Theatre, Resistance, and Peacebuilding in Palestine


By Abeer Musleh

AshtarIn this chapter, Palestinian youth worker and scholar Abeer Musleh highlights two theatre organizations in Palestine. Al-Rowwad provides community-based theatre training for youth in the Aida refugee camp in the West Bank. Ashtar is a professional theatre company and school based in Jerusalem and the West Bank. For Palestinians living under military occupation for more than forty years, they offer outlets for individual expression and creativity, tools for critical thinking and communication, and a sense of empowerment, self-confidence, and hope. Although their methods are quite different, both believe that theatre has an important role to play in the Palestinian struggle for freedom, justice, and peace. 

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