Palestine writer says can’t go home after novel banned

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A Palestinian author says he is unable to go home to the occupied West Bank after authorities there confiscated copies of his latest novel and issued a warrant for his arrest.

Abbad Yahya, 29, who is currently on a visit to Qatar, says he learned of the warrant and the banning of his novel, Crime in Ramallah, through the official Palestinian news agency while abroad.

He fears he will be jailed if he returns.

Speaking to the AFP news agency, Yahya said: “I don’t know what to do. If I go back, I will be arrested, and if I stay here … I can’t stay far from my home and family.”

Yahya, who lives in Ramallah, has been accused of including “sexual terms” in a provocative work that tackles issues considered taboo in Palestinian society.

Themes explored in the book include politics, religion and homosexuality.

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