*the thick fog in rural southern Lebanon hills was an ally to Lebanese resistance against the Zionist occupation soldiers in their hilltop military bases. I go south to stay with M and his family, and over the next week see a number of Lebanon’s significant sites of resistance and victory over the Zionist occupation of… Read More the Khiam prison is now open
*An olive nursery set up by in Gaza to restore decimated cultivation. GAZA CITY, Jan 8, 2012 (IPS) – By Eva Bartlett *(blog version longer than published version) “During hard times, we have survived off olive oil,” says Ahmed Sourani from the Palestinian Agricultural Relief Committee. “Including during the last war,” says Sourani, referring to… Read More The Olive Fights the Occupation
first published by Eva Bartlett at the New Internationalist Wedding season began weeks ago with the first convoys of honking cars overloaded with singing, dancing, cheering shebab [guys]. From 4pm onwards, the beeping cars and wedding bands – five or more musicians dressed in traditional trousers and blouses, playing different-sized drums and something akin to… Read More street celebrations
“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
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.
The Electronic Intifada, 12 August 2009 By Eva Bartlett “Don’t people in Gaza love to see films like people anywhere?” aspiring filmmaker Hossam Abdel Latif asks. His wife, the more practical Souad, retorts, “Someone who can’t afford to eat is going to go to the cinema?” The question of the arts in times of siege… Read More Gaza play highlights difficulties for artists under siege