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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.

Mysterious graffiti artist Banksy illustrates Gaza debris News Roundup
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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.

“Gaza in Your Eyes” Photography Contest Winners Announced News Roundup
IMEU

“Gaza in Your Eyes” Photography Contest Winners Announced

Last week, Palestinian nonprofit the Welfare Association for Youth announced the results of its 2014 photography contest called "Gaza in Your Eyes." Out of hundreds of submissions, 13 young people were named winners. Each of their photos is strikingly different, but they all manage to capture the perseverance of beauty and hope against a backdrop of destruction.

Manal Deeb: Artist Palestinian-American Profiles
Karmah Elmusa, IMEU

Manal Deeb: Artist

For Palestinian-American visual artist Manal Deeb, memories of her childhood home in Ramallah are never far from her canvas. The Fairfax, Va., resident has lived stateside for decades, but her early life in Palestine saturates her work from every angle, and gives it a beautifully distinct, melancholy quality. Deeb's pieces include a mix of paint, collage, photography, calligraphy, and digital manipulation.

New play by writer Dalia Taha examines children’s experiences under occupation News Roundup
Sarah Irving, The Electronic Intifada

New play by writer Dalia Taha examines children’s experiences under occupation

The London-based Royal Court Theatre, one of the British capital’s best-known theaters and notorious as a venue for innovative new work, has launched Fireworks (Al’ab Nariya in Arabic), a specially-commissioned play by Palestinian writer Dalia Taha and translated by Clem Naylor.

The king of cauliflowers News Roundup
The Economist

The king of cauliflowers

It may challenge the spirit to think of cauliflower as anything but an overrated, ungainly plant. But in the craggy land between Ramallah and Jerusalem, there is one variety of that plain vegetable that invariably attracts a crazed following at this time of year.

Take a Handheld Trip into the Past With This Historic Augmented Reality App News Roundup
Sami Emory, The Creators Project (VICE)

Take a Handheld Trip into the Past With This Historic Augmented Reality App

Forget hefty textbooks, here’s a virtual history lesson that fits in the palm of your hand. PIVOTtheWorld is a mobile app and web-based platform that will take you down an augmented reality timewarp. Originally created by Asma Jaber and Sami Jitan in Harvard’s Innovation Lab, the app's original goal was to provide a platform for historical preservation.

Fame beckons for Gaza teen band forged in war News Roundup
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Fame beckons for Gaza teen band forged in war

After wowing the judges of "Arabs Got Talent", five young Palestinians who formed a band while bombs rained down are hoping their budding success can raise awareness of war-ravaged Gaza. Their first audition so impressed that they were propelled to the semi-finals of the hit Middle Eastern television show -- a spin-off of the British-created Got Talent franchise.

‘My Name Is Rachel Corrie’ to Be Staged Off Broadway in April News Roundup
Patrick Healy, The New York Times

‘My Name Is Rachel Corrie’ to Be Staged Off Broadway in April

“My Name Is Rachel Corrie,” a one-woman drama about a pro-Palestinian activist, will be staged Off Broadway this spring for the first time since an earlier production nine years ago caused an uproar in some corners of the New York theater world. A spokesman for the show announced on Wednesday that the play would run April 2-12 at the Culture Project’s Lynn Redgrave Theater in the East Village.

Palestinian clubs prepare to make history News Roundup
FIFA

Palestinian clubs prepare to make history

The Palestinian national team had a brush with history recently, participating in the AFC Asian Cup for the very first time. While their results at Australia 2015 proved to be disappointing, the Palestinians can nevertheless look back with pride at having established themselves as one of the top 16 teams on the continent.