Café Palestine Eleven from Amman with Jehan Bseiso
“Reimagining our Resilience: Observations through poetry and from the diaspora”
Jehan Bseiso is a poet, researcher and aid worker. She discussed the theme of “Reimagining our Resilience: Observations through poetry and from the diaspora” which led to a rich interaction with the mental health practitioners and others present at the Cafe.
Jehan’s poetry has been published in several online platforms. Her co-authored book I Remember My Name is the Palestine Book Awards winner in the creative category (2016). She is the co-editor of Making Mirrors: Writing/Righting by and for Refugees (2019). Jehan has been working with Médecins sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders since 2008
Conversation with Jehan:
Discussion following Jehan’s presentation:
This is a link to the poems that Jehan read during the Cafe
Cafe Palestine started with music from Jerusalem with Loab Hammoud playing oud.
Café Palestine Ten from Nazareth with Dr Mustafa Qossoqsi, Nazareth Hospital
“Notes on an intimate disaster: Nakbah in the Clinic and Beyond”
An Arabic summary of the discussion is available here (a summary of the presentation will be added when it is available)
Mustafa read a poem “Modifying Some Settings of the Smart Phone’s Camera” in Arabic. The Arabic and English versions of this poem, please a second poem “The Drowned Report” are available here:
Cafe Palestine Ten started with music from the Edward Said National Conservatory for Music in Bethlehem organised in association with PalMusic UK
Cafe Palestine Nine from Arabeh in Galilee with Hussam Kana’na from the Palestinian Counseling Center
Hussam discussed his research on the psychological impact of the practice by Israeli authorities of delaying the return to their families of bodies of Palestinians killed by Israeli security forces.
Hussam read his paper and then there was a discussion. The paper is available:
English: Hussam Kanana English
Arabic: Hussam Kanana Arabic
Hussam replied in Arabic to questions in the discussion section. An informal, on-the-fly summary of what he said was provided during the Cafe and is available in the recording. A complete translation of Hussam’s replies was produced after the event with timestamps for each question. This includes more detail than the summary and is available here:
Translation of discussion: CP9 Discussion
Cafe Palestine Nine started with music from Gaza featuring Dr. Ismael Daoud, Teacher of Oud and professor in music theory, followed by Natalie Tarazi on piano and Juliana Redwan on violin.
The PalMusic UK Facebook page provides further information about the current threat facing cultural institutions in Jerusalem and the text of a statement from Suhail Khoury, General Director, National Conservatory of Music: https://www.facebook.com/PalmusicUK/posts/2678783939044313
Cafe Palestine Eight from Ramallah with Dr Samah Jabr
“The individual and collective impact of incarceration and torture: the Palestinian experience”
An Arabic summary of Cafe Palestine 8 is available here
Introduction to the musicians followed by the songs
The final song is called “Oh, Lovers of the Land”.
Oh, Lovers of the Land, Arise!
I hear your anguish
Calling from afar
And see it encompass
And your hands write on the walls of our city
Words adorning the walls of our city
So the songs embrace the winds
To say: you are awaiting
The morning light
Oh, lovers of the land, Arise!
Oh, lovers of the land, Arise!
Guard our songs
Construct our wishes
Your wounds flower
And fructify our bodies
Songs sung at festivities
And your faces shine
Through the walls of our city
Lights that shatter
The ghosts from our city
So our songs embrace the winds
To say: you are awaiting
The morning light
Oh, lovers of the land, arise!
Oh, lovers of the land, arise!
Guard our songs
Construct our wishes.
Translation By Heba Zaphiriou-Zarifi
Cafe Palestine Seven from Nazareth with Nabila Espanioly
“Violence against Palestinian Women: an intersectional struggle”
Nabila Espanioly spoke about the multiple challenges facing Palestinian women, within a patriarchal society, under occupation, and with the additional pressures created by the pandemic.
Cafe Palestine Seven music
The Cafe opened with live music from from Gaza organised with PalMusic UK featuring a father and daughter duo, Mohammed and Reema Al-Habbash playing oud and qanun.
Here is the translation of the Fairuz song sung by Reema and a link to the original version:
Cafe Palestine Six from Hebron, Jerusalem and Bethlehem with Riad Arrar, Rand Shar and Raed Amira
“Social work in Palestine with a focus on responding to the Covid-19 emergency”
Raed Amira, Riad Arar and Rand Shaar, spoke about social work in Palestine with a focus on responding to the Covid-19 emergency.
Raed Amira who is employed as a social worker by Community Center For Training And Development, and he is working with Palestinian refugees talked about social work with refugees during the pandemic.
Riad and Rand, both from Defence of the Child International (DCI), talked about how they have involved children in this response.
Riad Arar (Hebron) is Director of Protection & Social Mobilisation Programme at DCI in Hebron, and co-ordinator of the Palestine-UK Social Work Network in Palestine. With fellow leading members of the Palestinian Union of Social Workers and Psychologists (PUSWP), Issa Rabadi (Jerusalem) and Raed Amira (Bethlehem), Riad was instrumental in developing the Palestine-UK Social Work Network in Palestine.
Cafe Palestine started with music from Marc Kawwas, a young Palestinian Pianist. He has performed numerous recitals and concerts across Palestine and won many music competitions. He has also performed a recital in the United Kingdom. Marc dreams to become a great Palestinian Pianist, conductor and composer.
Here is a link to Mark’s biography: Marc Kawwas Biography
Marc’s performance was facilitated by PalMusic UK
The Edward Said National Conservatory of Music is a special fund-raising appeal due to the Covid-19 crisis:
Cafe Palestine Five from Jerusalem with Rana Nashashibi
“The Palestine Global Mental Health Network”
The Cafe opened with music from Mahmoud Abuwarda’s. Here is Mamoud’s story: “In 2010 I decided to start learning the guitar by chance. My first guitar was a child’s toy, and I was looking for a college or teacher to help me learn, but here in my city, Gaza, there is no music college and there are no guitar teachers. Because of that, I decided to start alone. At this time, I bought some online books and I began teaching myself. After one year I met my first teacher on skype and he was shocked when he heard me play, at how far I had advanced. He was teaching at ESNCM Jerusalem branch. After this the general manager, Suhail Khoury, decided to give me a scholarship to study at ESNCM. However, I could not go because there was no permit to leave Gaza for the West Bank, so we decided to start lessons online via skype. At this time they gave me the chance to work at ESNCM as a guitar teacher. I graduated from the institute after only 4 years (instead of 9) with an excellent grade. I had won many scholarships during my study at ESNCM.”
The music was following by a conversation with Rana Nashashibi. Rana’s talk starts at 14:10 in the video. She is probably best known overseas as the Director of the Palestine Counselling Centre. She is speaking to us as a founder member of the Palestine Global Mental Health Network. However, her role as clinician, writer, lecturer (at Birzeit University for over twenty years), as a leader in the women’s movement and as community activist, is too rich and varied to summarise here.
For further information: http://www.csap.cam.ac.uk/network/rana-nashashibi/
Café Palestine 4 from West Bank with Yoa’d Ghanadry-Hakim
“Reflections on trauma, the usefulness of PTSD as a clinical concept, and the complexities of working with imported, Western, terminology in the Palestinian context”
The speaker at Cafe Palestine 4 was Yoa’d Ghanadry-Hakim, who shared her reflections on trauma, the usefulness of PTSD as a clinical concept, and the complexities of working with imported, Western, terminology in the Palestinian context. Yoa’d Ghanadry-Hakim, a clinical psychologist and certified supervisor, is the head therapist at the Palestine Counseling Centre in Beit Hanina and head of the Arab Union of Psychologists. She is also a psychosocial and human rights activist.
Due to a technical problem, we were not able to share the speaker’s Powerpoint presentation during the meeting. We are grateful that Yoa’d was able to proceed without this at short notice. The presentation that should have accompanied the meeting is here:
Logo of the Palestine Counseling Centre
Cafe Palestine 4 started with live music from Gaza
The music was performed by Seraj Alsersawi on Oud and Feras Alshrafi on Qanoun playing music of Marcel Khalife. Both musicians are associated with the Edward Said National Conservatory of Music and gratefully acknowledge the support of PalMusic UK
Café Palestine Three from West Bank with Weeam Hammoudeh
“Acute and Chronic Uncertainties in the Palestinian Context: Implications for Mental Health and Wellbeing”
Weeam Hammoudeh is an Assistant Professor at the Institute of Community and Public Health, where she is also the coordinator for the mental health unit. She holds a PhD and MA in Sociology from Brown University, and an Masters in Public Health from Birzeit University. She has an academic interest in understanding how political and social transformations impact health, psychosocial wellbeing, and population processes, particularly in conflict areas; as well as how health systems and social institutions develop and shift in relation to political, economic, and structural factors.
The Mission of the Institute of Community and Public Health at Birzeit is as follows:
The Institute of Community and Public Health contributes to the protection and improvement of Palestinians’ health in Palestine and the diaspora through research, education, capacity strengthening and support for evidence-based policy formulation. Addressing the political, social, biological, and environmental determinants of health, the Institute ‘contributes to the development of effective strategies for health promotion, disease prevention and health services development based on community participation, intersectoral collaboration, equity, and justice.
The Institute has built up a reputation for contextualizing its research into the determinants of public health, including the subjective and psychological aspects of health, countering the individualizing and de-historicizing nature of Western psychological and medical models. Access to papers produced by the Institute’s staff can be found here: http://icph.birzeit.edu/research/publications
The recording starts after the 5th slide
Café Palestine Two from Gaza with Dr Yasser Abu Jamei
“Insight into life in Gaza under the combined pressures of the blockade, and the coronavirus pandemic”
This is the recording of the conversation with psychiatrist Dr Yasser Abu Jamei, Director of the Gaza Community Mental Health Programme. Yasser offering a mental health professional’s insight into life in Gaza under the combined pressures of the blockade, and the coronavirus pandemic.
If you can, please donate to the work of GCMHP. The pandemic is impacting on the resourcing of Palestinian NGOs.
Cafe Palestine One from Jerusalem with Professor Nadera Shalhoub-Kevorkian
“Jerusalem under siege: surviving corona under Occupation”
We are pleased to share with you a recording of Professor Nadera Shalhoub-Kevorkian at the debut opening of ‘Café Palestine’ – the virtual meeting place, where Palestinians and internationals from across Palestine and the rest of the world can come together. As Nadera says, ‘social distancing’ is the wrong term – the pandemic is imposing physical distancing, and it is our responsibility to ensure that this does not also involve social isolation. Listen to Nadera describing ‘how isolation became a new tool of dispossession’, here: