Ana Araby - I Am Arab (Trap Remix)
Mahmoud Darwish
Ana Araby - I Am Arab (Trap Remix)

Mahmoud Darwish (1941–2008) was a Palestinian poet and author who won numerous awards for his literary output and was regarded as the Palestinian national poet.

Born in the Galilee, Darwish’s family fled during the 1948 Arab-Israeli War and returned a year later to an occupied homeland. These early experiences would provide the foundation for a writing career that would come to define the Palestinian cause. In his work Palestine became a metaphor for the loss of Eden, birth and resurrection, and the anguish of dispossession and exile.

Like other Palestinians in Israel at the time, he grew up under military law that prevented freedom of movement. In 1964 he released his second volume which included the poem, “Identity Card”. The six stanzas of the poem defiantly repeated “Write Down, I am an Arab”. The poem landed him in prison and turned him into an icon of the Palestinian people and the Arab world

A bride and groom of a Christian Palestinian family slap dough over the door of their house, which is a wedding ritual still practiced by a lot of families in Palestine to this day

Eid Mubarak!

Happy Eid to all Muslims around the world! I hope you all slay with your amazing Eid clothes that you spent weeks picking, hope you receive a lot of money and be rich, may you have a blessed and joyful Eid, well spent with family, friends, and loved ones.

And Happy Eid to those without families, to those who can’t celebrate it for personal reasons, to those who try to celebrate it despite dealing with mental/physical illness. Happy Eid to who are living in a state of war. Happy Eid to those who live in a country that doesn’t celebrate Eid. And Happy Eid to every Muslim no matter who and where you are. Have a blessed Eid!

هي قوية جدًا فإن ظاهرها سلامٌ تكاد أن تُجزم أنها في أوج النعيم، و لكن عندما  تختلس النظر من عينيها إلى داخلها، ترى حروبًا أبت أن تهدأ.

One of the most iconic photographs taken during the first intifada:

Micheline Awwad holding her bright yellow high heel shoes as she threw stones at israeli forces in Beit Sahour

Micheline, 30 years later, recalling what happened the day the photo was taken:

“I was wearing a black shirt and top, a yellow scarf and yellow heels. There was a special mass at the church, otherwise I wouldn’t have worn that outfit for a protest,” recalled Micheline Awwad, a mother of two who now works in a hotel. The context, she explained, was Palestine’s 1987 intifada, or “uprising,” a conflict that lasted until 1993 and saw an estimated 14,000 Palestinians and 271 Israelis killed.

“We didn’t expect any demonstrations. When I saw the Israeli army approaching and young men were confronting them, I followed the young men. When I started running, I couldn’t run with those shoes. I took them off and carried them. Then I bent down and picked up a stone. I didn’t know someone was taking a picture,” she told BBC News. “It was an uprising from the heart. Young men and women passionately took to the streets.”

November 29th is the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People! It’s very important to remember Palestine and its people especially this year since 2018 marks 70 years of the Nakbah, 70 years of occupation for the Palestinian people. Even though it has been 70 years now we’re still hearing about the devastating realities of the genocide about them on a daily basis. Please take some time and educate yourself on the conflict and help keep Palestine and Palestinians on the map. We can’t let them erase us. Our voices will be heard.

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Today, November 29th 2018, commemorates the 40th anniversary of the UN’s International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People.

This day has been made to commemorate the shameful UN Partition Plan of Palestine (Resolution 181) that robbed Palestinians from their land, families, and basic human rights 71 years ago.