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· May, 2009

Stories about Palestine from May, 2009

Egypt: Cairo Refugee Film Festival

  30 May 2009

Integrating refugees in society is the aim of a film festival with a difference. Marwa Rakha learns about the Cairo Refugee Film Festival, being held from June 16 to 20 from the event's blog through a fellow blogger, and shares her findings in this post.

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Palestine: Israeli Armed Police Disrupt Literature Festival

  26 May 2009

The Palestine Festival of Literature is a traveling cultural roadshow touring across the West Bank, in Palestine, from May 23 to 28. The aim is to take literary activities to Palestinians, who aren't allowed to travel under the occupation. However, the opening was marred when armed Israeli police ordered the theatre where the event was hosted to shut down. Bloggers from around the world reacted to the incident.

Palestine: Palestinian Christians Want Freedom Too

  24 May 2009

Fadi Abu Sada, a Palestinian Christian, hopes that the Pope's recent visit to the Holy Land will help Christians worldwide understand that Palestinian Christians suffer from the same occupation that all Palestinians suffer from.

Palestine: Remembering Al Nakba

  22 May 2009

Arab-American joint blog KABOBfest marks the 61st anniversary of the creation of Israel, commonly referred to as Al Nakba (catastrophe), saying: “Israel's foundation meant the dispossession of hundreds of thousands of refugees. This created the largest, long-term refugee population in the world. But, they should not mourn Israel's creation. They...

Palestine: Family Fun?

  21 May 2009

In the West Bank, Samuel Nichols notes: “Parents taking a Friday afternoon walk carrying their newborn is cute. Parents taking a Friday afternoon walk carrying their newborn (with an M-16 slung over the father's shoulder while intimidating Palestinian farmers) is disconcerting and scary.”

Israel: Eurovision Peace Duo Push for Another Way

  18 May 2009

Can music help bring us closer together? Noa and Mira Awad hope their message from the Eurovision Song Contest reaches far and wide. Gilad Lotan updates us about the journey of those two musicians and reactions to their performances in the 2009 Eurovision Song Contest.

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MENA: Does Swine Flu Spread from Touching Pigs?

  14 May 2009

More than 14 centuries after Islam prohibited the consumption of pork, pigs are once again making headlines across the Arab world - this time in the form of tweets. Here's a quick snapshot of some of the messages from Twitter users across the region.

Palestine/Canada: On Arabs Abroad

  1 May 2009

“Why Arabs abroad feel obligated that they MUST know everyone in their city? Even Arabs in nearby cities? Who they are/were friends with? Where they buy their shoes from?” rants Rebellious Arab Girl, a Palestinian who lives in Canada.

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