gaza’s first english library to open window to world
Last Updated : GMT 07:25:12
Arab Today, arab today
Arab Today, arab today
Last Updated : GMT 07:25:12
Arab Today, arab today

Gaza’s first English library to open window to world

Arab Today, arab today

Arab Today, arab today Gaza’s first English library to open window to world

Mossab Abu Toha and his friend Shadi Salem
Gaza City - Arab Today

Mossab Abu Toha has never actually left Gaza, instead devouring books as an escape. Now he is struggling to open the first English-language library in the beleaguered Palestinian territory.
“Send us books in English, new or used,” says the 24-year-old reading enthusiast on his Facebook page.
Abu Toha, like so many Gazans effectively trapped in the Palestinian enclave by Israeli and Egyptian restrictions, dreams of traveling.
“Freedom begins when one frees one’s mind,” said the young graduate in English literature from the Islamic University of Gaza, who shares his passion by teaching Shakespeare at a UN school.
“I have read dozens of books in English, and with them I can travel to every country in the world and through all periods. I feel like I am in another world.”
In a territory where even the delivery of basic necessities is anything but simple, literature is also a victim of politics.
“There are few books in English,” Abu Toha said, and they “arrive well after their publication because of the blockade.”
Even the idea of falling back on electronic versions is problematic.
“The electricity cuts all the time,” said Shadi Salem, who is helping Abu Toha set up the project.
Since the July launch of their “Library & Bookshop for Gaza” page, which has nearly 2,500 followers, the two friends say they have collected more than 200 books, including from American and European donors, as well as $2,000 (1,890 euros).
But delivery has again been an issue, with Israel blocking the arrival of parcels into the Gaza Strip.
The transfer was restored in December, with Abu Toha announcing joyfully on Facebook: “You can now send your books.”
For the time being, the 200 books received and his personal library — about 400 — stand on shelves in the family home in Beit Lahia in northern Gaza.
The goal is a thousand more books.
Of all his books he highlighted three from American philosopher Noam Chomsky, who sent them to him personally.
There are 18 libraries in Gaza, with the vast majority of books Arabic.

Source: Arab News

   

 

arabstoday
arabstoday

Name *

E-mail *

Comment Title*

Comment *

: Characters Left

Mandatory *

Terms of use

Publishing Terms: Not to offend the author, or to persons or sanctities or attacking religions or divine self. And stay away from sectarian and racial incitement and insults.

I agree with the Terms of Use

Security Code*

gaza’s first english library to open window to world gaza’s first english library to open window to world

 



Name *

E-mail *

Comment Title*

Comment *

: Characters Left

Mandatory *

Terms of use

Publishing Terms: Not to offend the author, or to persons or sanctities or attacking religions or divine self. And stay away from sectarian and racial incitement and insults.

I agree with the Terms of Use

Security Code*

gaza’s first english library to open window to world gaza’s first english library to open window to world

 



Arab Today, arab today Modern colorful bedroom renovation

GMT 11:23 2017 Thursday ,21 December

Modern colorful bedroom renovation

GMT 09:32 2018 Wednesday ,12 December

Huawei CFO gets bail; China detains ex-Canadian diplomat

GMT 10:08 2017 Saturday ,16 September

Kazem reveals his granddaughter’s gift

GMT 14:19 2018 Sunday ,18 November

Meet Michelle Obama’s stylist Meredith Koop

GMT 10:52 2015 Wednesday ,25 March

Sheikha Manal to host Art Exhibition

GMT 09:00 2018 Wednesday ,12 December

May tours Europe in desperate bid to save Brexit deal

GMT 07:36 2017 Sunday ,24 December

Yasser Arafat was poisoned to death

GMT 11:15 2017 Friday ,24 February

Wonderland fashion editor Toni-Blaze signs

GMT 18:15 2016 Wednesday ,24 August

200 Bangladeshis fall sick after ammonia leak

GMT 14:22 2016 Wednesday ,14 December

Mercedes-Benz unveils new fragrances

GMT 06:26 2012 Thursday ,06 September

Al-Beidh returns from exile
Arab Today, arab today
 
 Arab Today Facebook,arab today facebook  Arab Today Twitter,arab today twitter Arab Today Rss,arab today rss  Arab Today Youtube,arab today youtube  Arab Today Youtube,arab today youtube
arabstoday arabstoday arabstoday arabstoday
arabstoday arabstoday arabstoday
arabstoday
بناية النخيل - رأس النبع _ خلف السفارة الفرنسية _بيروت - لبنان
arabstoday, Arabstoday, Arabstoday