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.

An accessible look at Darwish’s life and work, at long last Media Roundup
Sarah Irving, Electronic Intifada

An accessible look at Darwish’s life and work, at long last

It is hard to talk about modern Palestinian culture without mentioning Mahmoud Darwish. The late Palestinian “poet laureate,” one of the greatest poets writing in Arabic in the twentieth century, Darwish’s brilliance looms large, six years after his death. (photo: WHAT_4 via photopin cc)

on July 1, 2014
Sports and Violence: A Red Card for Israel Op-Eds & Analysis
Noah Habeeb and FPIP, The Nation

Sports and Violence: A Red Card for Israel

In an effort to bolster its global status, Israel has placed a bid to host the 2020 European Championship, known as Euro 2020. That means that one of the world’s largest international soccer tournaments might be coming to Jerusalem.

on June 20, 2014
Olives, Lemons & Za’atar Media Roundup
Rozanne Gold, Huffington Post

Olives, Lemons & Za’atar

Everything about Ms. Bishara's evocative new book made me want to run to the kitchen or get on a plane and wander in the Old City.

on June 15, 2014
FIFA’s Blatter calls on Israel to ease travel restrictions for Palestinian soccer players Media Roundup
Haaretz

FIFA’s Blatter calls on Israel to ease travel restrictions for Palestinian soccer players

FIFA president Sepp Blatter and delegates at the FIFA Congress called on the Israeli government on Wednesday to fully commit to FIFA's plans to ease restrictions on movement for Palestinian footballers. "I call on the Israeli government to facilitate this movement and I go so far as to say its co-operation is crucial," Blatter told delegates who roundly applauded him.

on June 12, 2014
Poets House Holds Annual Brooklyn Bridge Walk, Honors Naomi Shihab Nye Media Roundup
The Wall Street Journal

Poets House Holds Annual Brooklyn Bridge Walk, Honors Naomi Shihab Nye

Somehow, the poet Naomi Shihab Nye, reading from Jayne Cortez's "I Am New York City" at the foot of the Brooklyn Bridge, made the city's flaws—from the insults to the bedbugs—sound endearing. Poets House, which operates a 60,000-volume poetry library in Battery Park City and holds poetry events and workshops, honored Ms. Nye on Monday night with its biennial "Betty" award...

on June 10, 2014
Palestinians win first international football match, gain Asia Cup spot Media Roundup
Nidal Al-Mughrabi, Reuters

Palestinians win first international football match, gain Asia Cup spot

Palestine's football team won the Asia Challenge Cup on Friday in a match against the Philippines, securing its place in the AFC Asia Cup that will be held next year in Australia. The match, held in the Maldives, ended 1-0. It is the first victory in an international soccer contest for the Palestinians since the establishment of the Palestine Football Federation in 1928, sport officials said.

on May 30, 2014
Palestine reach AFC Challenge Cup final Media Roundup
Teng Kiat, Goal Singapore

Palestine reach AFC Challenge Cup final

Palestine reached their first-ever AFC Challenge Cup final on Tuesday night when they saw off the challenge off Afghanistan in a 2-0 victory at the National Stadium in Male, Maldives.

on May 28, 2014
John Legend, Anthony Bourdain & Shifting Use of the ‘P’ Word in America Op-Eds & Analysis
David Harris Gershon, Daily Kos

John Legend, Anthony Bourdain & Shifting Use of the ‘P’ Word in America

Growing up, I rarely heard the 'P' word uttered in my suburban Atlanta community, and not once did I hear it spoken in my Hebrew school at our family's conservative synagogue, where teachers spoke of "them" in quick, hushed tones. photo: Christopher Hazou/IMEU

on May 22, 2014
An exquisite taste of Palestine, from far-away Brooklyn Media Roundup
Vered Guttman, Haaretz

An exquisite taste of Palestine, from far-away Brooklyn

For Rawia Bishara, writing her first cookbook, "Olives, Lemons & Za'atar: the Best Middle Eastern Home Cooking" (Kyle Books, 2014), was about "honoring my mother and her recipes." Rawia, a Palestinian who grew up in Nazareth, moved to the United States when she got married, some 40 years ago.

on May 20, 2014