Historical Documents

Tax receipt from the British mandate

Contributed by Mary Morcos on 11.05.2006:


This is a tax receipt from 1930 specifying the amount of 4 Guinea and 640 piasters. Document belonging to the Morcos family, Bethlehem Original Content Creator: Milia Morcos

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LAISSEZ PASSEZ from Jordanian times

Contributed by Toine Van Teeffelen on 10.05.2006:


A laissez passez issued by Jordan in 1952 to Carlos Morcos from Bethlehem, returning from Chile. Note that the Palestinian nationality is left 'undefined'. Original Content Creator: Milia Morcos

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Land registration document Turkish time in Palestine

Contributed by Toine Van Teeffelen on 10.05.2006:


This is a historical document from the Morcos family in Bethlehem showing land ownership, the size of the land, the location and the value. The document dates from 1317 (Islamic calendar) and goes back to the Turkish period in Palestine, before the First World War. Original Content Creator: Milia Morcos

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Documenting the History of the City of Jerusalem and its Families

Contributed by Arab Educational Institute on 18.03.2006:


Family stories are one thing but documenting them is quite another, as Bashir Barakat, director of the Issaf Nashashibi Center for Culture and Literature well knows. As a result of his research members of Jerusalem's families requesting his services have discovered which part of their family's oral history i(...)

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Contributed by IssafNashashibi Center For Culture And Literature on 18.03.2006:


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Contributed by IssafNashashibi Center For Culture And Literature on 18.03.2006:


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The Former Girls’ School

Contributed by Mustafa Mohanna on 06.03.2006:


The building that formerly served as the Girls' School in El Masmia El Kabeera. Original Content Creator: mustafa mohanna

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Homely Household Items of Yesterday at the Artas Museum

Contributed by Paltour news on 02.03.2006:


The contents of the Artas Folklore Museum are modest and homely, but help visitors imagine what daily life must have been like in the past Original Content Creator: Leyla Zuaiter

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Page of Genealogy from the

Contributed by Artas Folklore Center on 25.02.2006:


This page of genealogy is just one example of what there is to be found in the handwritten book by Musa Sanad--a veritable compendium of almost every aspect of village life from crops to curses. For more information read: Musa Sanad 1949-2005: The Death of a Modern Palestinian Folk Hero." Original Content C(...)

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