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Amy Adejokun
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Palestine : Discover the country's culture


Internationally renowned leading intellectuals and writers include Edward Said, Ghada Karmi, Emil Habibi, Mahmoud Darwish and Ghassan Kanafani. Poetry is also extremely popular, with Tamim Barghouti as a firm favourite. Hakawatis, or storytellers, can still be found in coffee shops reciting classic and folk tales. Women's literature is also developed in Palestine, with Fadwa Tuqan and Sahar Khalifeh, Liana Badr and Laila Al-Atrash as the leading poets. Several experts recommend starting with the Modern Palestinian Literature: An Anthology.


There are several guidebooks out there, but our recommended read to take with you is Sarah Irving's Palestine Guide (Bradt).


Palestinian music ranges from traditional folk to hip-hop, like artist, DAM. Many artists also play the oud (the Arabic stringed instrument that preceded the European lute). Trio Joubran and Simon Shaheen fuse classical Arabic music with jazz and other contemporary styles. Another artist that is often cited is singer Reem Kelani.

Palestine : Discover the country's history

Historical dates

November 2011: Palestine becomes a UNESCO Member State

12 September 2005: Israeli soldiers leave the Gaza Strip after 38 years of occupation and colonisation. A wall, known as the Apartheid Wall, is built by the Palestinians.

9 January 2005: Mahmoud Abbas is elected as the president of the Palestinian Authority

September 2000: The Second Intifada

1996: Yasser Arafat is elected as president of the Palestinian Authority

1994: Yasser Arafat (along with Shimon Perez and Yitzhak Rabin) receives the Nobel Peace Prize

1988: Yasser Arafat is elected president of the Palestinian 'state'

1987: The First Intifada (which lasts 7 years)

1973: The Yom Kippur War

1967: The 6-Day War

Palestine : Stay up to date on the country's holidays and events


Ramadan: from 9th July to 19th August 2013

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