Life Stories

A Palestinian in Dhahiat al-Barid Records a Life Transformed

Contributed by Jerusalem Quarterly on 29.11.2007:

Muhammad Abu Samra

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Jerusalem Quarterly

Issue 30

Spring 2007

It is mid-November 2005.1 Together with another three families we are about to leave the neighborhood of Dhahiat al-Barid in the northern part of Jerusalem. The Israeli separation wall will soon be completed and each of us, for different reasons, must find a new home. Most of our friends hav(...)

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Talbiyeh Days: At Villa Harun ar-Rashid

Contributed by Jerusalem Quarterly on 29.11.2007:

George Bisharat

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Jerusalem Quarterly

Issue 30

Spring 2007

My paternal grandfather, Hanna Ibrahim Bisharat, built a home in the Talbiyeh quarter of Jerusalem, outside and to the west of the Old City, in 1926. This was the same neighbourhood where Edward Said was born in 1935. I’m not aware that my family and Edward’s crossed paths during those years, a(...)

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Sa’id Nimr’s Stormy Career:From the Dungeons of Istanbul to the Ranks of Faisal’s Arab Army

Contributed by Jerusalem Quarterly on 28.11.2007:

Sa’id Nimr’s Stormy Career:From the Dungeons of Istanbul to the Ranks of Faisal’s Arab Army

Sonia Nimr

Source:

Jerusalem Quarterly

Issue 30

Spring 2007

When my grandfather died in 1970, men carried his coffin on their shoulders on their way to the cemetery. As I watched the sad procession from the balcony, I thought I saw the coffin swaying sideways v(...)

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A Personal Account of the Life of Zahra al-Ja’uniyya

Contributed by Toine Van Teeffelen on 16.11.2007:

From Seferberlik to the Nakba: A Personal Account of the Life of Zahra al-Ja’uniyya

Adel Manna'

From: Jerusalem Quarterly

Institute of Jerusalem Studies

http://www.jerusalemquarterly.org/details.php?cat=4&id=237

My grandmother Zahra passed away at the age of over 70 on 6 March, 1968. Like most people of her generation, her exact birthday is unknown. Howe(...)

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Growing Old in Palestine: Gabriel Khano

Contributed by This Week In Palestine on 02.11.2007:

I was born in Palestine during the British Mandate, and one of my early memories is of the Arab General Strike of 1936 - the first of a series to protest the heavy Zionist immigration: my father did not go to work, shops were shut, and my mother had to find groceries and vegetables where she could.

My reaction was that of a typical small boy: I summoned some of my more lively school fr(...)

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Our Palestinian Elderly: A Sociological View

Contributed by This Week In Palestine on 02.11.2007:

By Dr. Bernard Sabella

The other night I saw the movie Le Jardin de Jad, or the Garden of Jad, by Georgi Lazarevski. It is a touching movie about elderly Palestinians who live in a home for the elderly that is run by the Sisters of Notre Dame of Sorrows in Abu Dis. With the building of the Separation Wall right across from their home, these elderly Palestinians experience an increasing(...)

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Elderly people in Palestine

Contributed by This Week In Palestine on 02.11.2007:

The Golden Age in Palestine Reality, Reflections, and Aspirations

By Nora Kort

Ageing begins with day one in a person’s life. In the Palestinian areas where conflicts, civil unrest, and insecurity prevail and financial resources are scarce, ageing is of grave concern to the majority of people who dread the day of retirement for the agony and dependency it brings. In the absence (...)

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Families in Beit Ummar

Contributed by This Week In Palestine on 02.11.2007:

Beit Ummar: Where Dreams Come True Aging with Dignity in Palestinian Villages

By Dr. Ali Qleibo

As the road meanders among the grape vineyards of the Hebron Mountains, and past el-Arrub Refugee Camp, Beit Ummar straddles the gently sloping mountain. The village, known in the Bible as Maarath, is surrounded by its orchards that are famous for apples, plums, cherries, grapes, and (...)

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Interview with a Muslim Teacher from Artas Village

Contributed by Miluse Tumova on 14.08.2007:

Interview taken on 1.8.2007, with Mr. Sami Asad, a Muslim teacher from Artas village

Mila:

What are the greatest problems which the villagers from Artas have to face?

Sami:

The greatest problems are as a result of the Separation Wall and the Israeli settlement nearby. Artas became a small prison; the Israelis took and still take more of our land. We cannot move fr(...)

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Abortions in Palestine during the First Intifada

Contributed by Miluse Tumova on 14.08.2007:

During the First Intifada when the Israeli army was permanently present in the West Bank, throwing teargas was a daily routine.

Teargas canisters are very dangerous for pregnant women. Inhaling of the gas can cause an abortion. There are plenty of women in Palestine who lost their unborn babies after breathing teargas. Many of them even several times.

I interviewed three affecte(...)

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