Hani Zurob, painter

Contributed by This Week In Palestine on 18.09.2009:

“He is a typical Palestinian from the class that has suffered the most. His most recent paintings have been made up of bitumen and not paint. I find this very symbolic. Bitumen is the dirtiest of all materials and yet out of this he creates art, producing human faces that look illuminated. He is a guy to watch as he connects with all generations of image-makers.”

This guy, whom Kamal B(...)

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Yaboos Productions

Contributed by This Week In Palestine on 04.07.2008:

Windows Open to the Wind ... A Heritage Deeply Rooted

By Khaled El-Ghoul

Out of its belief in the richness of diverse and pluralist cultures, Yabous Productions has maintained a strong presence through networking with other cultures. Yabous firmly acknowledges the creative and deeply needed interchange with the world’s cultures based on diversity, pluralism, equality, and mutual(...)

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Abdel Mohsin Al-Qattan, founder A.M. Qattan Foundation

Contributed by This Week In Palestine on 26.03.2008:

Abdel Mohsin Al-Qattan was born in Jaffa on November 5, 1929. His father Hassan worked as a merchant in Jaffa’s thriving orange trade. His mother, Asma’ Khader, originally from Lyd, was descended from Egyptian parents who had fled the colonial labour camps - set up to build the Suez Canal - and settled in Palestine.

Abdel Mohsin’s father was illiterate, yet both he and his wife Asma’ ((...)

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Dreams of a Nation On Palestinian Cinema

Contributed by This Week In Palestine on 24.01.2008:

Edited, with an introduction by Hamid Dabashi

Preface by Edward Said

Verso Books, USA, September 2006, 213 pages, $24.95

Over the last quarter-century, Palestinian cinema has emerged as a major artistic force on the global scene. Deeply rooted in the historic struggles for national self-determination, this cinema is the single most important artistic expression of a much-(...)

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Palestinian Cinema – An Example for the Region?

Contributed by This Week In Palestine on 24.01.2008:

By Omar Al-Qattan

The Artist and the World

In trying to reconcile their imagination and their desires with the world around them, artists often find themselves trapped between the devil and the deep blue sea. Yet a work of art can momentarily lift us out of that trap, briefly allowing us to understand our past and present and also glimpse what could potentially happen in the fut(...)

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Michel Khleifi – Palestine’s Film Poet

Contributed by This Week In Palestine on 09.01.2008:

Michel Khleifi was born in Nazareth in 1950 into a working-class family, the youngest of five children. He grew up in the popular streets of the old city, acquiring an irreverent mix of tales, song, religious myth, and ingenious swear words that shaped his imagination and nurtured his love of stories. Despite a happy childhood, the 1950s and 60s were overshadowed by the inescapable harshness (...)

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Adel Salameh, musician

Contributed by This Week In Palestine on 07.12.2007:

Palestinian ‘oud player and composer Adel Salameh was born in Nablus, Palestine, in 1966 and grew up in Tulkarm.

At an early age, Adel showed great interest and passion for the ‘oud. Adel was fascinated by Farid Al-Atrash and learned all his songs by heart. He asked his father to buy him an ‘oud, so his father went to the famous Palestinian ‘oud maker Abu Ala and asked him to make an ‘(...)

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Contributed by Fayez (Frank) Nasser on 14.10.2007:

The inhabitants of Beit Jala were, since ancient times, and still are, divided into 5 clans (Harat).

Each clan (Hara) consists of a group of families, some of which are original inhabitants and others who chose to join a particular clan. The voting or electoral rolls of Beit Jala are grouped accordingly up to present times.

Many variations in spelling of a particular same name a(...)

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ArtSchool Palestine

Contributed by This Week In Palestine on 03.10.2007:

ArtSchool Palestine is a structure and place for the exchange and development of contemporary Palestinian art.

The constant and persistent attempt to deny the existence of Palestine at all levels means that artists, along with all Palestinians, suffer a great deal of isolation. ArtSchool Palestine was founded in 2005 by a group of like-minded arts professionals - the A. M. Qattan Found(...)

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Culture in Ramallah: An Overview

Contributed by This Week In Palestine on 30.08.2007:

By Fatin Farhat

In spite of the emotional and physical distance that stands between my life today and the years I spent abroad either studying or working, I still vividly recall the euphoria and the overwhelming sensations of nostalgia that relentlessly invaded me whenever I thought of Ramallah while I was away. In the most absurd fashion, I have always been attached to this strangely (...)

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