Palestine Fencing Federation

Contributed by This Week In Palestine on 30.05.2008:

Daoud Mitwalli

Few sports federations in Palestine have managed to achieve their goals. Within the time span of five years, the Palestine Fencing Federation occupied a prominent place among local, Arab, and Asian sports federations.

As its name suggests, the Palestine Fencing Federation gives special attention to fencing in Palestine because it is one of the oldest sports in the(...)

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Palestinian Judo League

Contributed by This Week In Palestine on 30.05.2008:

Hani Sharif Al Halabi

Judo is both a physical and spiritual sport. In addition to building stamina and enhancing physical strength and flexibility, Judo teaches discipline, self-restraint and moderation. Judo is also a cultural activity in that it diverts the attention of Palestinian youth from negative western behaviours, such as drug abuse and extreme self-indulgence in physical plea(...)

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The First Palestinian Women’s Soccer Team

Contributed by This Week In Palestine on 30.05.2008:

Starting Small – Aiming High

By Samar Araj Mousa

Why a girls’ team? A girls’ national soccer team under occupation!

The founders of the team, and several enthusiastic girls who love to play soccer, got together in the town of Bethlehem to form the nucleus of the first girls’ soccer club. The goal was simple: Create new opportunities for Palestinian girls. Enhance the conc(...)

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Palestine Football Federation

Contributed by This Week In Palestine on 30.05.2008:

By George Ghattas Elias Albedd

One of the oldest Arab sports federations, the Palestine Football Federation was established in 1928. In 1934, the Palestinian national football team participated in the World Cup Championship, playing against Egypt.

In the following years, and due to the political unrest that prevailed in Palestine, all sports activities came to a halt, particular(...)

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Dandanat Palestinian Swedish Cultural Encounter

Contributed by This Week In Palestine on 30.05.2008:

Bethlehem Music Festival

The International Center of Bethlehem (Dar Annadwa) and the Swedish Christian Study Centre in Jerusalem (BILDA) are preparing once again to welcome young, arts-focused Palestinians and Swedes to Ad-Dar Hall for the annual Dandanat Music Festival. From its beginning in 2005, Dandanat has been a place of cultural and artistic exchange between young people from Pa(...)

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The Palestinian Paralympic Committee

Contributed by This Week In Palestine on 30.05.2008:

By Akram Ali Okkeh

The history of the Paralympic movement goes back to the late 1940s when the first Stoke Mandeville Games were introduced for World War II veterans with spinal cord-related injuries. Later, other disability groups also established their international sports organisations, which arranged various competitions.

As time went by, multi-disability competitions develo(...)

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From Humble Beginnings… The East Jerusalem YMCA

Contributed by This Week In Palestine on 30.05.2008:

By Michel W. Asfour

The East Jerusalem YMCA (EJ-YMCA) is known as the warm and friendly place for Palestinian sports and youth work in the West Bank. Many sports leaders, players, and sports fans often used to stop at the YMCA before or after visiting the holy places or their families and friends, when access to Jerusalem was permitted. Even with today’s reality, the YMCA remains Jerus(...)

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Hebron Rehabilitation Committee

Contributed by This Week In Palestine on 11.04.2008:

By Emad Abdallah Hamdan

The old city of Hebron is as ancient as history itself. Its roots can be traced back to the time of the Canaanites who built the city almost 5,500 years ago.

Throughout the ages, the city of Hebron was a target of many invasions and was destroyed several times. In 1187 the Moslem leader Salaheddin al-Ayyoubi gave orders to reconstruct the city after his v(...)

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Contributed by Artas Folklore Center on 09.04.2008:

Come from the Bethlehem Checkpoint or Beit Jala Tunnel. Pass the intersection of Bethlehem and Beit Jala (Bab el Zqaq. Stay on the Hebron Road until you pass the arch of Al Khader Village on your right. Look for the turn to Solomon's Pools/Artas soon after on the left. Follo(...)

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The Story of the Tent of Nations (Nahalin)

Contributed by Toine Van Teeffelen on 07.01.2008:

`They want us to leave - we are going to stay!`

By Richard Boudreaux

Los Angeles Times

December 27, 2007,1,3375978.story?coll=la-headlines-world

NAHALIN, WEST BANK -- From his hilltop farm, Daoud Nassar can see the sun rise over the Jordan Valley and set in the Mediterranean, an arc that span(...)

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