A Multi-Coloured Dress for Jerusalem A Fashion Show of Sorts

Contributed by This Week In Palestine on 02.01.2010:

By Amal Nashashibi, Maro Sandrouni and Hamada Atallah

The Arab League decided that in 2009, Jerusalem would be “the Capital of Arab Culture.” The announcement took the Jerusalem community by surprise. Poets and writers quivered, as the task to reinstate the city as a centre of Palestinian Arab culture would be a daunting affair, especially as the necessary infrastructure is not in plac(...)

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Farewell Mahmoud (Darwish)

Contributed by This Week In Palestine on 28.10.2008:

By Amal Nashashibi

I know that when I feel an itch to write, I am usually very agitated. My restlessness started to build when I heard that Mahmoud Darwish had died.

I was in Amman, Jordan, when the sad news was announced … death in a hospital in Houston, Texas? Open heart surgery that Mahmoud knew would leave him paralysed or dead? No choices left to him? The US Consulate in Je(...)

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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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Eugene Cotran, lawyer

Contributed by This Week In Palestine on 02.12.2007:

I was approached by Mr. Sani Meo to write a piece about a “Day in My Life” for the December issue of This Week in Palestine. I quote from his request that “it should be a typical day in your life (could be in the past) - we are not looking for a CV.”

I am afraid that I find this an impossible task. I am almost 70 and now semi-retired; and to find a “typical day” is a very tall order. I(...)

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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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Eid El-Fitr or the “Feast of Fast-Breaking”

Contributed by This Week In Palestine on 30.08.2006:

During the whole month of Ramadan, Muslims spend daylight hours in fasting and the nights in prayer, as they firmly believe that their sins are forgiven during this holy month in general, and on Laylatul Qader which occurs on the 27th day of Ramadan, in particular. Laylatul Qader marks the revelation of the first verses of the Holy Qur’an to the Prophet Mohammad. On the eve of the 27th, the (...)

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The Israeli Master Plan Jerusalem 2000

Contributed by This Week In Palestine on 24.08.2006:

By Amal Nashashibi

“What is happening in Jerusalem goes beyond security needs, and reflects the essence of the original Zionist dream: maximum territory, minimum Arabs.”

Israeli historian Tom Segev

As the Apartheid separation Wall’s slabs were rising around occupied East Jerusalem to hack it from its Palestinian environment in the name of “security,” the Israeli municipal(...)

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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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Ramadan is Back

Contributed by This Week In Palestine on 17.06.2006:

By Amal Nashashibi

During the whole month of Ramadan, Moslems break away from strict social norms and enjoy a freer spiritual, physical, gastronomic, economic and recreational life. This statement may shock some people who think that Ramadan is the month of strict discipline and self restraint. In fact, it may be so during daylight hours, but not between sunset and dawn. Few people, in(...)

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Documenting the History of the City of Jerusalem and its Families

Contributed by Arab Educational Institute on 18.03.2006:

Family stories are one thing but documenting them is quite another, as Bashir Barakat, director of the Issaf Nashashibi Center for Culture and Literature well knows. As a result of his research members of Jerusalem's families requesting his services have discovered which part of their family's oral history i(...)

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