The judges have submitted their rankings and the winners for this year’s contest have been determined. This was such a wonderful competition, and I thank each and every entrant for putting their baking skills to good use and inspiring both me and the panel of judges.
When the competition was first put together, I only had enough prizes for one winner. But four generous individuals — an anonymous donor, Danya Mustafa, one of the judges, and my sister — kindly supplied SMP with an entire collection of gifts: books, trinkets from the Gaza Strip and the West Bank, and a range of other symbols of Palestinian identity. The submissions were fantastic and it would be irresponsible not to recognize them or the individuals who designed them.
So, without further ado, here are the winners! Congratulations to these talented individuals and to everyone who took the time to put their politics into the oven.
First Place: Hazar Alkhawaja, Hadeel Alkhawaja
Prizes: A Palestinian flag handcrafted in Gaza and a hand-stitched coin purse custom-made by Gaza students
Second Place: Zakia Ali, Maha Ahmad, Fatima Ibrahim, Salwa Barhumi, Zeenat Umar
Prizes: A kuffiyeh manufactured in the Herbawi family’s factory in Al-Khalil and Ilan Pappe’s book, “The Ethnic Cleansing of Palestine”
Third Place: Amina Marwa
Prizes: An olive tree branch carved into a pencil sold exclusively in Gaza City and Ali Abunimah’s book, “One Country: A Bold Proposal to End the Israeli-Palestinian Impasse”
Fourth Place: Shirien D.
Prizes: A hand-stitched and fluffy key chain and a set of illustrious Palestine stickers
Fifth Place: Team @iRevolt
Prizes: Donald Neff’s book, “Fifty Years of Israel”, and a hand-stitched Palestine-themed bracelet sold in Gaza
On behalf of the judges — Nora, Nader, and Anwar — and myself, thank you again for showing us such delicious creativity. The prizes may be small but they are definitely not meaningless. Wave your flag with pride.