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December 2020

Dear audience,
You can now mark the Museum’s December events on your digital calendar (pc or mobile) through this link

Symposium Series*
Reflections on Jerusalemite Educators: Khalil Sakakini
Second Symposium: Khalil Sakakini: Representations of his pedagogical practice in the Palestinian education sector
In partnership with Khalil Sakakini Cultural Centre

Speakers: Munir Fasheh, PhD; Samer Sharif (Arab Education Forum); Muhannad Abdul-Hamid; and Najeh Shahin, PhD
Facilitated by Abaher el-Sakka, PhD
Wednesday, 2 December | 17:30–19:30
Language: Arabic
Place: Zoom
Link: https://zoom.us/meeting/94267427715

The second symposium in the series tracks the impact that Khalil Sakakini’s pedagogical practice has had on the education sector in Palestine. It examines the literature of some of the educational initiatives and institutions that adopted Sakakini’s approach as part of an effort to bolster emancipatory learning in the country.

*About Reflections on Jerusalemite Educators symposium series

Through this series of symposia, the Palestinian Museum seeks to shed light on Jerusalemite educators who implemented innovative ideas in the realm of education at historical moments rife with calamities for the Palestinian people. Chief among those educators are Khalil Sakakini, Hind al-Husseini, and Husni al-Ashhab.

Curator's Tour
Printed in Jerusalem: Mustamloun
Curator Baha Jubeh

Sunday, 6 December | 14:00–15:00
Language: Arabic. English available upon prior request.
Place: The Palestinian Museum

Join us on a guided tour of Printed in Jerusalem: Mustamloun, with curator Baha Jubeh and guest curator of the exhibition’s second iteration, Abdel-Rahman Shabane.

The exhibition explores the relation between Jerusalemites and publications printed in their city, be their content political, educational, commercial, cultural or touristic. It seeks to analyse the emergence and disappearance duality that was inherent to the publications of nascent social movements within the city, movements that contended with the governing institutions and tools of censorship they imposed on Jerusalem’s urban fabric.

*A mustamly (plural: mustamloun) was tasked with dictating manuscripts to copyists and acted as an intermediary between authors and the public. Historically, this transmission of content was associated with censorship as well. This ancient profession disappeared as modernisation took hold.

Limited admission, please register: activities@palmuseum.org

Virtual Tour Series, Printed in Jerusalem: Mustamloun
Calligraphy, Education and the Press in Jerusalem’s Publications
Curator Baha Jubeh, guest-curator Abdel-Rahman Shabane, and assistant-curator Sandy Rishmawi

Monday, 7 December | 18:00
Language: Arabic (English subtitles)
Place: the Palestinian Museum social media platforms

The virtual tour of the fourth section of Printed in Jerusalem: Mustamloun begins with a set of digital fonts and an exploration of how they translate into Arabic. It also highlights the influence that calligrapher Mohammed Siyam had through the educational material and penmanship copybooks he created, which were used during the British Mandate period and Jordanian rule.

The tour also draws attention to Khalil Sakakini, his influence in education, and his prolific writings. It goes on to shed light on Jerusalem’s social life through wedding invitations, health sector publications and other material that was printed in the city.

In ‘Leave a Trace’, we see how in the 1960s and 70s, Israeli military censors suppressed any material of which they disapproved. In those days, newspapers often appeared with blank columns, marks of the censor’s redactions, which left readers with a space in which to imagine and wonder about the censored item.

The tour concludes with the culture corner, where the disappearance and emergence of some magazines and newspapers that were printed in Jerusalem is analysed, and the history of some of these publications is surveyed in an interview with writer and novelist Mahmoud Shukair.

Second Annual Conference
Unsettling Jerusalem: Academic Reflections and Societal Engagements

Wednesday, 9 December | 09:30–16:00
Language: Arabic (simultaneous English translation)
Place: Zoom
Link: https://zoom.us/j/98832059979

The Palestinian Museum will hold its second annual conference, which complements its outgoing exhibition, Printed in Jerusalem: Mustamloun. Under the title Unsettling Jerusalem, the conference will examine the centrality of Jerusalem in the Palestinian political, cultural and social imaginaries.

Through this conference, the Palestinian Museum appends the research upon which its exhibitions, Jerusalem Lives (2017) and Printed in Jerusalem (2020), were built. In pondering the topics to be addressed, we found ourselves speaking of two Jerusalems or more. One lies here: Jerusalem as manifested in the individual and collective imaginaries. Another is more distant, walled off and sealed with military checkpoints, unattainable to Palestinians living in the diaspora, the West Bank, and Gaza.

The conference will address the following questions: How can we read Jerusalem in the collective Palestinian imaginary? How is the centrality of Jerusalem represented in the Palestinian cultural sphere? Is there unanimity with regards to one Jerusalem? Is there one Jerusalemite voice? How does resistance mesh with the acts of ordinary daily life in the city? Does Palestinian discourse reflect the reality of Jerusalem and its features?

Speakers include: Issam Nassar; Salim Abu Thaher; Maha al-Samman; Ahmad Asaad; Areej Sabbagh-Khoury; Ghassan Halayqa; Fayrouz Sharqawi; Abdel-Raouf Arnaout; Ali Muwasi; Yasser Qous; Camilio Boano; and Nahed Habiballah

For the programme, please click here

Jerusalem Airport (Qalandia) prior to 1967. From the Nahed Awwad blog.
Film Stream and Discussion
5 Minutes from Home
Director Nahed Awwad

Facilitated by journalist and cinema blogger Samah Bsoul

Monday, 14 December | 14:00
Language: Arabic (English subtitles); discussion is in Arabic
Place: Zoom
Link: https://zoom.us/j/99070258150

The documentary explores the Jerusalem Airport, occupied by the Israeli army in 1967. Situated on the Jerusalem–Ramallah road, the airport stood five minutes away from Ramallah, and 10 minutes from Jerusalem. Today, on what used to be the eastern end of the airport runway, stands the Qalandia checkpoint, blocking the Jerusalem–Ramallah road and making it a dead end.
Filmmaker Nahed Awwad discovers that this sad place wasn’t always so. In the 1950s and 60s, it received daily international flights, especially from the Arab world. The old images of the airport clearly and painfully contrast with the bitterness of the walled off location today.

Awwad returns to this location to conjure its prosperous past, in an attempt to understand its present, and to escape its painful reality.

Pre-recorded Interview
Not a Mere Book
With freed political prisoners Abdullah Abu Ghudeeb and Khalil Ashour

Sunday, 27 December | 18:30
Language: Arabic
Place: the Palestinian Museum social media platforms

Abdullah Abu Ghudeeb and Khalil Ashour discuss their experience as political prisoners between 1970 and 1982, and their relation to books during their imprisonment. This is one in a series of interviews conducted by Italian-Swedish artist Beatrice Catanzaro as part of her 2011 art installation, A Needle in the Binding.

The Education Programme workshops are supported by the A. M. Qattan Foundation through the ‘Visual Arts: A Flourishing Field’ (VAFF) Project, funded by Sweden.