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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.

Palestine Marathon highlights race for recognition
Oren Liebermann, CNN

Palestine Marathon highlights race for recognition

In the biblical city of Bethlehem, Sana Jamaani is warmed up and ready to run. This isn't her first race, but she says it is her most important. "I'm running in the Holy Land," Jamaani smiles. "I'm running in Palestine." More than 3,000 runners came to the West Bank for the Palestine Marathon on Friday. For Jamaani, this isn't just a race for time. It is a run for recognition.

FIFA orders Israeli soccer club to compensate Palestinian club
Haaretz/Reuters

FIFA orders Israeli soccer club to compensate Palestinian club

FIFA has ordered Israeli premier league club Hapoel Haifa and their former player, Ali Khatib, to compensate Palestinian side Jabal al-Mukabbar after Khatib left them without authorization. Jabal al-Mukabbar, based in Arab East Jerusalem claimed that Israeli-born Khatib, who also played as an international for Palestine, walked out on them in 2012 to join Hapoel Haifa without telling them.

Runners ‘hit the wall’ in third Palestine Marathon
Haaretz

Runners ‘hit the wall’ in third Palestine Marathon

Some 3,000 Palestinian runners and foreign rivals turned out for the third Palestine Marathon on Friday, with the race won by Nader al-Masri of Gaza, who said he normally trains “between the rubble of destroyed homes.” This year 46 runners from the Gaza Strip took part in the race in the Bethlehem area. The athletes ran two laps of the same route because the organizers couldn’t find 42 kilometers (26 miles) of uninterrupted road under the control of the Palestinian Authority, they said.

A Conversation with “Letters to Palestine” Editor Vijay Prashad
Karmah Elmusa, IMEU

A Conversation with “Letters to Palestine” Editor Vijay Prashad

On April 14, 2015, Verso Books will release “Letters to Palestine: Writers Respond to War and Occupation.” In this collection of essays and poems, American authors and Palestinian authors living in America offer their raw, unfiltered reactions to the relentless oppression of Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza.

Palestinian-American Author Daniel E. Zoughbie Releases New Book
IMEU

Palestinian-American Author Daniel E. Zoughbie Releases New Book

"Indecision Points," a new book by Palestinian-American author Daniel E. Zoughbie, "offers a comprehensive account of U.S. policy toward Israel and the Palestinians during the George W. Bush administration."

Putting Palestine On The Map…And The Soccer Jersey
Ismail Khalidi, Remezcla

Putting Palestine On The Map…And The Soccer Jersey

As you enter through its main gate under a pair of fluttering Palestinian flags, the Cisterna municipal stadium looks like any run-down soccer field in the West Bank or the Jordan Valley. The parking lot is unpaved and the cars entering for the afternoon game send up yellow clouds of dust.

Star Palestinian playwrights exercise “Permission to Narrate”
Sarah Irving, Electronic Intifada

Star Palestinian playwrights exercise “Permission to Narrate”

Three plays by major contemporary Palestinian playwrights will be performed as staged readings on consecutive nights in New York this month, under the title “Permission to Narrate.” Hosted by Columbia University’s Center for Palestine Studies and curated by playwright and poet Ismail Khalidi, the plays...

Seattle Educator Creates Palestine Teaching Trunk for High School Classrooms
Karmah Elmusa, IMEU

Seattle Educator Creates Palestine Teaching Trunk for High School Classrooms

When Linda Bevis started her second career in teaching nineteen years ago, she noticed that the textbooks for high school world history dedicated about five paragraphs to Palestine and Israel. The Seattle resident, educator, and longtime activist knew how difficult it would be for any teacher to use that material productively. “While I actually don’t think the conflict is a complicated one, it cannot be explained in five paragraphs."

Circus Behind the Wall: Palestinian circus attempts to inform and entertain with stories of struggle
Rich Wiles, Al Jazeera

Circus Behind the Wall: Palestinian circus attempts to inform and entertain with stories of struggle

"We do this because we need to create a better Palestine, this means politically but also socially." Nayef Abdallah was born a refugee in Faraa refugee camp to a family who were driven from their home in Haifa during the Nakba - the events surrounding the creation of Israel in 1948 which Palestinians refer to as "the catastrophe". From such beginnings, few people would have imagined that years later he would go on to take Palestine to the world through a very non-traditional performing art.