Showcasing the things that make Palestine a unique and inspiring destination

Resources

Movies to watch

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There are many interesting movies and documentaries relating to an aspect of Palestine, which I highly recommend watching:

 

  • The Wanted 18. Part animation, part documentary, it is a really funny and touching movie that was nominated to receive an Oscar and received high acclaims by Michael Moore

  • Speed Sisters, about an all-female palestinian car-racing team. I must admit that I have not seen this movie, but many people have mentioned to me that it is fantastic and a must see. 

  • Omar. Another Oscar nominated movie with a 91% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, about a Palestinian with a girlfriend on the other side of the wall. 

  • Open Bethlehem, an engaging and inspiring documentary which aims to put Bethlehem on the map as a Palestinian city. 

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    Useful websites

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    Information about what is happening in Ramallah

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    The Lonely Planet is quite disappointing and not a useful source of information for Ramallah. 

    • This week in Palestine is Palestine's version of TimeOut; a monthly publication that seems to have a good overview of what is happening not only in Ramallah, but all over Palestine. I found out there was even a monthly "Stammtish" gathering for German speakers at the restaurant up the road.

    • Bradt published a great guide to Palestine. The only drawback is that it does not include Palestinian villages remaining in Israel.

    • Palestinians love using Facebook - so much so that company websites are often neglected in favour of updating facebook pages.

    Books about Palestine

    April 22, 2013

    When I first met my boyfriend I really started on a very low level of information about the conflict. Here are some books that I have read / am reading to get a better understanding of Palestine.

     

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    Fiction:

     

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    News and other information sources

    September 5, 2012

    I've created a daily alert for the words "Palestine AND West Bank AND Ramallah". This gives me a good overview of what is happening, including news on art and culture and some feel-good stories. Google Alerts

     

    Other information sourcess:

    Learning arabic

    March 15, 2013

    I'm learning arabic at the Arab British Centre in London as well as using online resources. It is amazing how quickly you can make progress and apparently arabic is the most logical / mathematically coherent language there is so that's a bonus. I can almost read the entire alphabet, which I never thought possible. These are the resources I use to learn arabic:

     

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