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Affixing Palestinian embroidery to the world stage 

A Palestinian woman wearing an embroidered protective mask during an event to celebrate the Palestinian Traditional Dress Day on July 26, 2020 [JAAFAR ASHTIYEH/AFP via Getty Images]

An official UN organisation, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO), has finally added the art of Palestinian embroidery to its List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity. This is certainly good news. In addition to appreciation, recognition, and distinction for this national art, this step adds to the registration of Palestine in the world as an identity with features, marks, and a long history. This helps the battle for survival in the face of the continuous fierce attack launched by Zionist colonialism and its supporters to abolish the Palestinian identity and its symbols. One of the last manifestations of the Israeli occupation's robbery of Palestinian embroidery was dressing Miss Universe contestants, who were hosted by Israel, […]

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