Documentary “Muhi – Generally Temporary”

"For the past seven years Muhi, a brave and spirited Palestinian boy has been living in an Israeli hospital, unable to return to his home in Gaza. Caught between two worlds and two peoples, Muhi is raised in paradoxical circumstances that transcend identity, religion and the conflict that divides his world. His time at the … Continue reading Documentary “Muhi – Generally Temporary”

Hisham Bustani’s The Crossing

Hisham Bustani's short story "The Crossing"  has been translated into English by Maia Tabet and appears in the current issue of Newfound.  The short story was originally published in Arabic in Bustani's The Monotonous Chaos of Existence (2010). In Newfound, it appears in both Arabic and English, as in Bustani's previous work, The Perception of Meaning, … Continue reading Hisham Bustani’s The Crossing

Haflah! Arabic Music in the Diaspora

On September 19, the National Arab Orchestra will perform at the Music Hall Center for the Performing Arts in Detroit, with special guest composers Kareem Roustom and Wael Binali. The NAO (which used to be called the Michigan Arab Orchestra) has for a while now been one of the best Arab orchestras in North America, along with the New … Continue reading Haflah! Arabic Music in the Diaspora

Stories from My Grandmother

Gazan novelist Atef Abu Saif's novel A Suspended Life, was shortlisted for the International Prize for Arabic Fiction for 2015.The novel deals bravely with Hamas's grip on Gaza.  Perhaps not appreciating this, Hamas delayed the author's exit permit, preventing him from attending the the announcement of the shortlisted works in Casablanca, Morocco, in February. Despite … Continue reading Stories from My Grandmother

Al Takht Al Sharqi – Young Gaza Musicians

After Muhammad Assaf's Arab Idol victory, four young musicians from Gaza known as "Al Takht Al Sharqi" have also made headlines, having participated in another copy-cat talent show, Arabs Got Talent. Although they are now out of the finals, their performance have gained them many fans. Their act got the "Golden Buzzer" from judge Nasser Al … Continue reading Al Takht Al Sharqi – Young Gaza Musicians

A Cloud Reflecting Life

What do you see in the smoke rising from an explosion? As Israeli airstrikes explode over Gaza, Palestinian photographer Belal Khaled turns death into art, seeing symbols of resistance in the clouds of smoke. Similar to how children and day dreamers might interpret shapes in the sky, Khaled turns the Gaza airstrikes into something wistful and … Continue reading A Cloud Reflecting Life

Art Exhibition: Despite

"Despite brings together the work of a group of contemporary artists from Palestine – both the West Bank and Gaza, and includes work by artists such as Mohammed Joha, Hani Zurob, Majed Shala, Mohammed Abusal, Nidal Abu Oun and Raed Issa." The exhibition starts today and goes to the 28th.I love the title! Earlier this … Continue reading Art Exhibition: Despite