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Palestinian Dubka Troupe dances in Ireland.

Belfast (SaebPress) —The Palestinian Lajee Center Dubka Troupe’s tour arrived in the north of  Ireland on Friday 28th  June 13, from their center in Aida Refugee Camp, their performance captured their audience  attention in Derry City, Ballycastel , in the The Giant’s Causeway  center,  Ballintoy where an Irish dance group joined forces with Lajee Center Dubka Troupe.

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 On The next day they preformed in West Belfast’s Gort Na Mona Gac club. The tour included traditional dubka dance, stories, and photo exhibitions all created by the youth of Aida Refugee Camp. ‘The performance was scintillating to say the least’, as one of the Palestine activists puts it to SaebPress.

The Aida Refugee Camp’s Lajee Center.

Aida Refugee Camp was established in 1950 to accommodate Palestinian refugees from the War of 1948. The camp was designed to be a temporary residence for the refugees, many of whom still had their keys to their houses in their original villages. However, over 60 years later, Aida Camp still exists in the same physical space it inhabited in 1950, although its population has expanded. Over 4,700 people live in Aida Refugee Camp. The buildings are tall which create narrow alleyways that children play in. The one green space that used to provide therapy for the residents is an olive grove that runs alongside the camp. Yet in 2004 the ‘Israeli’ occupation  Military built the separation wall pressing up against the camp, separating the refugees from their green space.

 Lajee Dubka's Troupe

Lajee Dubka’s Troupe

The wall and the cramped streets are not the only challenges the camp faces. Israeli military raids are frequent. Night or day the military may enter the camp. Tear gas, rubber coated steel bullets, live ammunition, and sound bombs accompany them, creating fear and uncertainty for many of the children that live in Aida. No child or youth has been immune to these raids and many have witnessed their brothers or fathers being dragged off in the middle of the night.

Dubka Troupe & Ballintoy's Irish dance Group.

Dubka Troupe & Ballintoy’s Irish dance Group.

It is in this context that the Lajee Center Dubka Troupe dances not only provide stress release but also hope for the residents of the camp. The  Dubka Troupe dance has also become a method to tell the story of the Palestinian and their love of life and resistance  to the world, as awareness-raising gateway, their dance  show us how they work, struggle, and work toward a hopeful future of freedom.

 

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Are the French officials declaring open war on Islam?

France declared a war on Islam by supporting the publication of satirical cartoons insulting to the Prophet Muhammad.

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Ghassan Kanafani, the era of revolutionary Palestinian media

Palestine’s Ghassan Kanafani, a writer, artist, journalist and politico has left a lasting legacy in the Arab world.

Ghassan Kanafani
Ghassan Kanafani, the Palestinian revolutionary.

Some of the biggest names in the world of literature – Dickens, Hemingway, Garcia Marquez – got their start in journalism. Their reporting tends to be forgotten; their prose is what lives on.

Ghassan Kanafani is a name you can add to that list. Kanafani was a Palestinian writer who, through books like Men in the Sun, humanised the Palestinian condition of dispossession and displacement. He was, however, first and foremost a journalist.

Palestine’s Ghassan Kanafani, a writer, artist, journalist and a revolutionary has left a lasting legacy in the Arab world.

He was also a product of 1960s Beirut – a period when the city was a magnet for young reporters, revolutionaries, migrants and misfits, as well as host to the Palestinian leadership in exile. It was in Beirut that Kanafani produced Al Hadaf, a forward-thinking Palestinian magazine, that has been somewhat lost in the mists of time.

The Listening Post‘s Tariq Nafi reports from Beirut, Lebanon, on the legacy of Ghassan Kanafani and the era of Palestinian revolutionary media. 

Contributors:

Refqa Abu-Remaileh – Professor of modern Arabic literature and film, Director of “PalREAD – Country of Words” project, Free University of Berlin

Elias Khoury – Novelist and playwright

As’ad AbuKhalil – Professor of political science, California State University

Source: Al Jazeera

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Justice for Palestine, Jews Step Forward.

These are the moral voices of bravery and justice inside JEWS STEP FORWARD

This indie documentary highlights twenty-four moral voices within the American Jewish community speaking on behalf of justice for the indigenous Palestinian people.  Directed and produced by Elika Rezaee and Marjorie Wright, this powerful, truthful, controversial documentary has been screened at festivals around the world.  It has been recognised by the 2016 justice Awards Festival and given a certificate of merit as the best “Human Rights, War and Peace film in the category Documentary Feature” by the sixteen International Film Festivals.

“Few are willing to brave the disapproval of their fellows, the censure of the colleagues, the wrath of their society. Moral courage is a rarer commodity than bravery in battle or great intelligence. Yet it is the one essential, vital quality for those who seek to change a world that yields most painfully to change. Each time a person stands up for an idea, or acts to improve the lot of others, or strikes out against injustice, (s)he sends forth a tiny ripple of hope, and crossing each other from a million different centres of energy and daring, those ripples build a current that can sweep down the mightiest walls of oppression and resistance.”– Robert F. Kennedy. These are the moral voices of bravery and justice inside JEWS STEP FORWARD.

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