Community Histories

Jerusalem economy

Contributed by This Week In Palestine on 23.09.2010:

A Snapshot of Jerusalem

By Simon Kouba

This Week in Palestine, September 2010

A quick look at the history of Jerusalem reveals that this city was never an industrial city or an agricultural or economic centre. It has always been a place of pilgrimage since it is the home of the three monotheistic religions. Jerusalem has been known as the capital of historic Palestine, mo(...)

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Odysseus, Al-Nakba, and the Sea

Contributed by This Week In Palestine on 06.07.2010:

By Dr. Ali Qleibo

This Week in Palestine, June 2010

“The regal nymph Calypso,

once she’d heard Zeus’s message, went off to find

great-hearted Odysseus. She found him by the shore,

sitting down there, with his eyes always full of tears,

because his sweet life was passing while he mourned

for his return.… That great-hearted man sat crying on the (...)

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Clinging to dream of Palestine village

Contributed by Toine Van Teeffelen on 25.01.2010:

By Martin Asser

BBC News, Iqrit, Israel

According to our Israeli road atlas, Route 899 runs from the sea along the Lebanese border to the town of Sasa, and along the way passes an "archaeological ruin" called Iqrit.

Iqrit's only remaining permanent structure is the old stone church.

The three-dot symbol on the map is one of hundreds of such locations throughout thi(...)

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Last One Hundred Centuries in Jericho

Contributed by This Week In Palestine on 02.01.2010:

Herod, Hisham, and Ein el-Sultan Reflections on the Last One Hundred Centuries in Jericho

By Dr. Ali Qleibo

Spring in Jericho begins as early as mid-February and drowns the oasis in the aroma of the subtropical flora of citrus blossom, oleander, franchepan, sassafras, jasmine, rose, and chamomile throughout the summer and long into December. Its citrus and banana orchards and it(...)

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Gypsies of Jerusalem: history

Contributed by Toine Van Teeffelen on 01.12.2009:

From the new Domari website

The origin of the Gypsy can be traced back to 18th century India, where links between the dialects of Romany and Punjabi have been discovered. The Gypsies of India originally referred to themselves by the term Dom, meaning man. While many Gypsy communities began referring to themselves as Rom or (...)

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The village of Tarkumia

Contributed by This Week In Palestine on 28.07.2009:

Transhumance in Tarkumia An Exploration of Aspects of Palestinian Summer Identity

By Dr. Ali Qleibo

“Exploration is not so much a covering of surface distance as a study in depth: a fleeting episode, a fragment of landscape or a remark overheard may provide the only means of understanding and interpreting areas which would otherwise remain barren of meaning.” Claude Levi-Strauss(...)

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Israel’s Social Policy in Arab Jerusalem

Contributed by Jerusalem Quarterly on 27.01.2009:

Anita Vitullo

Jerusalem Quarterly File

Issue 2, 1998

Israel’s social policy in East Jerusalem has been a little understood component of its overall political strategy of annexation and de-Arabization. Much attention has been given to Israel’s visible policies of land control, settlement, and house demolitions. Yet it is the social policies that impact on the daily lives o(...)

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Young Women in the City: Mandate Memories

Contributed by Jerusalem Quarterly on 27.01.2009:

Ellen Fleischmann

Jerusalem Quarterly File

Fall 1998, Issue 2

Focusing on Jerusalem‘s women provides us with a distinctive lens on the city during this period, illuminating in particular the pressures on and transformations in attitudes about gender which accelerated with the events of 1948, but which have their origins even earlier. These stories reveal rich information,(...)

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Wadi al-Joz: In Focus

Contributed by Jerusalem Quarterly on 25.01.2009:

Jerusalem Quarterly

Spring 1998, Issue 1

The information for this essay was collected by Dalia Habash. It was directed and written by Martina Rieker. The essay is primarily based on interviews and stories that people shared about themselves and their neighborhood.

For both Palestinian and Israeli Jerusalemites, the term Wadi al-Joz is synonymous with the car repair shops (...)

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Contributed by This Week In Palestine on 25.01.2009:

By Mariam Shahin with photographs by George Azar

“A thousand forgotten conquerors have passed over my country and melted like the snow.” Tawfiq Zayyad, Six Words

Nazareth is situated in the southernmost hills of the Lebanon mountain range. The town lies on a hollow plateau about 1,200 feet above sea level (Mediterranean), among hills that rise to an altitude of 1,610 feet. Ancie(...)

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