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Learning to Photograph While Running in Gaza News Roundup
+972 Mag

Learning to Photograph While Running in Gaza

Opening at Jaffa Theatre on Thursday as part of Tel Aviv’s Solidarity Festival, an exhibition will feature the work of Activestills, including Gaza photographer Basel Yazouri. Having joined Activestills a few months before last summer’s offensive, his work has been published in various international platforms, including +972 Magazine.

Preserving memories amid Gaza’s rubble News Roundup
Rami Almeghari, The Electronic Intifada

Preserving memories amid Gaza’s rubble

Elham al-Astal is striving to create something beautiful out of a very ugly situation. In her latest artwork, she has glued the branches of a tree to a broken window. The window comes from a kindergarten in the Khuzaa area of southeastern Gaza that was completely destroyed by Israel last year.

Graphic novels about Palestine reveal the exceptional everyday demands of exile News Roundup
Middle East Monitor

Graphic novels about Palestine reveal the exceptional everyday demands of exile

Baddawi (2015) is a coming-of-age graphic novel by Chicago-based artist Leila Abdelrazaq about a boy raised in a refugee camp in northern Lebanon; it's a poignant tale based on her father's early life. The eponymous Baddawi is the refugee camp where Ahmad was born after his parents' expulsion from Palestine in 1948.

Last Supper Menu: Stew, Lamb, Wine…More News Roundup
Rossella Lorenzi, Discovery News

Last Supper Menu: Stew, Lamb, Wine…More

A bean stew, lamb, olives, bitter herbs, a fish sauce, unleavened bread, dates and aromatized wine likely were on the menu at the Last Supper, says recent research into Palestinian cuisine during Jesus's time. The food wasn't eaten during a formal seated gathering at a rectangular table, as shown in many religious art paintings, but with Jesus and his apostles reclining on floor cushions, as the Romans did at that time.

Bedouin children defy Israel’s bulldozers in Gaza, Haifa art show News Roundup
Sarah Irving, The Electronic Intifada

Bedouin children defy Israel’s bulldozers in Gaza, Haifa art show

Unrecognized Games, an exhibition of photographs by artist Mohamed Badarne, will open in both Gaza and Haifa next week. Although Badarne may not be able to visit his fellow Palestinians in Gaza, his images have been able to travel, showing viewers a little of the lives of children growing up in the so-called “unrecognized” Palestinian villages of the Naqab (Negev).

Star Palestinian playwrights exercise “Permission to Narrate” News Roundup
Sarah Irving, Electronic Intifada

Star Palestinian playwrights exercise “Permission to Narrate”

Three plays by major contemporary Palestinian playwrights will be performed as staged readings on consecutive nights in New York this month, under the title “Permission to Narrate.” Hosted by Columbia University’s Center for Palestine Studies and curated by playwright and poet Ismail Khalidi, the plays...

Seattle Educator Creates Palestine Teaching Trunk for High School Classrooms News Roundup
Karmah Elmusa, IMEU

Seattle Educator Creates Palestine Teaching Trunk for High School Classrooms

When Linda Bevis started her second career in teaching nineteen years ago, she noticed that the textbooks for high school world history dedicated about five paragraphs to Palestine and Israel. The Seattle resident, educator, and longtime activist knew how difficult it would be for any teacher to use that material productively. “While I actually don’t think the conflict is a complicated one, it cannot be explained in five paragraphs."

Circus Behind the Wall: Palestinian circus attempts to inform and entertain with stories of struggle News Roundup
Rich Wiles, Al Jazeera

Circus Behind the Wall: Palestinian circus attempts to inform and entertain with stories of struggle

"We do this because we need to create a better Palestine, this means politically but also socially." Nayef Abdallah was born a refugee in Faraa refugee camp to a family who were driven from their home in Haifa during the Nakba - the events surrounding the creation of Israel in 1948 which Palestinians refer to as "the catastrophe". From such beginnings, few people would have imagined that years later he would go on to take Palestine to the world through a very non-traditional performing art.

Mysterious graffiti artist Banksy illustrates Gaza debris News Roundup
The New York Times/AP

Mysterious graffiti artist Banksy illustrates Gaza debris

The work of mysterious British graffiti artist Banksy has made an appearance in the Gaza Strip. In a short film posted on his website, the popular street artist appears to have sneaked into Gaza through an underground tunnel from Egypt. The video combines footage from the Israeli-Hamas war last summer, with political commentary about the coastal strip's misery.