Life Stories

Antoinette Knesevich, Bethlehem

Contributed by Arab Educational Institute on 08.12.2011:


March, 2008

Let me introduce myself. I am a Palestinian and was born in Beit Jala in 1934. My family originates from Austria and came to Palestine in 1885. My husband, Henry Knesevich, was born in Gaza and was son of Alexander Antonio Knesevich, the first British consul in Gaza during the British occupation. Henry was the direc(...)

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Lina, truckdriver and student in Gaza

Contributed by Arab Educational Institute on 10.09.2010:

GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Women do not drive trucks in Gaza. Not until Lina Ibrahim broke the social taboo and insisted that she be allowed to take a course in truck driving, and use the skill to pay for her university studies.

With Gaza's economy in ruins, women have increasingly joined the formal and informal workforce sectors to help support themselves and their families.

Driving (...)

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Abdel Hafez Saadi Gaithan, prisoner and doctor

Contributed by Arab Educational Institute on 10.09.2010:

GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- A Palestinian prisoner held in the Negev prison was awarded a Doctor of Philosophy in Public Administration from the American World University, the Center for Detainees' Studies announced Sunday.

Abdel Hafez Saadi Gaithan's doctoral thesis was entitled Strategic Planning in Qabilia, a Palestinian village in the northern West Bank district of Nablus, a statement iss(...)

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Katrina in Five Worlds/Katrina en cinco mundos

Contributed by Kathy Kenny on 20.07.2010:

A short biography of Katrina Saade, born in Bethlehem in 1900, written by her granddaughter Kathy Saade Kenny.

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Contributed by This Week In Palestine on 30.06.2010:

By Nadia Barhoum

TWIP June 2010

“Exile is strangely compelling to think about but terrible to experience. It is the unhealable rift forced between a human being and its native place, between the self and its true home: its essential sadness can never be surmounted.” Edward Said

“I’m just following orders,” the soldier said as he asked my father to strip his clothes. Insta(...)

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Odette El-Sleiby, Bethlehem

Contributed by Arab Educational Institute on 30.09.2009:

“I wonder which freedom I am looking for!”

I’m sending these words to my parents, brothers and my sister.

I’m the oldest daughter among seven. We used to live in Bethlehem in a very simple way. My dad and mother worked hard to gain our daily bread, since we are middle class. We have strong ties and close relations. We were grown up in love, support and care for each other.

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Sandra Nasser, Bethlehem

Contributed by Arab Educational Institute on 30.09.2009:

“I took a decision that I had to be strong”

Before the second Intifada my life was going well and I was very happy because I had just started a new family. In 1996, I was newly married at the age of 17 after finishing my school. I was young then and so anxious to do things in life. I had my first son after 11 months of marriage so I became a new mother too. My husband and I were very h(...)

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The Case of a Woman Behind Bars

Contributed by This Week In Palestine on 18.09.2009:

By Sammy Kirreh

Hugo’s Les Miserables tells us that crime is generated by the social circumstances in which the individual is living. Dostoyevsky’s Crime and Punishment teaches us that crime is a voluntary and rational behaviour that results in mental anguish and moral dilemmas.

At birth the individual has an equal mixture of both good and evil, but education and upbringing have(...)

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Bashar Mohammad Naser

Contributed by This Week In Palestine on 18.09.2009:


I was born in the village of Deir Qiddees, 17 kilometres to the south of Ramallah, far from the centre for services. The village has 2,000 inhabitants and a total area of 8,324 dunums. The village inhabitants depend on agriculture, mainly grains, olives, and figs. The majority of the people work inside Israel. The village is surrounded by settlements to the north and to the(...)

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Christian – Muslim living together

Contributed by Spirit Of Sumud Tourism Program on 31.08.2009:

an interview with Mrs. Antionette Atwan Kinesevich about the Christian- Muslim living together.

This interview was conducted as part of the Cultural Tourism program- Spirit of Sumud.

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