Audio slideshow: Palestinian Bagpipers

Across the West Bank on public holidays, thousands of Palestinian scouts march through the streets twirling batons, banging drums and playing bagpipes.

The scouts and marching bands are a legacy of the British mandate from 1920 to 1948, but it is the Scottish cultural connection that now resonates with some Palestinians, who see historical parallels with their own struggle against Israeli occupation.

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Photographs by Jon Donnison and courtesy of AFP, Getty, Elias Danho and the Beit Jala Papal Scout Troop. Audio by Jon Donnison.

Publication date 6 March 2010


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