Community Histories

African community

Contributed by African Jerusalem on 31.03.2007:

Entrance to the prison

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The African Community in Jerusalem

Contributed by African Jerusalem on 22.03.2007:

Origins

With the spread of Islam and the conversion of Africans in Africa, more and more black people participated in the Haj. However there were also migrations from Arabia to Africa and later back to Arabia to perform the Haj. The Palestinian historian Al Aref El-Aref reported that some people trace the historical of contemporary Africans in Jerusalem back to Arabia.

The ori(...)

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The Samaritans in Palestine

Contributed by This Week In Palestine on 05.03.2007:

The Samaritans, who live in Nablus on Mount Jerizime, have been in this country for over 2,600 years. They have their own culture, civilization, language, heritage, and religion. Many Palestinians know little about them though they live in close proximity to each other. The Samaritans have existed in Palestine since the days of the Prophet Moses. While Samaritans and Jews are both of Israelit(...)

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Nablus: The City of Strong Women

Contributed by This Week In Palestine on 05.03.2007:

By Aref Hijjawi

Even though I was born and raised in Nablus, I have never had any homosexual experiences. Most probably, homosexuality is as widespread in Nablus as anywhere else in the world, but jokesters prefer to attribute specific human qualities to a particular geographical location.

But there are ready-made stereotypes that I know of and can talk about.

I have forg(...)

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The Heart of Nablus: Nine Thousand Years and More …

Contributed by This Week In Palestine on 05.03.2007:

A Revitalisation Plan for the Old City

By Dr. Shadia Touqan

Nablus, ‘Neopolis’ the Pearl of the North-carrying thousands of years of Palestinian history and the imprints of layers of civilizations in and around its historic core-embraces in its small area all the elements and remains of cultural heritage found scattered all over the region. A luxury seldom found in one place.

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Bus Number 23

Contributed by This Week In Palestine on 18.02.2007:

By Emily Jacir

I was 13 years old standing next to my father in Bethlehem one sunny and windy day when he took my hand and pointed to the settlement of Gilo and said, “See, baba, see there?” Then my eyes followed his finger as it moved across the landscape and stopped at the settlement of Har Gilo. “And there. See? They are going to build settlements just like those all around us.” The(...)

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Jericho: Oasis Town

Contributed by This Week In Palestine on 18.02.2007:

By Delia Khano

Jericho is a sleepy agricultural town, which is actually an oasis in the great rift that runs from Galilee through the Dead Sea, Eilat, and Aqaba and down into Africa; it is known here as the Jordan Valley. Being below sea level, it is several degrees warmer than the hill country and is considered a winter resort by families from East Jerusalem, Ramallah, Bethlehem, and (...)

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Sweet Memories of a Winter Gone

Contributed by This Week In Palestine on 11.02.2007:

By Julia Dabdoub

The advent of the winter season used to be a very special event in the ‘good old days.’ I vividly remember the winter season with the changes and events that marked that season, starting from November 25th, St. Catherine's Day in the Christian calendar. I particularly remember that day in 1936 when I was ten years old. As was customary, our school, which was the boardi(...)

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Warming Up in Jericho

Contributed by This Week In Palestine on 11.02.2007:

By Dr. Ali Qleibo

In winter, Jerusalem projects a sense of forlorn melancholy. The early September clouds increase the level of humidity. The dry, vibrant summer ochre and rose hues bouncing off the stones of the city lose their brilliancy. An iridescent thin mist of honey gives Jerusalem its unique autumn glow. As the sun sets farther and farther south, the city plunges from bright su(...)

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Physicians

Contributed by Turathuna Bethlehem University on 28.01.2007:

In the first third of this century there were only three physicians in Bethlehem, and none was specialized. They were:

1- Dr. Yusuf Abul 'Arraj. He used to go on foot to his patients' homes to treat them.

2- Dr. Rumi. He used to go to his patients' homes riding a donkey.

3- Dr. Iskandar Dahbura. He used to treat patients in his home only. He had a pharmacy in his h(...)

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