Olive Co-operative » Books, CDs and DVDs http://www.olivecoop.com/stage Fair Trade Palestinian Products and Tree Sponsorship Mon, 13 May 2013 09:55:56 +0000 en hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.0 Reem Kelani – Sprinting Gazelle http://www.olivecoop.com/stage/sprinting-gazelle/ http://www.olivecoop.com/stage/sprinting-gazelle/#comments Thu, 07 Oct 2010 15:20:21 +0000 shopkeepers http://www.olivecoop.com/stage/?p=259 The Palestinian singer, musician and broadcaster Reem Kelani released her debut CD, ‘Sprinting Gazelle – Palestinian Songs from the Motherland and the Diaspora’ in February 2006.  Some of the songs are Reem’s research and arrangement of traditional (and some very old) Palestinian songs; the others are her own musical settings of popular and resistance poetry by the likes of Mahmoud Darwish, Salma Khadra Jayyusi, Rashid Husain and Mahmoud Salim al-Hout.

Born in Manchester in the UK and brought up in Kuwait, Reem’s father comes from Ya’bad near Jenin and her mother from Nazareth in Galilee. Reem enjoyed early exposure to all sorts of music. She learnt the piano and listened to the Jazz standards her father used to sing at home. She studied the Qur’an as a child and used to hear the calls to prayer about her in Kuwait. Life in the Diaspora also meant that she was exposed to the music of the Arabian Peninsula, Iran, East Africa, the Levant and Egypt. It was whilst at a family wedding in the Galilee that Reem, as a child, was first taken by Palestinian music.

Reem has recorded and collated folk songs from women in her maternal home of Nazareth, in the refugee camps of Palestine and Lebanon and elsewhere in the Diaspora.  She is now considered as one of the foremost researchers and performers of Palestinian music

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Hada Leil – Turab http://www.olivecoop.com/stage/hada-leil/ http://www.olivecoop.com/stage/hada-leil/#comments Thu, 07 Oct 2010 15:18:00 +0000 shopkeepers http://www.olivecoop.com/stage/?p=254 Turab’s debut CD, Hada Leil, was recorded and produced in June 2006 in Jerusalem. Turab’s music is inspired by various musical styles and traditions, including Arabic classical maqamat or modes, Latin, jazz and reggae.  The lyrics of the songs were adapted from poems written by contemporary Palestinian poets, set to original scores composed by Basel Zayed.

Turab’s work is an important contribution to contemporary Palestinian music, and has gained acclaim both locally and internationally. The group has held a number of performances throughout Palestine, drawing large audiences and enthusiastic media reviews, leading many to call Turab’s music “the new sound of Palestine.”

Turab (Soil or Earth in Arabic) was formed in 2004 by a group of seven musicians seeking to create an original Palestinian sound. Turab strives to translate into music the complexities of politics, occupation, poverty, love, and daily life in present-day Palestine. It draws on a distinguished tradition of political and social music, yet hits a unique note all of its own. Turab’s style is informed by a variety of musical traditions, including Arabic, reggae, Latin and jazz, among others. The end result is a distinct fusion that appeals to a wide audience.

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Karloma http://www.olivecoop.com/stage/karloma/ http://www.olivecoop.com/stage/karloma/#comments Thu, 07 Oct 2010 15:17:28 +0000 shopkeepers http://www.olivecoop.com/stage/?p=252 “Karloma” in Arabic describes the initial abstract sketches of the Arabic calligrapher. This is a slightly different, musical Karloma. It is a trial of musical outlooks, in which many sensations and ideas are explored to achieve beauty, and which is free from traditional restrictions. Its members are players that belong to different musical cultures, who join each other to play oriental music composed or arranged especially for the group, whilst preserving the character of each instrument.

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Palestine & Palestinians http://www.olivecoop.com/stage/palestine-palestinians/ http://www.olivecoop.com/stage/palestine-palestinians/#comments Mon, 07 Dec 2009 16:03:22 +0000 shopkeepers http://www.olivecoop.com/stage/?p=279 Second edition, published August 2008 by the Alternative Tourism Group

“Palestine & Palestinians” provides an in-depth, updated journey through the entire range of Palestinian culture: ancient and modern history, archaeology, religion, architecture and politics, including the daily realities of Israeli Occupation. It describes places rooted in Palestinian memory: sites which bear witness to a history and identity created from contact with civilisations of the Middle East, Mediterranean, Europe and Arab Peninsula. It also presents the contemporary tragedy and struggle of a people seeking recognition of their rights and details of their ongoing search for an end to injustice through a viable peace and statehood.

The book sets out to facilitate visits to Palestine for tourists who wish to increase their understanding and even work with Palestinians and Israelis towards a just, viable peace. At the same time, it provides enough material for those readers who prefer to travel far and wide in the comfort of their own armchairs. Or it can simply be used as a reliable guidebook for regular visitors.

ATG invites you to discover Palestine and having once discovered it, to return again and again with ever-increasing commitment, dedication and love for our people. Ahlan waSahlan! Welcome!”

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Ed Hill – Our Sufferings In This Land http://www.olivecoop.com/stage/ed-hill-our-sufferings-in-this-land/ http://www.olivecoop.com/stage/ed-hill-our-sufferings-in-this-land/#comments Mon, 07 Dec 2009 15:52:55 +0000 shopkeepers http://www.olivecoop.com/stage/?p=267 A campaigner’s film by Ed Hill – two weeks in Palestine with Zaytoun as a peace campaigner for the olive harvest in autumn 2005

“Dramatically explains the construction of the Separation Wall/Fence, the checkpoints, the Apartheid system of passes, separate road networks, the continual Israeli military oppression and creeping ethnic cleansing, together with the spirited culture and resistance of a brave people”

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Courageous Ali and the Heartless King http://www.olivecoop.com/stage/courageous-ali-and-the-heartless-king/ http://www.olivecoop.com/stage/courageous-ali-and-the-heartless-king/#comments Sat, 07 Nov 2009 16:05:35 +0000 shopkeepers http://www.olivecoop.com/stage/?p=283 Children’s anti-war novel by Tariq Mehmood Ali

The tyrannical King Khauf sits on half the world’s milk.  When Aisha falls ill, her father hides a jug of milk for her.  The all-seeing soldiers of King Khauf arrest the father and take him to the dungeons, from where no one has ever returned. Thirteen-year-old Ali sets off to find his father.  What follows is a timeless tale of adventure, magic and courage.

In 1981 Tariq Mehmood and 11 others were arrested on charges of terrorism in a case that became known as the Bradford 12.  All the defendants were acquitted.

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Ed Hill – Return To Palestine http://www.olivecoop.com/stage/ed-hill-return-to-palestine/ http://www.olivecoop.com/stage/ed-hill-return-to-palestine/#comments Sat, 07 Nov 2009 15:53:36 +0000 shopkeepers http://www.olivecoop.com/stage/?p=269 2nd eye-witness documentary by Ed Hill, filmed during the Zaytoun olive harvest tour 2006

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Counter-Rhetoric http://www.olivecoop.com/stage/counter-rhetoric/ http://www.olivecoop.com/stage/counter-rhetoric/#comments Wed, 07 Oct 2009 16:04:12 +0000 shopkeepers http://www.olivecoop.com/stage/?p=281 Counter-Rhetoric: Challenging “conventional wisdom” & reframing the conflict
by Emily Schaeffer, Jeff Halper & Jimmy Johnson

Published by the Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions (ICHAD) in 2006.

This booklet challenges the rhetoric, the perceptions and assumptions regarding the conflict in Israel/Palestine, and it exposes the underlying imbalance of power around which this rhetoric swirls.  It is both useful as a historical guide and as a tool for countering the prevailing divisive rhetoric.

ICAHD is a non-violent, direct-action organization established in 1997 to resist Israeli demolition of Palestinian houses in the Occupied Territories.  As we gained knowledge of the brutalities of the Occupation, we expanded our resistance activities to other areas – land expropriation, settlement expansion, by-pass road construction, policies of “closure” and “separation,” the wholesale uprooting of fruit and olive trees, the Separation Barrier/Wall, the siege of Gaza and more.”

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AIC – Iron Wall http://www.olivecoop.com/stage/aic-iron-wall/ http://www.olivecoop.com/stage/aic-iron-wall/#comments Wed, 07 Oct 2009 15:54:11 +0000 shopkeepers http://www.olivecoop.com/stage/?p=271 http://www.olivecoop.com/stage/aic-iron-wall/feed/ 0 Ahlan wa-Sahlan: a phrase book http://www.olivecoop.com/stage/ahlan-wa-sahlan-a-phrase-book/ http://www.olivecoop.com/stage/ahlan-wa-sahlan-a-phrase-book/#comments Thu, 17 Sep 2009 23:29:26 +0000 shopkeepers http://www.olivecoop.com/stage/?p=1027 Omar Othman, 2008

Ahlan wa-Sahlan – Welcome

This is a book for the spoken Arabic of Palestine, Israel, Jordan, Syria and Lebanon.  It enables the visitor to these countries to communicate in Arabic with the local people.


  • Pronunciation guide
  • Useful keywords and phrases
  • Various topics for daily life
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