In The Name Of God The Most Merciful, Most Compassionate


Gaza, get an airport or get a life

And thereby hangs a tale. And therein lies my pain. What worsens the situation and doubles the pain is that all moves around, oblivious to every fact on the ground. I seem destined to suffer each time I have to cross the Rafah border into Egypt. My story is not worth mentioning as compared to other ghastly stories whose ending is shaped by the Palestinian-Egyptian mood by which the conflict is once eased and million times further complicated. Unluckily, the latter has always been my case whenever I need to travel. And this makes the odyssey of crossing the Rafah-border worth telling. “Why don’t Palestinians have an airport?” it’s the joke that kills me the most. The difficulty of going out...

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Jewish threats force Al-Aqsa closure

  Israeli forces barred far-right Jews on Sunday, February 12, from entering Al-Aqsa mosque, Islam’s third holiest shrine, in Al-Quds (Occupied East Jerusalem), amid warnings that Israel is planning to build a new cultural center on Arab and Muslim ruins near the Muslim holy site. “A security assessment determined that the compound should be closed for visitors. Muslim worshipers can pray as usual,” a police source told Yediot Ahronot. Problems erupted following the distribution of hate rightist flayers urging the “purification of Temple Mount from the enemies of Israel.” “Member of the Likud Caucus, along with its thousands of members, headed by...

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Radio Muezzin

Cairo comes to Sydney in Radio Muezzin

A  documentary theatre work that explores the changing role of muezzins ( the men who call the city to prayer) from the thousands of mosques across Egypt, has opened in Sydney as part of the Sydney Festival 2012. Radio Muezzin looks at the lives of four of Cairo’s muezzins and how their livelihood of singing the daily call to prayer is threatened by a government decision to replace them – and Cairo’s cacophonous soundscape – with a centralised radio version. The four Egyptian muezzins from mosques in Cairo recount the rituals and practices that have given them such a distinct sense of purpose and spiritual identity. They share their stories, their fervour and their differences in...

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