The minister was leading a delegation of Palestinian university representatives at the US-Palestinian Higher Education Dialogue.
Commentators were quick to point out that Palestinians had inhabited the land for centuries before Israel was established.
Perhaps it came as no surprise that Zionist organizations and individuals were eager to seize on Nobel-laureate Dylan as a major cultural icon to brand as pro-Israel⎯at a time when Brand Israel is culturally uncool.
If you lack an easel and a canvas and have no need for them anyway, then Gaza Graffiti proclaims, “Make everything beauty.”
Reactions to the video have been “overwhelmingly supportive and positive,” dwarfing few detractors. “It’s like people were thirsty for something,” Mahmoud described the reaction. “It wasn’t about Samah and myself. It became a public celebration of love and commitment.”
The Speed Sisters, Marah, Noor, Mona, and Betty are the first ever female car-racing team in the Middle East and the stars of the film.
The main purpose of the flotilla was to challenge the “illegal and inhumane Israeli blockade of Gaza” which severely restricts the movement and access of people and goods since Israel tightened its grip in 2007.