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

Art and Resistance in the Palestinian diaspora

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

“The account came to life after the Palestinian protest happened in May [2020], and we were… surprised it happened and none of us Palestinians were there. So we had a Zoom call, and [were] like, ‘what the hell?’ … I was pretty frustrated when it happened. I would have loved to go. “

Silencing Voices

Pinkwashing often refers to the commercialization of LGBTQ-rights and is used as a marketing strategy. In the Palestine and Israel context, it is also actively used as part of the occupation.

Credit: Rawan

Shaping Conversations

I say: How is this my concern? I’m a spectator
He says: No spectators at chasm’s door … and no
one is neutral here. And you must choose
your part in the end
(Extract from I Have a Seat in the Abandoned Theater by Mahmoud Darwish, transl. Fady Joudah)

Credit: Rawan

Creating Platforms

My sister, our land has a throbbing heart,
it doesn’t cease to beat, and it endures
the unendurable. It keeps the secrets
of hills and wombs.
(Extract from Hamza by Fadwa Tuqan (1917–2003), transl. unknown)



Had the Tree really fallen?
Never! Not with our red streams flowing forever
(Extract from The Deluge and The Tree by Fadwa Tuqan (1917–2003), transl. unknown)