• Lovesong

    Afaf Zurayk

    An exquisite celebration of one of the deepest and strongest of human emotions.

  • Threads of Identity

    Widad Kamel Kawar

    A record of 50 years Kawar spent researching, collecting and preserving part of the Palestinian heritage.

  • Nostos

    Maath al-Alousi

    Despite the layer of a sweet sadness that is suspended over it, the city does not sleep at night...

  • Palestinian Embroidery Motifs

    Margarita Skinner

    The tradition of embroidery is one of the great art forms of village life in Palestine.

  • Rue du Mexique

    Suhail Bulos

    From tales of surreptitious teenage romances in Jerusalem, to day-long curfews during the Lebanese civil war and a renegade rooster in Beirut.

  • To Palestine with Love

    Najwa Kawar Farah

    Najwa Kawar Farah relates emotions of love and longing in this moving collection of poetry and paintings.

  • Jerusalemites

    Dr Hazem Zaki Nusseibeh

    As a senior politician and diplomat, the lure of Jerusalem, the city of his birth, remained strong.

  • Vanished

    Ahmed Masoud

    A fictional story set against the political unrest in Palestine, following a young boy trying to find his father.

  • Glafkos Clerides

    Niyazi Kizilyurek

    An intellectual journey in the modern political history of Cyprus.


News & Events

Rimal Publications news, book launches and special events. Read about our latest updates and browse through our events calendar.

October 17, 2010

Rimal publishes Gaza Monologues in English, Arabic and French

The Israeli attack on the Gaza Strip in December 2008 - January 2009 was extremely violent and led in 22 days to the death of at least 1380 Palestinians, amongst which 431 were children. At least 5380 were wounded including 1872 children. An estimated number of 100, 000 people were newly displaced. Houses, schools, hospitals, places of worship and cultural centers were destroyed.


A year later, the blockade of Gaza remains and its separation from the West Bank has deepened since the West Bankers were completely impotent to stop the massacre or help their Gazan fellow Palestinians. The media were counting the casualties. The whole world was watching.


Did anybody hear?

In 2009, ASHTAR Theatre, through its Gaza trainer Ali Abu Yassine, started training youth in Gaza again with the support of UNICEF. In 2010, we started training a new group aged 14 to 18 using drama therapy and creative writing.


The first three months of work focused on the wounds of the Gaza attack of December 2008-January 2009, the youth's individual experiences, their dreams , fears and hopes... This work led to the birth of The Gaza Mono-Logues.


ASHTAR Theatre is mobilising its long-built global artistic network to produce recitals of The Gaza Mono-Logues with youth groups in 30 world cities, in as many languages, all opening on the same day:the 17th of October 2010.


October 17th:
Gaza will be the starting point; at ten in the morning the initial group will inaugurate the event by reciting their monologues on the sea shore and sending them out as paper boats to the world through the sea. The event will be covered by local and international media. Each country will then start their own recitals, following international time zones until returning to Palestine where most Palestinian city will have its own event. After this grand opening, the partners will continue performing the monologues as they wish.


ASHTAR Theatre will encourage them and newcomers to program The Gaza Mono-Logues in world theatres and distribute the texts in a pocket book. ASHTAR will document the whole initiative in video and in an art book.


11/29/2011, Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian people:

In November, each partnering country will send one young actor to meet us in New York where we will put up a recital in all languages to be performed to the UNITED NATIONS, after its annual meeting on The Question of Palestine.


ASHTAR is endeavoring for the group of Gazans to be permitted to leave Gaza, despite the blockade, and travel to the UNESCO headquarters in Paris and the EU parliament in Bruxelles beginning 2011


ASHTAR Theatre is a Palestinian NGO established in Jerusalem in 1991. ASHTAR aims for theatre to be a tool for change, to serve cultural and social development and to promote and deepen the creativity of Palestinian youth.


A performance by 30 international youth in different languages will be staged at the United Nations Headquarters, New York for the UN International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People- November 29th 2010
12:30 am at the Conference Hall
06:00 pm in the Public Lobby with the UNRWA exhibition


- Rimal Publications is publishing the monologues in paperback version in three languages: Arabic,
English and French.


- ASHTAR Theatre will publish a hard-cover coloured book retracing the global journey of The Gaza Mono-Logues.


- Two documentary films are in progress, one on the young authors of The Gaza Mono-Logues by Khalil Muzaien and the other on the global production, by Deep Dish TV - USA.

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