DETERMINED TO STAY:
Palestinian Youth Fight for Their Village
by Jody Sokolower; foreword by Nick Estes
AVAILABLE in May 2021, we are taking orders and will ship when available. Proceeds from the sale of this book will benefit MECA's Teach Palestine Project. (Teachpalestine.org)
Silwan is a Palestinian village located just outside the ancient walls of the Old City of Jerusalem. Determined to Stay is a moving story of a village and its people.
As Silwani youth and community members share their lives with us, their village becomes an easily accessible way to understand Palestinian history and current reality. Written with young people in mind, the richly illustrated text stresses connections between the lives of youth in the US and Palestine: criminalization of youth, forced relocation, the impact of colonialism on Indigenous communities, efforts to bury history, and inspiring examples of resistance and resilience.
Jody Sokolower is co-coordinator of the Teach Palestine Project at the Middle East Children’s Alliance. Formerly managing editor of Rethinking Schools, Jody is a teacher educator who has taught middle and high school social studies and English. She was lead editor of Rethinking Sexism, Gender and Sexuality and editor of Teaching about the Wars in the Middle East.
Nick Estes is co-founder of Red Nation and author of Our History is the Future: Standing Rock Versus the Dakota Access Pipeline,and the Long Tradition of Indigenous Resistance.
“What is life like for you?" Jody Sokolower asks the children and young people of the Palestinian village
of Silwan. Her extraordinary book tells their stories... And she brings the stories home, documenting the
parallel histories in which Israeli efforts to destroy Palestinian lives and seize their land are met with the
same generations of resistance as US efforts to eliminate the Indigenous people of this land.”
—Phyllis Bennis, author of Understanding the Palestinian-Israeli Conflict
Publisher: Interlink, co-published with Middle East Children's Alliance
Paperback, 208 pages, 6" X 9"