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.

Yamsafer: Ramallah-based Travel Startup
Karmah Elmusa, IMEU

Yamsafer: Ramallah-based Travel Startup

In early June of 2015, Yamsafer announced that it had secured a $3.5 million funding round led by the Berlin-based Global Founders Capital. The sum is the largest amount raised by a Palestinian company to date, and the first-ever foreign-led venture capital investment of its kind in a Palestine-based company.

about 3 weeks ago
In Palestine, A Child Of Violence Becomes A Music Educator
NPR

In Palestine, A Child Of Violence Becomes A Music Educator

When the first Palestinian uprising began in the late 1980s, the images from the intifada showed exploding tear gas canisters launched by Israelis, answered by Palestinian youngsters shooting slingshots and hurling rocks. A photographer snapped a photo of a boy with tears in his eyes, an 8-year-old named Ramzi Aburedwan. The image came to represent the rage and frustration of life in the refugee camps. But although his face was famously stuck in time, Ramzi's life changed dramatically when he was introduced to music at age 16.

about 3 weeks ago
Palestine Pub Crawl: Meet the Brewmaster Brothers Who Want to Get the West Bank Hooked on Craft Beer
Nigel Wilson, International Business Times

Palestine Pub Crawl: Meet the Brewmaster Brothers Who Want to Get the West Bank Hooked on Craft Beer

Khalid Sayej steps out the front door of the Birzeit Brewery and immediately lights a cigarette. Shaking his head, visibly flustered, he offers his hand and a shy smile. "I've been swimming in beer," he says, inspecting the damp around his ankles. Earlier this morning, a valve on one of the beer tanks had failed, releasing a thousand-litre wave of pilsner across the warehouse.

on July 9, 2015
Film Presents One-state Solution as Moral, Practical Outcome for Palestine
Sarah Irving, The Electronic Intifada

Film Presents One-state Solution as Moral, Practical Outcome for Palestine

Eliyahu Ungar-Sargon, director of A People Without a Land, is a man on a mission. As he says in an interview, his support for a one-state solution is part of a personal journey which has taken him from Zionist Jewish Orthodoxy (and his wife Pennie from fervent Christian Zionism) to believing in single-state coexistence in Palestine.

on July 8, 2015
Return: A Palestinian Memoir by Ghada Karmi - Book Review
Donald Macintyre, The Independent

Return: A Palestinian Memoir by Ghada Karmi - Book Review

Though she has lived since childhood in Britain, the doctor, academic and writer Ghada Karmi has long been active in the Palestinian cause – a "full-time Palestinian" as she ironically puts it. Forced to flee aged eight with her family in the 1948 war, during Israel's military conquest of West Jerusalem, she has formatively vivid recollections of the life she left behind and the trauma of abandoning it.

on July 7, 2015
Why I Painted a Rainbow Flag on Israel’s Apartheid Wall
Khaled Jarrar, The Electronic Intifada

Why I Painted a Rainbow Flag on Israel’s Apartheid Wall

Earlier this week, I painted a section of the Israeli apartheid wall near Qalandiya checkpoint in the occupied West Bank with the colors of the rainbow flag. Later that night, some people from the community painted it over.

on July 2, 2015
A Conversation with Palestinian Author Suad Amiry
IMEU

A Conversation with Palestinian Author Suad Amiry

Suad Amiry is a Palestinian architect and writer, and the founder of RIWAQ: Center of Architectural Conservation in Ramallah, Palestine. Amiry found her talent for writing after spending 42 days under curfew with her mother-in-law in Ramallah in 2002. The result was her acclaimed memoir “Sharon and My Mother-in-Law,” which was released by Random House in 2006.

on June 30, 2015
We Are Imprisoned by Israel: A Filmmaker Not Allowed to Attend His U.S. Premiere
Amer Shomali, Salon

We Are Imprisoned by Israel: A Filmmaker Not Allowed to Attend His U.S. Premiere

In the occupied West Bank, almost anything can come to be seen as a threat to Israel’s security. Even cows. Yes, cows. Here’s the story: During the activism of the first Palestinian intifada, residents of the West Bank town of Beit Sahour organized boycotts of Israeli goods in an act of civil disobedience intended to pressure the government. Local activists in 1988 hatched a plan to bypass Israeli suppliers and produce milk locally.

on June 24, 2015
Doc Looks to the Past to Tell Palestinian Story
MSNBC

Doc Looks to the Past to Tell Palestinian Story

Ayman Mohyeldin talks to director Amer Shomali and Impact Producer Julia Bacha about the documentary "The Wanted 18," which tells the story of a West Bank town which became of symbol of non-violent resistance against the Israeli government.

on June 24, 2015