Community Histories

Origins of Ta’amreh, semi-Bedouins east of Bethlehem

Contributed by This Week In Palestine on 14.07.2006:

A Shepherd from Bethlehem

By Delia Khano

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I have attended many weddings in Bethlehem including my own but I treasure the memory of one ten years ago when we went to the reception for the youngest son of Elias Subeh. Elias, now dead, was a guide who for several decades worked with our tourist agency, and he was a member of the Taamreh. The Taamreh are(...)

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Yaffa: the Bride of Frankenstein

Contributed by This Week In Palestine on 09.07.2006:

By Mary Geday

Monthly, This Week in Palestine folds its perimeters with maps of the cities of Palestine. But monthly, my city and many others are forgotten, folded and stored aside like the laundry of a passing season, like pristine nostalgia, only excavated for sentimentality and footnotes to a passing memory and a passing identification with history and posterity.

My city is Y(...)

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The Fishermen of Gaza

Contributed by This Week In Palestine on 17.06.2006:

By Arturo Avendaٌno

The year he turned 103, his great granddaughter Dina was born, bringing the number of his children, grandchildren and great grandchildren to 132. "They are an ocean of life," asserted with a steady voice Mohammad Abdallah Arafat Abu Hassira, a man of the sea who was born in Gaza in 1901 and who witnessed the last days of the Ottoman Empire in historical Palestine.(...)

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Hebron, a Success Story

Contributed by This Week In Palestine on 09.06.2006:

Some 35 km south of Jerusalem, Hebron, Al-Khalil in Arabic, is a city imbedded in valleys surrounded by green hills and mountains reaching 1,032 metres above sea level, rich with grape vines and olive groves. It is also one of the oldest, continuously inhabited human settlements in the world, dating back to more than 6000 years. The old city, also called Qasaba in Arabic, and the Ibrahimi Mo(...)

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The Indians in Jerusalem

Contributed by This Week In Palestine on 09.06.2006:

The Indian presence in Jerusalem could be traced back to over 700 years ago when a well-known Indian saint (Walli) Baba Farid Shakarganj from Ajodhan, now known as Pak Pattan, a direct descendant of the second Caliph of Islam, as part of his 18-year tour of some Islamic countries, came for pilgrimage to the Holy Land.

Impressed by his piety, the local Islamic community offered him as(...)

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Khaldiyeh Library in Old City Jerusalem

Contributed by Toine Van Teeffelen on 31.05.2006:

By Jamal Qawasmi

My journey to the Khaldiyeh Library in the Old City of Jerusalem was quite difficult due to the obstacles I faced when maneuvering my wheelchair up the steps from the bottom of Al-Wad Street. After reaching the last gate, I found myself staring at a small, attractive and recently renovated building, Al-Khaldiyeh Library. Inside the library I met librarian Haifa Al-Khal(...)

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St George School and the Anglican Church in Jerusalem

Contributed by Toine Van Teeffelen on 31.05.2006:

By Julius Purcell

Tania Kramer

Only a few rays of sun enter the dim, deserted and refreshingly cool school hall on this hot June day. Our footsteps echo as we walk through the one-hundred-year-old St. George's School, which celebrates its centennial this month. On the ceiling are the lists of names from the football and cricket teams of the past. They contain the offspring of we(...)

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Bethlehem history – from 19th century on

Contributed by Arab Educational Institute on 30.05.2006:


(see the previous item "Bethlehem History - until 19th century" for the earlier history of Bethlehem)

The 19th century was a time of momentous changes in Bethlehem. The French revolution of the late 18th century promulgated the principles of freedom, equality and fraternity. Napoleon applied them to serve expansionist European wars. Due to the introduct(...)

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Bethlehem history – until 19th century

Contributed by Arab Educational Institute on 30.05.2006:


Until 19th century

Although we do not know much about Bethlehem's prehistory, archeological expeditions showed the existence of life in the area of the town some 50,000 years ago. In 1934 excavators in Bethlehem found fossilized bones and ivory including remnants of panthers, elephants, hippopotami, rhinos, giraffes, antelopes as well as(...)

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Al Wad Street in Jerusalem

Contributed by Toine Van Teeffelen on 28.05.2006:

From the testimony of Ali Qleibo:

"To Have a Saint."

Each step in my house on al-Waad Street conjures up the religious, economic, political and social history of Jerusalem.

Coming from Damascus Gate, the house has a private entrance in the third qantara (the covered passageway).

Once inside, the sounds of the street become murmurs. History and mythology have transf(...)

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