Silwan is a Palestinian village just outside the ancient walls of Jerusalem’s Old City. “Determined to Stay” is the moving story of its people in the face of occupation. As Silwani youth and community members share their lives with us, their village becomes a doorway to Palestinian history and current reality. Written with young people in mind, “Determined to Stay” draws deep connections between the lives of youth in the US and Palestine—from criminalization, forced relocation and buried histories to hip-hop as resistance.

Author Jody Sokolower reads from “Determined to Stay”

Sahar Abbasi, live from Silwan, Palestine, talks about the current situation

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