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Like Hero Tupac, Israeli Arab Rapper’s Music Provokes News Roundup
Majeda El-Batsh, AFP

Like Hero Tupac, Israeli Arab Rapper’s Music Provokes

Israeli Arab rapper Tamer Nafar's politically-charged lyrics have sparked the same kind of controversy that may have made his hero Tupac Shakur proud. Nafar, from the pioneering political rap group DAM, has touched a nerve with songs like "Who's the Terrorist?" skewering what he and others say is discrimination against Arabs in Israel.

about 1 week ago
Asma Has Been a Refugee for 36 Years; Now a Fashion Startup Has Offered a Lifeline News Roundup
Oliver Balch, The Guardian

Asma Has Been a Refugee for 36 Years; Now a Fashion Startup Has Offered a Lifeline

Born in a Jordanian refugee camp to Palestinian parents, Asma Aradeh is stateless. The 36-year-old mother of six is one of more than 30,000 Palestinian exiles living for decades in legal limbo in Jordan’s Jerash camp. But there is one silver lining to Aradeh’s story: she is no longer jobless.

on November 3, 2016
Teenage Palestinian Artist Brings Message to US News Roundup
Ali Harb, Middle East Eye

Teenage Palestinian Artist Brings Message to US

DEARBORN, United States - Faces masked with a kuffiyeh; an elderly Palestinian man staring pensively; a toddler being passed between two women through barbed wires; a child carrying a kitten - these paintings have been on display at the Arab American National Museum...

on October 6, 2016
The Dolls That Defend Palestinian Culture News Roundup
Dalia Hatuqa, Al Jazeera

The Dolls That Defend Palestinian Culture

Ramallah, occupied West Bank - In the dead of a cold December night, Israeli soldiers came for Yasser. They rummaged through the shelves and behind the looms of a darkened factory, searching for the little man, only half a metre tall. They knew he would be easy to spot, wearing his signature black-and-white keffiyeh...

on September 15, 2016
Israel Extends Detention Without Trial for Palestinian Clown News Roundup
Al Arabiya/AFP

Israel Extends Detention Without Trial for Palestinian Clown

Israel has extended the detention without trial of Palestinian circus performer Mohammad Abu Sakha for another six months, his circus school said Monday. Abu Sakha, 24, was arrested on December 14 in the occupied West Bank, and held since January in administrative detention, the controversial measure under which Israel can hold suspects without trial for periods of six months, renewable indefinitely.

on June 13, 2016
Palestine’s ‘Empty’ Museum is Still a Beacon of Hope Op-Eds & Analysis
James Fraser, Middle East Eye

Palestine’s ‘Empty’ Museum is Still a Beacon of Hope

An astonishing new cultural institution for the Middle East has now opened to the public. Situated on a hilltop near Ramallah in the West Bank, the $24m Palestinian Museum was opened officially in a gala inauguration ceremony on 18 May. Over 700 guests mingled on a broad pavilion in the afternoon sun, while musicians played a classical Arab repertoire in the terraced gardens below.

on June 12, 2016
Palestinian Learns to Make Recycled Art in Prison News Roundup
Sheren Khalel, Al Jazeera

Palestinian Learns to Make Recycled Art in Prison

Ghassan al-Azzeh was detained by Israeli occupation forces and sent to prison when he was just 16 years old. As a young teen in an adult detention facility, al-Azzeh was lost until a group of older artists, also Palestinians imprisoned by Israel, took him in. Al-Azzeh was interested in art before he was arrested, but did not take the craft seriously until it became his only reprieve from the daily life of prison.

on June 11, 2016
Palestine Museum Review – A Beacon of Optimism on a West Bank Hilltop News Roundup
Oliver Wainwright, The Guardian

Palestine Museum Review – A Beacon of Optimism on a West Bank Hilltop

sharp white crown rises from a hilltop in the West Bank, looking out across sun-scorched terraces of olive trees and sage bushes to the waters of the Mediterranean – a distant prospect that most Palestinians will never be able to reach. Seen from the valley below, this monolithic hangar could be the latest Israeli fortification, casting its beady eye over the surrounding Arab villages from the angular black windows slashed across its facade.

on May 17, 2016
Mahmoud Hawari Named Director of New Palestinian Museum News Roundup
Artforum

Mahmoud Hawari Named Director of New Palestinian Museum

Mahmoud Hawari, a research associate at Oxford University’s Khalili Research Center, was appointed the new director of the 37,000-square-foot Palestinian Museum in Birzeit, which will open its doors in May, Gareth Harris of the Art Newspaper reports.

on May 5, 2016