The Palestine you don't know

حيث يمكنك أن تجد سببا آخر لتقع في حب فلسطين - جمالها

where you can find another reason to fall in love with Palestine - it’s beauty !

probably-lena asked: Do you have any recommendations for any good non-fiction books about the history of the PLO movement? Preferably in English and that I can find on Amazon? :) Thank you!!

I’ve read ” Palestinian without an identity ” by Salah Khalaf recently but in Arabic  and I don’t know if it is translated . Publishing this question so if anyone have a link for the English version to send it . Thank you!

Khalaf , a member of Fatah and one of the founders , talks about the history of the movement . A rich book with information. 

Pictures from “The Queen of Silks ” photography collection by Osama Silwadi .(source also check Silwadis’ website for other collections )

This photo collection featuring the Palestinian traditional dress called “Thob” . To know more about Thob.

Why is there too many shapes and colors of Thobs ?

It differs according to the area and the type of  work the women were doing in the past for example villages worked in farming used to wear Thobs with less embroidery and according to the occasion . The south of Palestine had the most colored and accessorized clothes .

thepalestineyoudontknow:

On 30 March 1976, thousands of  Palestinians who live in the  territories occupied by israel in 1948 gathered to protest Israeli government plans to expropriate 60,000 dunams of Arab-owned land in the Galilee. Israeli police killed six Palestinians that day , wounded hundreds , and jailed hundreds . In the intervening years, those events have become consecrated in the Palestinian memory as Land Day.

After years of military rule and political docility, Land Day 1976 was the first act of mass resistance by the Palestinians inside Israel against the Zionist policy of internal colonialisation, a systematic process of expropriation that had reduced Palestinian land ownership from around 94 per cent of all territory in pre-1948 Palestine to less than three per cent !

Land day is a day where Palestinians mark the attachments between them , their ancestors with the land . It marks resistance .It marks our roots and rights in this land .

(pictures taken from Land Day يوم الأرض )

The Dead Sea , Jericho , Palestine by Atta Jaber . It was named dead because its high salinity makes it a harsh environment in which animals cannot live within also it is the lowest area in the world .

The Dead Sea , Jericho , Palestine by Atta Jaber . It was named dead because its high salinity makes it a harsh environment in which animals cannot live within also it is the lowest area in the world .

There’s no shame in fighting the occupation back. What’s shameful is not fighting back and fabricating stories only to fit the victim role that will never ever help or change the reality we’re living in. Yes, we are victims of the Israeli Occupation, but that does not mean we should be helpless, passive, and hopeless victims. We should be like Saji, do whatever we can to refuse it. If it was throwing rocks at the illegal Israeli Settlements, at Israeli Soldiers, then so be it. If it was jumping over the Apartheid Wall and risk being shot instead of being humiliated over a checkpoint, then so be it. If it was refusing to bring down the Palestinian flag from our houses because the Israeli Authorities, for some reason, are terrified of it, then so be it.

Saji is not a Victim by Waad Abbas. ( read it to know more also  see more photos for Saji’s funeral  )

About than 7,000 Palestinians gathered in the longest reading human chain around the Old City of Jerusalem walls.

We had this idea to encourage people to read, to donate books to public libraries and to build new libraries by gathering around the walls of Jerusalem, each with a book in his hands,” organizer Hossam Elayaan told AFP.

Of course , only Palestinians from Jerusalem and those who carry a permit to pass checkpoints could reach the event .

Mohammed al-Zomar displays one of his works made from spent Israeli ammunition at his studio in the central Gaza Strip, 12 February. Al-Zomar draws and paints on spent ammunition that he collected during Israel’s three-week assault on Gaza in winter 2008-09 and during the eight-day military offensive in November 2012. (Ashraf Amra / APA images)’

 

The funeral of Saji  Darwish, 20 (see video) . He was shot dead by Israeli occupation forces, east of Ramallah on Monday evening. 

Palestinian sources said that Israeli soldiers opened fire at Saji while he was between the villages of Beiten and Deir Debwan east of Ramallah, which killed him on the spot after being shot in the head.

Another 4 were killed at the same day : Hundreds attend funeral of judge killed by Israeli forces, Israeli airstrike kills 3 Palestinians in southern Gaza.

Every other day we say goodbye to new martyr , with flowers and sounds of joy that the person had given his/her life for a higher cause- for a land and its people, for freedom . With each goodbye , we have more hope  that occupation which uses extra violence will be over one day no matter what .

standwithpalestine:

It’s easy to lose sight of some of life’s simple pleasures when you’re mired in the politics of a land you’re forbidden to enter. But every now and again we deserve to be reminded of just how beautifully the sea sparkles in the Gaza Strip, or just how high the rainbows over the West Bank’s grassy hills can go, or just how easy it is to visualize the earthy way of life in villages wiped away in 1948. 

Source: Sixteen Minutes to Palestine

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Women collecting water from a well in Tirat Haifa village in Palestine,1933 .(found on Ahmad Marwat FB page).
Notice the pottery water jars which are now used mainly as traditional decoration but used to be used to keep water fresh and cold . My great grandmother used to say ” I swear it-the jars- makes water tastes Delicious , you should give away your water fridge ” - we tried it and She was right!

Women collecting water from a well in Tirat Haifa village in Palestine,1933 .(found on Ahmad Marwat FB page).

Notice the pottery water jars which are now used mainly as traditional decoration but used to be used to keep water fresh and cold . My great grandmother used to say ” I swear it-the jars- makes water tastes Delicious , you should give away your water fridge ” - we tried it and She was right!