Yasmin El-Rifae

Yasmin El-Rifae is a writer and co-producer of the Palestine Festival of Literature. She is at work completing her first book, a history of an extraordinary feminist resistance group within the Egyptian revolution. This website is a collection of her writings.

Portfolio

Selected Essays

The Nation

What the Egyptian Revolution Can Offer #MeToo

People remember the mob attacks, but they mostly do not know about the women who resisted them.

Literary Hub

Where Does Palestine Begin?

I'm sitting in my office in New York, lingering over the draft of an email I need to send to the staff. It explains my complicated trip through Saudi Arabia and Germany and...

Guernica / A Magazine of Art & Politics

The Air Was Hot with Hysterical Nationalism

A year ago I woke up in Cairo to the news of a massacre, the second of the summer. I was subletting a friend's apartment downtown, a beautiful place that gave me solitude above...

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The Nation

What the Egyptian Revolution Can Offer #MeToo

People remember the mob attacks, but they mostly do not know about the women who resisted them.

Literary Hub

Where Does Palestine Begin?

I'm sitting in my office in New York, lingering over the draft of an email I need to send to the staff. It explains my complicated trip through Saudi Arabia and Germany and...

Mada Masr

Defeat's possibilities: 3 activists recount 1967 as formative

It is June 3, and evening is falling on a rainy Paris. I have learned about the Festival Cine-Palestine, which has a screening of Al-Lail (The Night) by Syrian director Mohamed...

Mada Masr

Reaching

I have spent time in Palestine over the last five years as an organizer of the annual Palestine Festival of Literature , which just took place this May. *** Houses in...

the Guardian

Giulio Regeni's death reminds us no one is safe from Egypt's brutal police

There is a scene filled with terrifying suspense in the 1995 French film La Haine. Police have detained two young men, having found them to be in possession of a small piece of...

Mada Masr

That Metallic Sound That Hits Us

Waves of people have disappeared, been killed, too many count, too many to mourn properly. But Giulio’s death makes us confront the effect of this violence, of witnessing it, on...

Mada Masr

For journalists, freedom from jail is a qualified liberty

The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) said in its latest report that Egypt is second to China as the world's worst jailer of journalists...

Mada Masr

Circles about circles: On writing about sexual violence

I was part of Operation Anti-Sexual Harassment/Assault (OpAntiSH), one of several groups that fought mob attacks against women in Tahrir from 2012 onward. This piece is about my...

LRB blog

PalFest on the Road

I am writing this in the car on the way from Haifa to Ramallah. Cell phones beep as we cross between Israeli and West Bank coverage. The view out the window has changed from the...

Muftah

A Conference in Cairo

I walked through downtown Cairo on a quiet Friday morning in March 2015, late to a conference I had helped organize and a little bit anxious. The conference was about the...

MEI

Egypt's Economy: Hanging in the Balance

As 2014 drew to a close, the Egyptian economy was making international headlines. The Financial Times called Egypt the world's best destination for stock market investment.[1]...

Mada Masr

Unauthorized memory

Yesterday they shot and killed a woman on Talaat Harb Street. She was walking, along with other members of the Socialist Alliance Party, through downtown to commemorate those...

Guernica / A Magazine of Art & Politics

Yasmin El-Rifae: The Air Was Hot with Hysterical Nationalism

Image from Flickr via (flicts) By Yasmin El-Rifae A year ago I woke up in Cairo to the news of a massacre, the second of the summer. I was subletting a friend's apartment...

Mei

Egypt's Sexual Harassment Law: An Insufficient Measure to End Sexual Violence

A few days ago, heavy court sentences were imposed on seven men who were convicted of attempted rape, attempted murder, and torture, in a ruling seen by many as unprecedented in...

Cairo, again

Moments ongoing

I am sitting in Ramallah reading this article about the controversy surrounding the deaths of two Palestinian teenagers, shot by Israeli bullets (one through the back) last week...