General History

Sumud and connection to the Land

Contributed by Spirit Of Sumud Tourism Program on 31.08.2009:

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Sumud series: Interview Adnan Musallam

Contributed by Spirit Of Sumud Tourism Program on 29.08.2009:

Interview series about the meaning of “sumud” or steadfastness

Interview with Adnan Musallam


Associate professor and former Dean of Arts at Bethlehem University, Dr Adnan Musallam teaches in its Department of Humanities. He obtained his Ph.D. at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, in the contemporary history of the Arab wo(...)

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Sumud series: Interview Walid Mustafa

Contributed by Spirit Of Sumud Tourism Program on 28.08.2009:

Interview about the meaning of sumud


Dr Walid Mustafa is associate professor in the department of humanities at Bethlehem University and its former Dean of Arts and Dean of Students. Dr Mustafa received his Ph.D. from Kiev State University in the Ukraine and has authored numerous publications about history, society, demographics and politics in (...)

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Margery Kempe in the Holy Land- c. 1438

Contributed by S. Suleiman on 09.06.2008:

[Margery Kempe, an English mystic, is on a pilgrimage to the Holy Land and has just arrived in Jaffa. Her frequent crying has so irritated her fellow pilgrims that they abandon her whenever they can. Taken from chapters 28-30 of The Book of Margery Kempe. The following is in the original Middle English as transcribed on

The 'tempy(...)

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In Their Image: Jerusalem in European Travel Writings

Contributed by Jerusalem Quarterly on 03.06.2008:

Issam Nassar

Jerusalem Quarterly

October 2003

Issue 19

I propose to discourse here, for a little while, on a body of men whose works form a staple ingredient in the supply of literary food consumed by our friend the "reading public." Every now and then a young gentleman returns from Greece or Egypt, with a beard and an M.S. In a week or two, the new journal of Trav(...)

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Sports History in Palestine

Contributed by This Week In Palestine on 30.05.2008:

By Wassef Daher

I was almost seven when my uncle started to take me to watch the Palestinian football matches at the YMCA field in West Jerusalem. That was before 1948. Compared to other Arab countries, Palestine was ranked fairly high at that time. Football was the main attraction for a significant number of Palestinians. I still remember the names of the prominent players: Jabra Al Z(...)

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Al-Nakba of 1948, Dr Khalil Nakhleh

Contributed by This Week In Palestine on 04.05.2008:

Al-Nakba of 1948: Older than sixty, for sure; but how long will it persist?

By Dr. Khalil Nakhleh

The need to re-focus our understanding of al-Nakba

I am not really certain when we started to label what happened to our people and our country, following the establishment of the state of Israel, as al-Nakba. But this is not really the important point. What is important, fro(...)

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The Nakba – 60 Years of Dignity and Justice Denied

Contributed by This Week In Palestine on 04.05.2008:

By Ingrid Jaradat Gassner and Hazem Jamjoum

At the beginning of the 20th century, most Palestinians lived inside the borders of Palestine, which is now divided into Israel and the occupied West Bank and Gaza Strip. At that time, Palestine was one of several Arab territories that were part of the Ottoman Empire, and the indigenous Arab population aspired for independence and sovereignty(...)

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Maqdisi: An 11th Century Palestinian Consciousness

Contributed by Jerusalem Quarterly on 20.01.2008:

Zakariyeh Mohammed

Jerusalem Quarterly

Issue 22-23

It is safe to say that there has never been a thorough textual examination of the writings of ancient Arab writers, Palestinian or otherwise, regarding Palestinian identity. All of the texts known to discuss Palestinian identity date no earlier than the nineteenth century. Very rarely do these texts date as early as the e(...)

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The moral economy of a checkpoint

Contributed by Jerusalem Quarterly on 20.01.2008:

On the Importance of Thugs

Rema Hammami

Jerusalem Quarterly

Ed. 22-23

For almost three years, the final leg of the commute between Birzeit University and Ramallah meant a one- to two-kilometre walk through the obstacle course of rubble mounds and concrete blocks of the no-drive zone known as the Surda checkpoint. On either side, knots of transit vans jammed into th(...)

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