Category: Blog

cilantro or coriander

The appreciation of art and the cilantro effect

Cilantro, also known as coriander. In Arabic, it’s called kuzbara. I love this stuff. However, two of my children can’t stand the taste of it, while they are not difficult eaters. In fact, none of our three kids are. Scientific research has revealed that liking or disliking kuzbara has a genetic component, which makes it taste like ‘soap’ to about...

Santiago de Compostela

Another BDS victory: no EL AL flights to Santiago

The city of Santiago de Compostela, in the autonomous region of Galicia in Northern Spain, has sealed a significant BDS victory. BDS stands for ‘Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions’, and is a worldwide movement that favors a boycott of ‘Israel’. In November 2015, the city council of Santiago adopted a non-binding motion in support of boycotting ‘Israel’. According to recent reports,...

Doc Jazz on Shibbabeh

Revisiting the shibbabeh, the Palestinian flute

There has always been a consistently high demand for information on the shibbabeh, judging from web traffic coming to my website. Also, I frequently get questions about the instrument, and my tutorials. I really apologize for not answering all of them. It’s just too much work, and frankly, in most cases, I think people are able to figure out the...

Message to the friends of Palestine

Dear friends of Palestine, I have been receiving many responses to the skeptical statements I made yesterday about the symbolic efforts of ‘recognition’ of Palestine undertaken by some governments across the globe. Good, since this is exactly why I made them. It means I challenged people’s thoughts, and this was my objective. Someone needs to point out the hypocrisy in...