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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.

Palestinian dies at Nilin checkpoint west of Ramallah News Roundup
Ma'an News Agency

Palestinian dies at Nilin checkpoint west of Ramallah

Palestinian Othman Hassan, 24, died at the Israeli checkpoint of Nilin west of Ramallah on Thursday after suffering an injury in a game of soccer. Hassan, a resident of Qibya village, was en route to be taken to the hospital by friends and family after he fell on his head during a game of soccer and swallowed his tongue.

about 2 days ago
Arab Idol winner wants to give back to Gaza News Roundup
Mohammed Daraghmeh, The Associated Press

Arab Idol winner wants to give back to Gaza

Last year's feel-good winner of the TV singing contest Arab Idol said Wednesday he wants to give back to Gaza, where he grew up, by setting up an arts center nurturing young musicians, writers and actors. The center would be funded by Palestinian Americans who have pledged support, Mohammed Assaf, 24, said in an interview in the Gaza City office of The Associated Press.

about 2 days ago
Disabled Palestinian war photographer turns camera on culture News Roundup
Ma'an News Agency/AFP

Disabled Palestinian war photographer turns camera on culture

When Palestinian Osama Silwadi was crippled by gunfire it ended his career as a war correspondent, but the now wheelchair-bound photographer has found a new calling documenting his people's heritage. After two decades covering the violence of the first and second uprisings against the Israeli occupation (in 1987-1994 and 2000-2005), Silwadi's life took a dramatic turn in 2006 when he was hit by a stray bullet fired by Palestinian gunmen.

about 3 days ago
Palestine shines in global literature prizes News Roundup
Sarah Irving, The Electronic Intifada

Palestine shines in global literature prizes

Poetry and prose by Palestinian writers has been celebrated by the organizers of two international literary awards. The longlist for the Sheikh Zayed Prize — an Arabic culture award — features three Palestinian writers. Probably the best-known Palestinian on the longlist is Ghassan Zaqtan, whose poetry collection Like a Straw Bird it Follows Me, translated by Fady Joudeh, won the Griffin Prize in 2013.

about 4 days ago
Protesters challenge Israeli basketball tour in Ohio, Oregon News Roundup
Celine Hagbard, International Middle East Media Center

Protesters challenge Israeli basketball tour in Ohio, Oregon

Basketball fans joined with human rights supporters in several U.S. towns to call for a boycott of Israeli sports teams, and to challenge what they call a 'public relations tour' by Israeli teams in the U.S. They gathered outside and inside the exhibition games to try to bring attention to the ongoing Israeli military occupation of Palestine.

about 4 days ago
In Pictures: Paralympics in Palestine News Roundup
Rich Wiles, Al Jazeera

In Pictures: Paralympics in Palestine

As the First Intifada petered out, tens of thousands of Palestinians bore its physical scars. Many suffered permanent disabilities, including spinal cord injuries - some caused after they were shot in the back or chest by Israeli soldiers. To address their needs, Paralympic sports began in Palestine more than two decades ago.

about 1 week ago
Arabs from Israel risk arrest for ‘Arab Idol’ show News 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 1 week ago
When a Story Becomes a Casualty of War News 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 1 week ago
The legendary piano of Yarmouk News 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 2 weeks ago