Songs & Poems

Palestine: a poem

Contributed by This Week In Palestine on 03.11.2011:


By Manar Harb

TWIP November 2011


how long I stand before you…


deep inside your womb,



a million years of history,



Oriental images and tales,



I stand before you long…

Your name,

A load.


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The Discourse of Arabic Religious Music

Contributed by This Week In Palestine on 07.10.2011:

Dhikr, Mawlid, and the Praise of God

By Dr. Ali Qleibo


October 2011

“O you who believe! Celebrate the praises of Allah, and do so often; and glorify Him morning and evening.” (The Holy Qur’an 33:41-42)

“Remember me, I shall remember you.” (The Holy Qur’an 2:152)

Religious music overtakes profane reality, imparting life with visionary moments that(...)

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Samara dance troupe at Gaza weddings

Contributed by Arab Educational Institute on 26.10.2010:

Egyptian song and dance lift Gaza weddings

Rami Almeghari, The Electronic Intifada, 25 October 2010

Samara is the name of a new Palestinian-Egyptian dance troupe in the Gaza Strip. The word samara is also the equivalent of "black" in English, and the troupe members chose it because the majority of them are black, and were born, raised and perform in nearby Egypt.

For the (...)

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Mustafa al-Kurd, on Jerusalem

Contributed by This Week In Palestine on 18.09.2009:

Mustafa al-Kurd Praises His Native City Jerusalem with Song

Mustafa al-Kurd dedicates his newly released CD Al-Madah (The Troubadour) to his native city Jerusalem. The lyrics for six of the songs, which were written by Mustafa (as well as the lyrics of the two remaining songs, which were written by Izz el-Din al-Manasra and Yaqub Ismain), create an image of Jerusalem in word and music:(...)

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Leilet al milad (night of the birth)

Contributed by Arab Educational Institute on 19.12.2008:

This is a hymn much sung during Christmas among Christian Palestinians, both indoors and outdoors. In the Bethlehem area you hear it during all kinds of activities including processions, demonstrations, and symbolic actions.

By Fr Mansour Labki of Lebanon (composed and written)

Translation by Fuad Giacaman


During Christmas night no more hate

During (...)

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Farewell Mahmoud (Darwish)

Contributed by This Week In Palestine on 28.10.2008:

By Amal Nashashibi

I know that when I feel an itch to write, I am usually very agitated. My restlessness started to build when I heard that Mahmoud Darwish had died.

I was in Amman, Jordan, when the sad news was announced … death in a hospital in Houston, Texas? Open heart surgery that Mahmoud knew would leave him paralysed or dead? No choices left to him? The US Consulate in Je(...)

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The visions and poetry of Little Miriam (1846-78)

Contributed by Toine Van Teeffelen on 19.10.2008:

Little Miriam and her imaginary

Parts of this writing are from the Bethlehem Community Book published by AEI-Open Windows in Bethlehem in 1999, and parts are typed over from the book of Amedee Brunot, Mariam, the Little Arab. Carmel of Maria Regina Eugene, Oregon, 1981.

P.S. I think this is interesting for showing connections between traditional Palestinian peasant poetry, the p(...)

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Popular Songs and Dances of the Artas Folklore Troupe

Contributed by Artas Folklore Center on 27.04.2008:

The Artas Folklore Center's Ahya al Turath Folklore Troupe is not only a staple of the Annual Artas Lettuce Festival, but is much in demand to enliven events ranging from heritage day to graduations. The purity of their white robes is an embodiment of the purity of the style for which they pride themselves.

They have a broad repertoire of Dances done to the rhythem of various categorie(...)

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Oyoun Al Kalaam Dal’Ouna

Contributed by This Week In Palestine on 26.03.2008:

“In the summer of 2003, Al-Fawwar Camp was our destination,” noted Saed Karzoun - Al Kamandjâti PR and media officer. He continues, “We were holding a music workshop for the kids who live in the camp. A little boy stood up while we were playing music; it seemed as though he wanted to say something. He was 13-year-old Oday Khatib. After a minute of silence, while his face was getting redder, h(...)

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