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Saturday March 6, 2010 9:40 AM (EST+7)
READ: Jennifer Jajeh on her one-woman show

Read more: Jennifer Jajeh, drama, theater, Palestinian identity, culture

RAMALLAH, March 5 (JMCC) - I heart Hamas and other things I'm afraid to tell you is Jennifer Jajeh's exploration of her Palestinian identity, she says in an interview with the Electronic Intifada.  The one-woman show played in New York and now in San Francisco.

JJ: I grew up with a split life, half Palestinian and half American --where the two identities were very separate -- to becoming an adult and combining the two. It wasn't until I went to Palestine that I really figured out what it meant for me to be Palestinian on a personal level and what part of that identity felt vital for me. As far as becoming radicalized, it first had to do with pure anger at what I experienced on the ground in Palestine, but now it's about challenging the status quo both externally and within the Palestinian community about what it means to be Palestinian and raising the difficult questions. It was also really important for me to claim my space as a Palestinian woman and look into what it means to be a woman in my community and what the role of women is in the struggle inside and outside that space. So, part of becoming radicalized was also about being a Palestinian woman who openly challenges my own community's ideas about women's roles, sexual mores and religious affiliations and divides. This has been really liberating.

Read the entire interview...






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