Notable Palestinians

Shahdi Al-Kashif, journalist

Contributed by This Week In Palestine on 02.12.2007:

Becoming Part of Breaking News in Gaza and Doing It Right!

As I was growing up as a child, my life was affected - and steered in a way - by five major wars by the time I was eighteen years old. I graduated from the college of journalism in Baghdad, Iraq, at a time when Iraq was under siege and the Iraqi economy was in a slump; unemployment staggered and the entire Iraqi infrastructure (...)

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Eugene Cotran, lawyer

Contributed by This Week In Palestine on 02.12.2007:

I was approached by Mr. Sani Meo to write a piece about a “Day in My Life” for the December issue of This Week in Palestine. I quote from his request that “it should be a typical day in your life (could be in the past) - we are not looking for a CV.”

I am afraid that I find this an impossible task. I am almost 70 and now semi-retired; and to find a “typical day” is a very tall order. I(...)

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Susan Abulhawa, author

Contributed by Arab Educational Institute on 08.11.2007:

from:

www.scarofdavid.com

Susan Abulhawa, author of “The Scar of David,” has won the 2007 award for Historic Fiction in this year's National Best Book Awards.

A Dutch edition of her book was released with a presale of 10,000 copies.

Susan Abulhawa

Susan Abulhawa was born to refugees of the Six Day War of 1967, when her family was disassembled and their land (...)

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Emily Jacir – Palestinian-American artist wins Golden Lion in Venice

Contributed by Fuad Salem on 02.11.2007:

"This is for Palestine."

Emily Jacir - Palestinian-American artist wins Golden Lion in Venice

Palestinian-American artist Emily Jacir has won a Golden Lion for her work in the international exhibition of the 52nd Venice Biennale. Jacir's contribution to "Think with the Senses, Feel with the Mind," curated by Robert Storr, is titled "Material for a Film" and consists of photog(...)

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Aliyyeh Nuseibeh: school principal

Contributed by This Week In Palestine on 02.11.2007:

Miss Aliyyeh Nuseibeh is one of the key personalities who shaped the cultural and national ethos of post-Mandate Jerusalem. As a high school principal, she set high standards of education and inspired numerous generations of Jerusalemites.

Her contribution to preserving the national Arab identity of East Jerusalem by counteracting Israeli attempts to normalize life under occupation and(...)

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Abdel-Hamid Hamam: A composer and a scholar

Contributed by This Week In Palestine on 02.11.2007:

The Second World War was raging in many places in Europe and on other continents, but in the town of Lod, an Arab Palestinian town, a baby was born to a Palestinian family: Abdel-Hamid Hamam. The year was 1943. However, in less than five years, war also came to this peaceful town, and the family fled - like many hundreds of thousands of Palestinians - from a war that tore apart their country (...)

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Jumana El-Husseini: painter

Contributed by This Week In Palestine on 02.11.2007:

Jumana El-Husseini is a painter and sculptor who has won many medals and has an extensive international exhibition record. She presently works and lives in Paris.

She was born in Jerusalem in 1932. She left for Beirut, Lebanon in 1948 and soon after she started to study painting, ceramics, and sculpture while majoring in political science at the American University of Beirut and the Be(...)

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Salma Khadra Jayyusi, poet and critic

Contributed by This Week In Palestine on 03.10.2007:

Salma Khadra Jayyusi was born in Jordan to a Palestinian father and a Lebanese mother. She grew up in Palestine surrounded by books on Arab/Islamic and Western culture, listened endlessly to stories of Arab/Islamic history and to the legends of courage, love and charity from both Arab and Western cultures; and witnessed her father's persistent struggle to gain justice for the Palestinians. Sh(...)

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Badrans: A Century of Tradition and Innovation

Contributed by This Week In Palestine on 03.10.2007:

By Salwa Mikdadi

In the early 1900s one could name several Palestinian families known for their artistic skills. Among the families whose names were coupled with traditional Palestinian art forms were the Bishara family (mother of pearl), the Qazaz family (glassblowers), and the Nustas family (sculptors). The Badran family’s unique legacy lies in its passion to preserve traditions and (...)

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Dr. Naseeb Shaheen, historian

Contributed by This Week In Palestine on 31.08.2007:

Dr. Naseeb Shaheen, the son of the well-known philanthropist Azeez Shaheen, was born in Chicago in 1931, but spent three years of his childhood, from 1935-1938, in Ramallah. He began his schooling at the Friends’ School, before the family returned to the United States in 1938.

He returned to the Middle East with his father in 1958 to attend the American University of Beirut, while his (...)

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