Art

Netanyahu Seeks to Suspend Palestinian Politicians News Roundup
Amira Hass, Haaretz

Netanyahu Seeks to Suspend Palestinian Politicians

The Israel Defense Forces soldier who wounded Rehab Nazzal in Bethlehem on Friday, December 11, 2015, by shooting her in the shin, didn’t know who she is. He didn’t know her name; that she was born in Qabatiyah, near Jenin; that she is 55, and also a Canadian citizen; that she teaches art at a college in Bethlehem; that one of her exhibitions angered the Israeli ambassador in Canada; or that she’s writing an interdisciplinary doctoral thesis that’s impossible to summarize in a sentence...

about 3 days ago
Alan Rickman Gave the Greatest Gift to My Late Daughter, Rachel Corrie Op-Eds & Analysis
Craig Corrie, The Guardian

Alan Rickman Gave the Greatest Gift to My Late Daughter, Rachel Corrie

My family and I were saddened on Thursday morning to learn of the death of Alan Rickman – too sad to write our feelings at the time. Alan, of course, is famous as an actor and director, both on stage and in film. But we first came to know him when, with Katharine Viner (now editor-in-chief of the Guardian), he edited our daughter Rachel’s writing into the play My Name is Rachel Corrie.

about 3 weeks ago
Waging Life in a War Zone News Roundup
Yes! Magazine

Waging Life in a War Zone

Mohammed al-Saedi leads me through the densely populated Gaza City neighborhood of al-Zaitoun. Walls are painted in blues and pinks, with wooden shutters of purple and yellow. Plants are potted in colorful buckets at each corner.

on January 12, 2016
AP Photos: Painters Bring New Life to Hard-hit Areas in Gaza News Roundup
Associated Press

AP Photos: Painters Bring New Life to Hard-hit Areas in Gaza

The Shati refugee camp in Gaza City has always been a symbol of poverty, a grey concrete jungle with 87,000 people packed into half a square kilometer, or about one fifth of a square mile. But now, overlooking the sewage-contaminated Mediterranean beachfront, the camp's houses are covered in vibrant colors.

on December 23, 2015
This Woman Is Using Graffiti to Change the Way Her Country Thinks About Girls News Roundup
Prachi Gupta, Cosmopolitan

This Woman Is Using Graffiti to Change the Way Her Country Thinks About Girls

On a concrete wall in the alleyway of a Palestinian refugee camp in Irbid, Jordan, Laila Ajjawi works quickly, switching between the three spray-paint bottles that sit at her feet. Within 20 minutes, she has scrawled Arabic letters onto the veil of a girl with cavernous eyes and painted a feather quill by her side. Her mural is nearly complete.

on December 14, 2015
“Our Art and Voices Matter” Op-Eds & Analysis
Riham Barghouti & Ethan Heitner, Salon

“Our Art and Voices Matter”

In the last few days, Presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Jeb Bush both stressed that they view stopping the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement targeting Israel as crucial. Bush is apparently prepared to violate fundamental First Amendment rights. He faces an uphill fight against the Constitution and principled BDS advocates making their case from concert venues to university campuses.

on December 14, 2015
Palestinian Gay Film Festival Breaks Down Barriers News Roundup
Debra Kamin, Variety

Palestinian Gay Film Festival Breaks Down Barriers

It was an LGBT-themed film festival held outside the borders of Palestine, featuring a number of works by directors who were neither gay nor Palestinian. But the first-ever Kooz Queer fest, which had a modest bow earlier this month in the northern Israeli city of Haifa, made little ripples of history in its own right.

on December 4, 2015
Pirouettes and Plenty of Pink at Gaza’s Only Ballet School News Roundup
Nidal Al-Mughrabi, Reuters

Pirouettes and Plenty of Pink at Gaza’s Only Ballet School

The group of girls, ponytailed and dressed in pink, stretched their arms out to the sides and pivoted onto their toes, trying desperately to hold still. Eagle-eyed, the instructor surveyed Gaza's latest crop of would-be ballerinas. Fifty girls aged five to eight are now enrolled in the ballet school at the Al-Qattan Center for Children in Gaza, making it one of the most popular classes the arts institute runs, under the watchful eye of a Ukrainian teacher.

on November 30, 2015
Israel Moves to Shut Down the Only Palestinian Theater in Jerusalem News Roundup
Abir Kopty, Mondoweiss

Israel Moves to Shut Down the Only Palestinian Theater in Jerusalem

The Palestinian National Theatre “Al Hakawati” published today an appeal to Jerusalem institutions and businessmen in the city to save the theatre from closure during the next 48 hours. According to the theatre’s statement, director Amer Khalil, received a phone call on Thursday morning 11/26/2015 from the Israeli Enforcement and Collection Authority (ECA), responsible for debt collection and law enforcement, notifying him of the intention to complete the seizure of the theatre building in 48 hours.

on November 27, 2015