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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.

Lorde’s Artistic Right to Cancel Gig in Tel Aviv
The Guardian

Lorde’s Artistic Right to Cancel Gig in Tel Aviv

We write in support of Lorde, who made public her decision not to perform in Israel and has now been branded a bigot in a full page advertisement in the Washington Post. Shmuley Boteach, the author and promoter of the advert, supports Israel’s illegal settlements and wrote last month on Breitbart to thank Donald Trump for “electrifying the world” with his recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital in defiance of international law.

about 2 weeks ago
Palestinian Children’s Book Becomes Target for Boycott and Censorship
Radhika Sainath, Literary Hub

Palestinian Children’s Book Becomes Target for Boycott and Censorship

As a new parent, I’m now alert to a substratum of media that passed below the radar of my younger, less narcissistic, self. In the space of mild leftist parenting, this means acquiring board-book samizdat such as Click Clack Moo (cows striking for workplace benefits), and A Rule is to Break (inculcating anarchist principles in pre-literate children.) Of course, the post-colonial space of this genre (Babar notwithstanding) is pretty unpopulated, so I was excited to spot P is for Palestine by Golbarg Bashi at my local Book Culture.

on December 20, 2017
The Country’s Best Chefs on How America’s Immigrants Define Its Cuisine
Vogue

The Country’s Best Chefs on How America’s Immigrants Define Its Cuisine

Reem Assil on her Muhammara dip: “Muhammara is my homecoming. I discovered this addicting dip as an adult and fell in love with it when I went back to Syria in 2010. At the time, I was soul-searching in my father’s homeland and started to open my eyes to all the richness of my Syrian identity, particularly through the food and hospitality."

on December 18, 2017
Reem’s California
IMEU

Reem’s California

A Palestinian-owned bakery with a social justice edge. Loved by the community and widely celebrated. Attacked by Breitbart and right-wing Israel supporters. Reem's California is standing strong to provide locally-sourced food that brings freedom seekers of all stripes together.

on November 24, 2017
Thom Yorke on Radiohead Israel Concert: “We Don’t Endorse Netanyahu Any More Than Trump”
Matthew Strauss, Pitchfork

Thom Yorke on Radiohead Israel Concert: “We Don’t Endorse Netanyahu Any More Than Trump”

Thom Yorke has released a new statement about Radiohead’s decision to play a concert in Tel Aviv, Israel on July 19. “Playing in a country isn’t the same as endorsing its government,” Yorke writes. “We’ve played in Israel for over 20 years through a succession of governments...

on July 11, 2017
Thom Yorke Rejects New Calls to Cancel Radiohead’s Israel Concert
Rolling Stone

Thom Yorke Rejects New Calls to Cancel Radiohead’s Israel Concert

Thom Yorke continued to defend Radiohead's decision to play a concert in Israel after British filmmaker Ken Loach once again urged the band to call off their July 19th gig in Tel Aviv in an op-ed for The Independent. Loach is among many musicians and activists calling on Radiohead...

on July 11, 2017
Radiohead Are Wrong to Play in Israel. Here’s Why
Dave Randall, The Guardian

Radiohead Are Wrong to Play in Israel. Here’s Why

Next Wednesday (19 July), Radiohead will step on stage in Tel Aviv in knowing and deliberate contravention of the boycott of Israel called for by Palestinian civil society and adhered to by leading cultural figures. In so doing, they will lose the respect of thousands of music fans across the region and around the world.

on July 11, 2017
Radiohead Need to Join the Cultural Boycott of Israel – Why Won’t They Meet with Me to Discuss It?
Ken Loach, Independent

Radiohead Need to Join the Cultural Boycott of Israel – Why Won’t They Meet with Me to Discuss It?

I was surprised to read in Rolling Stone that Thom Yorke believed critics of Radiohead’s scheduled concert in Tel Aviv were simply “throwing shit” at the band in public, without speaking to them privately. This is both inaccurate and – even if it were accurate – quite irrelevant.

on July 11, 2017
Did Radiohead’s Thom Yorke Swear at Fans Waving Palestinian Flags?
Hilary Aked, The Electronic Intifada

Did Radiohead’s Thom Yorke Swear at Fans Waving Palestinian Flags?

Radiohead front man Thom Yorke has apparently stuck up his middle finger up at fans waving Palestinian flags in protest at the band’s decision to play in Israel later this month. The singer’s gesture was captured on video during a performance in Glasgow, Scotland at the weekend.

on July 10, 2017