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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.

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
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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.

Legal Pastimes: Blues at the Bar
Laura Impellizzeri, California Lawyer

Legal Pastimes: Blues at the Bar

George Bisharat carefully explains that his stage name, Big Harp George, isn't about ego. The reference is to the unusual 12-hole and 16-hole chromatic harmonicas (as opposed to the 10-hole diatonic variety) that he plays on his first album as the featured artist. "It's an instrument that blues musicians haven't exploited," he says. Called Chromaticism, Bisharat's CD is among five nominated as "best new artist album" for 2014 by The Blues Foundation.

Mysterious graffiti artist Banksy illustrates Gaza debris
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Mysterious graffiti artist Banksy illustrates Gaza debris

The work of mysterious British graffiti artist Banksy has made an appearance in the Gaza Strip. In a short film posted on his website, the popular street artist appears to have sneaked into Gaza through an underground tunnel from Egypt. The video combines footage from the Israeli-Hamas war last summer, with political commentary about the coastal strip's misery.

“Gaza in Your Eyes” Photography Contest Winners Announced
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“Gaza in Your Eyes” Photography Contest Winners Announced

Last week, Palestinian nonprofit the Welfare Association for Youth announced the results of its 2014 photography contest called "Gaza in Your Eyes." Out of hundreds of submissions, 13 young people were named winners. Each of their photos is strikingly different, but they all manage to capture the perseverance of beauty and hope against a backdrop of destruction.