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Dabke is a native Levantine folk dance performed in a line dance.
Courtesy of Rawan Abusaid

A showcase of Palestinian culture gets underway at noon this Sunday at the World’s Fair Pavilion in Forest Park. Palestinians are often portrayed in the media only when it comes to the Israel-Palestine conflict, but not much is discussed about the nuances of their culture, from the food they eat to the different identities that make up the culture. 


Dozens of Palestinians and supporters, including Hadeel Salameh, marched in downtown St. Louis to commemorate Nakba Day.  May 15, 2018
Carolina Hidalgo | St. Louis Public Radio

A planned local observance of Nakba, the day Palestinians commemorate their displacement following Israel’s establishment in 1948 and the Arabic word for "catastrophe," took on greater significance for a group of St. Louis activists and business owners Tuesday.

Missouri Statehouse
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On Thursday’s St. Louis on the Air, host Don Marsh discussed the potential impact of House Bill 2179. It would prohibit Missouri from entering into contracts over $10,000 with companies that engage in the boycott of, divestment from and sanctioning of Israel, an ally of the United States.

Protesters marched down the Delmar Loop denouncing President Trump's decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. (Dec. 10, 2017)
Marissanne Lewis-Thompson | St. Louis Public Radio

Palestinians and others in St. Louis are dismayed that President Donald Trump is recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. On Sunday, Palestinians and their allies gathered along the Delmar Loop for the "Rise for Jerusalem Rally Against Trump’s Embassy Decision."

Members from the Missouri chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations were also unhappy about the president's announcement last week of his intention to move the U.S. Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

Lara Hamdan | St. Louis Public Radio


As tensions rise in the Old City of Jerusalem, hundreds of people gathered on Delmar Boulevard in University City Sunday evening to show their support — some for Palestinians and others for the Israeli government.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Sept. 20, 2011 - WASHINGTON - As a congressional representative to the United Nations' new session this week, U.S. Rep. Russ Carnahan wants to spread the word that most lawmakers oppose Palestinians' unilateral efforts to pursue U.N. ratification of statehood.

Saying that the Palestinian debate is likely to be "the biggest issue by far" in the new U.N. session, Carnahan told the Beacon that "I don't think we can emphasize strongly enough that unilateral action is really contrary to achieving a two-state solution." He called on Palestinian leaders to return to peace negotiations with Israel.

'Half Midwest and Half Mideast'

Feb 7, 2011

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Feb. 7, 2011 - WASHINGTON -- From his office overlooking Washington's main business district, David Makovsky offers his pragmatic take on the question that everyone from White House aides to PBS's Jim Lehrer ask of him: What's the prospect of sustained peace between the Israelis and Palestinians?

"My belief is that if we pose things as Israel versus the Palestinians, if we look at each of these camps as monolithic, we'll never get anywhere," said Makovsky, an expert on the Middle East peace process who's worked for more than a decade at a think tank, Washington Institute for Near East Policy. "If we give up on the hope of peace, the problems are going to remain and will become more aggravated. We need to focus on what is doable here and try to end this tragedy."