Pre 1948 Palestine. What really happened ?

Contributed by Fuad Salem on 22.05.2007:

What happened to pre Palestine in 1948 ?

' Independent Palestine' began taking shape in Palestine after the fall of the Ottoman Empire.

The political realities of the Middle East in the aftermath of the First World War.

This period saw the Western Allies establishment of new national entities on the ruins of the Ottoman Empire - Palestine, Iraq, Transjordan, Syria, and (...)

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Contributed by Turathuna Bethlehem University on 19.01.2007:

Al-Qastal Before 1948

The village stood on top of a high, rounded hill, overlooking wide expanses in all four directions. It overlooked the Jerusalem-Jaffa highway to the north and northeast, to which it was linked by a secondary road. Its position over the highway accorded al-Qastal a strategic significance. The village name was derived from the Latin castettum, the term for th(...)

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Bethlehem history – from 19th century on

Contributed by Arab Educational Institute on 30.05.2006:


(see the previous item "Bethlehem History - until 19th century" for the earlier history of Bethlehem)

The 19th century was a time of momentous changes in Bethlehem. The French revolution of the late 18th century promulgated the principles of freedom, equality and fraternity. Napoleon applied them to serve expansionist European wars. Due to the introduct(...)

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The Sanctuary of Nabi Musa

Contributed by This Week In Palestine on 25.02.2006:

This Week in Palestine

December 2005

By Emma Boltanski

Since the Middle Ages, each year in April, the Moslems of Palestine celebrate the mawsim of Nabi Musa (pilgrimage of the prophet Moses). To reach the sanctuary, it is necessary to leave the principal axis connecting Jerusalem to Jericho and to get on a narrow, sinuous road that runs between the sand dunes. With the tu(...)

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