Culture

Chamomile (Babounej)

Contributed by This Week In Palestine on 25.02.2006:

This Week in Palestine

June 2005

The ancient Greeks called this plant the "earth's apple" due to its pungent smell whereas the Anglo-Saxons knew it as "maythen," one of the nine sacred herbs that the god Wooden donated to the world. The two types that are used medicinally – chamaemelum nobile and camomilla recutita – have similar properties and uses. Chamomile’s common name, ma(...)

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At The Checkpoint Sareyyet Ramallah Troupe for Music and Dance

Contributed by This Week In Palestine on 25.02.2006:

By Nicholas Rowe

This Week in Palestine

May 2005

One gets the impression Palestinians are very disciplined at stillness. Waiting, waiting, waiting. Israeli checkpoints, concrete walls, "detention facilities" and bureaucracy have all no doubt contributed to this, but At The Checkpoint elevates this stillness into an art form.

As the first truly contemporary dance (...)

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Mar Saba Monastery A place where culture and nature come together

Contributed by This Week In Palestine on 25.02.2006:

By Sami Backleh

This Week in Palestine May 2005

Mar Saba is a Byzantine Monastery that lies within the boundaries of the Jerusalem Wilderness Area (or what is called the Judean Desert), essentially a treeless, thin-soiled, arid and dramatically eroding limestone plateau dissected by wadis draining toward the Dead Sea. This region lies in the rain-shadow of the central highland(...)

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Mar Saba Monastery A place where culture and nature come together

Contributed by This Week In Palestine on 25.02.2006:

By Sami Backleh

Mar Saba is a Byzantine Monastery that lies within the boundaries of the Jerusalem Wilderness Area (or what is called the Judean Desert), essentially a treeless, thin-soiled, arid and dramatically eroding limestone plateau dissected by wadis draining toward the Dead Sea. This region lies in the rain-shadow of the central highlands, classified as a hot area that receiv(...)

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Dead Sea Sparrow

Contributed by This Week In Palestine on 25.02.2006:

By Sami Backleh

This Week in Palestine April 2005

The male Dead Sea sparrow is considered the smallest and most colourful among its family. It is characterized by its greyish head with a pale yellowish supercilium, and a light yellow neck-side. The back is brown with black stripes and some white patches on its wings. The female of that species looks like a house sparrow but sm(...)

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El-Funoun: Dance as Resistance

Contributed by This Week In Palestine on 25.02.2006:

This Week in Palestine

March 2005

Celebrating 26 years of Creativity and Rootedness

El-Funoun Palestinian Popular Dance Troupe was established in 1979 with a mission to revive Palestinian music and dance folklore as a manifestation of national identity. Its early productions were the result of extensive research in Palestinian villages, preserving centuries-old songs and (...)

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Yaffa

Contributed by This Week In Palestine on 25.02.2006:

This Week in Palestine

February 2005

Yaffa

Daughter and seedless orange

Curtain, musty and

yellow

old weathering lace on

withered lattice

Grey woman like rotting wood

woodlice infected

festering muttering

I am sick of life and

life is sick of me

Yaffa is a heroin bottle

Red roofs blanched perox(...)

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The Greek Orthodox Community in the Holy Land

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The Greek Orthodox Community in the Holy Land

This Week in Palestine

January 2005

The Arabic speaking Greek Orthodox denomination is considered the most ancient and most widespread among Christians in this land. The roots of this community date back to the time of the early propagation of Christianity in the East by the apostles. It was the first church to regulate mass(...)

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New Developments in Palestinian Art

Contributed by This Week In Palestine on 25.02.2006:

New Developments in Palestinian Art

By Basil Ayish

This Week in Palestine

January 2005

Palestinian culture, that common thread which is distinctly Palestinian and ties Akka to Gaza to Jericho and everywhere else in between, has many forms. It is the maftoul, mansaf, msakhan, mjudarrah and karshat [popular Palestinian dishes] that we eat. It is the embroidered tho(...)

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Falafel recipe

Contributed by Toine Van Teeffelen on 18.02.2006:

Falafel

1 pound chick peas

3 cloves of garlick

coriander

2 teaspoons baking powder

salt

fresh chopped cilantro

fresh parsley

oil for frying

Soak the chick peas for 24 hours and drain them. Grind the chick peas, garlic, and parsley. Add the remaining ingredients and herbs with the chickpeas and work to a smooth paste. Leave it for (...)

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