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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.

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.

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Lameece Issaq Palestinian Americans
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.

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“Mornings in Jenin” chosen as first book in Palestine-inspired reading campaign News Roundup
The Electronic Intifada

“Mornings in Jenin” chosen as first book in Palestine-inspired reading campaign

Early next year, book groups around the US will delve into a historical saga set in the city of Jenin, bringing together readers to learn about the story of modern Palestine. The reading campaign — which will hopefully spread arond the world — is called “One Book — Many Communities.”

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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