Culture

Culture

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.

The battle to preserve Bethlehem’s cultural heritage Media Roundup
Charlie Hoyle, Ma'an News Agency

The battle to preserve Bethlehem’s cultural heritage

When Palestinian filmmaker Leila Sansour left Bethlehem in the 1980s there were no military checkpoints intimidating the city, no separation wall jutting into residential gardens, and no Israeli settlements dominating the horizon. "I grew up in a very idyllic town, but I didn’t think of it like that as a child. There were forests of olive trees, fig trees, apricot trees and huge fields filled with grape vines," she told Ma'an.

about 3 days ago
Palestinian bagpipers join battle cry for Scottish independence Media Roundup
The Guardian

Palestinian bagpipers join battle cry for Scottish independence

Campaigners for Scottish independence have found an unexpected source of support ahead of a landmark referendum on the fate of the UK – Palestinian bagpipers. In a small hall in the occupied West Bank, far from the tussle over Scotland's future, pipers and stick-twirling drummers burst into action as local scout troop members march up and down for weekly practice.

about 3 days ago
Human Rights Organization: Israel Targeted Intellectual Property during Aggression Media Roundup
Palestine News & Info Agency - WAFA

Human Rights Organization: Israel Targeted Intellectual Property during Aggression

Al-Mizan Center for Human Rights said on Tuesday that Israel deliberately targeted intellectual property during its recent onslaught on Gaza. A special report issued by the center said museums, old neighborhoods, educational facilities, historical and archeological sites and worship locations were bombarded by Israel, constituting a grave violation of international humanitarian law and a war crime punishable before international courts.

about 3 days ago
Palestinians exercising the artistic right of return Media Roundup
Creede Newton, Middle East Eye

Palestinians exercising the artistic right of return

This past weekend, artists, musicians and activists attended a workshop in Kufr Birim, a Palestinian village of beautiful, ruined stoned homes destroyed by Israel in 1953, five years after its establishment. The name of the group responsible for the gathering is named Insiyab, Arabic for “flowing with intuition.”

about 1 week ago
Victories for Myanmar and Palestine on final day of Peace Cup Media Roundup
Mark Baber, Inside World Football

Victories for Myanmar and Palestine on final day of Peace Cup

Myanmar won the third edition of the Peace Cup, defeating hosts Philippines with a 3-2 win in the final on Saturday, whilst Palestine, whose participation is a victory in itself, defeated Chinese Taipei 7-3 to take the bronze medal.

about 2 weeks ago
Palestinian-American Law Professor and Blues Musician George Bisharat Releases Album Media Roundup
Bman's Blues Report

Palestinian-American Law Professor and Blues Musician George Bisharat Releases Album

Opening with traditional swing track, Smack Dab In The Middle, Big Harp George Bisharat leads the way with a really solid voice. Chris Burns does a really nice job on keys and Kent Bryson adds a really cool vibes solo adding a different flavor. On Crazy About You Baby, Raja Kawar revs up the drums and Little Charlie Baty joins on guitar.

about 2 weeks ago
For a Gaza Athlete, There Is Nowhere to Run Media Roundup
Jodi Rudoren, The New York Times

For a Gaza Athlete, There Is Nowhere to Run

Everything looked about the same in this town near Gaza’s northern border with Israel: piles of smashed concrete to the left and right, up ahead and in the rearview. As we drove through the destruction earlier this month, Fares Akram, my Gaza-based reporting partner, somehow recognized a certain street as one we had been on four months before, to visit Nader al-Masri, Gaza’s premier distance runner.

on August 25, 2014
Personal Essay: The storytellers of Ramallah Media Roundup
Shebana Coelho, Al Jazeera America

Personal Essay: The storytellers of Ramallah

I went to Palestine to work with young students of Ramallah-based Ashtar Theatre. Over five weeks, we wrote together in creativity workshops and I documented their international youth theater festival. What struck me and what has lingered is how they are both scarred by al-Ehtelal, the Israeli occupation, and also animated to resist it. They call it their “cause” and they wear it and drink it, sleep it and sing it, speak it and shout it, and as young theater artists, they act, embody and transform it.

on August 24, 2014
Oakland Palestine Solidarity Mural Photo Essays
Art Forces, the Estria Foundation, and NorCal Friends of Sabeel

Oakland Palestine Solidarity Mural

The Oakland Palestine Solidarity Mural is a monumental work of public art located in Uptown Oakland on 26th Street between Telegraph and Broadway. The mural pays homage to the history of Bay Area public art and expresses solidarity with Palestinians.

on August 13, 2014