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Season of prickly pears in Palestine, the fruit of patience

A Palestinian boy eats cactusIn Padras, a town in west Ramallah, one can find prickly pears in all houses, the summer fruit of choice for Palestinians and a symbol of steadfastness and patience.

Zainab Awad, 37, lives in Padras, a town known for its cultivation of prickly pears. She wakes up early every day to harvest the fruit. Awad, who works as a teacher in a private-sector kindergarten, harvests prickly pears in the summer as a second source of income.


Memories are alive inside me

Maisoon BashirNo one lives without memories. Memory is a key not only to the past, but also to the future, to new beginnings. Even memories of forbidden dreams help one build character. Memory helps us learn lessons of how to struggle, and in turn, begin a new life with a fresh soul. I believe we can close our eyes to reality, but not to memories.


Simple drawings bear messages of suffering from Gaza’s children


In her small atelier surrounded by hundreds of small, medium and large portraits, Palestinian painter Majdal Nateel from the besieged Gaza Strip uses her skills to express her hopes for the future through her very simple, yet beautiful and expressive, drawings and paintings.


Middle East Monitor explores the Palestinian Diaspora through a series of short films

Mural of Yasser ArafatAfter many decades of ongoing Palestinian displacement and dispossession at the hands of the Zionist settler-colonial machine, Palestinians today are fragmented around the world. Of the approximately 12 million Palestinians alive, less than half remain within the borders of pre-1948 Palestine. Whilst such realisations are imperative in understanding the Palestinian cause, discussion and debate around the Palestinian issue is all too often restrained to geographic rather than human terms.


Why can't I be a Sushi? New film project challenges the stereotypes of sectarianism

-"Sectarianism" has fast become the buzz word of the 21st century Middle East politics; rolled out and dusted off every time a journalist or political analyst wants to make a pseudo-intellectual statement about intercommunal violence in the region. Much like Samuel Huntingdon's much-denounced "clash of civilisations" thesis, the use of sectarianism as an explanatory mechanism for politico-religious turmoil in the Arab world and wider Middle East posits some form of deeper, primordial drive that turns communities against each other and former friends and neighbours into enemies.


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