Highlighting deep connections between Middle Eastern traditions in food, music, language & heritage
The Samaritan Cookbook is our first food project, a living bridge between Israeli and Palestinian cuisine featuring an ancient Levantine community who represent the convergence of the two historical narratives.
Our whole initiative began ten years ago with the launching of the 2008 One Semitistan Mixtape album that brought together a mix of musical talent from the Hebrew and Arabic spheres.
We also have an ongoing linguistic and educational venture cataloguing the incredible overlap between the roots of the two main Semitic languages.
The fourth component explores the commonality of the legacies that our ancestors left us in the realms of genetics and religion, among other things like clothing and design.
One Semitistan seeks to transcend the politics of division by focusing on shared culture. We don’t deny the importance or relevance of politics, but our objective is to find spaces where interaction revolves around similar customs and vocabulary.
In turbulent and seemingly negative times, we derive positive energy from catalyzing a movement that embraces unity and intertwined roots.