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.

A Conversation with Palestinian Author Suad Amiry
IMEU

A Conversation with Palestinian Author Suad Amiry

2015 - 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.

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

2015 - 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.

Doc Looks to the Past to Tell Palestinian Story
MSNBC

Doc Looks to the Past to Tell Palestinian Story

2015 - 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.

US Journal ‘Biography”s Special Issue on Occupied Palestine is Launched in Gaza
Yousef M. Aljamal, Mondoweiss

US Journal ‘Biography”s Special Issue on Occupied Palestine is Launched in Gaza

2015 - The Center for Political and Development Studies in Gaza, Palestine held a launch for Life in Occupied Palestine, a special issue of Biography, an Interdisciplinary Quarterly of biographical scholarship published by the University of Hawaii Press, a forum which explores the theoretical, generic, historical, and cultural dimensions of life-writing integrating literature, history, art, and the social sciences as they relate to biography.

The Forgotten Story of the Original Jaffa Oranges
Ofer Aderet, Haaretz

The Forgotten Story of the Original Jaffa Oranges

2015 - The writing was literally on the wall of the building at 6 Salameh Street, in Jaffa. Buried under layers of paint, it waited patiently for decades to be noticed. It survived a world war and a war of independence (or a Nakba – catastrophe – depending on its owners’ perspectives); watched in silence as the British, the Arabs and the Jews passed by; and concealed a small local story, which like many others of its kind was all but forgotten.

Nakba Museum Exhibit Opens in DC
Karmah Elmusa, IMEU

Nakba Museum Exhibit Opens in DC

2015 - When 27-year-old Bshara Nassar began to dream of a museum dedicated to the Nakba, he hoped it would provide context for Americans who were learning about the struggle for Palestinian civil rights today. “That’s where it all started,” he says. “If we look at the news now we see stories on settlements, for example, but without the context."

Palestinian Dance Group Keeps Folk Art Alive
Ahmad Melhem, Al-Monitor

Palestinian Dance Group Keeps Folk Art Alive

2015 - Under the name El-Funoun Palestinian Popular Dance Troupe, Mohammad Yaacoub and friends Mohammed Atta and Wassim al-Kurdi embarked on a journey of interpreting Palestinian folk songs accompanied by dance and dabke (Levantine Arab folk dance) shows with the objective of preserving Palestinian heritage and folklore.

Speed Sisters: Palestine from Behind the Wheel
Ma'an News Agency

Speed Sisters: Palestine from Behind the Wheel

2015 - Wheels are screeching as race cars make circles in the middle of an empty street. Once the dust has fallen, one of the drivers gets out to stretch her legs - only to be shot in the back with a tear gas canister by an Israeli soldier. This is not the latest installment of the Fast and Furious. This is 'Speed Sisters,' a documentary about five Palestinian women...

Meet Palestine’s FIrst All-Female Race-Car Team
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Meet Palestine’s FIrst All-Female Race-Car Team

2015 - A new documentary tells the story of five brave Palestinian female race-car drivers who must learn to challenge their own society’s norms while facing the violence of Israel’s military occupation. The film, titled “Speed Sisters” (“السابقات” in Arabic), had its Palestinian premier in Ramallah last Saturday.