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Ramallah, June 2016
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A VOICE ACROSS - NEWSLETTER FROM THE DANISH HOUSE

WORKING FOR RESPECTFUL AND FAVOURABLE RELATIONSSHIPS
On June 2nd the Danish Parliament discussed the proposal that Denmark, like 135 other countries in the world, should recognize Palestine as an independent state. The UN, IMF and the World Bank have all declared that Palestine lives up to the standards of independence, however the Danish Parliament is not ready to recognize Palestine.
 
I am personally disappointed that Denmark is not ready to take that step, but it also encourages me to keep on working for respectful and favourable relationships between Danes and Palestinians. When I see the amount of creativity and will in Palestinian cultural life; and when I see how prejudice and misapprehensions are brought down every time Danes and Palestinians are confronted with each others cultures; I know that our work makes sense. We face a busy fall with activities covering publishing of children’s books, a circus festival, a film festival and workshops in investigative journalism, and we are in as great shape as ever to carry out these projects.

Ramadan Kareem and Eid Mubarak to everyone!  
Lone Bildsøe Lassen, director at The Danish House in Palestine.


 
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PALESTINIAN JOURNALISTS VISITING DENMARK

What is it like being a Palestinian living in Denmark? This question and many others were investigated by eight Palestinian journalists, when they went to Denmark for second phase of Journalist Exchange. The journalists visited the Ethnic Feminist Group, a kindergarten in the neighborhood Mjølnerparken, Palestinian Youth and Christiania among other things.

Pairing up with their Danish colleagues, the journalists also had time of their own to produce stories from Denmark for their respective media outlets. One group met with Hamed Beltaji, a Danish citizen born in Gaza who is now facing the fact that he can only choose ‘Israel’ or ‘Middle East’ as place of birth in his passport. Ahmed Daraghme published the story in Palestinian news outlet Al Quds.

READ THE STORY IN ARABIC ON ALQUDS.COM

SEE YAZAN SAMARA INTERVIEWING RADIO PRESENTER ADAM HOLM FOR THE DANISH RADIO SHOW 'ARAB VOICES'
 
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VOLUNTEER TRIP TO HEBRON

In April our four volunteers and two interns went on a guided tour to Hebron. They were shown around the Old City and visited a family living in the settlement area of H2. The guide explained the tense situation in Hebron and the city’s controversial history.
 
The volunteers Laura and Jane have been volunteering in Aida Camp in Bethlehem, while Maja and Laura have been volunteering with the Jasmine Charity Foundation in Ramallah.

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PUBLISHERS MEETING IN RAMALLAH

As part of the project Children's Litterature and Illustration DHIP facilitated a meeting between the Danish publishers Jensen & Dalgaard and Palestinian publishers from Tamer Institute. The two groups of publishers discussed the possibilities of future collaboration in publishing Danish and Palestinian children's books.

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VISIT FROM THE DANISH RED-GREEN ALLIANCE

Members from the Danish political party the Red-Green Alliance were in Palestine to run the Right to Movement Palestine Marathon. They used the occasion to visit the Danish House in Palestine for a talk about our work and the situation in Palestine.  

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DHIP EVENTS - FILM SCREENINGS

The Danish House in Palestine has hosted several film screenings throughout the spring. In March we screened ‘My Father from Haifa’ by Danish-Palestinian filmmaker Omar Shargawi. In April we screened the Danish produced ‘The Look of Silence’ about the 1965 Indonesian genocide. Finally we screened ‘Empty Desert’ about the Naqab Bedouins’ struggle for their place on the map after having their home demolished more than 90 times.

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PALESTINE PHOTO-MARATHON 2016

I'm from here, barely seen, neighbors, shade and shadow, and borders were among the themes of this years 5th Palestine Photo-marathon. Photographers from all over the West Bank and Gaza – professionals as well as amateurs - were running the streets to capture the best photos of the themes in question. This year three new competitions were added; Family-marathon, Kids-marathon and Video-marathon.
 
The winner’s ceremony was held afterwards at the Danish House with the Gaza participants following the announcements live through Skype. Loud cheering was heard from the phone when 25-year-old freelance photographer Mohammad Al-Rifi from Gaza won the 1st prize of the 12-hour competition.
 
“I participated in the Photo Marathon because it is a unique event in the field of photography. It gives a great impetus, and it helps the photographer build new skills. I like that it is a competition with rules and regulations, which help you, think deeper about your photographies. This is the third time I participate in the competition and thank God I continued because this is the first time I won.
This year's themes were interesting and they made me challenge the nature, traditions and customs of my country. The themes force you to look at the photo from more than one side to find the right meaning”, says Mohammad.

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IN THE WORDS OF A PALESTINIAN - INTERVIEW ABO ALI

Palestinian reality is debated across the globe. However, often by international academics, journalists and politicians. The Danish House in Palestine has invited a number of Palestinians representing different outlooks and areas of expertise to share their perspectives.


Abo Ali is a rapper and music producer from Ramallah. He has studied Psychology, Music and Media at the University. He just graduated from a BA in Visual and Conceptual Art from the International Academy of Art, Palestine.

"There is a Hip-hop scene in Haifa similar to the one in Ramallah.  But it’s difficult for them to come and play here and it’s difficult for us to go and play there, which means we can’t corporate the way we want to. We still communicate and share our music through the Internet, but if it wasn’t for the occupation, we would be able to make great things. If they could come here every night, without the boundaries we could create a big Hip-hop scene and a big culture of music from Palestine. This would be so much easier if we could interact face-to-face."

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