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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.

The Way to the Spring Examines the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict Through Stories of Resistance
Erika Lee, Los Angeles Magazine

The Way to the Spring Examines the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict Through Stories of Resistance

When Ben Ehrenreich started spending time in the West Bank in 2011—the award-winning writer even lived there between 2013 and 2014—he went, in part, on assignment for the New York Times Magazine and Harper’s. What he returned home with is The Way to the Spring: Life and Death in Palestine (June 14), a collection of revelatory anecdotes offering a pragmatic, somber look…

about 4 days ago
Dave Eggers, Alice Walker Among Literary Figures Calling for Israel to Free Palestinian Poet
JTA, Haaretz

Dave Eggers, Alice Walker Among Literary Figures Calling for Israel to Free Palestinian Poet

More than 150 literary figures, including nine Pulitzer Prize winners, are calling for Israel to free an Israeli-Arab poet charged with inciting violence through social media. The open letter announced Tuesday in support of Dareen Tatour, who has been under house arrest since October, was organized by Jewish Voice for Peace and Adalah-NY (The New York Campaign for the Boycott of Israel)…

about 2 weeks ago
Daily Life in the West Bank Is More Than Just Protests and Tear Gas
Munir Atalla, VICE

Daily Life in the West Bank Is More Than Just Protests and Tear Gas

Identical twins who swap identities to keep their double out of jail; an Israeli settler caught in his own razor wire, too proud to allow himself to be helped down by a Palestinian; a little blond girl who defiantly raises her fist at soldiers twice her size—Ben Ehrenreich brings a novelist's touch to anecdotes that are often stranger than fiction in his new book.

about 3 weeks ago
Palestinian Swimmer Glides Past Obstacles to Reach Rio
Ammar Awad & Mustafa Abu Ganeyeh, Reuters

Palestinian Swimmer Glides Past Obstacles to Reach Rio

Palestinian swimmer Mary al-Atrash can't wait to make a splash at the Rio Olympics in August, but participation, rather than a podium finish, is probably the best she can hope for. Atrash competes in the 50 metres freestyle but her best time of 29.91 seconds is more than four seconds slower than the Olympic qualifying threshold of 25.28 seconds, in itself almost two seconds behind the world record.

on June 28, 2016
‘I Believe in Miracles’: A Palestinian Sprinter’s Olympic Dream
Daniel A. Medina, NBC News

‘I Believe in Miracles’: A Palestinian Sprinter’s Olympic Dream

At an amateur track meet last month at Rice University in Houston, an eclectic group of runners from young children to the elderly gathered to compete in their respective heats. Amid the punishing Texas humidity, the so-called open meet — the most democratic of track and field competitions where all are free to compete regardless of age or skill level — was especially busy on this muggy Thursday evening.

on June 25, 2016
Backing BDS: Another Pulitzer winner comes out for Palestinian rights
David Palumbo-Liu, Salon

Backing BDS: Another Pulitzer winner comes out for Palestinian rights

Last week Viet Thanh Nguyen, a professional associate of mine, became the fourth winner of the Pulitzer Prize in Fiction to endorse the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions movement (BDS), joining Alice Walker, Richard Ford, and Junot Diaz. Besides the Pulitzer, his novel, “The Sympathizer,” won several other prestigious awards and made it to over 30 book-of-the-year lists, including The Guardian, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and The Washington Post.

on June 22, 2016
Israel Prosecutes a Palestinian Poet over Youtube Poem
Nigel Wilson, Al Jazeera

Israel Prosecutes a Palestinian Poet over Youtube Poem

With a flick of her wrist, Dareen Tatour turned a page in her notebook, smoothed the paper and began reading aloud in a slow, steady cadence. "The charges are like pieces of clothing. They brought me these clothes and forced me to wear them, from my toes to my head," she said, before bursting into excited laughter at the novelty of her work being translated into English.

on June 20, 2016
The Greatest Was a Black Man who Supported Palestinians
Susan Abulhawa, Al Jazeera

The Greatest Was a Black Man who Supported Palestinians

I watched and listened, often with tears, as Muhammad Ali was eulogised. I cried when the service opened with a reading from the Quran, because it was the first time in the history of the United States that a recitation of the Quran was read and heard in reverence on major national American television networks. I thought, even in death, he is a revolutionary.

on June 13, 2016
Israel Extends Detention Without Trial for Palestinian Clown
Al Arabiya/AFP

Israel Extends Detention Without Trial for Palestinian Clown

Israel has extended the detention without trial of Palestinian circus performer Mohammad Abu Sakha for another six months, his circus school said Monday. Abu Sakha, 24, was arrested on December 14 in the occupied West Bank, and held since January in administrative detention, the controversial measure under which Israel can hold suspects without trial for periods of six months, renewable indefinitely.

on June 13, 2016