Palestinian botanist, activist and author Sumaya Farhat-Naser has the amazing ability to speak freely for a good hour, combining devastating news and personal observations and coping techniques into compelling and inspiring talks.
Once I'd learned enough German to read her excellent, very personal account, DISTELN IM WEINBERG [Thistles in the Vineyard], I desperately wanted to share it with Anglophone friends. For that I sought a publisher for my English translation of her diary. Unfortunately, my long and vigorous search for a publisher was fruitless. Only 3% of books published each year in the United States are translations (the figure is also low in the UK) – a dangerous paucity. If more people understood what Palestinians' life is like under occupation, foreign policy would be different: At the very least, there would be more empathy.
Here, with the kind permission of Lenos Verlag, I present three excerpts I consider representative of Sumaya Farhat-Naser's Disteln im Weinberg.