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  • We will not be erased: Why Palestinians are storming social media on April 30

    Culture matters because it is proof of Palestinian identity and existence. Preserving it and celebrating it is a form of cultural sumud. By Susan Muaddi Darraj In her essay “On the Meaning of Sumoud” for the Palestine Chronicle, Benay Blend defines sumud — which means “steadfastness” in Arabic — as “a mental state of resilience that translates into not accepting the status quo.” [tmwinpost] In Palestine, the “status quo” is the steady attempt to erase Palestinian existence. When a Palestinian school is bulldozed, Palestinians instead hold classes in someone’s home. They replant trees and rebuild homes and entire villages that…

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