Palestine often receives very negative media coverage with the focus on suicide bombers attacks, islamist Hamas party activities in Gaza, and efforts of Israel to defend itself. News of ordinary Palestinians living their life under the occupation rarely make the news headlines and thus creates misguiding image of who Palestinians are.
For about two months, we have been exploring various peaceful forms of resistance in Palestine, something that we decided to call – the Culture of Resistance. Palestinians themselves say “To exist is to resist”, therefore everyday struggle became a culture. We met with circus artists, musicians, poets, animation creators, painters, peace organizations, farmers, entrepreneurs and both local and international activists, christian and muslim communities, who are all part of the popular resistance in the occupied Palestine.
This lecture will focus on the everyday struggle of Palestinians to get freedom, justice and dignity with the focus on art and other cultural ways for resistance, for example – growing olive trees.