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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.

Running for Gaza: Linda Wafi’s marathon journey for Palestinian children News Roundup
Alex Kane, Mondoweiss

Running for Gaza: Linda Wafi’s marathon journey for Palestinian children

The runners who traversed the five boroughs on November 2 came from all over the world to participate in the New York City Marathon. There were over 27,000 Americans, 622 Japanese and 543 Danes. Wilson Kapsang, the winner of the race, is from Kenya. But there was only one registered as being from Palestine: Linda Wafi.

about 1 week ago
At UN, Palestinian-born designer uses fashion to show ‘another face’ of homeland News Roundup
UN News Centre

At UN, Palestinian-born designer uses fashion to show ‘another face’ of homeland

Through fashion – “a universal language” – Palestinian-born designer Jamal Taslaq unveiled his Fall-Winter collection at United Nations Headquarters in New York last night, spotlighting his long-troubled homeland, but also revealing “another face of Palestine,” inspired and inspiring, yearning to be at peace.

about 2 weeks ago
Palestine Speaks: Narratives of Life Under Occupation News Roundup
Randy Rosenthal, Tweed's Magazine of Literature & Art

Palestine Speaks: Narratives of Life Under Occupation

When we think of Palestine, most of us probably think of a destroyed Gaza and occupied West Bank. We think of rockets and tunnels, settlers and checkpoints. We might think of the Palestinian people as a whole, but rarely do we think about individuals, the stories of the people who live there. Palestine Speaks: Narratives of Life Under Occupation addresses this discrepancy, providing a deeper understanding of who the Palestinian people are, and their experience of living in occupied territories.

about 2 weeks ago
Peter Gabriel, Stewart Copeland, Serj Tankian Contribute to Gaza Relief Album ‘2 Unite All’ News Roundup
Brian Ives, CBS Radio

Peter Gabriel, Stewart Copeland, Serj Tankian Contribute to Gaza Relief Album ‘2 Unite All’

A rare Peter Gabriel song and a collaboration between former Police drummer Stewart Copeland and System of a Down frontman Serj Tankian highlight a new compilation called 2 Unite All, a benefit album to raise funds for humanitarian aid to Palestinians in Gaza.The album, which is out now, is produced by an organization called Project Peace On Earth.

about 2 weeks ago
Beer, wine flow in West Bank Christian hamlet News Roundup
Tia Goldenberg, The Associated Press

Beer, wine flow in West Bank Christian hamlet

A tiny Christian enclave in the overwhelmingly Muslim West Bank has for years crafted the only Palestinian beer and brought thousands of visitors flocking to its annual beer fest. Now, it is adding wine to its list of libations, hoping a boutique winery will be another tourist draw and contribute to keeping the small village afloat.

about 3 weeks ago
Stars Join Forces In First US-Produced Benefit Album For Gaza Relief News Roundup
Look to the Stars

Stars Join Forces In First US-Produced Benefit Album For Gaza Relief

A diverse group of famed musicians including Peter Gabriel, The Police's Stewart Copeland, Rick Allen of Def Leppard, System Of A Down frontman Serj Tankian and Grammy Award-winning opera singer Sasha Cooke, have come together for a first-of-its-kind benefit album to deliver urgent humanitarian aid to Palestinians in Gaza. Produced by Project Peace On Earth (PPOE), the album features 26 powerful musical tracks of healing and peace.

about 3 weeks ago
Keeping His Day Job News Roundup
The Monthly

Keeping His Day Job

George Bisharat, aka Big Harp George, is decked out in a handsomely tailored gray suit with a pink handkerchief protruding from the outer breast pocket. His shirt is pink, his tie pink and yellow, and his smooth leather and suede Italian shoes two tones of rusty pink. It's as if he's about to step on stage to blow harmonica and sing at Biscuits and Blues, where he's in the process of lining up a gig to promote Chromaticism, his new debut CD.

about 3 weeks ago
Lameece Issaq Palestinian American Profiles
IMEU

Lameece Issaq

In 2015, actor and writer Lameece Issaq will celebrate the five-year anniversary of Noor Theatre, the production company she co-founded that is dedicated to developing and supporting the work of Middle Eastern theater artists. Since its inception in 2010, Noor Theatre has been in residence at the renowned off-Broadway New York Theatre Workshop in Manhattan, and as Issaq looks back, she’s thrilled to find that what she’s doing is gaining traction.

about 3 weeks ago
Israeli Firm, Target of Boycott, to Shut West Bank Plant News Roundup
Jodi Rudoren, The New York Times

Israeli Firm, Target of Boycott, to Shut West Bank Plant

SodaStream, the Israeli manufacturer of home carbonation systems that this year became a focal point of an international movement to boycott Israeli products made in the occupied West Bank, plans to close its factory there next year. The company’s stock and revenue have waned since the controversy erupted in January, when the actress Scarlett Johansson became its spokeswoman and resigned from a similar post at Oxfam International, which opposes Israeli settlements in Palestinian territory.

about 3 weeks ago