Notable Palestinians

Naji al Ali (1936 – 1987), the cartoonist

Contributed by Mona Wafa on 02.04.2008:

Naji al Ali lived on the edge of danger because he was closest to the truth.

He was the last scream that we never dared utter for fear to be quenched with it.

The Palestinian cartoonist par excellence, Najial Ali is an artist who transcended fictional frontiers using lines that draw free borders, the boundaries of freedom without pavements, the freedom of the artist, the people,(...)

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Jamal A. Kleibo, tourism developer

Contributed by This Week In Palestine on 26.03.2008:

Jerusalem in the Heart

My memory goes back in time to almost 25 years ago, when I was a student at the Collège des Frères in Jerusalem and had the best time of my life. I was at home among my parents, relatives, friends, and beloved ones and I was healthy, young and irresponsible. Then, the day came to say goodbye to all this and start looking for a better future, sadly away from Jerus(...)

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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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Mohammed Marwan, Rap star

Contributed by This Week In Palestine on 22.03.2008:

Marwan – A Danish-Palestinian Shooting Star

He used to call himself the Stateless Palestinian; now he is hitting the Danish charts with his album P.E.R.K.E.R. - the Danish equivalent to the American term “nigga.”

Twenty-six-year-old Mohammad Marwan has created an album that many critics describe as an artistically expressed political manifesto. Marwan’s texts tell the story abou(...)

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Rima Merriman, university teacher

Contributed by This Week In Palestine on 22.03.2008:

Where Are You From?

I live in an apartment building adjoining the Arab American University - Jenin (AAUJ) on a hill surrounded by farmland and quiet villages. As I write, the wind outside my leaky windows has been howling for hours, adding to the desolation of the campus. The protracted semester, beset by student and faculty unrest, has finally ended. It is time to take stock and to pl(...)

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Maysoon Zayid, actress and stand up comedian

Contributed by This Week In Palestine on 22.03.2008:

From Jersey to Dheisheh: A Love Story

Author Mourid Barghouti once wrote that Palestine “is not the golden map hanging on a golden chain adorning the throats of women in exile.” I mean, think about it; do Canadian chicks wear the shape of Canada on their necks? What about Norwegians? What shape is Norway?

Before I ever went to Palestine, I knew Palestine. It was all that my dad (...)

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Rami G. Khoury, journalist and columnist

Contributed by This Week In Palestine on 08.03.2008:

The Antidote to Exile Is Personal Self-Improvement

By Rami G. Khouri

Having been born in New York in October 1948, I have experienced exile from Palestine as a normal life condition, but over the years I have found it to be more of a physical and political than a psychological condition. Ironically, exile enhances one’s national identity as a Palestinian, and prods us to develop(...)

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Dr. Ayman Rabi, environmentalist

Contributed by This Week In Palestine on 12.02.2008:

Dr. Ayman Ismail Rabi was born in 1964 in the village of Deir Ghassaneh. He earned his B.Sc. in geological engineering from Turkey in 1987, and his M.Sc. in water resource systems engineering from the UK in 1993. Finally he got his Ph.D. from Washington International University in 1999.

He started his professional career in 1987 with the Palestinian Agricultural Relief Committees (PARC(...)

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Nasser Soumi, painter and installation artist

Contributed by This Week In Palestine on 12.02.2008:

Nasser Soumi was born in Palestine in 1948. He studied art at the National School of Fine Arts in Damascus, Syria, from1971 to 1977, continuing his studies at the National School of Fine Arts in Paris France, from 1980 to 1982.

Soumi is a painter and primarily an installation artist. He transforms a variety of ordinary materials into works of art. His work is an assembling of "eclectic(...)

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Elia Suleiman, filmmaker

Contributed by This Week In Palestine on 17.01.2008:

Writer-director Elia Suleiman is now referred to as Palestine’s first movie celebrity. His low-budget, darkly comic film Divine Intervention has won critical acclaim and brought audiences to their feet and took away many film festival trophies.

Suleiman was born in Nazareth in 1960. He left school when he was 16 years old because of the difficult conditions in Palestine back then. He m(...)

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