Basem Al-Nabriss is a widely-published Palestinian writer. He has released eight books both from within and outside Palestine, including several collections of poetry. Al-Nabriss has also written extensively on political, cultural and philosophical issues and is seen as a leading intellectual in his home country. His articles have appeared in a wide range of newspapers, but for the last few years he has written exclusively for the online Arab newspaper, Elaph. From 1994-2007, Al-Nabriss worked as Director General at the Palestinian Ministry of Culture, but was dismissed from his job when Hamas took control in 2007.
Al-Nabriss is an outspoken voice in opposition to the ruling Hamas Party in Gaza. He advocates non-violent ways of dealing with the Palestinian problem and after the de-facto civil war in Gaza, he has been unemployed. In June 2007, Al-Nabriss' house was bombed while he and his family were at home. He reported the attack to the local police authorities, but no progress was made in the case. Al-Nabriss believes this is due to the attackers being associated with Hamas and that the attack was meant to silence him.
#180sec Barcelona: Writer in Exile
Pursued by Hamas, Al-Nabriss found in Barcelona the peace that he wishes for his country. Waiting impatiently for a better future, he writes.In 2016, Basem Al-Nabriss participated in Synesthesia, Barcelona’s video poetry exhibition, where he speaks about his experiences in Palestine and in exile in Barcelona.