Culture

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.

Artist Critiques Capitalism and War, Sells Vials of His Blood on Wall Street
Jasmine Weber, Hyperallergic

Artist Critiques Capitalism and War, Sells Vials of His Blood on Wall Street

Wall Street is often esteemed as the nucleus of the international free market — and this week, Palestinian artist Khaled Jarrar has introduced himself as a share.

on October 17, 2018
When All Else Fails, There’s Culture
Nana Asfour, The New York Times

When All Else Fails, There’s Culture

What does it mean to be a Palestinian? In recent years, more and more individuals have turned to one creative field or another to offer up their own answer to that question, in the hope that a better understanding of it will bring real change.

on October 17, 2018
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.

on July 13, 2018
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.”

on July 10, 2018
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.

on July 3, 2018
Palestinian-American George Bisharat “Big Harp George” Releases Video for  “Alternative Facts”
George Bisharat

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.

on July 2, 2018
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."

on June 29, 2018
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
IMEU

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