Personal Essay: The storytellers of Ramallah Media Roundup
Shebana Coelho, Al Jazeera America

Personal Essay: The storytellers of Ramallah

I went to Palestine to work with young students of Ramallah-based Ashtar Theatre. Over five weeks, we wrote together in creativity workshops and I documented their international youth theater festival. What struck me and what has lingered is how they are both scarred by al-Ehtelal, the Israeli occupation, and also animated to resist it. They call it their “cause” and they wear it and drink it, sleep it and sing it, speak it and shout it, and as young theater artists, they act, embody and transform it.

about 1 week ago
Oakland Palestine Solidarity Mural Photo Essays
Art Forces, the Estria Foundation, and NorCal Friends of Sabeel

Oakland Palestine Solidarity Mural

The Oakland Palestine Solidarity Mural is a monumental work of public art located in Uptown Oakland on 26th Street between Telegraph and Broadway. The mural pays homage to the history of Bay Area public art and expresses solidarity with Palestinians.

about 3 weeks ago
Israel Bans Palestinian Artist From Attending Opening Media Roundup
Artnet News

Israel Bans Palestinian Artist From Attending Opening

Palestinian artist Khaled Jarrar has had a travel ban imposed on him by the Israeli Security Agency, Art Daily has reported. The ban is likely to prevent him from presenting his latest project entitled Meet the Artists of To the Square 2 in Helsinki, Finland.

about 3 weeks ago
Palestinian Fashion Week kicks off in Ramallah Media Roundup
JC Finley, United Press International

Palestinian Fashion Week kicks off in Ramallah

The second annual Palestinian Fashion Week kicked off Thursday in the West Bank city of Ramallah. The three-day event, which is organized by Palestinian lifestyle magazine Layalina and Modelicious Agency, was started in 2013. Tamer Halabi, Modelicious general manager, explained "Every country has a fashion week and we thought we can have a fashion week of our own, instead of smaller fashion shows here or there."

on May 5, 2014
Art Exhibit: “The Impact of Light & Glass” Photo Essays
Jehad Saftawi, IMEU

Art Exhibit: “The Impact of Light & Glass”

An art exhibition featuring the work of Gaza City artist Majdal Nateel was recently held in Gaza. The idea for the collection of artwork, The Impact of Light and Glass, Nateel explains, “is based on the question of what would happen if we examined our social habits under a magnifying glass.”

on March 26, 2014
Naji Odeh: Mentor and Community Leader Stories

Naji Odeh: Mentor and Community Leader

Director of the grassroots organization the Palestinian Youth Action Center (Laylac), mentor and community leader Naji Odeh works with young people in West Bank refugee camps to foster the spirit of volunteerism. “If we lose our spirit for giving, we lose our culture,” he says.

on May 24, 2012
Elena Farsakh: Photographer Palestinian Americans

Elena Farsakh: Photographer

Palestinian-American photographer Elena Farsakh believes that "90 percent of all communication has nothing to do with words." Through her lens, she strives to give insight into the daily conditions and emotions of people in faraway and sometimes misunderstood places.

on December 31, 2006
Nathalie Handal: Poet and playwright Palestinian Americans

Nathalie Handal: Poet and playwright

Along with being an award-winning poet, Palestinian-American Nathalie Handal is a playwright, writer, editor, literary critic and teacher - and loves all of it. "I'm passionate about everything," she says, "otherwise, why do it?"

on December 31, 2006
Annemarie Jacir: Artist and filmmaker Palestinian Americans

Annemarie Jacir: Artist and filmmaker

Palestinian-American filmmaker Annemarie Jacir directed the first Palestinian short film, like twenty impossibles, that became an official Competition selection at Cannes International Film Festival. It subsequently won 13 awards at festivals around the world. Jacir is a recipient of the Zaki Gordan Award for Excellence in Screenwriting and was selected for the Sundance Screenwriter's Lab.

on December 31, 2006