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Half a Century of Palestinian Folk Narratives

Contributed by This Week In Palestine on 05.01.2007:

By Dr. Sharif Kanaana

Traditional Palestinian Narratives

Traditional Palestinian narratives can be defined as the types of narratives told by Palestinians who lived in the period of time leading up to 1948, the beginning of the ‘Nakbeh’, in a more or less stable, homogeneous, and settled, peasant agricultural society. This tradition is known to us from at least three different s(...)

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Samih al-Qasim: Sadder than Water (poetry)

Contributed by This Week In Palestine on 09.12.2006:


By Samih Al-Qasim

Translated from the Arabic by Nazih Kassis

Introduced by Adina Hoffman

Ibis Editions, Jerusalem, 2006, 224 pages, $15.95

One of the foremost Palestinian poets and a major figure in the Arab world, Samih Al-Qasim was born in 1939, in Zarqa, Jordan, to a Palestinian Druze family from the Galilee. He(...)

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The Palestinian Heritage Foundation

Contributed by This Week In Palestine on 09.12.2006:

The Palestinian Heritage Foundation A Legacy of Pride

By Hanan Karaman Munayyer and Farah Joseph Munayyer

The seed for what would become the Palestinian Heritage Foundation was planted in the mid-1980s when Hanan Munayyer went back to Palestine and bought a traditional embroidered Palestinian dress in the Arab East Jerusalem Souk. The dress was the driving force behind the begin(...)

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Virtual Voyage to Palestine— No Visa Required

Contributed by This Week In Palestine on 24.11.2006:

By Leyla Zuaiter

Dear All,

You are used to hearing about all my adventures and misadventures in this beautiful and intriguing country. Now, standing 359º east of Truth and 2º south of Cyberspace, I am about to embark on one of the most fascinating voyages to date. By the time you read these words, (PFN) will have finally been launched and set sail on cyan cy(...)

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Palestinian Heritage Center

Contributed by Palestinian Heritage Center on 23.10.2006:


The Palestinian Heritage Center (PHC) was established in 1991 in Bethlehem. Mrs. Maha Saca, who directs the Center, possesses extensive experience and background in Palestinian folklore especially traditional embroidery, its origins and its meanings. She had done research on the cultural background of many Palestinian communities in the past 10 years.

The Center has (...)

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National Council for Development website

Contributed by National Council For Development NCD on 21.10.2006:

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National Council for Development (NCD)

Contributed by National Council For Development NCD on 21.10.2006:


National Council for Development (NCD) is a non-profit, non-governmental and non-political organization, registered by the Palestinian Authority under the No. HB-518-88. NCD is designed to respond to priority Palestinian NGOs needs. NCD is community development based organization working to sustain comprehensive development. NCD give the priority to those w(...)

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The Role of Women in Museum Management

Contributed by Bethlehem Arab Women's Union on 16.10.2006:

By Julia Dabdoub

President of Arab Women's Union, Bethlehem

Article prepared on the occasion of the ICOM conference held in Amman, Jordan from the 26th – 30th April 1994.

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The description in this report of the founding and of the running of "The Old Bethlehem Home" provides an example of the role of women in museum management.

The old (...)

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Museum of Tradition and Popular Art Baitouna Al-Talhami

Contributed by Bethlehem Arab Women's Union on 15.10.2006:

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A. This museum is housed in two old buildings in the traditional style consisting of 12 rooms.

B. The museum first opened in 1972 and boasts a valuable collection of traditional Palestinian costumes, household and agricultural items and traditional furniture; in addition a large collection of old photographs and pictures depicting Bethlehem and its inhabi(...)

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The Museum of the History of Bethlehem:

Contributed by Bethlehem Arab Women's Union on 15.10.2006:

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This museum, housed in a modern building on the Jerusalem Hebron road opposite the Jacir’s Palace Hotel, is going to be specialized in the history of Bethlehem and its people.

It comprises:

- an Exhibition Gallery

- an Archeological site, as it is built on a Roman Aqueduct

- a permanent Exhib(...)

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