1948, the Nakbah: The Palestinian Perspective

By Hani Hamdan, Engage Minnesota This article is to present the Palestinian point of view mainly for reference purposes. Americans deserve to know all perspectives on the Israeli-Palestinian matter. For Israel supporters, May 14th is a day to celebrate because on that day in 1948, the state of Israel was established. However, for the many millions of Palestinians and Arabs worldwide, the feeling is far from celebratory. In Arabic speaking countries, it’s called the day of Nakbah, which means calamity, tragedy, or travesty.

Look Beyond Those Who Race Ahead and Cry

By Fedwa Wazwaz, Engage Minnesota On March 5th, House Resolution 951, which condemned Palestinians for rocket fire at Israel, passed in a vote of 404 to 1. The lone voice of dissent was that of Congressman Ron Paul, who rose against the resolution, saying it was unfair and inflammatory in its condemnation only of Palestinian attacks. What was alarming was that all Minnesota Congresspeople voted in favor. I want to openly and publicly ask these Minnesota Congresspeople some questions.

Ertijal (Improvisation): A Film Where Small Victories are Possible

Reviewer Deborah Young calls Ertijal, a documentary about three Palestinian oud-playing brothers, “uncontroversial.” Documentary: Ertijal (Improvisation) Screening: 7:30 p.m. Fri., Feb 22 Oak Street Cinema 309 Oak Street S.E. Minneapolis 55414 While an “uncontroversial” film set in Palestine and Israel might sound like code for “ignorant” or “milquetoast,” this film is neither. And while Ertijal, directed by Raed Andoni and appearing at Minneapolis’ Oak Street Cinema on Feb. 22, doesn’t explicitly engage in polemics, it does achieve the unusual in portraying Palestinians as full-spectrum human beings. They are not only interested in politics, as eldest brother Samir Joubran remarks in Read More …