Letter from refugee Aida Camp, Bethlehem, 2008

Contributed by Arab Educational Institute on 20.09.2008:

Dear Mr. The President of the Palestinian Authority

My name is Abdelfattah Abdelkarim Hasan Ibrahim Mohamad Ahmad Mostafa Ibrahim Srour Abusrour. I was born in Aida Refugee camp, on a rented land for 99 years by UNRWA from Palestinian owners of Bethlehem. My two eldest brothers as well as my father and his father and all those who were born before them, originate from Beit Nateef, a de(...)

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From Humble Beginnings… The East Jerusalem YMCA

Contributed by This Week In Palestine on 30.05.2008:

By Michel W. Asfour

The East Jerusalem YMCA (EJ-YMCA) is known as the warm and friendly place for Palestinian sports and youth work in the West Bank. Many sports leaders, players, and sports fans often used to stop at the YMCA before or after visiting the holy places or their families and friends, when access to Jerusalem was permitted. Even with today’s reality, the YMCA remains Jerus(...)

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Sixty years ago in Battir

Contributed by Arab Educational Institute on 07.05.2008:

Reprinted from The Electronic Intifada website:


Sixty years ago in Battir, my small hillside village near Jerusalem, I witnessed the chaotic collapse of the British Mandate administration in Palestine and the beginning of the Nakba.

The previous months had been decisive ones for the fate of Palestine, although we did not (...)

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The Short Life of Private Ihsan: Jerusalem 1915

Contributed by Toine Van Teeffelen on 16.11.2007:

Salim Tamari


Jerusalem Quarterly

Institute of Jerusalem Studies



The hero of our story is Ihsan Hasan Turjman (1893-1917), an ordinary recruit in the Ottoman military headquarters in Jerusalem.1 His life was short and uneventful, having served as a clerk in the Logistics Dep(...)

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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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The Palestinian Art Court – Al Hoash

Contributed by This Week In Palestine on 03.10.2007:

The Palestinian Art Court - Al Hoash has been a collaboration of thoughts and dreams that emerged into a reality due to the hard work and belief of those involved in its creation. Al Hoash is an independent non-profit organization that is based in Jerusalem. It was founded to form a core for a future Palestinian Art Museum in Jerusalem and to be a centre dedicated to the preservation and adva(...)

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Notes on a Vanishing Landscape, by Raja Shehadeh

Contributed by This Week In Palestine on 31.08.2007:

Profile Books, UK, August 2007, 211 pages, £10.99

I could sit on this rock and look at the wide valley of Wadi El ‘qda (‘the knot’) and the open hillside opposite… in between the stones there was a shiny, almost wispy layer of grass embossed with droplets of water that glistened in the sun. The lichen-covered rocks made the trickling water look black. The afternoon sun cast long shadow(...)

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Half a Century of Palestinian Folk Narratives

Contributed by This Week In Palestine on 05.01.2007:

By Dr. Sharif Kanaana

Traditional Palestinian Narratives

Traditional Palestinian narratives can be defined as the types of narratives told by Palestinians who lived in the period of time leading up to 1948, the beginning of the ‘Nakbeh’, in a more or less stable, homogeneous, and settled, peasant agricultural society. This tradition is known to us from at least three different s(...)

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Dayr Rafat

Contributed by Turathuna Bethlehem University on 06.12.2006:

Dayr Rafat before 1948

The village was located on the western slope of a modern- lately high mountain. The first part of its name dayr was Arabic for monastery the village was the site of a large monastery that belonged to the Latin patriarchate. The village also had one mosque named after al-Hajj Hasan. In the late nineteenth century Dayr Rafat was a small hamlet situated on a (...)

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Fishermen in Gaza anno 2006

Contributed by Toine Van Teeffelen on 26.09.2006:

Unknown future

September 26 - Gaza City -- Abu Hasan, 47 years old, was sitting under a tent fixing his fishing nets, while the fishing boats are idle in front of his eyes. He is one of the fishermen who are waiting patiently for the Israeli warships to let him earn his living by fishing in the Mediterranean Sea. Abu Hasan is a refugee living in the Beach Camp in Gaza City.

He s(...)

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