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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 Brothers Look to Tap in to West Bank Beer Market
Miriam Berger, Al Monitor

Palestinian Brothers Look to Tap in to West Bank Beer Market

Alaa Sayej knows it's a tough time to invest in “Made in Palestine” products. Formal talks to end the Israeli occupation are dormant, while the Gaza Strip and the West Bank, the longstanding contours of a promised Palestinian state, are as divided as ever. International movements to boycott Israeli companies are growing, but for Palestinians on the ground, creating their own local alternatives remains an uphill battle.

about 4 days ago
Palestine Cup Final: Gaza Soccer Club Allowed Into West Bank for First Time Since Blockade
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Palestine Cup Final: Gaza Soccer Club Allowed Into West Bank for First Time Since Blockade

Soccer teams from Gaza and the West Bank played against each other for the first time in 15 years for the Palestine Cup final.

about 2 weeks ago
Rivalry Is Renewed for Soccer Final in West Bank as Restrictions Are Eased
Diaa Hadid & Rami Nazzal, The New York Times

Rivalry Is Renewed for Soccer Final in West Bank as Restrictions Are Eased

As a member of the Palestinian national soccer team, Alaa Attiyah has traveled the world, playing in more than 20 countries, including Nepal, China, Iran and Norway. But for years, Mr. Attiyah, a 24-year-old who also plays for the leading club team in Gaza, had been unable to make the journey of a few dozen miles to the West Bank.

about 2 weeks ago
Palestinians Reunited: Symbolic Football Match Back On
Yahoo! Sports/AFP

Palestinians Reunited: Symbolic Football Match Back On

Football players from the Gaza Strip were able to exit the coastal enclave Wednesday for the return leg of a match being seen as a symbolic step toward Palestinian unity, officials said. Israel strictly controls the Gaza border, and the second match between the Strip's Shejaiya and the West Bank's Al-Ahli had been postponed over a dispute involving security checks on some of the Gaza players.

about 3 weeks ago
Artist Emily Jacir Brings the Palestinian Experience to the Venice Biennale
Democracy Now!

Artist Emily Jacir Brings the Palestinian Experience to the Venice Biennale

At the Venice Biennale, the oldest and most prestigious international biennial art exhibition in the world, we speak with one of the most celebrated Palestinian artists, Emily Jacir. In 2007, she won the Golden Lion here at the Venice Biennale for her work "Material for a Film," a large-scale installation based on the life of Palestinian writer Wael Zuaiter, who was assassinated near his home in Rome, Italy, by Israeli Mossad agents in 1972.

about 3 weeks ago
This New Fitness Trend On The Streets Of Palestine Defies Gravity
Alena Hall, The Huffington Post

This New Fitness Trend On The Streets Of Palestine Defies Gravity

First there was Parkour, the French-based urban movement that used city landscapes to accomplish impressive acrobatic feats. Now, there's street workout, which has a similar ethos but goes into even more extreme environments with an emphasis on functional fitness. And, according to Palestinian photographer Mohammed Abed, it is now bringing a sense of empowerment to the youth in Gaza City.

about 3 weeks ago
Gaza Soccer Club Makes Way to West Bank for Palestine Cup Final
Jack Khoury, Haaretz/Reuters

Gaza Soccer Club Makes Way to West Bank for Palestine Cup Final

The Shujaiyeh soccer club left its home turf in the Gaza Strip on Wednesday morning and began the journey through Israel's Erez border crossing to the West Bank city of Hebron, where it is scheduled to face off against the local team in a historical final match of the Palestine Cup games on Friday. The game, between Shujaiyeh and West Bank champions Al-Ahly, will decide which of the two clubs will represent Palestine in the next Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Cup.

about 3 weeks ago
Palestinians Delay Soccer Final, Saying Israel Blocking Players
Nidal Al-Mughrabi, Reuters

Palestinians Delay Soccer Final, Saying Israel Blocking Players

The Palestinian Football Federation postponed the final Palestine Cup game between the champion teams of the Gaza Strip and the West Bank after Israel denied entry permits to some of the Gaza players, sports officials said. The Shejaia club from the Gaza Strip must pass through an Israeli border crossing to reach the occupied West Bank city of Hebron, where Sunday's game was scheduled to be played, and to do so needs approval from Israel.

about 3 weeks ago
An Inspiring Look Into A Gaza Neighborhood Filled With Color
Nick Robins-Early, The Huffington Post

An Inspiring Look Into A Gaza Neighborhood Filled With Color

In the Al Zaytoun neighborhood of Gaza, residents have transformed a conflict-stricken area into a vibrant work of art. Formerly bare doors and windows are now covered in rainbow shades of paint, and pastel-colored flower pots hang down alleyways. There are swirling murals on light purple and yellow walls, and brightly colored bricks line the sidewalks.

on August 6, 2015