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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.

CB Crew Brings Break Dancing to Gaza Music
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CB Crew Brings Break Dancing to Gaza

The residents of Gaza find different ways of coping with life under occupation, and for a group of young men that call themselves the CB (Camp Breakerz) Crew, dance is a hugely important outlet. The group has been an organized break dancing team for over 10 years, and in 2012, they decided to share their passion with the community by opening a school called CB Crew Academy of Art in Nusirat refugee camp.

Palestinian Team Places at Koding Hackathon News Roundup
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Palestinian Team Places at Koding Hackathon

When Palestinian developer Hamdan Taima received an invitation to the Koding Hackathon in the fall of 2014, he saw it as an opportunity to make a name for Palestinians in the broader tech world. Hackathons come in all formats, shapes, and sizes, but Koding is a massive, worldwide event that attracts thousands of participants. No Palestinian team had ever participated in a hackathon of this global magnitude.

Sami Metwasi: Actor, Director, Singer, and Playwright Palestinian Profiles
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Sami Metwasi: Actor, Director, Singer, and Playwright

Actor, theatre director, and playwright Sami Metwasi is the star of Muayad Alayan’s latest film, “Love, Theft, and Other Entanglements,” which is set for release in 2015. It has been officially selected by one of the most prestigious film festivals in the world, the Berlin International Film Festival.

Ayed Arafah: Artist and Educator Palestinian Profiles
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Ayed Arafah: Artist and Educator

Born to work with his hands, visual artist and educator Ayed Arafah connected to his gift at a very young age when his schoolteacher collected his class drawings and displayed them in the schoolyard. Ayed likes working with different mediums — from videos to installation pieces to paintings and murals. Born in Jerusalem, Ayed grew up in Dheisheh Refugee Camp in Bethlehem.

How one soccer match tells the entire Palestinian story News Roundup
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How one soccer match tells the entire Palestinian story

On Friday morning, the Palestine national soccer team will face off against Jordan, a team with a majority of Palestinian players, in the Asian Cup. Whether they choose to or not, the 22 players on the field will tell the story of refugees, occupation, checkpoints and the connection between home and diaspora. Oh, and they’ll also play soccer.

Randa Jarrar: Author and Professor Palestinian-American Profiles
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Randa Jarrar: Author and Professor

“None of my characters are rooted to a particular place, and that makes all of them marginalized, outsiders, or outcasts,” says Randa Jarrar, an accomplished author, translator, and professor at California State University, Fresno. As a Palestinian American, Jarrar is intimately familiar with the struggles of identity and belonging, and brings that experience to her work. “That’s what makes for good writing,” she says. “When you write from the point of view of someone who is not inside the norm.”

Palestinian soccer team plays in its first international competition News Roundup
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Palestinian soccer team plays in its first international competition

For the first time since being recognized by FIFA in 1998, the Palestinian soccer team on Monday competed in a major international competition when it played at the at the Asian Cup in Newcastle, Australia. Despite the outcome of the match — a 4-0 drubbing from a much more talented Japan — Palestinians cheered their team’s appearance as a victory in itself, as the team and its players had to overcome significant obstacles just to be there.

Historic moment awaits Palestine football team after painful journey News Roundup
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Historic moment awaits Palestine football team after painful journey

The National Football Stadium in Male, the capital of The Maldives, was only half full as the match moved into injury time, but the 6,000 people in the crowd were about to witness history being made. It was May, 2014, and the final of the AFC Challenge Cup. Eight of Asia's lowest ranked teams had competed and the winner would qualify straight into the Asian Cup finals, Asia's equivalent of the European Championships.

Palestinian soccer team plays in its first international competition News Roundup
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Palestinian soccer team plays in its first international competition

For the first time since being recognized by FIFA in 1998, the Palestinian soccer team on Monday competed in a major international competition when it played at the at the Asian Cup in Newcastle, Australia.