For Palestinian farmers, the olive tree symbolize their heritage toiling on the land. Their future, however, is threatened by Israel’s land grabs for illegal settlement building and the subsequent destruction of ancient olive orchards.
“How would history read,” Sabaaneh muses,” if those who bled and suffered through it had written it?” White & Black attempts to answer that question for the Palestinian people.
A 22-year-old singer from Jerusalem, is producing pop music in English “with a uniquely Palestinian touch.”
These Palestinian designers are reinventing fashion with an eye toward tradition.
Ghnaim contends that Palestinian embroidery sacrificed much of its significance and role in preserving Palestinian culture at the altar of commercialization over the years. A key role of embroidery is storytelling.
Unlike many Palestinian artists who dislike the idea being put into the “resistance art” box, Jarrar is a politically-engaged artist making a statement against an emerging world order of separation walls.
“We did not seek to become Israelis. The government of this country came to us, we were here long before they were,” Makhoul told me.