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Palestinians speak a distinct dialect of Arabic, and have their own traditions, cuisine, and folklore. While most Palestinians feel strong connections to the Arab world, their primary political affiliation is with other Palestinians, with whom they share defining experiences of exile, military occupation, and other dimensions of the conflict with the Zionist movement and Israel.

Chicago’s Palestine Film Festival line up announced
People's World

Chicago’s Palestine Film Festival line up announced

The Chicago Palestine Film Festival, the world's longest running Palestinian film festival, announced its 2015 line-up. This year's festival will be held from April 18-30 at the Gene Siskel Film Center and will feature award-winning films such as Eyes of a Thief by Najwa Najjar. Here is a listing of this year's films.

Sameh Wadi: Chef
Karmah Elmusa, IMEU

Sameh Wadi: Chef

The story of how Palestinian-American chef and restaurateur Sameh Wadi ended up in Minneapolis is standard fare in the chronicles of American immigration — a cousin went first, and so his family followed. Wadi, 31, was born in Kuwait to Palestinian refugees, and after living briefly in Jordan and then Canada, he arrived in the Twin Cities at the age of 13 and hasn’t left.

Graphic novels about Palestine reveal the exceptional everyday demands of exile
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.

Play about slain pro-Palestine activist returns to NY stage
Yahoo! News/AFP

Play about slain pro-Palestine activist returns to NY stage

A play about American activist Rachel Corrie, who was crushed to death by an Israeli bulldozer in Gaza, is winning quiet acceptance in New York, where uproar postponed its debut a decade ago. Her parents and the play's director say the dimming controversy reflects a shift in American attitudes towards Israel and the Palestinian conflict.

Kanye’s West Bank blind spot: Is Yeezy missing an opportunity to speak truth to power?
Matthew Pulver, Salon

Kanye’s West Bank blind spot: Is Yeezy missing an opportunity to speak truth to power?

A future Palestinian rapper, perhaps one the age of Kanye’s daughter now, might eventually pen lyrics reminiscent of the deepest of Ye’s racially oriented rhymes, perhaps lyrics that call to mind West’s bitter account of mid-century racist abuse of his much beloved late mother on “New Slaves” or “Never Let Me Down.”

Kanye’s West Bank blind spot: Is Yeezy missing an opportunity to speak truth to power?
Salon

Kanye’s West Bank blind spot: Is Yeezy missing an opportunity to speak truth to power?

A future Palestinian rapper, perhaps one the age of Kanye’s daughter now, might eventually pen lyrics reminiscent of the deepest of Ye’s racially oriented rhymes, perhaps lyrics that call to mind West’s bitter account of mid-century racist abuse of his much beloved late mother on “New Slaves” or “Never Let Me Down.”

Palestinian refugee boy comes of age in graphic novel “Baddawi”
Marguerite Dabaie

Palestinian refugee boy comes of age in graphic novel “Baddawi”

Baddawi, the debut graphic novel by Leila Abdelrazaq, is a coming-of-age story centered on a boy named Ahmad, whose parents are originally from the Palestinian village of Safsaf. The atrocities of the Nakba — the 1948 ethnic cleansing of Palestine — force them to flee to Baddawi, a refugee camp in northern Lebanon, where Ahmad is born.

My Name is Rachel Corrie Returns Off-Broadway Tonight
Broadway World

My Name is Rachel Corrie Returns Off-Broadway Tonight

This month, the compelling and controversial play, My Name is Rachel Corrie, returns to New York City for the first time in nine years. The show will star Charlotte Hemmings as Rachel Corrie and will be directed by Jonathan Kane. This special limited run will take place at Culture Project's Lynn Redgrave Theater (45 Bleeker Street), running from tonight, April 2 through April 12.

Last Supper Menu: Stew, Lamb, Wine…More
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.