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Comment: It's a slippery slope between appreciation and appropriation, writes Ruqaya Izzidien.

While Netta Barzilai's victory sparked celebration in Israel, both her costume and references to Jerusalem caused controversy online.

Palestinian traditional dabkeh dancing confronts Israeli occupation, says ex-minister

The New Arab

Palestinian traditional dabkeh dancing confronts Israeli occupation, says ex-minister

A former minister and peace negotiator in the Palestinian Authority has said that the traditional dance known as dabkeh is a powerful weapon against Israeli occupation.

Spare us the World Hijab Day tokenism

Ruqaya Izzidien

Spare us the World Hijab Day tokenism

Comment: The FCO event reminds us that Muslims are only ever discussed in binary. We are secular, liberated and good, or religious, extreme and ...

So, you want to wear a keffiyeh?

Elias Jahshan

So, you want to wear a keffiyeh?

Comment: To capitalise on the keffiyeh without the knowledge, sensitivity or respect it is due, is inappropriate and offensive, writes Elias ...

Amal Awad

The importance of normalising Palestine

Comment: Ongoing efforts to delegitimise Palestine mean that investing in everyday Palestinian culture is as important and relevant as ever, writes Amal Awad.

Steven Salaita

Prioritising Zionism over Palestinians at the University of Illinois

Comment: The university of Illinois is constitutionally incapable of supporting real anti-racism, doing so would undermine its devotion to the ...

The New Arab

Israeli designer 'duped' Palestinian women into embroidering NYFW dress

A group of Palestinian bedouin women have accused an Israeli designer of deceit after a gown embroidered for New York Fashion Week was sponsored ...

Steven Salaita

'Israeli' hummus is theft, not appropriation

Comment: Referencing Arab defensiveness about traditional dishes without mentioning colonisation or ethnic cleansing is a whitewash, writes ...

Hobby Lobby settlement whitewashes <em>cultural</em> colonialism in Iraq

Ruqaya Izzidien

Hobby Lobby settlement whitewashes cultural colonialism in Iraq

Comment: Paying a fine and returning the looted antiquities is no compensation for a harmful sale that showed no concern for Iraqi historical ...

Karim Traboulsi

Rapping the Arab Spring: Meeting El-Rass, Tripoli's underground hero

Meet the rapper whose music was forged in the crucible of the Arab Spring - even though he hates the term.

Rapping the Arab Spring: Meeting El-Rass, Tripoli's undergound hero

Karim Traboulsi

Rapping the Arab Spring: Meeting El-Rass, Tripoli's undergound hero

Meet the rapper whose music was forged in the crucible of the Arab Spring - even though he hates the term.

Supermodel Gigi Hadid dons hijab for Vogue Arabia cover

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Supermodel Gigi Hadid dons hijab for Vogue Arabia cover

The half-Palestinian model posed wearing the Muslim headscarf for the cover shoot of Vogue Arabia's Arabic and English first printed editions.

#Trending: Twitter catches Saudi culture minister plagiarising famous poetry

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#Trending: Twitter catches Saudi culture minister plagiarising famous poetry

The Saudi minister of culture and information has been caught red-handed plagiarising one of the most famous Arab poets of all time - to the ...

Jewish Arabs and the birth of Israel's Black Panthers

Otman Aitlkaboud

Jewish Arabs and the birth of Israel's Black Panthers

As Israel marks 45 years since the Israeli Black Panthers’ anti-establishment protests, what has been the political relationship between Israel ...

Soraya el-Kahlaoui

A message to Femen - don’t hijack our struggle

Comment: Two topless Femen activists kissed in Morocco recently in what was dubbed a protest for LGBTQ rights. But it did nothing to help Moroccan women, says Soraya el-Kahlaoui.

Ahmad K Minkara

Randa Jarrar maps home

Culture: 'A Map of Home' is a novel by Palestinian-American writer Randa Jarrar, who is taking the literary world by storm.

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