Bethlehem: Moslem-Christian living together

Contributed by Arab Educational Institute on 18.05.2006:

The land of Palestine is inhabited by a majority of Moslems who, like the Christians and the Jews, venerate many of the patriarchs and prophets of the Old Testament, and who also feel a special relationship with Bethlehem as the birthplace of the Prophet Jesus (or 'Isa in Arabic). Of all the Christian saints, Moslems venerate especially Mary, the mother of Jesus, to whom a full sura (chapter (...)

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Storeys for the next generation

Contributed by Vinzenz Hokema on 18.05.2006:

In many old Palestinian homes, staircases lead up to the flat roof, looking a little bit like a room has been knocked down there. The edges of some of the walls are not sealed off and some of the building blocks reach out further than others.

But nothing has been dest(...)

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Bethlehem: Christian practices and traditions

Contributed by Arab Educational Institute on 16.05.2006:

The following account is a history of Christian practices and traditions in Bethlehem.



Copyright: Arab Educational Institute, Bethlehem, 1999

Printed in Bethlehem, Palestine RAI house of art

Copies can be ordered at the Arab Educational Institute,

P.O.Box 681, Bethlehem, Palestine via Israel

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Artas and the Song of Songs

Contributed by Arab Educational Institute on 16.05.2006:

Like in the Bible, traditional Palestinian peasant life took its wisdom from connecting the human universe with the flora and fauna of the land. The body, relationships, and human virtues and vices were given meaning through the prism of the surrounding nature.

For instance, of a house full of children it was said:

"The house is full like the pomegranate."

Peasant society(...)

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The Jericho Wildlife Monitoring Station

Contributed by This Week In Palestine on 14.05.2006:

by: Palestine Wildlife Society

Palestine is considered one of the most important places for monitoring bird migration in the world. This is due to its geographical location on the western boundaries of the Asian continent directly on the south-eastern coast of the Mediterranean Sea and on the eastern boundaries of Africa. This geographical location places Palestine at the juncture of t(...)

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Sultan Suleiman and Jerusalem’s Old City Walls

Contributed by This Week In Palestine on 14.05.2006:

By Selahattin Tümer

People usually tend to take things for granted when they live in such a rich cultural and historical setting. Everyday, hundreds and thousands of Jerusalemites walk or drive along Sultan Suleiman Street, which faces part of the massive walls and two of the seven gates of the Old City, without thinking about where the name of the street comes from. However, for Jerus(...)

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Hind Orfali El-Ama: Palestinian painter

Contributed by This Week In Palestine on 14.05.2006:

Artist of the Month

Hind Orfali El-Ama, who is currently living in Stockholm was born in Bethlehem, Palestine in 1962. She moved to Sweden in 1986, where she studied art for one year at Prisma, Folkhögskolan mkfc in 1999 and for another two years at Folkhögskola Art School in Upplands Väsby.

During her years in Sweden, Hind worked in different schools in the community where she (...)

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The Stone and Marble Industry

Contributed by This Week In Palestine on 14.05.2006:

The stone and marble industry in Palestine is one of the most important and supportive sectors of the Palestinian economy. It is also one of the conventional and historic industries. All researchers agree that the Palestinian stone is distinguished for its type, quality and diverse colours.

Economic Indicators

The Palestinian stone production is the 12th largest in the world and(...)

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Feast of St. George May 5, 2000; Arab Educational Institute/Artas Folklore Center Discover Palestine Trip

Contributed by Leyla Zuaiter on 14.05.2006:

St. George, also known as "Al Khader" or "the Green One," which is also the name of the village in which his church is located, has a very prominent place in Palestinian tradition. What is extremely interesting is that he is associated with the Jewish Elija,/Elias, the Christian Saint George, and the Muslim "Al Khider," who was a kind of Sufi guide to Musa, or Moses in the Koran. Many of the(...)

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Apricot (mish-mish) – Beit Jala is known for that fruit

Contributed by Arab Educational Institute on 19.03.2006:

"Until the apricot season." Means: never. The apricot season is in the Summer but lasts only a very short time.

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