Message from the Editor

A great thank you to our sponsor the European Union and the authors at various EU institutions who garnished this issue, themed Changing the Lives of Palestinian Youth, with valuable accounts of their efforts as they work tirelessly to create spaces of change for youth within Palestinian society.

TWiP extends its sincerest gratitude to this month’s contributing authors: Tomas Niklasson, acting EU representative in Jerusalem; Alessandra Viezzer, head of cooperation at the European Union Representative Office in Jerusalem; Michael Klode, head of program at GIZ; Wissam Deeb, communications adviser at GIZ; Nathalia Feinberg, Danish Head of Mission; Pierre Cochard, Consul General of France in Jerusalem; Reem Ghattas, program manager at the Austrian Representative Office; Guillaume Robert, director of the French Institute of Jerusalem; Mona Kriegler, director of the Goethe-Institut Ramallah; the Italian Agency for Development Cooperation; Tatenda Malan, humanitarian and development practitioner and intern at Sharek Youth Forum; Enrico Barone, communication advisor; Sara Dominoni, program officer at the European Commission; Haneen Salameh and Riccardo Corradini, Erasmus students; Enas I. aL-Muthaffar, filmmaker; and Diana Buttu, lawyer and analyst.

Within the pages of our In the Limelight section, you will be introduced to our Personality of the Month Estephan Salameh, learn about our Book of the Month, Praise for the Women of the Family by Mahmoud Shukair, and be surprised by the unique sound of the Palestinian-Italian band Al Raseef. Our Exhibition of the Month, Take My Hand… O, Impossible, currently on display at Zawyeh Gallery, presents a variety of up-and-coming Palestinian artists, while Bassam Almohor takes you around the beautiful village of Deir Istya, and Fadi Kattan’s creativity once again graces our pages with a delicious recipe for za’atar bread.

This issue also features a tribute to the late Palestinian artist and intellectual, Kamal Boullata, who left us too soon, but not without an everlasting impact. Academics, writers, journalists, and politicians recount Boullata’s life and momentous contributions to the fields of art, critique, and literature. Boullata, an icon of Palestinian artistry, gone but never forgotten.