Rawan (L)) and Maya (R)). Photo by: Nora Sayyad

“You can’t tell us how to dance” — a conversation about culture, art and activism

Empty bullet cases after the Israeli army raid on the Ramallah Hall of Culture

The Palestine Cinema Days festival, held for the eighth year in a row, included a record number of 65 films from Palestine and other countries. On its last day, the Israeli army raided the Ramallah Cultural Palace and reminded Palestinians of the nightmarish movie in which they are trapped.


Needless to say, the only means of shrinking the conflict is by shrinking the occupation and the settlement enterprise. But the Israeli government’s understanding of the approach can only produce the opposite outcome. ■ Would the PA be content with modest diplomatic measures in which it accepts what crumbs the Israeli government might be willing to offer?

FILE: Masked Israeli settlers in the West Bank, protected by Israeli soldiers

The 21st century Nazism no longer requires trains and gas chambers, it has more “civilised” ways to make a people disappear.

Gaza, Palestine

While the ideal option for Palestinians is to achieve reconciliation between Ramallah and Gaza, which would preserve the two-state solution, the most likely scenario in the next five years is the continuation of the status quo, with no viable alternative. It is the scenario that does not anger the PA and will not find serious objection from Egypt and Jordan; it is the option that has become familiar to the region.

In a horribly violent rampage, dozens of masked Israeli settlers celebrated a holy day by attacking a Palestinian village in the West Bank. They slaughtered sheep, smashing cars, severely attack Palestinian residents and injuring at least twelve, including a three-year-old boy, wrecking homes with clubs and hammers smashing furniture and house contents, amongst other violent acts. Soldiers were standing behind the attackers the whole time and did nothing to stop them. Instead they fired huge amounts of gas as well as stun grenades at the Palestinians.

While almost all Palestinians followed the news about the Gilboa prison break on daily basis viewing it as inspiring to popular resistance, the killing of the opposition activist Nizar Banat and the PA behavior in its aftermath damage the standing of the PA as almost 80% of the public demand the resignation of president Abbas

These are the results of the latest poll conducted by the Palestinian Center for Policy and Survey Research (PSR) in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip between 15–18 September 2021.


A joint Palestinian-Israeli research reveals: Mutual Palestinian-Israeli distrust, found at the core of peace failure, is generated by socio-psychological forces heightened by daily life hardships, exposure to violence, and widespread negative perceptions about the other side’s educational system.

Zakaria Zubeidi co-founder of The Freedom Theatre

Udi Aloni tells three stories of living in Zakaria Zubeidi’s house. The is the first one: the cultural Intifada.

(R) Cover from the film Arna’s Children. (L) A recent photo of Zakaria Zubeidi

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