Culture and Cultural Preservation
The Glory That Is Gaza
Opportunities to visit Gaza come rarely. Harry Gunkel writes, “A place so inaccessible and so compelling deserves our full attention and our best intentions, but as we learned in our recent visit, getting lost in the tedium of the permit process and then the rush to pack the time with meetings and briefings could have caused us to miss the glory that is Gaza.”
by Harry Gunkel – Mondoweiss, December 19, 2019
Gazans piecing together remains of ancient church
Palestinians in Gaza work on the ruins of an old church which dates back to 444 AD
by Mohammed Asad – Middle East Monitor (MEMO), October 22, 2019
The Personal is Political: A Journey Through Palestinian Exile
As a Palestinian, I constantly find myself asking where I belong. The answer invariably is that there is no space for me, literally or metaphysically.
by Ahmad Moussa – Al-Jazeera, November 29, 2020
Artists seek to save houses and buildings from Gaza’s history
“These houses are our identity, but ignorance leads to their destruction.” Grassroots preservers restore 500-year-old Mamluke-era school.
by Associated Press Images, December 25, 2020
Songs for the Love of Palestine
Al-Jazeera video with stories of four songs that reflect the Palestinian diaspora’s heritage and desire to return to a homeland left in 1948
December 9, 2020
Gaza City, an unusual beauty
A young writer from We Are Not Numbers finds beauty everywhere in Gaza
by Zainab Wael Bashir –We Are Not Numbers, December 2, 2020
No Dispossessions Left to Count
It is the Palestinian refugee who reminds us, as we reckon with our altered reality, that yearning for what we once knew is hardly an act of obstinacy. It is what sustains us. And for many, the cost of abandoning this self-consolation is just too high.
by Samer Badawi – +972 Magazine, December 29, 2020
One of the world’s oldest churches sits in small town in the West Bank
Burqin, a town in the northern West Bank, is home to one of the oldest churches in the world, the Church of the Ten Lepers, where Jesus Christ is said to have performed a miracle of healing lepers who were confined in the church’s cave.
by Taghreed Ali – Al-Monitor, February 2, 2021
The Palestine Institute for Biodiversity and Sustainability at Bethlehem University, and The Palestine Museum of Natural History
These institutions were established to research, educate about, and conserve nature, culture, and heritage in Palestine
Director, Mazin Qumsiyeh
Taha Muhammad Ali and the mystery of Palestinian ‘happiness’
Taha Muhammad Ali, a beloved poet from Nazareth who died in 2011, was a master of the ‘Palestinian Absurd’ and is remembered for his searing poems that mused on happiness and its limitations.
By Steve France – Mondoweiss, March 12, 2021