The Oakland Palestine Solidarity Mural

The Oakland Palestine Solidarity Mural is a monumental work of public art located in Uptown Oakland, CA on 26th Street between Telegraph and Broadway. The mural pays homage to the history of Bay Area public art and expresses solidarity with Palestinians as bombs continue to fall on Gaza. The Oakland Palestine Solidarity Mural adopts the image […]

A collective memory: Lifta (لفتا‎)

The story of Mr Ya’coub Odeh, 74 (b.1940), a native of Lifta. Notes taken 10 May 2014. “They[1] came to Lifta. They burned the Mukhtar’s house[2]. Two days later they burned twenty houses. Everyone wanted to leave, but the Zionist gangs forced the Jews to stay and the Arabs to leave. The Zionist gangs controlled […]

Call for submissions: Commemorating the Nakba

We’re going to be running a series to commemorate the Nakba on Beyond Compromise. Memory is perhaps the strongest component of our resistance, and so these remembrances are as much a political act as they are a cathartic practice. If you’re Palestinian, consider submitting a reflection, poem, visual arts, or political essay for this series and […]

The Artwork of Khodor Ellaik (Part 2)

–Khodor Ellaik  -Khodor Ellaik is an artist based in Beirut.

Occupation Traffic: The Road from Ramallah to Abu Dis

Before you sleep, you make a little time calculation using the time your class begins, the 45 minutes it takes to get there and the one-hour you give yourself just-in-case there is occupation traffic. You jump in one of the orange Fords, along with six other passengers, after putting up a fight against other students who are either running late […]

Love, my love.

Love in Arabic is ḥob (حُب) and for every complex Arabic word is a root word. Here, ḥob comes from ḥab (حَب) which means “seed” and alludes to the fact that once love is planted, like a seed, it grows and grows through nourishment, attention, and care. I want to love. I want to love without society telling me how not […]

The Black Stones of Homs

Two years ago, this video was published online as a dedication to the city of Homs. It features lyrics from a poem by Nasib Arida. Each city in Syria has a defining feature. In Hama, the norias are not only the symbol of the city but often act as a stand-in when wanting to discuss […]

أهل الشام (Spoken word)

أهل الشام يا أهل الشام يا أطفال الشام يا خضار الشام What do I tell them? He said: Why? In the blink of an eye, The rivers flowed with blood The dry basins filled with the tears of mothers The sky flourished with the spirits of martyrs Home is where the heart is but my […]

The Children of Yarmouk Miss You (Video)

ﻓﺮﻗﻪ شباب ﺍﻟﻳﺮﻣﻮﻙ Enough staying outside, come back loved ones It’s enough, absence has been too long Mother, I’ve really missed you Come back and ease our minds with your tenderness My mother, you’ve been gone for a while, We’ve really missed you laughter Let’s all come back to the house and remember when we […]

The Artwork of Khodor Ellaik (Part 1)

–Khodor Ellaik is an artist based in Beirut.