parts heartbreaking and moving, Bitter Almonds is a universal tale of love and loss, now told in both Arabic and English. From the same author comes American Book Fest’s 2019 Best Book Awards winner Lost in Thyme and its sequel Found in Thyme, a thrilling fictional story about a Palestinian-American couple as they settle into their new lives together. Forced to confront the realities of their identity, they rely on their families and each other to prevail. 

The Chronicles of Darwish Al-Yafawy: Tales from Gaza by Atef Abuseif is a collection of stories that bring to life Darwish, a refugee in Gaza who tragically becomes a widower and guardian to three children as they navigate the impossible to enjoy the simple things in life together.