Notable Palestinians

Julia Dabdoub, Aliyya Nusseibeh, Nuzha Darwish, Yasmin Zahran

Contributed by This Week In Palestine on 29.03.2009:

Palestinian Women Bright Stars in a Bleak Night

By Ali Qleibo

The Palestinian woman has been discursively constituted as a transcendent victim. On the one hand she is perceived as a valiant freedom fighter against the Israeli chauvinist occupation. From this perspective womens role in the Intifada and the various forms of her resistance of the occupation are highlighted and her (...)

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Ashira Ramadan, journalist

Contributed by This Week In Palestine on 29.03.2009:

The Road to Journalism

By Ashira Ramadan

I woke up on the ground with wooden sticks coming at me from every direction and camera flashes blinding me.

I was only 16, protesting peacefully the closure of the Orient House in Jerusalem.

I was carried by men in blue to the jeep were I was slapped around, humiliated by a group of young Israeli soldiers who cursed my very(...)

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Kamel Al-Mughani: Resistance Artist

Contributed by This Week In Palestine on 20.02.2009:

Symbols from Palestinian heritage, the land, and resistance are the themes depicted in the works of the late Palestinian artist Kamel Al-Mughani, who has produced 600 paintings. Al-Mughani is a Palestinian artist who has made visual art a weapon to resist Zionist invasion and occupation of the land of Palestine.

Al-Mughani was born on 27 December 1943, in Al-Shujaia neighbourhood in th(...)

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Tawfik Zayyad, politician and poet

Contributed by This Week In Palestine on 25.01.2009:

Tawfik Zayyad: Voice of His People

By Riad Masarwi

The British writer Oscar Wilde once said that characters make history. Although this is true, there seems to be a dialectic relation between history and character because one produces the other. Temporal history has produced a number of eminent figures that have left indelible traces in global human culture, and it is through th(...)

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Mervat Essa, artist

Contributed by This Week In Palestine on 25.01.2009:

Born in 1970 in the village of Jish, in the eastern Upper Galilee, only seven kilometers north-west of Safad, Mervat Essa studied ceramics at the School of Arts at Tel Hai College. She lectured on art at Sakhnin College, and later obtained a degree in Art Education Studies from Oranim College. Since 1996, she has been operating an Early Childhood Art Enrichment Center at the Yarka Community(...)

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Makbula Nassar, photographer

Contributed by This Week In Palestine on 25.01.2009:

By Hazem Jamjoum

I had seen her photographs of Saffuriyya long before seeing her there. Poetically performing her role as master of ceremonies for last year’s March of Return from Nazareth to Saffuriyya, she addressed the 20,000 participants, and in eloquent classical Arabic she said, “This place has an identity and a spirit that continues to live in us and in which we will continue to(...)

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Palestinian artist Emily Jacir awarded top prize

Contributed by Toine Van Teeffelen on 20.12.2008:

Maymanah Farhat, The Electronic Intifada, 15 December 2008

From: Electronic Intifada

http://electronicintifada.net/v2/article10028.shtml

On 13 November Palestinian conceptual artist Emily Jacir was awarded the prestigious Biennial Hugo Boss Prize. Established in 1996 in conjunction with the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation to "recognize significant achievement in contempo(...)

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Dahoud Tawfiq Nasser, tile designer

Contributed by This Week In Palestine on 16.11.2008:

Taybeh Antique Floor Tiles

By Maria C. Khoury, Ed. D.

In this new millennium where it has become more economical to produce machine-made tiles, someone is bringing back the tradition of handcrafted coloured tiles. Among the new local products this fall at the Taybeh Oktoberfest - the annual village festival that aims to promote local products - were the unique floor tiles handcr(...)

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Fawzy Jiries Nastas, sculpturer

Contributed by This Week In Palestine on 16.11.2008:

After more than forty years of working and sculpturing, Fawzy Jiries Nastas is an experienced artist whose works can be found throughout the world.

Nastas was born in Bethlehem on 1 July 1948, and inherited his artistic talent from his father and grandfathers who were also famous sculptors and stone carvers. The grandfather of his father, Mr. Ibrahim Nastas, is the artist who designed (...)

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Nadia Abu-Ghattas, silver designer

Contributed by This Week In Palestine on 16.11.2008:

Since childhood, Nadia Abu Ghattas, the famous silver designer who was born in Beit Jala, showed talent and interest in arts and crafts. She practiced embroidery, sewing, painting on silk, and weaving and attended several courses in the fields of handicrafts, manuscript restoration, design, and marketing. This talent has often materialised through special and distinctive pieces of art.

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