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Your Call: Storytellers confront the Israeli occupation of the West Bank and Gaza

June marked the 50th anniversary of the occupation of the West Bank, the Gaza Strip, and East Jerusalem. After visiting the occupied territories, renowned novelists and essayists Michael Chabon and Ayelet Waldman marked the anniversary by inviting international writers to bear witness to the human cost of the occupation and share their experiences.

We'll speak with Ayelet Waldman and Palestinian writer Fida Jiryis about the new book Kingdom of Olives and Ash: Writers Confront the Occupation


Fida Jiryis, Palestinian writer and business consultant based in Ramallah

Ayelet Waldman, essayist and co-editor of  Kingdom of Olives and Ash: Writers Confront the Occupation

Web Resources:

Michael Chabon

Ayelet Waldman

London Review of Books: Diary by Fida Jiryis

Medium: An Open Letter to Our Fellow Jews

The Atlantic: The Shame of Shuhada Street

Literary Hub: The Tallest Man in Ramallah



Rose Aguilar has been the host of Your Call since 2006. She became a regular media roundtable guest in 2001. In 2019, the San Francisco Press Club named Your Call the best public affairs program. In 2017, The Nation named it the most valuable local radio show.