With one WANN cohort graduated and the new cohort in orientation and training, only two new pieces were produced and posted this month. Expect a bumper crop in August and September!
July 26, 2022 | WANN outreach officer Walaa Sabah describes the emotional pulse in Palestine months after the killing of Shireen Abu Akleh.
July 29, 2022 | Shahd Safi shares her imaginary poem on the impact of destructive relationships on people.
WANN helps build up our writers, through writing of course, but also through educational, civic, and cultural sessions.
How to Make Short Films with Ahmad Hamad
July 3, 2022 | In his second session with We Are Not Numbers, Ahmad Hamad, a Palestinian interdisciplinary artist from the Gaza Strip, delivered a lecture on the technical aspects of making videos to share via social media. WANN writers were later divided into groups and then produced five short films on different topics related to the Gaza Strip. One of the films that was produced by our WANNers, for example, featured knafeh, a traditional Palestinian dessert. More of these videos will be available shortly through WANN media channels.
Palestinian Activism in the USA with Zarifah Baroud
July 5, 2022 | Zarifa Baroud, a PhD student in Palestinian studies, discussed with our writers America’s historical support for Israel and the growing level of Palestine solidarity in the U.S., especially among young people.
Citizen Journalism with Ahmed Alnaouq
July 6, 2022 | Ahmed Alnaouq, a member of the We Are Not Numbers steering committee, defined “citizen journalism” and highlighted the role of Palestinian non-journalist citizens in delivering the Palestinian narrative to the world.
Palestinian presence in the media with Philip Weiss
July 7, 2022| Philip Weiss, founder and co-editor of Mondoweiss, a U.S. website devoted to informing readers about developments in Israel/Palestine and related US foreign policy, talked about the visibility of Palestine and Palestinians in U.S. media. He also described the types of stories that could attract the attention of people outside Palestine.
Perspective/Point of View with Jen Marlow and Kate Schwartz
July 13, 2022 | Jen Marlow, an award-winning author, filmmaker, playwright, and human rights activist, and Kate Schwartz, public engagement manager at Just Vision, a nonprofit media organization, spoke about the narrator’s position in relation to a story being told and the importance of choosing the appropriate POV (first-, second- or third-person/I, you, we, he, she, they) for a given piece of creative work.
Editing with Jen Marlow and Kate Schwartz
July 14, 2022 | In their ongoing Show Don’t Tell series, Jen Marlow and Kate Schwartz discussed various strategies for reviewing, correcting, and polishing articles.
BDS with Haidar Eid
July 17, 2022 | Haidar Eid, PhD, associate professor of postcolonial and postmodern literature at Al-Aqsa University, explained the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions campaign championed by Palestinian civil society to advocate for freedom, justice, and equality. He explained the role of mass mobilization in making change within societies.
Semitism, What it is and its history with Alice Rothchild
July 20, 2022 | Alice Rothchild, M.D., an American obstetrician, filmmaker, and social justice activist, explained the term “semitism” and its meaning and origin. She clarified the difference between semitism and Zionism, and she talked about how accusations of antisemitism have been leveled to stifle fair discussion of Israel’s conduct.
Who wrote this?
This activities report was prepared by Walaa Sabah, the community outreach and partnership officer at We Are Not Numbers. Walaa joined WANN at the beginning of 2022. She has traveled to more than 10 countries, volunteered in Africa, studied in Europe, and taught children from East Asia. You can read her stories here.