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Bethlehem 1945 – The Masrieh-Hazboun Family on a trip to the Dead Sea

Contributed by Fayez (Frank) Nasser on 12.02.2008:


Bethlehemites loved to spend their holidays away from home. The Dead Sea was the resort of choice for many families. Being the lowest point on earth (420 meters below sea level), its winters were mild and refreshing.In the winter of 1945, Giryes Masrieh-Hazboun and his wife Hanneh Abdallah Asfoura took their eight children to enjoy the balmy weather and the healing salt waters of the Dead Sea.This photo shows (L to R): -Issa -Mary carrying her baby sister Nelly -Mother: Hanneh Abdallah Asfoura -Linda -Father: Giryes Issa Masrieh (Hazboun) -Fuad -Margo -Afifeh (sister of Giryes) -Lily -TawfiqThe Dead Sea also known as the “Sea of Salt”; Arabic: ألبَحْر ألمَيّت‎ (al-Bahr El-Mayyit) is a salt lake located between the West Bank to the west, and Jordan to the east. At 420 metres (1,378 ft) below sea level, its shores are the lowest point on the surface of the Earth that are on dry land. At 330 m (1,083 ft) deep, the Dead Sea is the deepest hypersaline lake in the world. It is also the world’s second saltiest body of water, after Lake Asal in Djibouti. With 30 percent salinity, it is 8.6 times saltier than the ocean. Experts say it is nine times saltier than the Mediterranean Sea (31.5% salt versus 3.5% for the Mediterranean). The Dead Sea is 67 kilometres (42 miles) long and 18 kilometres (11 miles) wide at its widest point. It lies in the Jordan Rift Valley, and its main tributary is the Jordan River.The Dead Sea has attracted visitors from around the Mediterranean basin for thousands of years. Biblically, it was a place of refuge for King David. It was one of the world’s first health resorts (for Herod the Great), and it has been the supplier of a wide variety of products, from balms for Egyptian mummification to potash for fertilizers. Original Content Creator: Mary Masrieh El-Ali, Natal, Brazil

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