Jad Isaac, biologist and agriculturalist

Contributed by This Week In Palestine on 23.09.2010:

This Week in Palestine, August 2010

Jad Isaac was born on 1 August 1947 in Beit Sahour. In 1963, he joined the Faculty of Agriculture at Cairo University and graduated with honours from the Food Science Department in 1968. Upon his return, he worked at the Department of Agriculture as an extension agent in Ramallah until he resigned in 1969 to work as a chemistry teacher in Bethlehem s(...)

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Julia Dabdoub, Aliyya Nusseibeh, Nuzha Darwish, Yasmin Zahran

Contributed by This Week In Palestine on 29.03.2009:

Palestinian Women Bright Stars in a Bleak Night

By Ali Qleibo

The Palestinian woman has been discursively constituted as a transcendent victim. On the one hand she is perceived as a valiant freedom fighter against the Israeli chauvinist occupation. From this perspective womens role in the Intifada and the various forms of her resistance of the occupation are highlighted and her (...)

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Identity and the Palestinians

Contributed by This Week In Palestine on 20.02.2009:

By Sammy Kirreh


Recently, there has been an increasing interest in questions concerning identity. Sociology and political science departments in universities have dedicated much research to the study of identity. Within political science, comparative politics, international relations, and political theory, identity plays a central role involving issues related to ra(...)

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Palestine Football Federation

Contributed by This Week In Palestine on 30.05.2008:

By George Ghattas Elias Albedd

One of the oldest Arab sports federations, the Palestine Football Federation was established in 1928. In 1934, the Palestinian national football team participated in the World Cup Championship, playing against Egypt.

In the following years, and due to the political unrest that prevailed in Palestine, all sports activities came to a halt, particular(...)

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Once Upon A Country: A Palestinian Life

Contributed by This Week In Palestine on 30.07.2007:

By Sari Nusseibeh

with Anthony David

Farrar, Strauss & Giroux, New York, 2007, 560 pages, $27.50.

Once Upon a Country is as remarkable a book about the Middle East as has been published in recent years. The story of one man’s life in the region, it is also the richest and most sympathetic account to date of the modern Palestinian outlook - a work of rare depth, compas(...)

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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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Sari Nusseibeh – Jerusalem: childhood truths

Contributed by This Week In Palestine on 22.08.2006:

By Dr. Sari Nusseibeh

Sometimes when I am asked how my family - a Muslim family named after “Nusseibeh,” a female warrior-companion of the Prophet from Medina - ever came to hold the keys to one of Christianity’s holiest sites in Jerusalem, the Holy Sepulchre, I smile indulgently. Then, I begin by saying: “Well, there are a few traditions in the family concerning this, but let me begin(...)

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Palestine Flowers: Indigenous Symbols of Strength and Hope

Contributed by This Week In Palestine on 02.06.2006:

By Lucy Nusseibeh

Palestine is one of the richest countries in the world for its variety of wildflowers; there are 1,000 different kinds of flowering plants within a five-mile radius of Jerusalem. It is also the birthplace of many that are well known throughout the world. This year, with the abundant rain, the flowers are more than ever visibly asserting their historical presence, th(...)

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St George School and the Anglican Church in Jerusalem

Contributed by Toine Van Teeffelen on 31.05.2006:

By Julius Purcell

Tania Kramer

Only a few rays of sun enter the dim, deserted and refreshingly cool school hall on this hot June day. Our footsteps echo as we walk through the one-hundred-year-old St. George's School, which celebrates its centennial this month. On the ceiling are the lists of names from the football and cricket teams of the past. They contain the offspring of we(...)

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Holy Sepulchre: Guardians of the key

Contributed by Toine Van Teeffelen on 28.05.2006:

Ironically, the responsibility for guarding the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, one of the holiest sites in Christendom, falls on the shoulders of two Moslem families, the Joudehs (historically known as Ghudia) and the Nusseibehs. According to a complicated agreement whose origins are lost in the mists of time, the Joudeh family keeps the keys and the Nusseibeh family opens the doors.


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