It's been nearly six months since the end of the latest war in Gaza, but the devastation left behind makes it seem as though the last bombs dropped only yesterday. Psychologically, too, Gazans are still shell-shocked and traumatized by a conflict that killed some 2,192 people — mostly civilians, and many children — and destroyed more than 96,000 homes in less than two months. The fact that this was the third conflict in a span of six years made it all harder, not easier.
The residents of Gaza find different ways of coping with life under occupation, and for a group of young men that call themselves the CB (Camp Breakerz) Crew, dance is a hugely important outlet. The group has been an organized break dancing team for over 10 years, and in 2012, they decided to share their passion with the community by opening a school called CB Crew Academy of Art in Nusirat refugee camp.
Actor, theatre director, and playwright Sami Metwasi is the star of Muayad Alayan’s latest film, “Love, Theft, and Other Entanglements,” which is set for release in 2015. It has been officially selected by one of the most prestigious film festivals in the world, the Berlin International Film Festival.
Born to work with his hands, visual artist and educator Ayed Arafah connected to his gift at a very young age when his schoolteacher collected his class drawings and displayed them in the schoolyard. Ayed likes working with different mediums — from videos to installation pieces to paintings and murals. Born in Jerusalem, Ayed grew up in Dheisheh Refugee Camp in Bethlehem.
The streets of Bethlehem are filled with people, lights, and decorations every season around the Christmas holiday. While the Israeli occupation severely limits Palestinian movement to, from, and within the city believed to be Jesus' birthplace, thousands of Palestinians and visitors from around the world gather and celebrate with a great assortment of daily festivities.
An exhibition of paintings at Ramallah’s Zawyeh Gallery by the artist Nabil Anani has brought to life the busy, thriving society of pre-1948 Palestine.
Thirteen-year-old Muhammad Mahmoud Quraiqe managed to keep smiling as Israel attacked Gaza this summer. Despite the pervasive fear, Muhammad focused on painting faces, bringing cheer to many children as he turned them into clowns. Muhammad lives in Shujaiya, a neighborhood of Gaza City that has become synonymous with a massacre caused by indiscriminate Israeli shelling in July this year.
To mark the climax of the International Year of Solidarity with the Palestinian People, an iconic image from the newly digitized photo archives of the UN agency tasked with assisting Palestinian refugees throughout the Middle East was projected yesterday onto buildings in eight cities around the world, including the Organization’s iconic Headquarters complex in New York.
“Crowded classrooms and limited facilities do not dim this girl’s enthusiasm for learning, something shared by all her classmates at the UNRWA girls school, Qabr Essit camp, Damascus, Syrian Arab Republic” — thus reads the official caption to a 1983 image of a young girl at a school for Palestinian refugees in Syria. This photograph now forms the centerpiece of the UN’s International Year of Solidarity with the Palestinian People.