Books

Jerusalem Heritage and Life

Contributed by This Week In Palestine on 14.07.2006:

Old City of Jerusalem Revitalisation Plan

Welfare Association/Old City of Jerusalem Revitalisation Programme

Ramallah, 2003

This publication is the updated English version of the first Palestinian-initiated development plan for the Old City of Jerusalem, originally published in Arabic in 2002. It forms a dynamic and practical guideline for the comprehensive revitalizatio(...)

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Wasif Jawhariyyeh: diary book

Contributed by This Week In Palestine on 20.06.2006:

A Colourful Personality of a Bygone Era

The recent publication of the Jawhariyyeh memoirs on Ottoman Jerusalem is an occasion to highlight the life of an eccentric and profoundly original citizen of the Holy City. Wasif Jawhariyyeh (1898-1972) was one of Jerusalem's most illustrious citizens: composer, oud player, poet, and chronicler. Jawhariyyeh's memoirs span a period of sixty year(...)

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In Search of Fatima

Contributed by This Week In Palestine on 17.06.2006:

A Palestinian Story Verso, London, 2002, 451 pages, $26.00

By Ghada Karmi

Ghada Karmi's book tells the dramatic story of her search for personal and political identity. Her family was forced out of their comfortable West Jerusalem home by Jewish attacks meant to rid the area of Palestinians beginning in January 1948. Finally, the infamous Deir Yassin massacre of April 9, 1948 m(...)

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Resources for Palestinian Genealogy

Contributed by Arab Educational Institute on 02.03.2006:

http://www.aeicenter.org/aei/genealogy/resources/index.htm



AEI is in the process of copying most of its material over to Palestine-family.net. This will take time, given the large volume of material. From its resource page, you can find annotations on books and other (...)

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Life at the Crossroads: A History of Gaza

Contributed by This Week In Palestine on 25.02.2006:

This Week in Palestine

May 2005

By Gerald Butt

Rimal Publications, Cyprus, 1995, 199 pages

It is perhaps a very appropriate year to re-read Gerald Butt’s 1995 Life at the Crossroads: A History of Gaza. The many milestones of this 360 sq. km strip of land and particularly the long and rich history of its capital city, Gaza, are at the epicentre of this precise and(...)

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The Old Ladies of Nazareth

Contributed by This Week In Palestine on 25.02.2006:

This Week in Palestine

March 2005

By Naim Attallah Quartet Books, London, 2004,

This is a lyrical tale of powerful simplicity, which reads like a fable. It is the moving story of two wonderful old ladies who lived in the Holy Land, in the biblical small town of Nazareth in the 1940s. Wardeh and Jamileh are sisters – one is a widow, the other a spinster. They live frugally(...)

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Sharon and my Mother-in-Law

Contributed by This Week In Palestine on 25.02.2006:

This Week in Palestine

February 2005

Ramallah Diaries

by Suad Amiry

Granta Books, London, January 2005, 194 pages, NIS70

‘Perhaps one day I may forgive you for putting us under curfew for forty-two days, but I will never forgive you for obliging to have my mother-in-law with us for what seemed, then, more like forty-two years.’

Sharon and My Mother-i(...)

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Palestine & Palestinians Guidebook

Contributed by This Week In Palestine on 25.02.2006:

This Week in Palestine

August 2005

English translation by Carol Scheller-Doyle and Walid Shomali

Edited by Angela Godfrey and Jawad Musleh

Alternative Tourism Group, Ramallah, 2005, 443 pages.

Palestine & Palestinians is a comprehensive guidebook to what remains of Palestine both within Israel and within the currently occupied Palestinian territories. Av(...)

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Bethlehem THE CRADLE OF KINGS

Contributed by This Week In Palestine on 25.02.2006:

By Munir Sansur.

This Week in Palestine

May 2005

Sansur Books, Bethlehem, 2005, 219 pages, $30.

The book traces an intimate history of Bethlehem, from its beginnings as a prehistoric settlement through to the troubled times of the First Crusade. Written by the late Munir Sansur, whose family has lived in the area for generations, The Cradle of Kings is an informe(...)

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