Start A Petition

23-Year-Old Palestinian Wins EU Young Writer Award

Offbeat  (tags: Occupied Palestine, Middle East, Omar Shanti, literary award, North Africa, Federica Mogherini, Jadaliyya, writings, El Haraga, literature, books, media, world, Young Writers Prize, Edward Said, EU Young Writer Award, occupied Palestinian territories, oPT, media/news )

- 101 days ago -
A Palestinian graduate has won the European Union (EU)s Young Writers Prize.


We hate spam. We do not sell or share the email addresses you provide.


fly bird (26)
Saturday March 9, 2019, 9:02 pm
A Palestinian graduate has won the European Union (EU)’s Young Writers Prize.

Twenty-three-year-old Omar Shanti graduated from Northwestern University in Illinois, USA, in 2018 with a degree in computer science, economics and Middle East and North Africa studies. He was born in the UK to Palestinian parents, before living for some time in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

Shanti was awarded the Young Writers Prize earlier this week, with the award presented by Federica Mogherini, the EU’s High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Vice-President of the European Council.

On accepting the award, Shanti thanked the EU for the opportunity to address the conference, saying:

“I’d like to acknowledge my university professor […] my mother in attendance today, without whom nothing would be possible, and my biggest academic influence, [Palestinian intellectual] Edward Said, whose finesse, eloquence and refinement – as well as whose relentless pursuit of humanism – have provided a model for much greater figures than myself.”

Shanti spoke at length about the paper for which he was awarded the prize – “El Haraga” Read Through Maghrebi Literary Production – which, in his own words, explores “how clandestine migration across the Straits of Gibraltar is represented in a small sample of recent Maghrebi [North African] fiction”.

He explained that, by exploring the themes of migration and Maghrebi identity, his paper hoped to challenge the dominant representation of North African migrants and refugees that has developed in the wake of Europe’s so-called migrant crisis, which has seen thousands attempt to cross the Mediterranean Sea since 2013. He wished to explore those factors “which not only make the human a migrant but which make the migrant a human,” he added.

Shanti also placed his paper in the context of Palestinian-North African relations. In concluding his acceptance speech, he explained:

“I hope that this can be seen as an earnest gesture of love from a Palestinian, in myself, to the Maghreb. As far as national salutations go, and at risk of being a little bit reductionist, I don’t think that any outweigh the phenomenal support and love the Palestinians have received from the Maghreb.”

North African countries regularly express their support of Palestine and the Palestinian cause.

(MEMO, PC, Social Media)

Colleen L (3)
Saturday March 9, 2019, 11:27 pm
Congratulations to Omar Shanti. Hope he contunues doing so well with his idea of working toward Peace.
Thanks Fly

Peggy B (43)
Sunday March 10, 2019, 11:40 am
Well done

Danuta W (1251)
Monday March 11, 2019, 3:48 am

John J (0)
Monday March 11, 2019, 3:52 am
thanks for sharing

Jack Y (0)
Monday March 11, 2019, 4:18 am

Sylvie A (190)
Monday March 11, 2019, 4:31 am
Noted. Thank you for sharing.

Jerome S (0)
Monday March 11, 2019, 4:34 am
Thank you

Jim Ven (0)
Monday March 11, 2019, 4:47 am
Or, log in with your
Facebook account:
Please add your comment: (plain text only please. Allowable HTML: <a>)

Track Comments: Notify me with a personal message when other people comment on this story

Loading Noted By...Please Wait


butterfly credits on the news network

  • credits for vetting a newly submitted story
  • credits for vetting any other story
  • credits for leaving a comment
learn more

Most Active Today in Offbeat

Content and comments expressed here are the opinions of Care2 users and not necessarily that of or its affiliates.

New to Care2? Start Here.