Life Stories

Folklore Stories

Contributed by Spirit Of Sumud Tourism Program on 31.08.2009:

http://www.spiritofsumud.ps/gal-4.shtml

an interview with Mrs. Tania Ghattas about the Palestinian Folklor Stories. This interview was conducted as part of the Cultural Tourism program- Spirit of Sumud

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Sumud as keeping one’s humanity

Contributed by Spirit Of Sumud Tourism Program on 31.08.2009:

http://www.spiritofsumud.ps/gal-7.shtml

an interview with Mrs. Sylvana Giacaman, about Sumud and keeping one's Humanity. This interview was conducted as part ot the Cultural Tourism program- Spirit of Sumud.

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Family Ties

Contributed by Spirit Of Sumud Tourism Program on 31.08.2009:

http://www.spiritofsumud.ps/gal-9.shtml

an interview with Ms. Georgette Qassis about family ties.

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

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Hayat, from Akka

Contributed by This Week In Palestine on 20.02.2009:

A Palestinian Biography

By Rania Filfil

If you call yourself a Frenchman or a French woman, you know where you belong: to the hexagon whose capital is the famous and beautiful Paris. You speak French and enjoy sumptuous wines, baguettes, and cheese. People all around the world will recognise your identity, and some may like or dislike it.

But if you say you are a Palestin(...)

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Helwieh, from Al-Mujaydil

Contributed by This Week In Palestine on 25.01.2009:

Present Always

By Diana Buttu

For the past several decades, Helwieh (age 97), her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren have staged an important annual ritual. They make the six-kilometre journey from Nazareth to al-Mujaydil (now Migdal Ha’emek) for the olive harvest. Dodging Israeli vigilantes who attempt to bar them from their ancestral lands, the family goes about (...)

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The dream of return to Palestine of the passed-away palestinians still lives in me and in you……….don’t you ever dare and give this up

Contributed by Mike Zarifa on 27.11.2008:

I am writing these lines in memory of my beloved grandmother, V J, who died some years ago after some complications in the brain. Her last words were, “take me to Jerusalem. I want to smell the Jasmin and the Reyhan of Falastine.”

After a while I decided to go to Palestine/Israel to pay a visit to Jerusalem, exactly to the Qatamon (Gonen) area where my Grandmother was born and raised. (...)

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Antoinette: Listen to the children’s song

Contributed by Arab Educational Institute on 07.07.2008:

I am Antoinette Knesivich. I live in Beit Jala in the Rachel’s Tomb area. The main street used to be full of people-Palestinian and Jewish. Now where I live is a dead zone.

Before 1948, in Jerusalem, everyone lived together: Palestinian, Jewish, Muslim, Christian. Here is the door to the Jewish man, here is the door to the Palestinian.

In 1948, the Hagannah came and threw th(...)

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Mariam’s Story, from Ramleh to Bethlehem

Contributed by Arab Educational Institute on 26.06.2008:

When I was 19, I married and moved to live with my husband in Ramla. We were so happy. One month before the war started in 48, we heard there would be problems; so the population, the Christians and Muslims, sought refuge in the Franciscan church. We slept in the corridors to hide from the shelling.

When there was a ceasefire, I went home to bring some food. Just what was left. Ther(...)

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Rose: Memory of Ein Karem

Contributed by Arab Educational Institute on 16.06.2008:

I was born in Ein Karem in 1934. My grandmother was born in Ein Karem. Ein Karem was a very old city where Muslim and Christian people lived. The Jewish people came in 1948. They were shooting. We left because it was dangerous to stay. I was 13.

We escaped in the morning. We went on foot because there was no transportation. We left everything behind. My brothers were babies and w(...)

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Life in Beit Sahour: Jaela Andoni’s Story

Contributed by Arab Educational Institute on 19.05.2008:

Interview series Anne Gough

"This land is the skin on my bones" – Mahmoud Darwish

Life in Beit Sahour

Nakba

I was born on May 12, 1948 in Beit Sahour. My farther came from Jerusalem that day, where he was working, and there had been many clashes around the city. The British army was withdrawing and the Israelis were taking over. My father finally arrived home to(...)

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