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Land Day 13
Lifta
By Rich Wiles
26 Mar 2015

Lifta was forcibly depopulated in early 1948 by Zionist militias, well before the official establishment of the State of Israel. Some Nakba survivors say that they were told to leave temporarily and would later be allowed to return.

Palestinian refugees from Lifta. Lifta, West Jerusalem, Israel. March 27 2015.

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Land Day 14
Lifta
By Rich Wiles
26 Mar 2015

Yakoub Odeh is one of Lifta's Nakba survivors and also the head of 'Sons of Lifta' - a community group that was established by the refugees in defense of their village and their right to return to live in the village: "We are here to remember, we are here to learn and we are here to say we will never give up (our struggle for return)."

Yakoub Odeh and Palestinian refugees from Lifta. Lifta, West Jerusalem, Israel. March 27 2015.

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Land Day 15
Lifta
By Rich Wiles
26 Mar 2015

Lifta is unique amongst the Palestinian villages that were depopulated during the Nakba in that the majority of its houses remain structurally intact and are not occupied by Israelis today.

Palestinian refugees from Lifta. Lifta, West Jerusalem, Israel. March 27 2015.

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Lifta
By Rich Wiles
26 Mar 2015

The refugees hung signs in various locations around Lifta reaffirming the history and Palestinian identity of the village.
Palestinian refugees from Lifta, Lifta, West Jerusalem, Israel. March 27 2015.

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Land Day 16
Lifta
By Rich Wiles
26 Mar 2015

After a journet of only 10 minutes the refugees arrived back in the village from which they were forcibly displaced in early 1948 by Zionist militias.
Palestinian refugees from Lifta, Lifta, West Jerusalem, Israel. March 27 2015.

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Land Day 17
East Jerusalem
By Rich Wiles
26 Mar 2015

Palestinian refugees boarded buses in the East Jerusaelm neighbourhood of French Hill to make the short journey across the Green Line to their home village of Lifta to commemorate Land Day.

Palestinian refugees from Lifta, March 27 2015, French Hill, East Jerusalem, Palestine.

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Tunisia against terrorism 01
Tunisia, Tunisa
By Zaid Abbour
23 Mar 2015

Women participate en masse in the World Social Forum's Global March Against Terrorism

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Tunisia, Tunisa
By Zaid Abbour
23 Mar 2015

The World Social Forum's Global March Against Terrorism

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Tunisia, Tunisa
By Zaid Abbour
23 Mar 2015

Agents guarding the front of the Bardo Museum in Tunis protest against terrorism

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Tunisia, Tunisa
By Zaid Abbour
23 Mar 2015

A group of Algerian participants proudly wave their county's flag in the Global March Against Terrorism in front of the Bardo Museum

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Tunisia, Tunisa
By Zaid Abbour
23 Mar 2015

A group of participants in the Global March Against Terrorism in front of the Bardo Museum

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Tunisia, Tunisa
By Zaid Abbour
23 Mar 2015

A group of participants in the Global March Against Terrorism in front of the Bardo Museum

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Tunisia, Tunisa
By Zaid Abbour
23 Mar 2015

A team of military police to protect participants in the World Social Forum's Global March Against Terrorism

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Tunisia, Tunisa
By Zaid Abbour
23 Mar 2015

A team of military police to protect participants in the World Social Forum's Global March Against Terrorism

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Tunisia, Tunisa
By Zaid Abbour
23 Mar 2015

Participants in the march wave a giant flag of Palestine

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Tunisia, Tunisa
By Zaid Abbour
23 Mar 2015

Participants in the march came from many places outside of Tunisia

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Tunisia, Tunisa
By Zaid Abbour
23 Mar 2015

A group of participants sings the Tunisian national anthem in the Global March Against Terrorism in front of the Bardo Museum to protest the attack that killed 23 people the previous week. Now, locals and foreigners together clamor for peace.

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Resisting Israel With Palestinian Tra...
Bethelehm
By Muamar Orabi
25 Feb 2015

Maha al-Saqqa has worked for the past 30 years in making traditional Palestinian costumes. She recently started in Bethlehem a center for Palestinian heritage, which showcases the traditional embroidery craft.

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Snow Blankets Jerusalem
Jerusalem
By Andrea DiCenzo
18 Feb 2015

The city of Jerusalem woke up to a blanket of ten inches of snow from a storm the night before. Winters in the region have become increasingly colder and this is the fourth year in a row that snow has fallen on Jerusalem. The Jerusalem Municipality has asked the residents of Jerusalem and surrounding areas to refrain from using the roads and schools have remained closed. As children are starting to appear outside to revel in the beautiful views of the city covered in snow, the government has stressed its responsibility to ensure safety in the city. "The first objective is to save lives, the second to open roads and the third to supply electricity," said Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in a statement released on Thursday night.

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Unidentified Body Lands Near Lebanon-...
Marjaayoun
By lotfallah
15 Feb 2015

Marjaayoun, Lebanon

February 15, 2015

An unidentified object fell from the sky in south Lebanon near the border with Israel on Sunday, February 15, according to eyewitnesses. The Lebanese Army searched for the unknown white body, which landed near the Lebanese town of Deir Mimas.

Israeli forces routinely monitor south Lebanon using warplanes and remotely controlled drones. Hezbollah is also known to have to launched several unmanned drones as part of its conflict with Israel.

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Beirut : Palestinian artist Samia Hal...
Beirut
By AmmarParis
04 Feb 2015

Palestinian artist Samia Halaby poses at her expo "Five Decades of Painting and Innovation" at Beirut Exhibitions Center in Beirut, Lebanon on February 4, 2015. Photo by Ammar Abd Rabbo/Transterra Media

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Beirut
By AmmarParis
04 Feb 2015

Palestinian artist Samia Halaby poses at her expo "Five Decades of Painting and Innovation" at Beirut Exhibitions Center in Beirut, Lebanon on February 4, 2015. Photo by Ammar Abd Rabbo/Transterra Media

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Beirut : Palestinian artist Samia Hal...
Beirut
By AmmarParis
04 Feb 2015

Palestinian artist Samia Halaby poses at her expo "Five Decades of Painting and Innovation" at Beirut Exhibitions Center in Beirut, Lebanon on February 4, 2015. Photo by Ammar Abd Rabbo/Transterra Media

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Beirut : Palestinian artist Samia Hal...
Beirut
By AmmarParis
04 Feb 2015

Palestinian artist Samia Halaby poses at her expo "Five Decades of Painting and Innovation" at Beirut Exhibitions Center in Beirut, Lebanon on February 4, 2015. Photo by Ammar Abd Rabbo/Transterra Media

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Beirut : Palestinian artist Samia Hal...
Beirut
By AmmarParis
04 Feb 2015

Palestinian artist Samia Halaby poses at her expo "Five Decades of Painting and Innovation" at Beirut Exhibitions Center in Beirut, Lebanon on February 4, 2015. Photo by Ammar Abd Rabbo/Transterra Media

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Beirut : Palestinian artist Samia Hal...
Beirut
By AmmarParis
04 Feb 2015

Palestinian artist Samia Halaby poses at her expo "Five Decades of Painting and Innovation" at Beirut Exhibitions Center in Beirut, Lebanon on February 4, 2015. Photo by Ammar Abd Rabbo/Transterra Media

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Beirut : Palestinian artist Samia Hal...
Beirut
By AmmarParis
04 Feb 2015

Palestinian artist Samia Halaby poses at her expo "Five Decades of Painting and Innovation" at Beirut Exhibitions Center in Beirut, Lebanon on February 4, 2015. Photo by Ammar Abd Rabbo/Transterra Media

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Beirut : Palestinian artist Samia Hal...
Beirut
By AmmarParis
04 Feb 2015

Palestinian artist Samia Halaby poses at her expo "Five Decades of Painting and Innovation" at Beirut Exhibitions Center in Beirut, Lebanon on February 4, 2015. Photo by Ammar Abd Rabbo/Transterra Media

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Beirut : Palestinian artist Samia Hal...
Beirut
By AmmarParis
04 Feb 2015

Palestinian artist Samia Halaby poses at her expo "Five Decades of Painting and Innovation" at Beirut Exhibitions Center in Beirut, Lebanon on February 4, 2015. Photo by Ammar Abd Rabbo/Transterra Media

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Beirut
By AmmarParis
04 Feb 2015

Palestinian artist Samia Halaby poses at her expo "Five Decades of Painting and Innovation" at Beirut Exhibitions Center in Beirut, Lebanon on February 4, 2015. Photo by Ammar Abd Rabbo/Transterra Media

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Beirut : Palestinian artist Samia Hal...
Beirut
By AmmarParis
04 Feb 2015

Palestinian artist Samia Halaby poses at her expo "Five Decades of Painting and Innovation" at Beirut Exhibitions Center in Beirut, Lebanon on February 4, 2015. Photo by Ammar Abd Rabbo/Transterra Media

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Beirut
By AmmarParis
04 Feb 2015

Palestinian artist Samia Halaby poses at her expo "Five Decades of Painting and Innovation" at Beirut Exhibitions Center in Beirut, Lebanon on February 4, 2015. Photo by Ammar Abd Rabbo/Transterra Media

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Pioneer Artist Samia Halaby: “Abstrac...
Beirut
By PatrickAjemian
04 Feb 2015

Beirut, Lebanon

February 4, 2015

At the age of 79, Samia Halaby is one of the leading artists in the Arab world.
Halaby’s first retrospective exhibition, Samia Halaby: Five Decades of Painting and Innovation, currently held in Beirut, celebrates more than 70 of her artworks she has produced. Halaby wishes to hold similar retrospective exhibitions in different parts of the world. Her work is widely sought around by art collectors. One her paintings were sold at Christie’s auction house for $179,000.
As an international and Arab pioneer of abstraction, Halaby aims to place abstract painting within the reach of a very wide audience.
“People say that they do not understand abstract art,” she says. “Therefore, I give paintings titles to open the door for spectators to enter and see whatever they want.” Halaby has remained faithful to abstract painting throughout her long career because she believes it is “an image of nature.”
“While [Photography] builds a perspective using a lens, [abstract art] imitates nature without a lens,” Halaby adds. The Jerusalem-born artist’s work reflects her political and historical background. Her vast array of paintings includes a collection on olive trees, an icon of Palestinian culture and symbol of resistance. She has also written a book on the artistic representation of the Palestinian intifada and believes that it constitutes a distinct artistic school

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Biel
By AmmarParis
04 Feb 2015

Beirut, Lebanon

February 4, 2015

At the age of 79, Samia Halaby is one of the leading artists in the Arab world.
Halaby’s first retrospective exhibition, Samia Halaby: Five Decades of Painting and Innovation, currently held in Beirut, celebrates more than 70 of her artworks she has produced. Halaby wishes to hold similar retrospective exhibitions in different parts of the world. Her work is widely sought around by art collectors. One her paintings were sold at Christie’s auction house for $179,000.
As an international and Arab pioneer of abstraction, Halaby aims to place abstract painting within the reach of a very wide audience.
“People say that they do not understand abstract art,” she says. “Therefore, I give paintings titles to open the door for spectators to enter and see whatever they want.” Halaby has remained faithful to abstract painting throughout her long career because she believes it is “an image of nature.” “While [Photography] builds a perspective using a lens, [abstract art] imitates nature without a lens,” Halaby adds. The Jerusalem-born artist’s work reflects her political and historical background. Her vast array of paintings includes a collection on olive trees, an icon of Palestinian culture and symbol of resistance. She has also written a book on the artistic representation of the Palestinian intifada and believes that it constitutes a distinct artistic school.

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Trees of Protest in the West Bank
Beit Ummar
By Ibrahim Hamouz
02 Feb 2015

Palestinian villagers plant olive trees on land confiscated by Israeli settlers near the village of Beit Ummar in the occupied West Bank. The trees are a symbolic protest to ongoing Israeli policies of land confiscation and illegal Jewish settlement.