Religion

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

http://www.bbc.com/news/magazine-27048219

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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Baal, al-Khader, and the Apotheosis of Saint George

Contributed by This Week In Palestine on 31.10.2011:

By Ali Qleibo

TWIP, November 2011

To Him who rides upon the highest heavens, which are from ancient times; Behold, He speaks forth with His voice, a mighty voice.

-Psalm 68

Oftentimes, to win us to our harm,

The instruments of darkness tell us truths,

Win us with honest trifles, to betray us

In deepest consequence.

-From Macbeth by Willi(...)

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Christian Rituals in Palestine

Contributed by This Week In Palestine on 07.10.2011:

Popular Traditions and Customs

By Fr. Rafiq Khoury

TWIP October 2011

Nations and societies express their culture and sentiments through traditions, customs, and popular practices. Religious, social, and national identities are the main aspects of culture that are deeply embedded in traditions. As part of the national heritage, traditions develop gradually and spontaneousl(...)

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Via Dolorosa

Contributed by This Week In Palestine on 07.07.2010:

The Palestinian Agricultural Cycle Fire from Heaven and Rites of Spring

By Dr. Ali Qleibo

TWIP May 2010

Th’ inhabitants of old Jerusalem

Were Jebusites: the Town so call’d from them;

And theirs’ the Native right--

But when the chosen people grew more strong,

The rightfull cause at length became the wrong:

And every loss the men of Jebus (...)

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Via Dolorosa

Contributed by This Week In Palestine on 07.07.2010:

The Palestinian Agricultural Cycle Fire from Heaven and Rites of Spring

By Dr. Ali Qleibo

TWIP May 2010

Th’ inhabitants of old Jerusalem

Were Jebusites: the Town so call’d from them;

And theirs’ the Native right--

But when the chosen people grew more strong,

The rightfull cause at length became the wrong:

And every loss the men of Jebus (...)

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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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Al-Haram Al-Ibrahimi

Contributed by This Week In Palestine on 11.04.2008:

By Hebron Rehabilitation Committee

Historical background

Al-Haram al-Ibrahimi, the Sanctuary of Abraham or Tomb of the Patriarchs, in the old city of Hebron is considered to be the fourth holiest site in Islam. One of the ancient historical, religious, and heritage sites in Palestine, this 1000-year-old mosque enshrines the tombs of the prophet Abraham, his son Isaac, and his gr(...)

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Social Life in Hebron

Contributed by This Week In Palestine on 04.04.2008:

By Said Madhieh

Old houses in Hebron

The knotty cluster of ancient houses and buildings in the old city of Hebron - or what is referred to in political terms as the H2 area - manifests the continuity of the extended family. The houses carry the names of the families and host all their members: grandparents, parents, children, and grandchildren.

The walls of the houses are(...)

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Abraham: A Dynasty of Prophets Saints, Shrines, and Sufism in the Mountains of Hebron

Contributed by This Week In Palestine on 04.04.2008:

By Dr. Ali Qleibo

Despite sparse rainfall, the spring has covered the mountains of Hebron with all shades of lush green. Gone already is the almond’s glorious delicate blossom. In contrast the budding deep-purple flowers of the peaches and plums look sinister. The few anemones and thin cyclamen are already wilting. The fields are overgrown with lush green barley and wheat that by the e(...)

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The Wailing Wall

Contributed by Jerusalem Quarterly on 08.01.2008:

Heritage, Nationalism and the Shifting Symbolism of the Wailing Wall

Simone Ricca

Source:

Jerusalem Quarterly

Summer 2005

The study of symbols, the creation of historic narrative, ‘invented’ traditions, and heritage symbolism, have become common fields of study among Israeli researchers.1 Thus far, however, there has been no attempt to apply this approach to(...)

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