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.

Arabs from Israel risk arrest for ‘Arab Idol’ show Media Roundup
Yahoo News/AP

Arabs from Israel risk arrest for ‘Arab Idol’ show

Their goal is to win Arab Idol, the Arab world's premiere television song competition. But the journey Manal Mousa, 25, and Haitham Khalaily, 24, have taken from their villages in Israel to the competition in Lebanon could comprise a television drama of its own — featuring travel to an enemy country, Israeli security interrogations, and the complicated identity crisis of Israel's Arabs.

about 4 days ago
When a Story Becomes a Casualty of War Media Roundup
Erica Berenstein & Fares Akram, The New York Times

When a Story Becomes a Casualty of War

The weather was pleasantly warm on a day last spring when we made our way up the front steps of an ambulance depot in the Tel al-Hawa neighborhood of Gaza City. The medics and a few children loitering outside watched us as if we were the most notable sight of the day. Sounds drifting from inside came from little fingers hitting piano keys and plucking at violin strings — not sirens.

about 4 days ago
The legendary piano of Yarmouk Media Roundup
Moe Ali Nayel, The Electronic Intifada

The legendary piano of Yarmouk

There is a piano that continues to survive alongside the Palestinians in besieged Yarmouk refugee camp near Damascus. Earlier this year the piano appeared in the [enclosed] YouTube video; it was the first time I learned of its existence. A favorite musical instrument, my ears were absorbed and my eyes followed each stroke of its keys.

about 6 days ago
“I draw for Gaza”: the defiant art of Haneen Nofal Media Roundup
Rawan Yaghi, The Electronic Intifada

“I draw for Gaza”: the defiant art of Haneen Nofal

Haneen Ibrahim Nofal posted a striking image on the Internet while Israel was bombing her native Gaza in July. The drawing depicted a young woman wearing a kufiyyeh — the Palestinian checkered scarf — on her head and smiling proudly while touching a crown. The crown was in the shape of the Arabic word for “resistance,” muqawama. The timing was potent and, despite the horrors then befalling Gaza, offered some hope.

about 6 days ago
How Western Governments Have Failed Palestinian Children Op-Eds & Analysis
Roger Waters, The Huffington Post

How Western Governments Have Failed Palestinian Children

My only daughter, India, just gave birth to my first granddaughter, a healthy, beautiful nine-pound baby. I am overjoyed. My tears of joy run free. Yet, my joy is fettered by sorrow. The new arrival's birth has been cause for reflection about the world she inherits. This child, so dear to me, will not lack for opportunities, her future is wide open. I cannot, however, help but see in her the reflection of other less fortunate children.

about 6 days ago
Palestinian women sew for change: Artisan heritage as cultural and economic empowerment tool Media Roundup
Shirabe Yamada, Mondoweiss

Palestinian women sew for change: Artisan heritage as cultural and economic empowerment tool

When I first came to Palestine, my impressions were dominated by the harsh reality of oppression, violence, and poverty. Then I fell in love with Palestine’s beauty, which was in a stark and surprising contrast to my initial perception. The beauty was in the landscape, seasons’ bounties, artisan work and the people who create them.

about 1 week ago
Palestinian brewery puts Oktoberfest on ice Media Roundup
Kate Shuttleworth, USA Today

Palestinian brewery puts Oktoberfest on ice

The Taybeh Brewery here in the heart of the Holy Land usually hosts an Oktoberfest celebration, but not this year. This is the first time master brewer Nadim Khoury and his family canceled their annual event, saying it's too soon after the 50-day war between Israel and Hamas in Gaza last summer. "The blood in Gaza still did not dry, so we felt we needed better times to celebrate," Khoury said.

about 1 week ago
Suha Arraf on her “stateless” Palestinian film Media Roundup
Patrick O. Strickland, The Electronic Intifada

Suha Arraf on her “stateless” Palestinian film

They want to view me as a ‘good Israeli Arab director’ or a ‘nice Israeli Arab,’” says filmmaker Suha Arraf, who recently came under attack by the Israeli government and its supporters for labeling her latest work a Palestinian production. “The moment you say Palestinian, though, you become the enemy,” she told The Electronic Intifada.

about 2 weeks ago
New site catalogs documentary films about Palestine Media Roundup
Henry Norr, Mondoweiss

New site catalogs documentary films about Palestine

Movies are a great way to learn about Palestine – and, more important, to educate family, friends, and neighbors. Fortunately, there are scores of great films about the plight of the Palestinians and its historical roots – if the quality and quantity of documentaries on the situation determined the outcome, the Palestinians would have won a substantial measure of justice long ago. And in the Internet age most of these films are available at the click of a mouse, for free or at nominal cost.

about 2 weeks ago