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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.

Preserving Palestinian Culture, One Seed at a Time
Joshua David Stein, The Village Voice

Preserving Palestinian Culture, One Seed at a Time

Tanoreen’s owner, Rawia Bishara, was born in Nazareth and followed her husband to the United States in 1973. In 1998, after raising two children, she opened the place with only ten seats.

about 5 days ago
George Bisharat: Legal Scholar, Educator, and Blues Musician
IMEU

George Bisharat: Legal Scholar, Educator, and Blues Musician

Reflecting on his career and writing, Bisharat explains, “Fighting injustice is what inspires me professionally, personally and creatively through my legal career, as an educator and as a musician.”

about 1 week ago
Amputee Soccer Team a Game Changer for Gaza Wounded
Nidal al-Mughrabi, Reuters

Amputee Soccer Team a Game Changer for Gaza Wounded

A soccer team made up of Palestinians who lost limbs to Israeli fire in the Gaza Strip is giving its players new purpose.

about 2 weeks ago
Palestinian-American George Bisharat “Big Harp George” Releases Video for  “Alternative Facts”
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Palestinian-American George Bisharat “Big Harp George” Releases Video for “Alternative Facts”

Palestinian-American law professor turned blues musician George Bisharat has a new album out on July 16. Taking the blues world by storm as Big Harp George, his latest record, Uptown Cool, is already creating a lot of buzz. Alternative Facts is the first video off the album, a biting parody about living in a post-truth world brought on by the Trump administration.

about 2 weeks ago
Chicago Palestinian Series: Professor Iymen Chehade
Director Colette Ghunim, Producer Miasarah Lai

Chicago Palestinian Series: Professor Iymen Chehade

Chicago-based professor Iymen Chehade is devoted to telling the story of Palestine and the fight against Israeli apartheid through college classrooms and his new project, Uprising Theater, a space where art will amplify struggles for social justice. "When you work on Palestine here, it's as if you're resisting over there."

about 3 weeks ago
Chicago Palestinian Series: Palestinian-American Chef Abeer Najjar
Director Colette Ghunim, Producer Miasarah Lai

Chicago Palestinian Series: Palestinian-American Chef Abeer Najjar

Chicago-based Palestinian-American chef Abeer Najjar creates fusion dishes inspired by her Palestinian upbringing, using food to keep her heritage alive. “Our narrative as Palestinians is being erased.”

on June 21, 2018
Tatreez & Tea Preserves Palestinian Embroidery in the Diaspora
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Tatreez & Tea Preserves Palestinian Embroidery in the Diaspora

The second edition of Tatreetz & Tea, a book on the history of Palestinian embroidery, is set to be released later this month. Tatreez & Tea, a U.S.-based initiative dedicated to preserving Palestinian embroidery (tatreez), folk art, and storytelling, celebrates the release of its second edition book this June 30th.

on June 19, 2018
Join the al-Lahham Family for Iftar in Gaza
Mohammed Zaanoun, IMEU

Join the al-Lahham Family for Iftar in Gaza

Ramadan is a sacred time of year for devout Muslims. The holy month began days after the Israeli military killed 62 protesters in Gaza’s Great Return March. Despite the sorrow over the killings, and despite the ongoing suffering Palestinians in Gaza experience due to the Israeli-imposed blockade, four hours daily of electricity, lack of drinking water, and chronic unemployment — families in Gaza still mark Ramadan with devotion, and with dignity.

on June 14, 2018
Mural Honoring Palestinian History and Culture to be Unveiled in San Francisco
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Mural Honoring Palestinian History and Culture to be Unveiled in San Francisco

Motorists entering the 101 in San Francisco’s upper market will soon see a large, vibrant wall with kids climbing over it. The wall is part of a mural being painted by artist Chris Gazaleh on a residential building owned by Ron Dudum...

on June 12, 2018