“. . . But we are certain that hope is harder than despair. . .” (Ibrahim Nasrallah)

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❶ from THIS WEEK IN PALESTINE
BOOK OF THE MONTH STEVE SABELLA – PHOTOGRAPHY 1997–2014
April 2015
The first monograph of Jerusalemite artist Steve Sabella (b. 1975) has been released. Sabella left the city in 2007 to pursue higher education in London. After earning two MAs, one in photographic studies from the University of Westminster and the other in art business from Sotheby’s Institute of Art, he moved to Berlin.
__ Featuring Sabella’s work that was produced over the last two decades of his prolific career, the monograph is foremost an aesthetically exquisite art book.
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Book available from Amazon

Steve Sabella
Steve Sabella

❷ from THE ELECTRONIC INTIFADA
ROMANCE AND ADVENTURE IN EIGHTEENTH-CENTURY PALESTINE: THE LANTERNS OF THE KING OF GALILEE, BY IBRAHIM NASRALLAH
Review by Sarah Irving
February 11, 2015
With The Lanterns of the King of Galilee (AUC Press), Ibrahim Nasrallah (b. 1954) takes his readers to the “independent kingdom” set up by Daher al-Umar al-Zaydani in eighteenth century Palestine.
__ Daher al-Umar, born around 1690 near Tiberias in the Galilee, was the son of a multazim or tax-gatherer for the Ottoman Empire. His family had contacts with both the region’s Bedouin community and with the Maan and Shihab emirs of southern Lebanon — a reminder of the unnatural and ahistoric nature of the borders which are now enforced on this part of the Middle East.
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Book available from Amazon
Ibrahim Nasrallah

❸ from INTERNATIONAL MIDDLE EAST MEDIA CENTER
RACHEL CORRIE PRODUCTION RETURNS TO NY THEATER
A play about American activist Rachel Corrie is winning quiet acceptance in New York, where uproar postponed its debut a decade ago.
by IMEMC News & Agencies
April 11, 2015
According to eyewitness accounts, the 23-year-old was killed by a military bulldozer in Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip on March 16, 2003, following which an Israeli court in 2012 cleared the army of any responsibility for her death, rejecting a civil suit filed by the family. . .
__ The award-winning “My Name is Rachel Corrie” is a 90-minute, one-woman play based on the late 23-year-old’s writings, edited by British actor Alan Rickman and Guardian editor elect Katharine Viner. It made its debut in London in 2005 to rave reviews, but a decision in 2006 to postpone the play in New York prompted charges of censorship from its British creators.
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❹ from THE ELECTRONIC INTIFADA
NEW PALESTINIAN FILM DOCUMENTS FINAL “DESTRUCTION OF THE REFUGEE TENT
Review by Budour Youssef Hassan
2 February 2015
A recipient of the jury prize at the 2014 Dubai International Film Festival, Roshmia was written, edited and directed by Salim Abu Jabal, a Ramallah-based Syrian filmmaker from the occupied Golan Heights.
__The representation of the city of Haifa as a model for coexistence between Palestinians and Israelis overlooks the gradual but massive impact Zionist colonialism has wrought.
__Although not quite as flagrant and aggressive as the ethnic cleansing of another coastal city, Jaffa, Haifa has endured its own Nakba — the ethnic cleansing of Palestine — since 1948. Roshmia valley, in the eastern edge of the city, is where colonial dominance and gentrification dressed in the euphemisms of modernity and development conspire. The area epitomizes Israel’s attempts at corroding Palestinian identity and existence in the city.
__It is this very struggle for existence and survival that the documentary film Roshmia so poignantly portrays.
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❺ from THE ELECTRONIC INTIFADA
METHOD MAN: A TRAILBLAZER OF HIP-HOP SOLIDARITY WITH PALESTINE?
The Wu-Tang Clan was once described as “the most innovative force in hip-hop” by The New York Times. But it wasn’t only the gritty and dark soundscape created by the group that was original. Less well-known is that Method Man, one of the combo’s rappers, may have been the first exponent of his genre to express solidarity with the Palestinians.
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❻ from INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S PEACE SERVICE
SOLIDARITY WITH OCCUPIED PALESTINE: NON-VIOLENCE IN ACTION SINCE 2002
Situated along the main Hebron-Jerusalem road, across the street from a University, sits the heavily fenced and concrete blockaded main entrance to Al Arroub Palestinian refugee camp. Taysir, a 39 year old former prisoner of the Israeli government and resident of the camp, waits out front of the camp entry way to give an intimate and shocking view of Al Arroub which is home to over 10,000 refugees living on less than a square mile of land and originating from nearly 3 dozen villages from as far away as Gaza.
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❼ from THE ELECTRONIC INTIFADA
TRIPADVISOR CENSORS COMPLAINTS ABOUT HOTELS IN ISRAEL’S SETTLEMENTS
By Mieke Zagt
April 8, 2015
The popular website TripAdvisor not only promotes hotels in the settlements that Israel is building in the occupied West Bank, it censors travelers who complain about such complicity with illegal activities.
__I discovered this fact myself when I decided to have a short break in the Dead Sea last year. Checking TripAdvisor and its rival Booking.com, I found they were offering rooms in the Kalia Kibbutz Hotel. Both gave the impression that Kalia is within present-day Israel. In reality, it is a Jewish-only colony in the West Bank, as I confirmed by driving to the hotel.
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“Survivors’ Poem,” by Ibrahim Nasrallah

We are alive this morning
And are still here
We cried a lot
All night
For those who wept and those who were killed
But we are certain that hope is harder than despair
We are alive
Our sadness cannot be seen in the mirror
Our names have lost two syllables
And the souls of those who dreamt they were among us
Three nights ago
Are standing there waiting for us
At the edge of the wind
By the mountain top
This is our thousandth night after a thousand
After it will come a thousand and one nights
The garden flew to the rooftop and the rooftop flew onto the neighbourhood’s playground
And the neighbourhood and the playground spread their ashes to ashes
The envoys passed by and asked the killed and the killer
Is it doomsday? Has the wolf made peace with the lamb at last?
The sun is passing
The moon is late
The survival paths are filled with rubble and the mud of shame
We will emerge fewer from every war
We will emerge fewer from every peace
From every freedom, prison, school
From every dream
Every road leads to us
Every road leads to them
And every winter and wheat field and plane
We are alive this morning
And are still here
We cried a lot
All night
For those who wept and those who were killed
But we are certain that hope is harder than despair
And every time a candle fades
We light up

Ibrahim Nasrallah (born 1954 in Amman, Jordan, in Wihdat refugee camp) is a Jordanian-Palestinian poet, novelist, professor, painter and photographer. He studied in the UN agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA) schools and at the UNRWA Teacher Training College in Amman. He taught in Saudi Arabia for 2 years in the Al Qunfudhah region and worked as a journalist between 1978 and 1996. Nasrallah then returned to Jordan and worked at Dostur, Afaq and Hasad newspapers. He is in charge of cultural activities at Darat-al-Funun in Amman. He has published 14 books of poetry, 13 novels and two children’s books.

Wu-Tang Clan
Wu-Tang Clan

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