General History

Freemasonry in Ottoman Palestine

Contributed by Jerusalem Quarterly on 11.01.2008:

Michelle Campos


Jerusalem Quarterly

Issue 22/23

In 1956, in honour of the 50th anniversary of the founding of the Barkai (L’Aurore) Freemasonry lodge in Jaffa (today based in Tel Aviv), the all-Jewish lodge published a complete roster of its past members. According to the Masonic editor, the group sought to publicize the names of their former Jewish, Christ(...)

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The Time the Peasants Entered Jerusalem

Contributed by Jerusalem Quarterly on 18.12.2007:

The revolt against Ibrahim Pasha in the Islamic court sources

Judith Rood


Jerusalem Quarterly

Summer 2006

Issue 27

As most of the readers of the Jerusalem Quarterly know, Muhammad ‘Ali invaded Bilad al-Sham, or Greater Syria–today’s Lebanon, Jordan, Syria, Palestine, and Israel–in 1831. His stepson Ibrahim governed the region in his name until(...)

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Re-examining Egyptian Rule: Who laid the foundations for modern statehood in Palestine?

Contributed by Jerusalem Quarterly on 09.12.2007:

Khaled Safi


Jerusalem Quarterly

Fall 2006

Issue 28

The period of Egyptian rule in Syria and Palestine has long been considered by scholars the first expression of modern statehood in the area. This paper takes issue with that claim, noting that Egyptian rule may have accelerated the process of change, but did not create it.1 While Egyptian authoritie(...)

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Palestinian Education

Contributed by This Week In Palestine on 31.08.2007:

By Mahmoud Amra

After 1948, the West Bank (including East Jerusalem) was annexed to Jordan, and Gaza to Egypt. Accordingly, the schools in the West Bank became part of the Jordanian educational system, whereas schools in Gaza followed the Egyptian curriculum. This same situation continued after the Israeli occupation of the West Bank and Gaza Strip in 1967. The two educational systems,(...)

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The Players – Some of the people who had a part in leading to the Palestine of to-day – 2007

Contributed by Fuad Salem on 31.08.2007:

The Players - Some of the people who had a part in leading to the Palestine of to-day - 2007

Agreeing or disagreeing with their ideas and actions is moot, and is history now.

A living history, nevertheless.

What Palestinians are, have and where they are to-day has a lot to do with some of the input of these players.

Where Palestine will go, only time will tell.

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The Crusades are part of Palestinian history, but what do we really know about them ?

Contributed by Prima Soho on 18.06.2007:

With the possible exception of Umberto Eco, medieval scholars are not used to getting much media attention.

They tend to be a quiet lot (except during the annual bacchanalia called the International Congress on Medieval Studies in Kalamazoo, Michigan, of all places), poring over musty chronicles and writing dull yet meticulous studies that few will read.

Imagine, then, surpr(...)

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Interesting highlights on Jerusalem after 1291

Contributed by Prima Soho on 13.06.2007:

(1) Political History

The Latin dominion over Jerusalem really came to an end on 2 October, 1187, when the city opened its gates to Saladin (Yusuf ibn Ayyub, Salah-ed-din, Emir of Egypt, 1169-93); although fragments of the Latin kingdom in Palestine lasted into another century. Frederick II acquired a short possession of Jerusalem itself by treaty later, and the title "King of Jerusale(...)

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The colorful history of Bethlehem

Contributed by Fuad Salem on 12.06.2007:

Bethlehem was first settled by the Canaanite tribes, naming the city Beit Lahama.

They built a temple to the God Lahama on the present mount of the Nativity.

Around 1200 BC, the Philistines had a garrison stationed in Bethlehem because of its strategic location.

The city is the burial place of the matriarch Rachel and the birthplace of King David.

Samuel anointed (...)

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The Expulsions of 1948

Contributed by Andrew Dabdoub on 23.05.2007:

The story of the expulsion of 750,000 Palestinians during Israel's ironically called “War of Independence,” as interpreted by the Israelis , had been explored at a conference at Exeter University on May 26 1990. With the recent appointment of Yitzhak Shamir's right-wing government, the relevance of studying the expulsion of 1948 was all too apparent.

Re the Palestinian dispossessio(...)

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Pre 1948 Palestine. What really happened ?

Contributed by Fuad Salem on 22.05.2007:

What happened to pre Palestine in 1948 ?

' Independent Palestine' began taking shape in Palestine after the fall of the Ottoman Empire.

The political realities of the Middle East in the aftermath of the First World War.

This period saw the Western Allies establishment of new national entities on the ruins of the Ottoman Empire - Palestine, Iraq, Transjordan, Syria, and (...)

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