London-based journalist and photographer William Parry’s Against the Wall serves as both a political and aesthetic document, perhaps exemplifying the German philosopher Walter Benjamin’s famous thesis that “[t]here is no document of culture that is not at the same time a document of barbarism.” Read more about Art as resistance: "Against the Wall" reviewed
Arts and culture
A Rift in Time takes readers back to the life of author Raja Shehadeh’s great-uncle Najib Nassar, who edited the Haifa-based newspaper al-Karmil in the last years of the Ottoman Empire. Sarah Irving interviews Shehadeh for The Electronic Intifada. Read more about Seeing the land as one: Raja Shehadeh interviewed
AL-ZAHARA, occupied Gaza Strip (IPS) - In a bright and spacious classroom, with plants overflowing in the courtyard outside, six students lean forward at their desks looking at the 10-digit addition they are asked to make. One student stands before the numbers on the chalkboard and a red and yellow-beaded abacus. But her attention is on the abacus she visualizes in her mind. Read more about Math program taps potential of young students in Gaza
Palestinian youth premiered nine short films at public screenings in the occupied West Bank and Gaza Strip last week. Forty youths worked in small groups during two parallel three-week workshops conducted in the al-Aroub and Jabaliya refugee camps during the month of July. Palestinian and international trainers facilitated the workshops through the participatory media program Voices Beyond Walls, in partnership with local youth community organizations. Read more about Youth re-imagine life through short films
Basem Ra’ad is a professor at Al-Quds University in occupied East Jerusalem. For the past two decades, he has been researching the ancient past of Palestine, much of which concerns the Western and Israeli appropriation of ancient languages and cultures, from the Canaanite alphabet to the Canaanite pantheon of gods and goddesses. Jonathan Scott spoke with Ra’ad for The Electronic Intifada. Read more about Palestinian roots of Western civilization: an interview with Basem Ra'ad
Salt of This Sea (2008), Annemarie Jacir’s groundbreaking feature film, premieres in the US this week after two years on the road and winning over 20 awards in countless international film festivals. Nora Barrows-Friedman interviewed the film’s star, Suheir Hammad, for The Electronic Intifada. Read more about Interview with "Salt of This Sea" star before nationwide premiere in NYC
In The Unspoken Alliance: Israel’s Secret Relationship with Apartheid South Africa, historian and Foreign Affairs editor Sasha Polakow-Suransky explores the rise and fall of the Cold War-era alliance between Israel and apartheid South Africa. Jimmy Johnson reviews for The Electronic Intifada. Read more about Book review: Israel and apartheid S. Africa's "Unspoken Alliance"
Photographer Rich Wiles’ Behind the Wall: Life, Love, and Struggle in Palestine is a story about the lives of people the author has encountered over the course of the last seven years living in Palestine. Marcy Newman reviews for The Electronic Intifada. Read more about Book review: Palestine brought to life in "Behind the Wall"
If I am Not For Myself provides fascinating critical insight into Zionism, and amounts to a crucial warning from history on Palestine for the liberal left of today. Asa Winstanley reviews for The Electronic Intifada. Read more about Book review: history lesson on the left's Palestine blind spot
RAMALLAH, occupied West Bank (IPS) — Nasser Abdulhadi is a mild-mannered man who runs a restaurant. He was always known as the jovial sort. One day, his friends say, he stopped being jovial. He chose instead to fight for a world title for one of his country’s national dishes, and through that to gain worldwide recognition for Palestine. Read more about Palestinians break records to reclaim culture