The Iraqi Army Martyrs Graveyard

Every time I think of our history, I become nauseated. I cannot finish even one history book about the loss of modern Palestine and how it was occupied, suppressed, taken, blockaded, divided, mined, and stolen. But something powerful drags us towards remembering tragedy, death, and loss. Here, we remember the Iraqi Army Martyrs Graveyard in Nablus (32.2171, 35.295).

Hidden among cypress trees inside the campus of Nablus Secondary Industrial School and protected by a low wall with an arched cement gate is a cemetery of forgotten Iraqi soldiers who were killed by the Zionist forces in the battle of Palestine in 1948. The cemetery contains the remains of around 200 mainly Iraqi soldiers, in addition to some other Arab soldiers from neighboring countries, including Lebanon and Jordan. Continue reading “The Iraqi Army Martyrs Graveyard”

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The Old Town of Der Istya

By Bassam Almohor

In the heart of the central Palestinian heights lies Deir Istya in the midst of a sea of evergreen olive groves. Deir Istya lies 440 meters above sea level and is located some 15 kilometers southwest of Nablus and about 25 kilometers north of Ramallah as the crow flies. Deir Istya was part of the Nablus governorate until 1995, when the Palestinian cabinet named Salfit a governorate and included Deir Istya within its boundaries.
(Location: 32.1307667, 35.1402191)

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Faqu’a Iris (Prickly Pear) Trail

By Bassam Almohor

Trail: Faqu’a Iris (Prickly Pear) Trail (circular)
Grade: Easy
Surface: Dirt road and part paved
Marked: Partially
Distance and duration: 2.5 km/1.5 mile; 2 hours
Elevation change: 79m ascent / 68m descent
Start coordinates: 32.49361111, 35.40194444

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The Palestinian Sports Museum

By Bassam Almohor

Next to Faisal Al-Husseini Stadium in the town of Ar-Ram, on the northern outskirts of Jerusalem, stands the Palestinian Football Association (PFA), surrounded by the apartheid wall from the west and the south. Within this spacious building and through support from the president of the Palestinian Football Association, Major General Jibril Rajoub, a first-of-its-kind museum was recently established to document major Palestinian sports activities and sports collectibles. The museum director, Daoud Metwalli, took on the responsibility of collecting, maintaining, classifying, and presenting items of Palestinian sports heritage since 1900.

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شاعر خارج عن المألوف

بسام المهر

لا يترك نبيل سمارة، مدير المدرسة المتقاعد، مجالا للمقدمات، يبدأ فورا بالشعر، كل حكاية فيها قصيدة.

“كنت في عرس وعملوا مع المنسف للغدا عصيدة (جريشة)، قلت لهم انا بدي آكل بس جريشة، فضلتها على المنسف. وانا في الطريق للبيت كتبت قصيدة:

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لا حرية فوق دراجة نارية في فلسطين

لا حرية فوق دراجة نارية في فلسطين

بسام المهر

بعد ثلاث سنوات من ركوب الدراجة النارية في الضفة، أصبحت جدا مملة، بعد قطع ٤٠ الف كلم على دراجة نارية بمحرك صغير لا يتجاوز سعته ٢٥٠ سم مكعب، لم يعد هناك شيء جديد. تتكرر الأماكن وتتكرر الفصول والصور نفسها. أصبحنا ننتظر فتح شارع جديد أو بناية جديدة او حي جديد حتى نقول اننا وصلنا مكانا جديد. لم تكن يوما هذه الضفة كبيرة، أو واسعة حتى تتسع لحريتنا.

هذا الجواب المتكرر على سؤال “لماذا تركب الدراجة النارية” ليس صحيحا هنا: “اشعر بالحرية” جواب غير صحيح في الضفة. Continue reading “لا حرية فوق دراجة نارية في فلسطين”