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Student Launches Novel on Ramallah Changed after Oslo

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Third-year Birzeit University Arabic student Mohammad Ja’biti published on April 9, 2016 his first novel, “Al Mahzla: Ramallah Western Faces,” which was launched on campus.

The novel tackles the transformations that occurred in Ramallah after the signing of the Oslo agreement in 1993. He examines socio-political challenges and issues that are happening in Ramallah in a creative work.

“Without the support of my teachers, family and friends I would never have finished the novel,” Ja’biti said. “This is my first novel and definitely not the last!”

“Once I finished writing, I looked into getting the novel published,” he recalls, “and was eventually picked up by a local publisher. Now, I am looking forward to my next book.”

Ja’biti received positive reviews from readers and prominent authors like Ibrahim Nasrallah, a Palestinian poet and novelist.