Arda Aghazarian

Writer/Editor, Jerusalem Story

Arda Aghazarian is a communications consultant with ample experience in creative and professional writing, and has also worked in audiovisual production—including film and radio. Arda has delivered training, public speaking, and mentoring at key global events, mostly on issues related to women and conflict, identity, language, and narrative.

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Blog Post In Sufism, Food Is a Divine Gift—Izzeldin Bukhari Offers It to Celebrate the Heritage of His People and His City

Izzeldin Bukhari founded Sacred Cuisine to celebrate Palestinian culinary heritage and his city, Jerusalem, and to express the essence of his Sufi religion, which views feeding others as a form of love. 

Blog Post “Stand Up Jerusalem”: 26th Annual Jerusalem Music Festival Showcases Palestinian Talent from Near and Far

Under the theme “Stand Up Jerusalem,” the Jerusalem Music Festival returned for a 26th year featuring six days of music, drama, comedy, and dance.

Blog Post Budour Hassan: Telling Jerusalem’s Untold Stories

Budour Hassan, legal expert on Jerusalem, is angered by conditions in her city.

Blog Post Entranced by Dance, a Jerusalem Teen Founded a Professional Dance Troupe to Empower Others

A Jerusalem teen who was intoxicated with dance and its transformative capacities made it his mission to help Palestinian children soar; today they are Douban Professional Dance.

Blog Post The Jerusalem Arab Film Festival (JAFF) Returns and Spotlights Jerusalem

Despite tumultuous events in East Jerusalem, the second annual Jerusalem Arab Film Festival successfully brought a wealth of films from the Arab world to the community.

Blog Post Ma‘moul and Ka‘ek: The Anticipated Rewards after Fasting during Holidays

A holiday tradition for Christian and Muslim Jerusalemites alike, these delicacies date back centuries and reward those who abstained from food to grow spiritually.

Blog Post Creator of Long-Beloved Children’s Puppet among Hundreds Facing Expulsion in Sheikh Jarrah Neighborhood

Music educator and puppeteer Yacoub Abu Arafeh uses creative education to serve society and confront challenges, including those facing his own neighborhood, targeted for forcible expulsions. 

Blog Post Resurrecting Lifta, a Microcosm of Palestine pre-1948

A recent book describes the cultural heritage of the depopulated Jerusalem village of Lifta and the struggle of its displaced residents to thwart state plans to erase its remains.