Genealogy Articles

Family History Based Tourism: Case in Point– Artas Folklore Center, the Twelfth Annual Lettuce Festival, April 7, 8 and 9, 2006, and Palestine-family.net.

Contributed by Paltour News on 18.03.2006:

submitted by Paltour News 02.03.2006

The village of Artas, near the Solomon’s pools just south of Bethlehem ,enjoys a particularly rich and varied tangible and intangible heritage, which has been studied by local and foreign scholars almost continuously for over one and a half centuries--thus earning it the distinction of the most studied village in Palestine, and providing it with muc(...)

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The Arab Educational Institute-Open Windows (AEI): Worthy Resource and Partner for Palestinian Tourism

Contributed by Yusef Daher on 02.03.2006:

By Leyla Zuaiter

A few minutes from Bethlehem’s Church of the Nativity on Milk Grotto Street, is a veteran institution which deserves to be better-known. Its unique multi-stranded programs aimed at developing and communicating Palestinian identity, incorporate many activities allied to the fields of tourism and recreation. In the AEI’s view, every Palestinian should be able to serve as(...)

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Family History Based Tourism: Case in Point: Artas Folklore Center, the Twelfth Annual Lettuce Festival, April 7, 8 and 9, 2006, and Palestine-family.net.

Contributed by Yusef Daher on 02.03.2006:

The village of Artas, near the Solomon’s pools just south of Bethlehem ,enjoys a particularly rich and varied tangible and intangible heritage, which has been studied by local and foreign scholars almost continuously for over one and a half centuries--thus earning it the distinction of the most studied village in Palestine, and providing it with much documentation on all aspects. Its unique (...)

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A Few Words of Warning and Advice

Contributed by Arab Educational Institute on 02.03.2006:

By Leyla Zuaiter

Now that you are inspired to learn more about your family's history, here are a few words of warning and advice:

There is More than One Kind of Identity Theft

Not all “Identity Theft” has to do with appropriating elements of another people’s heritage as one’s own, as I was reminded when hearing those words on TV used in relation to Hurricane Katrina. Alr(...)

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Sample Educational Activities based on Family History and Genealogy

Contributed by Arab Educational Institute on 02.03.2006:

Activities/Units (based on Bethlehem area)

Age group

Resources Available

Relation to other activities

Discuss sources of identity and how they vary for local and Diaspora Palestinians

Can be adapted to fit age

Worksheet Available

Discuss importance of knowledge of heritage and history for Palestinians

Can be adapted to fit age

Mak(...)

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Developing Life Skills through Genealogy and Family History

Contributed by Arab Educational Institute on 02.03.2006:

By Leyla Zuaiter

Genealogy, Family History and Heritage can be integrated into a number of school subjects and activities. Aside from the obvious history class, it can be an interesting and meaningful way to develop language, research and computer skills.

Language Skills (Arabic or Foreign Language):

One often learns a language more effectively when one uses it to perform(...)

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Applications of Genealogy Palestinian Family History, and Heritage

Contributed by Arab Educational Institute on 02.03.2006:

By Leyla Zuaiter

Look at any US-based genealogy site, and you will find spin-offs in a wide variety of fields. There is no reason why Palestine should be an exception exception.

Educational

Palestinian Genealogy, Family History, Heritage should be an integral part of the Palestinian curriculum, from Kindergarden to Tawjihi. Obviously the development of such a curriculum c(...)

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The Importance of Family History and Genealogy for the Palestinian People III: The International Stage

Contributed by Arab Educational Institute on 02.03.2006:

By Leyla Zuaiter

The Palestinian people are among the most talked about but least understood people on earth. The reason for this is complex and cannot be reduced to a single factor, but includes the religious filters through which people around the world see this land, entrenched positions on the Arab-Israeli conflict, media bias and selective reporting, the dearth of studies, memoi(...)

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The Importance of Genealogy and Family History for the Palestinian People: Part II Community Building

Contributed by Arab Educational Institute on 02.03.2006:

Community Building

by Leyla Zuaiter

Aside from benefits at the individual level, family history and genealogy has the potential to build community at various levels—a community which is in danger of disintegrating. You don’t have to look too far to see what can happen if the social fabric binding the Palestinian people starts to unravel. Look at Iraq, home to rich centuries-old (...)

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The Importance of Genealogy and Family History for the Palestinian People: Part I: Personal Benefits

Contributed by Arab Educational Institute on 02.03.2006:

By Leyla Zuaiter

The study of family history and genealogy has many potential benefits for the Palestinian people at the personal, community and national level. While I don’t claim that studying your family history will cure all that ails you at any of these levels, it certainly has much to offer.

Personal Benefits: the personal benefits are similar to those for family historia(...)

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