Pal Archives is preserving the memories of Palestine
“The mission of this blog is to keep our narrative going, no matter the events, we will find strength in collective togetherness. They cannot erase us from the world, we will continue to live and our roots will never be forgotten.” Salma Fahmi Al Husseiny is the 27-year-old Palestinian- Egyptian,-Canadian behind “Pal Archives”, an Instagram page that preserves the memories of Palestine through nostalgic posts and an important collection of images. JDEED spoke with Salma to hear more about her project.
Houreya Al Husseiny, Sereen Al Taji, Nahida Al Taji, Rasmiyah Abukhadra and other elegant ladies at a social gathering in Gaza circa 1963.
ABOUT PAL ARCHIVES
Pal Archives is inspired by the recent events of October 7. Salma says: “as a Palestinian myself, I grew up listening to stories that traveled from a generation to another. I grew up knowing Palestinian lives were threatened. But as we are currently surpassing the number of casualties and atrocious events of the 1948 Nakba, this left me to wonder if there will ever be another generation of Palestine, with all these kids that have been martyred, and who took a future with them to the skies. A fear of intinction emerged in me, which led me to create an archive for Palestinian families. The vision of this blog is to firstly, remind the world of our history, culture and priceless family moments that will never be forgotten.
Additionally, it brings to mind a touch of recomforting nostalgia and a sense of belonging among Palestinian families; as well as a sense of recognition and re-connecting as a community. What makes me happiest now is the number of far relatives that discovered a bloodline between us. The mission of this blog is to keep our narrative going, no matter the events, we will find strength in collective togetherness. They cannot erase us from the world, we will continue to live and our roots will never be forgotten.”
Farouk Al Husseiny, Head of Legal Affairs in Gaza, addressing the parliament in 1965 in Gaza
Al Taji family house, owned by Abdelrahman Bek Al Taji, Al Ramla, Wadi Hunain. Now turned to be the Israel Institute for Biological Research
“I grew up knowing Palestinian lives were threatened “
ABOUT SALMA FAHMY AL HUSSEINY
Salma Fahmi Al Husseiny is a 27-year-old Palestinian, Egyptian, Canadian who spends her life in between Montreal and Cairo. She graduated from Concordia University in Montreal, where she majored in Art History and Political Science. She’s currently based in Cairo, where she works in social media management and content creation for brands. She’s passionate about fashion, marketing, content creation, art and design. Her goal in life is to make a difference in the world by amplifying voices of injustice, and by connecting with her community through art
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