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Olive Tree – poem from Beit Jala

Contributed by Toine Van Teeffelen on 18.02.2006:

Nice and generous you are

Giving us wood, oil, and olives

Your oil's color is golden

Your taste is wonderful

It makes us healthy

and gives us a long life

I enjoy the taste of olives

The sliced green and salted black

We are happy to eat you

There is nothing more delicious

Be sure to plant the trees

It is a great loss<(...)

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Palestinian Food Preparation: Past and Present

Contributed by Toine Van Teeffelen on 18.02.2006:


Palestine's history is scarred by wars, occupation and suffering. Throughout the ages the people faced a difficult and often poverty-stricken life. Most lived simply. Villagers prepared their meals with home-grown products. The goats and sheep they tended helped them to make butter, yoghurt and white cheese. Rice and corn were part of the (...)

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Fruits of Palestine

Contributed by Toine Van Teeffelen on 18.02.2006:


Cultural meanings


Olive is the major crop in Palestine, covering about 25% of the gross agricultural income. The olive cultivation, picking, pressing and marketing involves more than 100.000 people and is an important economic base in the West Bank.

The Palestinian farmers feel very close to their land. The olive tree, which (...)

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Jamal family

Contributed by Joop Mutsaers on 08.02.2006:

I am trying to paste together my wife's family history, to give our children a better understanding of part of their heritage. My wife's grandmother was Wadia Jamal, born in 1887 in Jeruzalem, and married in 1914 in Egypt to Elias Shehade. Wadia was the daughter of Assaad Jamal (and his wife Helene) who was born and died in Jeruzalem around respectively 1840 and 1920. Assaad had amongst oth(...)

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Share your experiences in researching your roots for possible inclusion in planned series of articles

Contributed by Leyla Zuaiter on 06.02.2006:

Are researching your Palestinian ancestors or trying to contact living Palestinian relatives? If so, we would be interested in hearing about your experiences for possible use in a number of planned articles on Palestinian Genealogy. Here is list of questions to get you started. Don’t be limited by them though:Where were you born and raised?Do you speak Arabic?Have you been to Pa(...)

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Join our Website Team!

Contributed by Palestine on 06.02.2006:

The team at are always on the lookout for people to help on a voluntary basis. This is a non-profit project to encourage people of Palestinian descent all over the world to submit document - photos, stories, family trees etc. - from their family collections, so that the rest of the community can view the rich heritage of all Palestinians. If you'd like to help - as collat(...)

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City Boy Communing with Nature

Contributed by Leyla Zuaiter on 05.02.2006:

This youngster is enjoying a moment of solitude in the spectacular nature surrounding Mazraa al Qibliyeh Original Content Creator: Leyla Zuaiter

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