Recorded April 20, 2024

Cultural Stories & Mysticism of Gaza

A Community Gathering with Haneen Sabbah

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“Sometimes a homeland becomes a tale. We love the story because it’s about our homeland and we love our homeland even more because
of the story.”
– Refaat Alareer
from “Gaza Writes Back”

Storyteller Haneen Sabbah, a Palestinian Falahi woman and mother from Gaza, took us through an experience of the vibrant and thriving place Gaza once was, before it became a pile of rubble. She transported us to the rich history and culture of this region through her enchanting drumbeats, meditations, and songs.

We explored the connections woven into the very name “Gaza” غزة, unveil layers of history, traditions, and symbolism that this ancient land carries, discover the deep ties between land and people, and be reminded of the resilience that has sustained them through decades of challenges.

We share a vision of a once-again thriving and free Gaza.

A recording of this conversation is available indefinitely to SAND members and for one week to others.


Haneen Sabbah

Haneen Sabbah, a Palestinian Falahi woman now based in southern Portugal, is a writer at We Are Not Numbers and Global Voices, and an organizer, singer and storyteller at heart.  She also teaches Arabic online to Israeli Activists and Jews who want to connect to their Arabic roots.

Having left Gaza in 2018, she moved to a community where she learned peace work and non-violent communication, which helped her advocate for nonviolent resistance with the Palestinian people. Shining a light on Palestinian culture with songs, food and stories, she is part of a dream circle of Palestinian and Israeli women who work toward supporting peace and the protection of life. Believing in the importance of inner healing for collective liberation, she leads a guided movement meditative practice. Her work is rooted in love.

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