Author Fida Jiryis: the challenge of return to Palestine

Fida Jiryis, author and advocate for Palestinians’ right to freedom, dignity and the internationally recognized right of return to their homeland, tells the story of her return to Palestine in 1995. Her book, Stranger in My Own Land, fuses the story of her father’s multigenerational family with the history of Palestinians from 1948 to the present.  Sabri Jiryis, Fida’s father, rose to political prominence in the PLO following the 1966 publication of his classic book on Palestinian resistance.  Fida describes how she came to use her voice and her pen to tell the Palestinian story, following in her father’s footsteps 40 years later.

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