Special Series: Art & Conflict - 2008
by Checkpoint 303
In this first series article on Art and Conflict, a Palestinian band reveals the method and power of their craft: “The essence of our music is to capture, fragment, and reconstruct the soundtrack of daily life in the occupied Palestinian territories…We are artists, not politicians; this allows us the luxury of being able to tell the truth from a humanitarian point of view.”
(Source: Common Ground News Service, 28 February 2008) 
by Leonard Schwartz
As a poet finding his way in "the forest of language", Leonard Schwartz believes "we speak with one another … [through] embracing Babel."
(Source: Common Ground News Service, 13 March 2008) 
by Ibtisam Barakat
In this 3rd series article on Art and Conflict, Palestinian author and poet Ibtisam Barakat describes writing as "an art that encourages respect for and empathy with all members of the story, in order to make room for their voices, narratives and personalities." If the Middle East is to be inscribed with peace, says Barakat, "the plot must cultivate peace in the lives and hearts of all its characters."
(Source: Common Ground News, 24 April 2008) 
by Aaron Shneyer
In this fourth article in a series on Art and Conflict, Aaron Shneyer argues that music has the power to “connect young Israeli and Palestinian musicians in the context of the greater community[and build] trust among the masses.”
(Source: Common Ground News Service, 23 October 2008) 
 
 
 
 
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