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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.

Cinema Returns to Gaza After Long Absence
Entsar Abu Jahal, Al-Monitor

Cinema Returns to Gaza After Long Absence

The lights were dim and the audience whispered. The viewers watched the screen to see what would happen to the hero of the film “Oversized Coat,” which screened Dec. 26 at the Red Crescent Society hall. Gazans watched the film in an uplifted mood, one the city had been not seen for decades.

about 6 days ago
Young Palestinian Poet Brings To Life The Troubles Of Jerusalem
Charlotte Alfred, The Huffington Post

Young Palestinian Poet Brings To Life The Troubles Of Jerusalem

Mohammed al-Kurd was something of a child star. When he was 11 years old, Israeli settlers took over part of his family’s home in the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Sheikh Jarrah, sparking protests by Palestinian and Israeli activists. Al-Kurd was the main subject of an award-winning documentary about the episode called "My Neighborhood."

about 1 week ago
Amer Zahr: Comedian
Karmah Elmusa, IMEU

Amer Zahr: Comedian

If you’re a Palestinian and you want to find reasons to be sad, it’s not difficult,” says Zahr. “I believe that no matter who we are, and no matter what sort of situation you’re in, there are at least 5 to 10 funny things that happen to you every day. Or if you’re a Palestinian, it’s more like 50 or 100 things. We live in a surreal universe, and we see a lot of weird stuff.”

about 2 weeks ago
Alan Rickman Gave the Greatest Gift to My Late Daughter, Rachel Corrie
Craig Corrie, The Guardian

Alan Rickman Gave the Greatest Gift to My Late Daughter, Rachel Corrie

My family and I were saddened on Thursday morning to learn of the death of Alan Rickman – too sad to write our feelings at the time. Alan, of course, is famous as an actor and director, both on stage and in film. But we first came to know him when, with Katharine Viner (now editor-in-chief of the Guardian), he edited our daughter Rachel’s writing into the play My Name is Rachel Corrie.

about 3 weeks ago
Waging Life in a War Zone
Yes! Magazine

Waging Life in a War Zone

Mohammed al-Saedi leads me through the densely populated Gaza City neighborhood of al-Zaitoun. Walls are painted in blues and pinks, with wooden shutters of purple and yellow. Plants are potted in colorful buckets at each corner.

on January 12, 2016
Israel Bans Novel on Arab-Jewish Romance From Schools for ‘Threatening Jewish Identity’
Or Kashti, Haaretz

Israel Bans Novel on Arab-Jewish Romance From Schools for ‘Threatening Jewish Identity’

Israel’s Education Ministry has disqualified a novel that describes a love story between an Israeli woman and a Palestinian man from use by high schools around the country. The move comes even though the official responsible for literature instruction in secular state schools recommended the book for use in advanced literature classes, as did a professional committee of academics and educators, at the request of a number of teachers.

on December 31, 2015
Gaza Youth Group Spotlights Palestinian Talent
Al Monitor, Entsar Abu Jahal

Gaza Youth Group Spotlights Palestinian Talent

The Cordoba Students' Center started a recent meeting with the sounds of musical instruments and Arabic melodies. The attendees gathered in the Cordoba Restaurant, in southern Gaza City, where the meetings are held on the first Tuesday of each month in a private room. Arab originality and Palestinian heritage are showcased in the room's books, photos and other decorations.

on December 24, 2015
AP Photos: Painters Bring New Life to Hard-hit Areas in Gaza
Associated Press

AP Photos: Painters Bring New Life to Hard-hit Areas in Gaza

The Shati refugee camp in Gaza City has always been a symbol of poverty, a grey concrete jungle with 87,000 people packed into half a square kilometer, or about one fifth of a square mile. But now, overlooking the sewage-contaminated Mediterranean beachfront, the camp's houses are covered in vibrant colors.

on December 23, 2015
Palestinian Refugees Are Starting an All-Female Food Truck in Lebanon
Alex Swerdloff, Vice

Palestinian Refugees Are Starting an All-Female Food Truck in Lebanon

As 2016 rapidly approaches, we can comfortably say that humanity has attained many a soaring feat not thought remotely possible even a few generations ago. Which makes it all the more bitter that 2015 also marked the absolute worst levels of global displacement in all of recorded history.

on December 15, 2015