Launch of Kingdom of Olives and Ash

In June 2017 NIF Australia launched "Kingdom of Olives and Ash", a collection of essays exploring the 50th anniversary of Israel’s occupation of the West Bank. Journalist Debbie Whitmont joined contributors the Pulitzer Prize winning author Geraldine Brooks and Israeli prize-winning author Assaf Gavron, as well as Breaking the Silence executive director Avner Gvaryahu at our events.

To create the book, co-editors Ayelet Waldman and Michael Chabon teamed up with Breaking the Silence – an Israeli NGO which uses the testimonies of Israel Defence Force soldiers to highlight what is being done in Israel’s name in the Occupied Palestinian territories.

A series of eminent Jewish, Israeli, Palestinian and international authors – including Colum McCann, Jacqueline Woodson, Colm Toibin, Geraldine Brooks and Mario Vargas Llosa – all contributed chapters.