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How UNESCO’s Listing of the Tatreez Is a Win Against the Occupation

The UNESCO has listed the art of traditional Palestinian embroidery (Tatreez) as “social and intergenerational practice” last Wednesday on its Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity (16.COM 8.b.30). The UNESCO’s listing of the Tatreez took place during the 16th session of the Intergovernmental Committee for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage…

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Israel Sends Expired COVID-19 Vaccines to Palestine

As a potential third wave of corona-virus could be on its way through the Middle East, vaccines are needed now more than ever, especially in areas where healthcare is not easily accessible. For those living in Palestine, the number of vaccines is limited. Last month, Israel made a deal with the Palestinian Authority to deliver…

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Mia Khalifa Takes to Twitter to Defend Bella Hadid and Palestine

Lebanese adult actress turned influencer Mia Khalifa never fails to publicly share her opinions of conflicts in the world. Over the past two weeks, she took to social media to shed light on the historic and ongoing injustices in Palestine. In recently posted tweets, Khalifa referred to the United States’ support of the Israeli government…

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This Film About Life as a Palestinian Is Nominated for an Oscar

Farah Nabulsi, a British-Palestinian filmmaker, is turning heads with her latest short film, “The Present.” The multiple award-winning story recently bagged the prestigious BAFTA for “Best Short Film,” and is now in the running for an Oscar. “The Present” is a story about life’s mundane moments, and how they are made arduous in the face…

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We Need To Talk About the Vaccine Inequality in Palestine

A week ago, Saturday Night Live’s Michael Che drew controversy when he used a portion of the show’s satirical news section to say that Israel vaccinated most of its population from COVID-19, adding “I’m guessing it’s the Jewish half.”  The joke didn’t tell the whole story, but it’s something we need to discuss since we…

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An Open Letter to Jennifer Lopez

Dear Jennifer Lopez,  Congratulations on making tons of money at every single one of your dazzling shows, especially the one in Israel. I see you being happy and having fun, and I’m really happy for you!  But I’m sure you already know how much benefit your shows have for the countries you perform in. And…

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The Despair of the Diaspora

The void of not living in Palestine, to me, can never be one hundred percent filled, ever. Living in the diaspora is a sort of despair we did not wish upon ourselves; it is our inescapable reality. That is, at least, how I feel. Throughout my time here in Canada, I have met so many…

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Body Politics and Israel’s Collectivist Mentality

Ever since three Israeli teens went missing, in early June, Israeli forces have launched an offensive, collective punishment campaign. They have killed, injured and arrested hundreds of Palestinians. One particular occurrence has garnered mass media attention this past week: the death of Palestinian teenager, Muhammed Abu Khdeir, and the beating of his cousin, Tariq Abu…

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An Open Letter to Wall Street Journal from a Palestinian Woman

Bret Stephens penned a column last week in the Wall Street Journal titled, “Where are the Palestinian Mothers?” in which he makes the racist assertion, based on conversations he’s had with three individual women, that all Palestinian mothers raise their children to become “martyrs.” The thing that Stephens must understand about Palestinians’ concept of “martyrdom”…

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Still Bleeding

Two years later and nothing has been done to bring justice for the 1,300+ innocent civilians that were murdered in Israel’s siege on Gaza two years ago, nor the nearly 6,000 injured in the massacre. Nothing has been done to alleviate the plight of the remaining population that has been forced to live in the…

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Gaza, One Year Later…

Today is the one-year anniversary of the first day of the Gaza siege. Many of us can clearly remember the horror: the first bits of news trickled in and protests exploded around the world out of solidarity and, possibly, guilt for not having acted sooner. Day by day, the death toll rose; I myself can…

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“Language Has Failed Me” by Suheir Hammad

1. Where has my language gone? The poet searches for words to wrap around these times Make them sense Make them pretty Make them useful Words from the past haunt our conversations Empire and Crusade Plans and Centuries All these words cleared understanding before Fall heavy now And weightless into this abyss of bad news…