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Every Friday in Jerusalem
By Nora Lester Murad
I feel rested
you feel anxious
I make pancakes
you cut onions
I fold laundry
You tie kafiyehs
I read email
You read danger
I buy fish
You buy time
I contemplate you
you contemplate them
tear gas stings
Nora Lester Murad, PhD, writes fiction and commentary from Jerusalem, Palestine. Her blog, “The View from My Window in Palestine” addresses issues of international development and life under military occupation She is a life-long social justice activist and a founder of Dalia Association, Palestine’s first community foundation. She tweets from @NoraInPalestine.
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Muslim Angel: A Poem
By 2Deep the Poetess
The sound of the hustle and bustle of destined feet rush by
Head bobbing to the rhythm of modern complacency
Conformed to public transportation etiquette
Because such a thing exists,
Dressed in full, all white garb
Hijab edges outlined in sea-foam blue,
Magnifying her faith 10 times over,
Wonders towards me in a 5th attempt to gain assistance
Previous attempts brushed off by head turns
Flaps of Express newspapers in response to her
Popping like bullets of insults
As headlines of Osama’s demise dangle in her face
As if to say, “Look at what we can do …
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Connection Point Director Yasmina Mrabet interviewed Curator Samina Ali about the vision and inspiration behind the new International Museum of Women exhibition, Muslima: Muslim Women’s Art and Voices. Her answers are below.
I was excited to hear about the Muslima: Muslim Women’s Art and Voices by the International Museum of Women! Can you share with our readers your role in this exhibition?
I’m the curator for the Muslima exhibition, which launched on March 8th and will be live until the end of December 2013. So for nine months, the exhibition will be …
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Connection Point Director Yasmina Mrabet interviewed Palestinian American Visual Artist Manal Deeb about the inspiration behind her art and the influence of identity.
Can you share a little about your personal background? What inspired you to pursue a career in art?
Career is not the word – I pursued art as a healing tool – it was to translate inner conflict. To me art is therapy and something I do naturally every day. I used to think that my artistic talent is personal and that I should keep it to myself – the …