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Written by Joumana Al-Jabri   
Saturday, 12 February 2011 11:50
Palestine Story 31 Freedom Theatre Those who participate in The Freedom Theatre say it is their lifeline. Without it, they too would be in prisons or on their way. Even worse, they could be dead.  A legacy of Arna Mer Khamis, the Freedom Theatre was rebuilt by 2005 by her son, an Israeli/Palestinian actor, in Jenin.In addition to actor training the theatre provides drama therapy, helping people come to terms with the traumas of conflict.

Palestine Story 31 Freedom Theatre

Those who participate in The Freedom Theatre say it is their lifeline. Without it, they too would be in prisons or on their way. Even worse, they could be dead. A legacy of Arna Mer Khamis, the Freedom Theatre was rebuilt by 2005 by her son, an Israeli/Palestinian actor, in Jenin.In addition to actor training the theatre provides drama therapy, helping people come to terms with the traumas of conflict.

Palestine Story 9 Construct Al-Aqsa

“‘it’s important to put such an important issue at the center of our lives as students, shaping our future and finding our places in it’.
‘Construct Al-Aqsa’ is an innovative project that was borne out of a desire to imagine, and therefore inspire, change. With 1,500 members strong, the three main areas of focus under this project include architectural renovation/design, electrical and civil engineering. Within a specific framework, a student-professor-professional collective will research and devise plans and strategies that ensure the preservation and rehabilitation of the Holy Temple and al-Aqsa Mosque in specific.  “

Who’s bringing those stories to life?

to relay inspiring stories you cant be short of inspiring people,

Polypod is the lead designer of Palestine Stories, and every story has its set of creatives. so with every inspiring person represented through Palestine Stories grows a community of talented people,

English text  Alia Al-Sabi [9] , Alice Howick [5] , Hibr [16, 23] ,  Sara Refai [31]

النص العربي لينة السعيد |9| ، جمانة الجابري |5| ، إنلس ابو سمرة |13|, و

illustration David Habchy [23]

photo Joumana al Jabri [5] , Reem Falaknaz [9]

TEDxRamallah is an independently organized TED event happening in Ramallah and Beirut on 16 April 2011. It is with the energy garnered through TEDxRamallah that Palestine Stories took off and it is through the TEDxRamallah team and network that original content for Palestine Stories was generated.

Palestine Story 23 Taxi-Driver “Helping others brings me happiness,” the 48-year-old woman battling  polio and the injustices of being a Palestinian refugee in Lebanon  exclaimed. Her physical disability has only made her stronger; an  unstoppable motivator. Through her many accomplishments, she has proved  to the world that disabilities are only in the mind. Through  perseverance, faith, and her strong personality, she has overcome many  battles. This brave woman continues to struggle and defy human ignorance - The illustration came about as a result of her not  wishing to share her identity in public -

Palestine Story 23 Taxi-Driver

“Helping others brings me happiness,” the 48-year-old woman battling polio and the injustices of being a Palestinian refugee in Lebanon exclaimed. Her physical disability has only made her stronger; an unstoppable motivator. Through her many accomplishments, she has proved to the world that disabilities are only in the mind. Through perseverance, faith, and her strong personality, she has overcome many battles. This brave woman continues to struggle and defy human ignorance

- The illustration came about as a result of her not wishing to share her identity in public -

Palestine Story 16 Al Tahadi Our goal is to spread Palestinian culture and empower our youth for  change, Ammar Youzbashi of the Palestinian Arab Culture Club explained.  These were the motives behind the game show Al Mutafawiqoun, which  later became Al Tahadi (the challenge). The show was built with very  limited resources and skills in certain fields. Despite many hurdles,  Al Tahadi has entered hundreds of Palestinian homes, empowering and  educating many.

Palestine Story 16 Al Tahadi

“Our goal is to spread Palestinian culture and empower our youth for change,” Ammar Youzbashi of the Palestinian Arab Culture Club explained. These were the motives behind the game show ‘Al Mutafawiqoun’, which later became ‘Al Tahadi’ (the challenge).

The show was built with very limited resources and skills in certain fields. Despite many hurdles, ‘Al Tahadi’ has entered hundreds of Palestinian homes, empowering and educating many.

Palestine Story 11 PalFest The Palestine Festival of Literature was founded to match - in the  words of Edward Said - the power of culture against the culture of  power. Every year this traveling festival crosses military checkpoints  to bring an international festival to audiences under siege. And every  year theres only standing room at the back left.

Palestine Story 11 PalFest

The Palestine Festival of Literature was founded to match - in the words of Edward Said - “the power of culture against the culture of power.” Every year this traveling festival crosses military checkpoints to bring an international festival to audiences under siege. And every year there’s only standing room at the back left.

Palestine Story 5 Al Kamandjati Music is the most important thing in my life. It gives me a feeling  of freedom. And where Youssef Abu Eid, 12, lives, freedom is hard to  find. Shatila refugee camp houses over 12,000 people in one square  kilometer. In a place where it is difficult to escape from others,  Youssefs weekly violin lessons give him something else to concentrate  on. My violin is not just a friend—it is my best friend.

Palestine Story 5 Al Kamandjati

Music is the most important thing in my life. It gives me a feeling of freedom.’ And where Youssef Abu Eid, 12, lives, freedom is hard to find. Shatila refugee camp houses over 12,000 people in one square kilometer. In a place where it is difficult to escape from others, Youssef’s weekly violin lessons give him something else to concentrate on. ‘My violin is not just a friendit is my best friend.’

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