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SUNDAYS ARE FOR CULTURE

Daniel Barenboim on a peaceful resolution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict (Channel 4 News)

John Snow interviews world-renowned musician and conductor Daniel Barenboim.

"One of the strongest advocates for finding a peaceful resolution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is Daniel Barenboim, one of the modern world’s pre-eminent musicians."

"The conductor and pianist spent lockdown recording Beethoven’s sonatas to coincide with the 250th anniversary of the great composer’s birth this week."

"But for the last 20 years he has worked with the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra bringing together musicians from Israel, the Palestinian territories and Arab countries."
Songs for the Love of Palestine (Al Jazeera)

"Stories of four songs that reflect the Palestinian diaspora’s heritage and desire to return to a homeland left in 1948."

"This film tells the stories of four songs that date back to early and mid-20th century Palestine and Jordan."

"They reflect Palestinian cultural heritage and the diaspora’s strong desire to return to a homeland they were forced out of in 1948. They all contain snapshots of the time and place in which they were written – from the British Mandate to 1950s Jordan to Palestinians living abroad today."
Sumud, crucifixion, and poetry: The life of Palestinian leader Tawfiq Zayyad (Mondoweiss)

Dr. Hatim Kanaaneh writes: "Unlike the author of this academic biography who never met the Palestinian leader Tawfiq Zayyad and only knew of him through the mainly Zionist Hebrew press, I knew Tawfiq Zayyad and respected him since the Nakba."

"At that life-changing juncture, he was nearly twice my age of eleven years, someone with literary promise, revolutionary bend of mind, daring, Palestinian nationalism, communist convictions and a booming voice to back it all up in his speeches. Yet this rising star was approachable even to me and my agemates. His harsh-edged voice was difficult to ignore especially with the-then-recent addition of loudspeakers."
Teta's Kitchen — Episode 4: Maftoul & Beers (Rabet by the Palestine Institute for Public Diplomacy – YouTube)

"We mix it up this week, and visit two places in Palestine! Join chef Fadi Kattan as he travels to Taybeh and Birzeit to chat with some artisanal brewers, and then meets with Imm Salama to learn how to make a Palestinian winter classic: maftoul."

Music in this episode courtesy of Rashid Adbelhamid and the following artists:
"Ya Halali" by Sarouna
‘Mayor’ Is A Heartwarming Film On Ramallah Mayor Musa Hadid (Forbes)

Nadja Sayej writes "There’s one point in the new documentary Mayor, which follows the day to day life of Ramallah mayor Musa Hadid, where he’s sitting in a boardroom with a group of German politicians. The group is trying to stress diplomacy between Palestine and Israel, but Hadid interrupts them."

“Its about dignity,” he tells them in English. “When it comes to the identity of yourself, its not acceptable ok? When we feel we are not treated as slaves and they are masters, we are ready to do everything. But when I have to take off all my clothes because a 16-year-old soldier is asking me to do so under the threat of his weapon, its about dignity.”

Watch the trailer on YouTube
Bethlehem: the little town with tunes (The New European)

Sophia Deboick writes: "For 2,000 years people have sung songs for my hometown," says Leila Sansour in a trailer for her film Open Bethlehem (2014), a personal odyssey through Bethlehem’s past, present and future. Indeed, no other place has been a byword, so frequently invoked in song, for the human longing for salvation, freedom and hope that the birth of Jesus represents for so many."

"The eight metre-tall, 700-kilometre-long concrete ‘separation wall’ erected between Israel and the West Bank following the outbreak of the Second Intifada in 2000 which snakes across Bethlehem is the most recent – and most monolithic – symbol of the Palestinian experience, but in the years since it first appeared, Bethlehem’s musicians have responded to their situation in two distinct modes: with songs of fury and protest, or defiantly making music that is a celebration of life."

POEM

Santa Detained by Basman Derawi (We Are Not Numbers)

I read in the news today
they arrested Santa.

Some people say
he has Palestinian roots.
A Palestinian needs to commit
no crime to be arrested.

Another rumor says
he crossed the Gaza border
at night without permission.
Santa claims to have a visa.

Another rumor says
he loves the wrong people.
They accuse him of being kind
to Arabs, a punishable crime.

Investigators claim they found
a toy gun,
a book on logic,
a book of history.

I wake up. It was a dream,
but I know they will not
let him through Erez gate
with such books.

CATCH UP

Palestine Deep Dive Live: Alexei Sayle's Imaginary Falafel Shop (YouTube)

We spoke to the iconoclastic comedian, Alexei Sayle, about his Mum, Marx, the Middle East and more.
 

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