General History

The Jewish connection with Palestine

Contributed by Fuad Salem on 11.05.2007:

I would like first to clarify the misconception about Jews and Christians.

First, even though Jesus was a Jew, Jews are not Christians. And that Christian and Jewish values differ.

Second, if it were not for the success of Christianity, Judaism would be nothing more than another obscure religion.

The Jewish connection with Palestine was practically broken for over 1,800 (...)

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Church of the Nativity

Contributed by Alex Kattan on 29.04.2007:

The Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem is one of the oldest continuously operating churches in the world.

The structure is built over the cave that tradition marks as the birthplace of Christ, and it is considered sacred by followers of both Christianity and Islam

The antiquity of this tradition is attested by the Christian apologist Justin Martyr (c. 100 - 165), who noted in h(...)

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History of Palestine

Contributed by Alex Kattan on 23.04.2007:

History of Palestine

Prehistoric Period

Paleolithic Period

The Mousterian Neanderthals were the earliest inhabitants of the area known to archaeologists, and have been dated to c. 200,000 BC. The first anatomically modern humans to live in the area were the Kebarans (conventionally c. 18,000 - 10,500 BC, but recent paleoanthropological evidence suggests that Kebarans may (...)

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A brief history of Bethlehem

Contributed by Alex Kattan on 18.04.2007:

Bethlehem is a city in Palestine considered a central hub of Palestinian cultural and tourism industries.

It is inhabited by one of the oldest Christian communities but now has a Muslim majority. Christian emigration having accelerated in recent years due to political and economic factors.

The city has great significance for all Christians as it was the birthplace of Jesus. Th(...)

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Lepers, Lunatics and Saints

Contributed by Toine Van Teeffelen on 02.10.2006:

Jerusalem Quarterly File

issue 20, published in Winter 2004

The Nativist Ethnography of Tawfiq Canaan and his Jerusalem Circle

by Salim Tamari

The separation of Arab and Jewish lepers in the Talbieh Leprosarium, during the war of 1948, marked one of those defining moments in the annals of Jerusalem and the Arab-Israeli conflict. It signalled a turning point (...)

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Palestinian Identity

Contributed by Toine Van Teeffelen on 02.10.2006:

Dialogue no. 5, October 2006, between Nadim Rouhana and Salim Tamari

Rouhana: What Palestinian identity is, or what it is to be Palestinian, is one of those very hard questions. Part of the identity of any group is a sense of community, of belonging to the group itself and identifying with its goals and aspirations. Of course there are also cultural components and history that come wit(...)

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An overview of the 20th century history of Palestine

Contributed by Terra Sancta School For Girls on 11.03.2006:

(with a focus upon the Bethlehem area)

Palestine and Zionism

At the beginning of the 20th century, Palestine was inhabited by some 600.000 Arabs and 60.000 Jews. The Arab Palestinians were largely a people of peasants living under impoverished conditions, with an urban presence in towns like Jerusalem, Jaffa, and Haifa. They lived under an oppressive Turkish (Ottoman) rule which(...)

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Debate about history, 16-2-2006, between Finkelstein and Ben Ami

Contributed by Toine Van Teeffelen on 18.02.2006:

Norman Finkelstein & Former Israeli Foreign Minister Shlomo Ben-Ami Debate: Complete Transcript

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(Received through Sam Bahour's e-newsletter)

AMY GOODMAN: We turn now to one of the longest running and most bitter conflicts in modern history: Israel and the Palestinians. Well over a decade has passed since the historic Oslo Accords that brought hopes (...)

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