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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.

Q&A: A Conversation with “Children of the Stone” Author Sandy Tolan
Karmah Elmusa, IMEU

Q&A: A Conversation with “Children of the Stone” Author Sandy Tolan

In Children of the Stone: The Power of Music in a Hard Land, journalist and author Sandy Tolan tells the story of Ramzi Aburedwan, a Palestinian who grew up in Al Amari refugee camp in the 1980s and ’90s. Today, Aburedwan is a renowned viola and bouzouk player, and the founder of Al Kamandjati (Arabic for “the violinist”), an organization that aims to make music accessible to Palestinian children.

Settlements threaten Palestine’s historic sites
Ahmad Melhem, Al-Monitor

Settlements threaten Palestine’s historic sites

Settlers from the Leshem settlement in the northern West Bank took over the archaeological village of Deir Samaan on April 12. The Leshem settlement, constructed in 2013, is located west of Salfit governorate. Targeting archaeological landmarks and stealing their contents is part of the policy adopted by Israel following the occupation of the West Bank and the Gaza Strip.

Palestinian Cartoonist Documents Isolation of Palestinian People
Ma'an News Agency

Palestinian Cartoonist Documents Isolation of Palestinian People

The artwork of Palestinian cartoonist Muhammad Hassan -- depicting the concerns and isolation of the Palestinian people -- has begun to make its way to an international audience. Documenting the isolation of the occupied Palestinian territories, Hassan believes that fighting for the Palestinian cause and expressing it via his caricature "is a global endeavor, as it is the most important cause in the world."

Learning to Photograph While Running in Gaza
+972 Mag

Learning to Photograph While Running in Gaza

Opening at Jaffa Theatre on Thursday as part of Tel Aviv’s Solidarity Festival, an exhibition will feature the work of Activestills, including Gaza photographer Basel Yazouri. Having joined Activestills a few months before last summer’s offensive, his work has been published in various international platforms, including +972 Magazine.

Short Film Highlights Devastation of Northern Gaza
The Electronic Intifada

Short Film Highlights Devastation of Northern Gaza

A new film by Gaza-based university lecturer and independent filmmaker Wael al-Sousi highlights in elegiac footage the scale of the devastation which Israeli bombardment visited on the northern Gaza town of Beit Hanoun in summer 2014. Echoes of Beit Hanoun is a simple but beautifully shot short film.

If You Take Children and Human Rights Seriously, Please Don’t Play Israel
Roger Waters, Salon

If You Take Children and Human Rights Seriously, Please Don’t Play Israel

One of the most horrifying incidents during Israel’s massive assault on Gaza last summer was the killing of four Palestinian boys playing soccer on a beach. This war crime was meticulously documented by human rights organizations and by journalists on the scene at the Al-Deira Hotel. NBC correspondent Ayman Mohyeldin tweeted that just minutes prior he had joined the children in their soccer game. War-hardened journalists tweeted their eyewitness distress.

Crafting Beautiful Music in Palestine
Edmee van Rijn, Al Jazeera

Crafting Beautiful Music in Palestine

Shehada Shalalda, 24, is the youngest among the very few luthiers in Palestine. He was born in the old centre of Ramallah, next to the shop where he now works. About a decade ago, when Shalalda was 15, al-Kamandjati music school opened its doors just metres from his house. Having never seen musical instruments or heard live music before, he says he was immediately attracted by the beautiful sounds of the violin and the oud, a traditional Arabic instrument.

These Palestinian Rappers Are Tearing Down Sexism in the Best Way Possible
Tom Barnes, Mic

These Palestinian Rappers Are Tearing Down Sexism in the Best Way Possible

"I am the dishes, the ironing, I am everything, I am nothing. But remind me: Who are you?" Translated from Levantine Arabic, these words are the hook of the hard-hitting new feminist anthem "Who You Are" by the famed-Palestinian rap group DAM. Directed by Oscar nominee Scandar Copti, the song's video tackles sexist attitudes in the Middle East.

Drama and Uncomfortable Questions at Chicago Palestine Film Festival
Maureen Clare Murphy, The Electronic Intifada

Drama and Uncomfortable Questions at Chicago Palestine Film Festival

Women filmmakers and protagonists are strongly represented at the 14th annual Chicago Palestine Film Festival, which opened last night at the downtown Gene Siskel Film Center and runs through 30 April. The opening feature, Eyes of a Thief by Najwa Najjar (Pomegranates and Myrrh), was Palestine’s entry to this year’s Academy Awards (watch the trailer above).