*photo by Eva Bartlett By Eva Bartlett published at Rabble.ca a big hug stay human Your Vik This is how Vittorio “Vik” Arrigoni always signed off in his emails. The 36-year-old Italian, my colleague and inspiring friend, was murdered Friday by a group claiming to be Jihadists in Gaza.
*ancient church and mosque in Gaza City [photo by Emad Badwan] Oct 22, 2010 (IPS) By Eva Bartlett– Few outside of Gaza would consider its history much beyond the decades of Israeli occupation. But Gaza is a historical treasure house. Many of those treasures are now in Israeli museums, and those that remain are becoming… Read More Treasure House Under Threat
*photo by Emad Badwan first published: (IPS) – By Eva Bartlett “Why are you rushing? Isn’t it nicer like this?” Mohammed Omer, oud teacher (an oud is similar to a lute) at the Gaza Music School, asks his student. Omer takes the oud and demonstrates, playing the song slowly, gracefully, with the ornamentations that are… Read More music to live by
“Mirror” –Salem Awad “The colors of sunset are wonderful but the sun is the most wonderful. When the black clouds with their golden warm colors play on the sound of a bird that dialogues with the leaves of trees that were eaten by the wind and dance with a beautiful golden dress coloured by the… Read More art for art’s sake
I’m sitting talking with a Palestinian friend about Israeli violations of international law, international human rights law, norms and standards… and he sums it up: “fish qanoon… fi oud“, “there’s no (respect for) law… there’s oud.” qanoon has two meanings: law… and a classical stringed instument played table-top. so he jokes: there’s no law, just… Read More fish qanoon, fi oud
The walls surrounding the Shifa hospital compound came to life today when students from Gaza’s Al Aqsa University evoked scenes of the Israeli war on Gaza last winter. Some scenes were representative of the destruction, savagery and mass casualties during the Israeli massacre, the desecration and shocking incidents that occured throughout the Strip at the… Read More evocative
While harvesting olives, Beit Hanoun “Local Initiative” volunteers show an amazing spirit, humour, comradery.
Mohammed is largely self-taught, yet his fingers seemed destined for the oud.
*Palestinian Rapperz [/source] (IPS) By Eva Bartlett– In a backstreet open-air café in Gaza late at night, Khaled Harara from the Black Unit Band starts to talk about rap. A phone call interrupts him. “Oh my god, it’s my dad, he will kill me because I’m not home yet.” Not quite the tough image one… Read More To Rap Is to Resist
One day, and quite unexpectedly as with all nice surprises, a man I barely knew untied a black velvet pouch, to reveal the treasures he’d stashed inside.