Starting March 2019
The International University of Beirut
“Our Jerusalem: Reinventing a reciprocal myth” is a series of activities including lectures, poetry evenings, concerts, art/design exhibitions, and conferences, reflecting the history of Jerusalem and its complex situation under occupation. “Our Jerusalem” is a project by the Institute of Visual Communication (IVC) hosted by the International University of Beirut.
When the Zionist movement published the “Visit Palestine” poster in 1936 it was part of propaganda to recreate a myth of the promised land to encourage the Jewish of the world to immigrate to Palestine. It was promoting an image of Palestine as an empty land, “A land without a people for a people without a land”, they wanted to convince the world that Palestine was uninhabited, denying the existence of an urban Palestine and also denying a Palestinian culture, in a way effacing any traces of civil Palestinian society and selling the idea that Arabs are nomads
How can we reinvent our own myth to promote a Palestinian culture, a culture that is well rooted in the land? How can we recreate our promised land?
20.04.2019 – 19:00
Amphitheatre Block D
Palestinian-Egyptian poet, columnist and political scientist.
Tamim Al Barghouti is a Palestinian poet born in Cairo, Egypt in 1977. He studied politics at Cairo University, the American University in Cairo, and Boston University where he received his
Tamim has five published poetry collections and two academic books on political theory and
Al-Barghouti has performed in almost every other Arab country, including Egypt, Palestine, Lebanon, Jordan, Morocco, Oman, Sudan, and the United Arab Emirates. His performances have often attracted thousands from various age groups. He writes in Standard Arabic as well as in the Egyptian and Palestinian Dialects.
Tamim is also known as a Columnist for the Lebanese Daily Star where he wrote a weekly feature on Arab culture, history
Al-Barghouti, worked at the United Nations, the Division of Palestinian Rights, the Department of Political Affairs in New York. He was later appointed an assistant professor
Al Barghouti is currently a visiting Professor of Political Science at Georgetown University, Washington DC.
،يا أُمَّتي ارتبكي قليلاً، إنه أمرٌ طبيعيٌّ
…إنَّهُ أمرٌ طبيعيٌّ كذلكْ