The Mondoweiss holiday gift guide is here! From dresses with hand-stitched embroidery, to ethically produced Hanukkah candles, to hand-crafted olive wood nativity sets, to books for young readers, we’ve pulled together some of our favorites from friends of the site and more.
Happy holidays and happy shopping.
Justice for Some: Law and the Question of Palestine
By Noura Erakat
“Noura Erakat’s incisive exploration of the role of law in shaping the development of Israel/Palestine reveals the consistent genuflection of international legal institutions to Israel’s reliance on well-established colonial practices. She also forcefully argues that the skillful use of international law as a tool of struggle can be generative of hope and possibility—for Palestine and the world. Justice for Some is precisely the book we need at this time.”
—Angela Y. Davis
Palestine + 100
Edited by Basma Ghalayini
Winner of a PEN Translate Award, this collection features science-fiction essays exploring what Palestine will look like come 2048. The anthology includes selections from Talal Abu Shawish, Tasnim Abutabikh, Selma Dabbagh, Emad El-Din Aysha, Samir El-Youssef, Saleem Haddad, Anwar Hamed, Majd Kayyal, Mazen Maarouf, Abdalmuti Maqboul, Ahmed Masoud and Rawan Yaghi.
The BreakBeat Poets Vol. 3
Halal If You Hear Me
Edited by Fatimah Asghar and Safia Elhillo
A collection of poems by Safia Elhillo, Fatimah Asghar, Warsan Shire, Tarfia Faizullah, Angel Nafis, Beyza Ozer, and many others.
The Palestinian Table
By Reem Kassis
“With The Palestinian Table, Reem Kassis gracefully demonstrates the power of food to transcend the political divisions that are, too often, all we know of a place like Palestine. Reading and cooking from this essential book – a thoughtful collection of great recipes, historical and cultural insights, and beautiful photographs – will move you closer to understanding this complex, fascinating part of the world.” — Anthony Bourdain
Stone Men: The Palestinians Who Built Israel
By Andrew Ross
$29.95 (on sale for $14.98)
Mondoweiss’s reporter Michael Arria’s pick:
“Andrew Ross has produced a remarkable work of history that sheds new light on the conflict and stays with you long after you’ve put the book down. It’s the best thing I’ve read on Palestine in years.”
Olive Harvest in Palestine: A Story of Childhood Memories
By Wafa Shami, illustrated by Shaima Farouki
“…a beautiful orchard story of devotion, labor, and harvesting in which nothing terrible happens. Palestinians deserve more days in which nothing terrible happens. Here is life, shining, ripe and succulent, singing of culture, history, tradition, and the dinner table too.” – Naomi Shihab Nye
Counting Up the Olive Tree: A Palestine Number Book
By Golbarg Bashi, illustrated by Nabi H. Ali
$18.99 – $835.56
From the same author as P is for Palestine, comes a Palestinian number story published in the Dr. Bashi Diverse Books Series.
“Uplifting storyline, cheerful illustrations, delightful, empowering, inspiring.” — Dr. Nada Elia
P is for Palestine: A Palestine Alphabet Book
By Golbarg Bashi, illustrated by Golfokh Nafisi
The first-ever Palestinian themed alphabet book published in English.
“‘P is for Palestine’ is exactly the kind of positive reinforcement needed by children whose identity is constantly under attack.” – Dr. Yousef Munayyer
Prints and originals by Suhad Khatib
San Francisco based artist, filmmaker and designer, Suhad Khatib uses ink on paper to tell stories erased by wars. She describes her work as an intentional study on healing and identity. Her works feature themes from protest movements in the U.S., to Iraq to Palestine. She has visualized the campaigns for #Ferguson2Palestine, #ISupportRasmea and #ShowMe15. She was born in Oman and raised in Jordan.
From Suhad, on her print titled “anti nationalists,”
“Nationalism is an ism, created by human enslavers, sponsored by capitalism, fanned by patriotism to make sure that if one fights, they fight for land, food and borders, not for justice in its abstract form. Nationalism doesn’t care about one, nor about other beings living on the land. How can you force a nationality on beings one doesn’t see like the seeds of the earth? Or birds who migrate?”
2020 Calendar: Life, Resistance & History In Palestine
Mondoweiss is pleased to announce the release of our 2020 wall calendar. Sized for wall display (8.5″ x 11″ page, 17″ x 11″ opened up) with room on each day for noting your activities, the calendar shows key dates in Palestine/Israel’s history, along with compelling images of daily Palestinian life and resistance.
Designer Noora Husseini’s social enterprise Taita Leila combines traditional Palestinian embroidery with fresh designs.
We asked Noora to write a message to our readers:
“All of Taita Leila’s clothes are made in the West Bank. Our fabrics are sourced from local factories and we commission women from villages, refugee camps and societies to hand-embroider the designs. I am most proud of our latest collection, the Irdan. It is inspired by the big, beautiful, bell sleeves from the Palestinian thobe. These large and pointy sleeves were tied behind the woman’s back while she would be busy doing manual labor. This collection is designed with the modern woman in mind, no matter what kind of business she may be up to.”
Baby Fist is a unique Palestinian brand, the brainchild of women’s rights advocate Yasmeen Mjalli who wanted to launch a clothing line that was a response to street harassment on women. The original “not your habibti” campaign has expanded into a full line of clothing.
Baby Fist donates 10 percent of their profits to women empowerment programs in Palestine.
Let everyone know you are a Mondoweiss reader no matter where you go!
This 50/50 cotton and polyester t-shirt is navy blue with the Mondoweiss logo, tagline and web address in white.
The women’s version is cut to fit more closely, with some tapering at the waist.
Watan is a Palestine-inspired arts shop in Chicago. We got a kick out of this creative original design. From Watan’s website, “This design began mostly in jest (and because we love cats so much that we imagine dressing them up in mini kuffiyehs and starting a Palestinian cat cafe at Watan, oh dear). Perhaps some may find it a bit disrespectful, this dressing of cats up in a powerful symbol of Palestinian resistance.”
Salaam Peace Arabic calligraphy necklace
By Katie Miranda
What Katie says about the necklace on her site, “This triple bead necklace is a powerful symbol of your inner peace. We can’t control what’s happening outside of us but we can manage our inner state, so let this necklace be a reminder to cultivate your own peace! Features three swirly green malachite or deep purple amethyst beads, this is a stunning rectangle pendant imprinted with السَّلَام, or peace in Arabic.”
The oud is an instrument that dates back more than 1,000 years, originally created as a combination of two different types of lutes in Andalusia. Today the five-string instrument holds a special place in modern Palestinian music. These earrings come in three different materials (strong silver mirror acrylic material, thermoplastic gold mirror acrylic material, and brass metal). They hand 2 inches in length.
Narrow Bridge Candles
Box of Hanukkah Candles
$30.00 – $54.00
45 small tapers – enough for all 8 nights!
Each candle burns 65-75 minutes
100% beeswax, no dyes or perfumes
Jonah Aline Daniel’s Narrow Bridge Candles produces hand-dipped beeswax candles for Jewish rituals. The company was founded out of an ethic to find an alternative for mass-produced Israeli-made Judaica products. Candles are made in Sonoma County, California and ethically sourced from bees in California and Oregon.
“I want to tell a story in which Jews are not bound to a nation built on oppression, or the building of a nation at all, but kindle our traditions of radicalism and justice wherever we are. Through Narrow Bridge Candles, I seek to create more space for ritual with integrity and liberatory potential.” — Jonah Aline Daniel
Olive Wood Christmas Ornaments
Holy Land Handicraft Cooperative
Decorate your tree with nativity scenes ornaments carved from olive wood by artisans with the Holy Land Handicraft Cooperative based in Bethlehem. We recommend buying a bundle from Sunbula, a Jerusalem based nonprofit fair trade organization that supports economic empowerment in Palestine. If you’re in Jerusalem, stop by their shop near the Damascus Gate.
For complete nativity scene sets, order directly from the Holy Land Handicraft Cooperative.