Jiryis

We Shall Return – The Story of Iqrit

Contributed by This Week In Palestine on 28.05.2012:

By Fida Jiryis

This Week in Palestine

May 2012

“I don’t want to open all my wounds…,” says Maher Daoud, a descendent of Iqrit refugees, as we drive to the site where the village of his parents once stood. I wince and apologise, aware of how difficult the subject must be for him.

Iqrit is one of the 350 or so Palestinian villages that were completely destroyed and e(...)

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Christian Denominations in the Bethlehem Area

Contributed by Arab Educational Institute on 21.06.2006:

From AEI-Open Windows, Bethlehem Community book, Bethlehem, 1999)

How to distinguish the different church communities in the Holy Land? Given its history, there is no escaping from the fact that much of the differences have to deal with politics, either of an ecclesiastical or a secular nature. When one would ask a Palestinian Christian to tell why he or she belongs to a particular chu(...)

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Wasif Jawhariyyeh: diary book

Contributed by This Week In Palestine on 20.06.2006:

A Colourful Personality of a Bygone Era

The recent publication of the Jawhariyyeh memoirs on Ottoman Jerusalem is an occasion to highlight the life of an eccentric and profoundly original citizen of the Holy City. Wasif Jawhariyyeh (1898-1972) was one of Jerusalem's most illustrious citizens: composer, oud player, poet, and chronicler. Jawhariyyeh's memoirs span a period of sixty year(...)

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Al-Khader tales

Contributed by Arab Educational Institute on 17.03.2006:

Al-Khadr is a most popular saint in Palestine, venerated by Moslems, Christians and Jews, though not always under this name. Sometimes Al-Khadr is identified with Mar Elias (Saint Eliyah) and sometimes with Mar Jiryis (Saint George). In the Near East, he is usually known as El Khidr, but in some parts he is identified with St. Theodore and in Kurdistan with St. Sergius. "Just as Syrian Moslem(...)

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