Zaytoun Theme
Dry The River

Dry the River- Zaytoun

I witness the youth washing off us and pool around our feet like a lake 

If you lower yourself into darkness no point tying a rope around your waist

I heard about your father, the olive in the arbour and the stone inside your heart just the same

The statue wept milk in the garden, hoping something might grow there again

I feel all these forces like riderless horses now free from the cart 

We bandage our feet again skip over peace again hurry apart


Dalia Khalifa: Gaza’s ‘unbreakable’ girl

Nine-year old Dalia Khalifa was in the living room of her family home in the Zaytoun district of the besieged Gaza Strip when an Israeli strike hit their house during last summer’s Operation Protective Edge.
A photo of nine year old Dalia Khalifa by photographer Mohamad Asad was chosen by OCHA as the Grand Jury winner in a photography competition

دَاليا خَليفة : صاحبة التسعة أعوام, أصيبت في قصف إسرائيلي على منزلها خلال الحرب الأخيرة على قطاع غزة.

Rare folk: A collection of hidden songs by wonderful musicians

  1. Coming Down- Bon Iver
  2. I’ve Been Losing You- King Creosote & Jon Hopkins
  3. To Be A Woman-Laura Marling
  4. We All, Us Three, Will Ride- Iron & Wine
  5. Zaytoun- Dry the River
  6. Give Me A Sign- Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros
  7. England- Mumford & Sons
  8. Biting Your Tail (Acoustic)- Iron & Wine
  9. Is A Hope (Drinking Alone)- Laura Marling
  10. Service Bell+Two Dancers (ii)- Ellie Goulding and Ben Lovett
  11. Further Away- Ben Howard


For When the Devil’s in the Bible Belt: for when I’m panicky and need to chill out. which apparently means douchey hipster acoustic folk music.

Animal Skins- Dry the River | Balcony- Zach Winters | Modern Times- Army of Me | Zaytoun- Dry the River | Keep On Playing- Old Boy | Gold in the Air- Jesse Woods | Chimes- Window is the Door | Snowship- Benjamin Francis Leftwich | History Book- Dry the River

Israeli army spokesman:


They hid at the El-Wafa hospital.

They hid at the Al-Aqsa hospital.

They hid at the beach, where children played football.

They hid at the yard of 75-year-old Muhammad Hamad.

They hid among the residential quarters of Shujaya.

They hid in the neighbourhoods of Zaytoun and Toffah.

They hid in Rafah and Khan Younis.

They hid in the home of the Qassan family.

They hid in the home of the poet, Othman Hussein.

They hid in the village of Khuzaa.

They hid in the thousands of houses damaged or destroyed.

They hid in 84 schools and 23 medical facilities.

They hid in a cafe, where Gazans were watching the World Cup.

They hid in the ambulances trying to retrieve the injured.

They hid themselves in 24 corpses, buried under rubble.

They hid themselves in a young woman in pink household slippers, sprawled on the pavement, taken down while fleeing.

They hid themselves in two brothers, eight and four, lying in the intensive burn care unit in Al-Shifa.

They hid themselves in the little boy whose parts were carried away by his father in a plastic shopping bag.

They hid themselves in the “incomparable chaos of bodies” arriving at Gaza hospitals.

They hid themselves in an elderly woman, lying in a pool of blood on a stone floor.

They hid themselves in a UN school where civilians were sheltering from our shells and bombs.

They also hid themselves In designated ‘safe’ spots, we waited and then we bombed the safe spots and still after all this hiding they’ve been managing to KILL our soldiers!!!

What are we to do, even the worlds getting harder to convince now……?

—  Dr Norman Finkelstein

Church of Saint Porphyrius.

The Church was built in one of the oldest quarters in the Old City of Gaza, Al-Zaytoun (Olive) Quarter, where a Mosque was built next to it, embracing one another. 

The original construction of the Church of Saint Porphyrius dates back to 425 CE, however the modern construction was undertaken by the Crusaders in the 1150s or 1160s and they dedicated it St. Porphyrius who was Gaza’s Bishop from 395 to 420.


Zaytoun Official Trailer.

Beirut, 1982: a young Palestinian refugee and an Israeli fighter pilot form a tentative bond in their attempt to make their way across war-torn Lebanon back to their home.