RAMALLAH, Saturday, September 24, 2022 (WAFA) – The activities of the 12th edition of the Palestine International Book Fair, which was held on the grounds of the National Library in Surda near Ramallah, have concluded.
The book fair was inaugurated on September 14 by PLO Executive Committee member Zeyad Abu Amr, who represented President Mahmoud Abbas, along with Culture Minister Atef Abu Seif and Tunisian Ambassador Habib Ben Farah, as the Republic of Tunisia was the guest of honor for the 2022 edition of the fair.
Held under the slogan “Palestine, the homeland and Jerusalem the capital”, the fair, which saw the participation of 350 publishing houses, either directly or by proxy, and cultural institutions from Palestine, Tunisia, Jordan, Egypt, Iraq, Syria, Eritrea, Qatar, Morocco, Kuwait, Sharjah, Lebanon, Saudi Arabia, Canada and Italy.
In addition, 150 Arab poets and writers participated through a series of cultural seminars and events which offered visitors of the fair many interesting, refreshing and energizing cultural programs, such as book signing sessions, music, and poetry reading, among others.
The book fair was set up on an area of 5,000 square meters of the Palestinian National Library. It is considered to be the first event of the National Library, established on what was built to be the Presidential Guest Palace.
The annual book fair has become an opportunity for Palestinians to forget their daily problems, mainly those caused by the Israeli occupation that restricts their movement and interferes in their daily life matters, and have a nice and enjoyable outing for a change.