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Tuesday, 26 December 2017

Jerusalem - by Faysal Mikdadi

On the 26th May 1967, using money borrowed from my stepmother after swearing her to secrecy because I lived in unjustified terror of a very kind Dad, I boarded a flight to Jerusalem. Being then administered by Jordan, I was able to enter the city using my Lebanese identity card.

I explained to my stepmother that I had two reasons for wishing to visit Jerusalem: Firstly, I wanted to see my First True Love who was studying at Beir Zeit University and to bring her back to safety in Beirut. Secondly, with the overwhelming sabre rattling on both sides, I was convinced that there was going to be a war with Israel. I was also absolutely certain that we were going to lose that war because we were disunited, chaotic, backward, leaderless and stupidly tribal. Israel was united, purposeful, technologically years ahead of us and, of course, it had the unconditional support of the most powerful ally in the world; the United States. We had the dubious support of a morally and economically bankrupt Soviet Union who had betrayed Marx’s ideology and who would happily trade off the whole Arab World for its backyard in Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos and others.

I walked the streets of Old Jerusalem trying to piece together the forthcoming catastrophe. I felt deeply distressed to have this defeatist attitude. I felt as if I were betraying my national homeland - Palestine. However, I was really being a pragmatist facing realities that I could clearly see around me.

Every moment of my two days walking the streets of Jerusalem is deeply etched in my memory. I can still see faces that then only passed me by. I can still see wide eyes staring into the coming abyss seemingly unaware of its destructive force. I can even see that Palestinian woman in her colourful national costume laughingly urging me to taste her neatly arranged red Palestinian tomatoes. “My boys watered them with their pouring sweat day in day out...” I remember laughing as my heart was fit to burst.
I wanted to shout out warnings of what was coming. Cassandra like I knew that I was right and that no one would believe me - some mythical god’s punishment that has haunted me all my life.

After the Six Day War, I left Beirut vowing to live in my British exile. For years I refused to speak Arabic. I mistakenly omitted to teach it to my children. I wrongly gave up on my heritage - even my family. It was as if all the wrongs done to Palestine were personal to me and I invoked a plague of all their houses: Israeli, Palestinian, Egyptian, Syrian, Lebanese and all things Arab. The quintessential and misguided self-hating Arab was born in 1967... I recently met a regular long time contributor to the New Yorker


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Friday, 31 March 2017

Ben Ferencz, Prosecutor at the Nuremberg Nazi Trials


Looking back, what does the last surviving prosecutor at the Nazi Nuremberg trials think they achieved? 98-year-old Ben Ferencz helped liberate the death camps in Europe when he was serving in the US military. Himself a Jew from central Europe, he speaks to Zeinab Badawi in Florida about what he has learnt in his long life

Saturday, 25 March 2017

Israel ist ein Apartheidstaat

Ein historischer UN-Bericht verurteilte erstmals die verbrecherische Besatzung Palästinas und die von Rassismus durchsetzte Politik Israels als „Apartheid.“ Auch wenn der Bericht auf Druck der USA und Israels zurückgezogen wurde, entspricht die Einschätzung der Realität. Die Situation vor Ort zeichnet ein klares Bild: Israel ist ein Apartheidstaat.

Wednesday, 12 October 2016

Istanbouli Theatre - Lebanon International Short Films Festival

 Istanbouli Theatre
​ Lebanon International Short Films Festival is a festival found by young artists from Tyre and Nabatieh/ South Lebanon. The two first editions of the Festival were  held at Al-Hamra Cinema of Tyre, a cinema   renovated in June 2014 by Istanbouli Theatre team after 30 years of oblivion.  This 2016 edition of the Festival will be held at Stars Cinema of Nabatiyeh, after its renovation and reopening last 20th August 2016.

So the 2016 Lebanon International Short Films Festival will be taking place from 3 to 7 of December 2016 at the Stars Cinema of Nabatiyeh.

The Festival is now open to receiving short films  in all their genres (Documentaries, Fictions, Animations) up to 30th October 2016.

Awards & Prizes :

Best Short Film
Best Lebanese Short
Best Screenplay
Best Cinematography
Best Animation
Best Documentary
Best Director
Best Actor
Best Actress
Jury Special Mentions

Rules & Terms:

1. Films should be submitted via DVD copy or preferably a Private Vemio Secured Link
2. Films Uploaded on YouTube and opened for public are not accepted
3. Films should be achieved after 1/1/2014
4. Films should be subtitled with English Subtitles
5. Acceptance of using shots from the films for promotional use only
6. Duration of the films should be between 5 minutes and 30 minutes (Including Credits)
7. Terms (Inclusion):
• The entry form. • A photo of the director and a brief presentation of his earlier work. • A photo of the shooting. • Stills From The Film. • Poster in High Resolution • Any other promotional material in digital format (brochure, press-kit, poster).
8. The Deadline for submission is 30th of October 2016.
9. You can contact the festival for further details on: – 0096170903846

Cinema Al Hamra In Tyre

Students And Team

Cinema Stars in Nabatieh

Istanbouli Theatre


Monday, 25 July 2016

women in black

remembering these lovely peacefull women


Women in Black vigils originated in Jerusalem, Israel in January, 1988, in response to the beginning of the first Palestinian Intifada. The message “Stop the Occupation” appeared on the image of a hand signaling “stop”. At the peak of the anti-occupation movement we had 30 vigils throughout the country. Today we have four regular vigils that have been demonstrating since 1988. with signs saying “STOP THE OCCUPATION.”. The vigils take place every Friday from 1-2 p.m. in the following places:
Gan Shmuel – at the entrance to the Kibbutz on the Hadera-Afula Highway
Haifa – at the corner of Ben Gurion and Hagefen Streets
Jerusalem – Hagar Square (France Square on the maps) at the intersection of five streets – King George, Ramban, Ben Maimon, Keren Hayesod and Agron.
Tel Aviv – King George and Ben Zion Blvd.The Jerusalem vigil is held every Friday from 1 to 2 pm at Hagar Square (listed on maps as Paris Square). This is the intersection of five roads: Agron, King George, Rambam, Aza, and Agron. This square is also the location of the Prima Kings Hotel and Terra Sancta.
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