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Contributed by Artas Folklore Center on 13.04.2007:

The Palestinian Ministry of Culture

The Artas Folklore Center

Thirteenth Annual Artas Lettuce Festival

Drama “St. George and the Dragon” by AEI-Open Windows and Artas Folklore Center, Thursday, April 12, 2007 3:30

Perhaps no figure symbolizes the shared Muslim/Christian heritage and folk traditions of Palestine, than St. George, or Al Khader, “The Green One,” as he is called, just like the village across the Hebron Road from the entrance to Artas with which he is associated, and where throngs of people go in May on his feast day. The familiar story of St. George and the Dragon is recalled on the stone plaques above the lintels of homes and he is frequently called upon by people for protection.

In the play, a group of peasants are plowing their land. Suddenly, a dragon (the wall) attacks them and started demolishing their houses and expropriating their lands. The peasants feel lonely, powerless and hopeless so they pray to God to send his soldier St. George (Al Khader) to protect them. Al Khader appears on a donkey holding an olive branch. He fights the dragon and eventually was able to defeat it and brings back the joy to the peasants.

For more about St. George/ Al Khader and his many roles in Palestinian heritage and traditions, see

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