AFSC is sponsoring a west coast book tour for Yousef Aljamal and Light in Gaza: Writings Born of Fire and there are two Portland events in the schedule!  Portland Jewish Voice for Peace is a co-sponsor of these events along with Quaker Palestine Israel Network (Multnomah) and PSU-SUPER (Students United for Palestinan Equal Rights),

Yousef Aljamal will speak at PSU on Sunday, October 1, at 2 pm on the topic of “Gaza’s Role in the Palestinian National Movement.”  Aljamal is a Gazan writer and a contributor to the book Light in Gaza which is a collection of sixteen essays and poems by twelve Palestinian writers. The PSU event is in Room 101 of the Smith Memorial Union (1825 SW Broadway) Portland, OR 97201

On Saturday (9/30) evening at 7 pm, Aljamal will do a reading from Light in Gaza and share his work at CSPPCenter for Study & Preservation of Palestine (2941 NE Martin Luther King Jr Blvd., Portland).  CSPP is a “a local event space, gallery and grocery store that supports Palestinian artists and activists.”  

Yousef M. Aljamal is a Palestinian refugee from Al-Nusierat refugee camp in the Gaza. He obtained a MA degree from the Department of International and Strategic Studies Department at the University of Malaya and a PhD at the Middle East Institute at Sakarya University in Turkey. Yousef Aljamal, besides his research interests in diaspora, security, and indigenous studies, has contributed to a number of books which highlight the Palestinian narrative. He translated two books on Palestinian prisoners entitled The Prisoners & #39 Diaries: Palestinian Voices from the Israeli Gulag (2013), and Dreaming of Freedom: Palestinian Child Prisoners Speak (2016). He also co-edited the book, A Shared Struggle: Stories of Palestinian and Irish Hunger Strikers (2021). 

Over the years, Aljamal has spoken at various forums and platforms to highlight the plight of Palestinians living under Israeli military occupation and apartheid.