Contributed by Fayez (Frank) Nasser on 14.10.2007:

The inhabitants of Bethlehem were, since ancient times, and still are, divided into 8 clans (Harat).

Each clan (Hara) consists of a group of families, some of which are original inhabitants and others who chose to join a particular clan. The voting or electoral rolls of Bethlehem are grouped accordingly up to present times.

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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


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


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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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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Film review: “Summer 2006, Palestine”

Contributed by Arab Educational Institute on 10.04.2007:

Shuruq Harb, The Electronic Intifada, 28 March 2007

Production still from "Red, Dead and Mediterranean"

Summer 2006, Palestine -- a crossover between film, video art, individual expression and a collective voice -- is a unique experience in the Palestinian cultural scene. This collection of short films brings together 13 individual artists with different degrees of experience wi(...)

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Sharif Kanaana: anthropologist and folklorist

Contributed by Arab Educational Institute on 30.05.2006:

The anthropologist Sharif Kanaana has been lecturer at the Department of Sociology and Anthropology of Birzeit University since 1975. His main interest is the study of Palestinian folklore. The following interview was conducted by Toine van Teeffelen for The Jerusalem Times on October 3, 1997.

How did you develop an interest in folklore?

I wasn't trained in folklore, my speciali(...)

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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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