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.

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.

about 1 week ago
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.

about 1 week ago
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.

about 3 weeks ago
Israel Bans Palestinian Artist From Attending Opening Media Roundup
Artnet News

Israel Bans Palestinian Artist From Attending Opening

Palestinian artist Khaled Jarrar has had a travel ban imposed on him by the Israeli Security Agency, Art Daily has reported. The ban is likely to prevent him from presenting his latest project entitled Meet the Artists of To the Square 2 in Helsinki, Finland.

about 3 weeks ago
His Name Was Ahed Zaqout: Former Palestinian Soccer Star Killed in Gaza Media Roundup
Dave Zirin

His Name Was Ahed Zaqout: Former Palestinian Soccer Star Killed in Gaza

All it took was a recording of Donald Sterling insulting Magic Johnson in a derogatory manner for the twenty-four-hour news world to stop on its axis. Now imagine if Donald Sterling—in all of his paranoid, racist fervor—had an army at his disposal and bombed Magic Johnson in his home, killing him in his sleep.

on August 1, 2014
An accessible look at Darwish’s life and work, at long last Media Roundup
Sarah Irving, Electronic Intifada

An accessible look at Darwish’s life and work, at long last

It is hard to talk about modern Palestinian culture without mentioning Mahmoud Darwish. The late Palestinian “poet laureate,” one of the greatest poets writing in Arabic in the twentieth century, Darwish’s brilliance looms large, six years after his death. (photo: WHAT_4 via photopin cc)

on July 1, 2014
Sports and Violence: A Red Card for Israel Op-Eds & Analysis
Noah Habeeb and FPIP, The Nation

Sports and Violence: A Red Card for Israel

In an effort to bolster its global status, Israel has placed a bid to host the 2020 European Championship, known as Euro 2020. That means that one of the world’s largest international soccer tournaments might be coming to Jerusalem.

on June 20, 2014
Olives, Lemons & Za’atar Media Roundup
Rozanne Gold, Huffington Post

Olives, Lemons & Za’atar

Everything about Ms. Bishara's evocative new book made me want to run to the kitchen or get on a plane and wander in the Old City.

on June 15, 2014
FIFA’s Blatter calls on Israel to ease travel restrictions for Palestinian soccer players Media Roundup
Haaretz

FIFA’s Blatter calls on Israel to ease travel restrictions for Palestinian soccer players

FIFA president Sepp Blatter and delegates at the FIFA Congress called on the Israeli government on Wednesday to fully commit to FIFA's plans to ease restrictions on movement for Palestinian footballers. "I call on the Israeli government to facilitate this movement and I go so far as to say its co-operation is crucial," Blatter told delegates who roundly applauded him.

on June 12, 2014