Sixteen Minutes to Palestine (SMP) is a personal blog featuring original insights and analyses relating to the Palestinian struggle wherever and however it may occur. Although the blog regularly examines the sociopolitical, cultural, and humanitarian impact of the occupation, Sixteen Minutes to Palestine‘s primary purpose is to humanize the struggle by going beyond figures and statistics and attaching it to faces, stories, identities, and visual evidences.
The name Sixteen Minutes to Palestine refers to the time it took David Ben-Gurion to read the Establishment of the State of Israel on May 14, 1948, thereby institutionalizing the subjugation and mass displacement of the Palestinian people. The situation hasn’t changed since those sixteen minutes.
About the author
Sami Kishawi is a student at the University of Chicago. He is an active member of various local and national grassroots movements dedicated to preserving the rights of the Palestinian people. He is currently applying to medical school and hopes to one day find the intersect between medicine and politics in Gaza City, his family’s hometown. He founded Sixteen Minutes to Palestine in April 2010. In 2011, American Friends Service Committee awarded Sami with the organization’s annual Inspiration for Hope Award, crediting his work through the blog.
Sami’s writing and photography has been featured on The Electronic Intifada, Mondoweiss, KABOBfest, The Washington Report on Middle East Affairs, Islamic Horizons, and a small collection of related news outlets. The blog has also been hyperlinked in news reports by the Huffington Post and CBS Chicago.
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