Why St George is a Palestinian hero

Contributed by Toine Van Teeffelen on 25.04.2014:

BBC 22 April 2014 Last updated at 23:14 GMT

By Yolande Knell BBC News

As England celebrates the day of its patron saint, many Palestinians are gearing up for their own forthcoming celebrations of the figure they also regard as a hero.

A familiar flag flaps in the wind above a Palestinian church in the West Bank village of a(...)

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Twelfth Annual Artas Lettuce Festival Draws Crowds of Palestinians and Foreigners

Contributed by Artas Folklore Center on 05.02.2014:

By Leyla Zuaiter

It is unseasonably cool, and if the skies are not clear, the forecast rain has not materialized. At 2:00 on April 6, the garden of the Convent of the Enclosed Garden in Artas is packed with spectators. They have seen the posters, received invitations, read the ads in the newspapers or heard about it from their friends and neighbors. They have come from neighboring town(...)

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Jibneh webattikh

Contributed by Mary Nasser on 11.06.2012:

From our heritage in Bethlehem

Watermelon with Cheese (Jibneh webattikh)

This is a light summer supper dish very popular in Palestine. I had it very often growing up in Bethlehem on warm summer days. The white salted cheese complements the sweetness of the watermelon. Add to it a piece of fresh and warm Palestinian pita bread “Kmaj” to produce a superb taste that you will never (...)

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Reflections on the Palestinian Art Movement before 1948

Contributed by This Week In Palestine on 29.05.2012:

The Paintings of Jabra Ibrahim Jabra

By George Al Ama and Nada Atrash


May 2012

The Palestinian Nakba in 1948 and the rapid succession of events in its aftermath have undoubtedly left their mark on the various aspects of life in Palestine, including the literary and artistic movements. During the few years before the Nakba, the art movement witnessed a rapid ev(...)

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Beautiful Resistance

Contributed by This Week In Palestine on 29.05.2012:

By Dr. Abdelfattah Abusrour

This Week in Palestine

May 2012

I was born Palestinian, and I don’t want to do anything to change this.

I was born in a refugee camp, in my own country, and there is nothing I can do about it.

I was born under occupation, and I will do everything possible or impossible to change this.

The culture and history of nations is p(...)

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The Roots Remain

Contributed by This Week In Palestine on 29.05.2012:

By Jane Frere

This Week in Palestine

May 2012

The cloud of figures cascading through the air evoked a profoundly emotional experience for almost everyone who visited my Nakba installation, Return of the Soul.

At the time the sculptural work served as a poignant reminder of the 60

years since so many Palestinians had been forced to flee their homes,


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Video Clips of the Artas Folklore Troupe

Contributed by Artas Folklore Center on 24.04.2012:

We have gathered just a few of the many videos showing performances of the the Artas Folklore Center's Ahya al Turath Troupe

The Artas Folklore Center's Ahya al Turath Troupe in a Debka Festival on You Tube by You Tube user nourartas.

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Clip 2:

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Images/ Video Clips 2012 Artas Lettuce Festival

Contributed by Artas Folklore Center on 23.04.2012:

Updated April 25, 2012

For those who missed the Eighteenth Annual Artas Lettuce Festival, a "moving festival" between Solomon's Pools and Artas that took place Sunday, April 22, 2012, here are a few items to give you an idea of this unique event. Begin Explorations below image:

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What is Folklore Anyway?

Contributed by Artas Folklore Center on 12.04.2012:

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What is Folklore anyway? No two people have the exact same answer. The one of the many definitions that seems to apply the best to Artas reads:

"Folk arts are traditional cultural expressions through which a group maintains and passes on its shared way of life. They express a group’s sense of beauty, identity and values. Folk arts are usually learned infor(...)

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Artas in Spirit of Sumud Exhibition by’s own James Prineas

Contributed by Artas Folklore Center on 12.04.2012:

Stunning images from the 2006 Artas Lettuce Festival by Australian born, Berlin-based James Prineas, founder appear in Spirit of Sumud Exhibit which features pictures from Wadi Kelt, and The Wall, as well. The entire collection was first exhibited at the Bethlehem Peace Center in October 2006 at the local launch of It was created with the support of(...)

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