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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 Eyes of a Thief’ to represent Palestine at Oscars Media Roundup
Debra Kamin, The Times of Israel

‘The Eyes of a Thief’ to represent Palestine at Oscars

"The Eyes of a Thief," a West Bank-set psychological thriller from Jordanian-Palestinian director Najwa Najjar, is Palestine’s contender in the nominations race for this year’s Academy Award for Best Foreign Film. he Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences last year made history when it declared “Omar,” Hany Abu-Assad’s searing West Bank love story, to be a product of the nation of Palestine.

3 hours ago
Palestine submits Eyes of a Thief to Oscars Media Roundup
Melanie Goodfellow, ScreenDaily

Palestine submits Eyes of a Thief to Oscars

The Palestinian Ministry of Culture has submitted Najwa Najjar’s Eyes of a Thief for consideration in the Best Foreign Language Film category of the Academy Awards. The timely drama explores the impact of the Middle East conflict on Palestinian life through the tale of a West Bank man searching for his lost daughter following his release from an Israeli jail.

about 4 days ago
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 2 weeks 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 2 weeks 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 2 weeks 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 3 weeks 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 3 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.

on September 2, 2014
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