Notable Palestinians

Mai Masri Palestinian Filmmaker

Contributed by This Week In Palestine on 20.06.2006:

Breaking Boundaries

Born to a Palestinian father from Nablus and an American mother from Texas, Masri has carried this dual sense of identity and estrangement throughout her life. Being Palestinian, she was exposed to dispossession early in life. She lived near the Shatila refugee camp in Beirut and, as a child, she remembers her house shaking as Israeli jets bombed the camp. She grew(...)

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Rashid Masharawi – filmmaker

Contributed by Arab Educational Institute on 19.06.2006:

"I Don't Like to Show Fights, Flags or Fire"

By Monique Roffey, Paul Prillevitz, and Khaled Hourani

A highlight in Rashid Masharawi's career was his presence at the 1996 Cannes Film Festival where his work 'Haifa' was screened.

"This was the first time Palestine was officially represented at the Festival," says Masharawi in Gaza, recalling the proud moment when he stood b(...)

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Ramzi Nasr – poet and performer

Contributed by Arab Educational Institute on 19.06.2006:

"In Head Dutch, In Heart Palestinian"

By Sarah Collins

"So how did you enjoy it?" someone asked. For a few moments I could not answer, having not quite recovered from the feeling of being a puppet in the hands of a master puppeteer. Ramzi Nasr had held the audience captive for over an hour with his one-man show 'The ‘Wannaplay’. His control over us was phenomenal, making us laug(...)

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Vera Tamari – artist

Contributed by Toine Van Teeffelen on 11.06.2006:

"We Lack the Family Atmosphere These Days"

By Rana Anani

Vera Tamari comes from an artistic family. Her brother Vladimir is a painter, and her sister, Tania Nasser, a singer. They were brought up in a climate of interest in music, literature and visual art. Vera studied fine arts at Beirut Girls College before going on to study ceramics in Florence, supplemented by courses in Br(...)

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Mahmoud Darwish

Contributed by Toine Van Teeffelen on 11.06.2006:

"Home Cannot Erase Exile"

By Rana Anani and Al-Quds and Al-Ayyaam newspapers

Mahmoud Darwish, the father of Palestinian poetry, was born in 1942 in Barwa, a village in the Galilee that was demolished by the Israelis in the aftermath of the War of 1948. After a period as editor and translator of Rakah, the Israeli communist newspaper, he was imprisoned several times by the Israel(...)

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Yara Dowani: swimmer and karate player

Contributed by This Week In Palestine on 08.06.2006:

Born in Jerusalem in 1992, Yara was lucky to be raised in a family that promotes sports such as swimming and karate. Her achievements in swimming are due to her father who is a swimming trainer at the YMCA in East Jerusalem and who was a trainer for Sariyyet Ramallah First Group in the past. When she was five years old she used to accompany her father to the swimming lessons he used to give a(...)

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Akram Safadi – photographer

Contributed by Toine Van Teeffelen on 31.05.2006:

By Sarah Collins

"I am bad at public relations, I say too much or the wrong thing. Image is the only language I know." Akram Safadi, a photographer and filmmaker, sits with a cigarette in one hand, a cup of coffee in the other and in front of us a table covered with photographs from the Intifada, which were once deemed subversive.

During the Intifada, Akram's work was much in de(...)

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Rosemary Sayigh: anthropologist

Contributed by Arab Educational Institute on 30.05.2006:

Interview by Toine van Teeffelen for The Jerusalem Times, October 10, 1997.

Being a journalist and teacher in Arab colleges in Lebanon -- my husband is a Palestinian from Tiberias -- I began to pick up on the story of the Palestinians in the 1960s. As an English Labour supporter I didn't really understand the Palestinian perspective; the Labour movement was more or less taken over by t(...)

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Adnan Mousallem: historian

Contributed by Arab Educational Institute on 30.05.2006:

Adnan Mousallem

A lecturer at Bethlehem university and former Dean of Arts, Adnan Mousallem conducted research on the history of Bethlehem, especially the development of local media. He teaches among other things oral history. The following interview was conducted by Toine van Teeffelen for The Jerusalem Times, October 10, 1997.

Since 1993 I ask my students to collect narratives(...)

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Sharif Kanaana: anthropologist and folklorist

Contributed by Arab Educational Institute on 30.05.2006:

The anthropologist Sharif Kanaana has been lecturer at the Department of Sociology and Anthropology of Birzeit University since 1975. His main interest is the study of Palestinian folklore. The following interview was conducted by Toine van Teeffelen for The Jerusalem Times on October 3, 1997.

How did you develop an interest in folklore?

I wasn't trained in folklore, my speciali(...)

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