Ghada Karmi


Ghada Karmi
(غادة كرمي) was born in Jerusalem, and in her 2002 autobiography, In Search of Fatima: A Palestinian Story, she describes growing up in the Jerusalem neighbourhood of Katamon, with its mixture of Christian and Muslim Palestinians. Among the family friends and neighbors was Khalil al-Sakakini and his family. With her family she was forced to flee in the 1948 Nakba. The family eventually settled in the neighbourhood of Golders Green, in London,England, where her father, Hasan Sa'id Karmi, worked for the BBC Arabic service.

She studied and became a doctor of medicine, graduating from the University of Bristol in 1964. Initially Karmi practised as a physician, specialising in the health and social conditions of ethnic minorities, migrants and asylum seekers. Since 1972 she has been politically active for the Palestinian cause and gained a doctorate in the history of Arabic medicine from London University.

In 1998 she visited her childhood home in Katamon for the first time since 1948.

She is an associate fellow at the Royal Institute of International Affairs in London, and a visiting professor at London Metropolitan University. She is also vice-chair of the Council for Arab-British Understanding.

She delivered the Edward Said Memorial lecture at the University of Adelaide, Australia in October, 2007.

(From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia)

Publications: (English)

  • Jerusalem Today: What Future for the Peace Process? With a contribution by Edward Said, 1996
  • The Palestinian Exodus 1948-1998.  1999
  • In Search of Fatima: A Palestinian Story , 2002
  • Married to another man: Israel's dilemma in Palestine, Pluto press, 2007.




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