Culture

Fatenah, an animation from Gaza

Contributed by This Week In Palestine on 07.01.2010:

Fatenah is a 27-year-old young woman who lives in the Gaza Strip. Her life was like that of many other women in Gaza, until she became ill.

This short, 27-minute animation - the first Palestinian-produced animation - reproduces with incredible accuracy the scenarios of Gaza City. The story, untold till now, is a breathtaking adventure that takes the viewer on a journey that accompanies(...)

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Ramallah: A Portrait of Works and Days

Contributed by This Week In Palestine on 07.01.2010:

By Dr. Robert Weston

Is there a Man whom incorrupt we call,

Who fits alike unprejudic’d to all,

By him the City flourishes in Peace,

Her Borders lengthen, and her Sons increase; From him far-seeing Jove will drive afar All civil Discord, and the Rage of War.

No Days of Famine to the Righteous fall, But all is Plenty, and delightful all.

Hesiod, Works (...)

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A Multi-Coloured Dress for Jerusalem A Fashion Show of Sorts

Contributed by This Week In Palestine on 02.01.2010:

By Amal Nashashibi, Maro Sandrouni and Hamada Atallah

The Arab League decided that in 2009, Jerusalem would be “the Capital of Arab Culture.” The announcement took the Jerusalem community by surprise. Poets and writers quivered, as the task to reinstate the city as a centre of Palestinian Arab culture would be a daunting affair, especially as the necessary infrastructure is not in plac(...)

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Palestinian Video Art

Contributed by This Week In Palestine on 02.01.2010:

By Samar Martha

There are many topics that come to mind when writing about Palestinian video art, such as the emergence of the medium and its relation to the international video art movement; the political, social, and economic factors that influenced its development and content; the art movements that have influenced Palestinian video art production, such as pop art, body art, Arte Po(...)

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http://www.shahiya.com/english/default.aspx

Contributed by Carole Makhoul Hani on 30.12.2009:

Shahiya.com: interactive Arabic and English food site with recipes from the Arab world, restaurants in Arab cities, and nutritional advice from Carole Hani (Registered Dietitian). Find and share what you are looking for on Shahiya.com!

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Beatification of Palestinian nun

Contributed by Arab Educational Institute on 07.12.2009:

On November 22, 2009, Mother Marie Alphonsine Danil Ghattas was beatified at the Basilica of the Annunciation in Nazareth. Born to a Palestinian family in Jerusalem in 1843, she spent her whole life working among the poor of Palestine.

The beatification ceremony was presided over by Archbishop Angelo Amato, special envoy of Pope Benedict XVI. In marking this special day the Holy Fathe(...)

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Gypsies in Jerusalem: language

Contributed by Toine Van Teeffelen on 01.12.2009:

From the new Domari website

http://www.wix.com/domarisociety/domari-society-website

While related to both Punjabi of India and Romany of the Easter European Gypsies, Domari is the language unique to Middle Eastern Gypsies. It is highly influenced by Arabic, and exists in many different dialects throughout the Middle East. In Jerusalem only a few hundred speakers remain, mostly o(...)

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Gypsies in Jerusalem: food

Contributed by Toine Van Teeffelen on 01.12.2009:

From the new Domari website

http://www.wix.com/domarisociety/domari-society-website

The food native to the Dom of Jerusalem is a combination of the foods their ancestors ate, and the food of their Arabic hostland.

Food takes the lead in community celebrations, such as weddings and circumcisions and life cycle events, such as funerals. Main dishes usually consist of chicke(...)

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Bethlehem Folklore and the Virgin Mary

Contributed by Toine Van Teeffelen on 18.09.2009:

The following is mainly collected by dr Issa Massou, and available on the website of Dr Adnan Musallem of Bethlehem University, at

www.bethlehem.edu

Basins of Peas

To the north of Bethlehem, on the way from Jerusalem to Bethlehem at a distance of one kilometre from the town, there are some fields known as the "Basins of Peas." The tale attached to this site is very famous(...)

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