Sami Mustaklem, fireman

Contributed by Jerusalem Quarterly on 08.01.2008:

Putting out Jerusalem’s Fires

Civil defense under Jordan and Israel

Charmaine Seitz


Jerusalem Quarterly

Summer 2005

On July 22, 1946, Sami Mustaklem was car shopping with his wife in Jerusalem. The manager of Bartlett’s Bank had a honey of a vehicle for sale and was just quoting Sami Mustaklem’s Memories the then-town magistrate a price when t(...)

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The Wailing Wall

Contributed by Jerusalem Quarterly on 08.01.2008:

Heritage, Nationalism and the Shifting Symbolism of the Wailing Wall

Simone Ricca


Jerusalem Quarterly

Summer 2005

The study of symbols, the creation of historic narrative, ‘invented’ traditions, and heritage symbolism, have become common fields of study among Israeli researchers.1 Thus far, however, there has been no attempt to apply this approach to(...)

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First Class Enters Academy of Art

Contributed by This Week In Palestine on 03.10.2007:

In September 2007, the International Academy of Art Palestine opened its doors to the first class of twelve students in the first four-year programme of its kind in Palestine. The programme leads to a bachelor of arts degree in contemporary visual arts. Such a unique project is an effort to support institution and capacity building during these difficult times in the Occupied Territories. The(...)

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The Nasser-Jaar Genealogic Family Tree with Historical Timelines

Contributed by Fayez (Frank) Nasser on 13.08.2007:

The Nasser-Jaar Genealogic Family Tree with Historical Timelines, including a Biography of Issa Yaqoub Nasser.

Compiled by: Fayez (Frank) Nasser,

Toronto, Canada.

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The Crusades are part of Palestinian history, but what do we really know about them ?

Contributed by Prima Soho on 18.06.2007:

With the possible exception of Umberto Eco, medieval scholars are not used to getting much media attention.

They tend to be a quiet lot (except during the annual bacchanalia called the International Congress on Medieval Studies in Kalamazoo, Michigan, of all places), poring over musty chronicles and writing dull yet meticulous studies that few will read.

Imagine, then, surpr(...)

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Mother of Pearl A Traditional Palestinian Craft

Contributed by This Week In Palestine on 04.05.2007:

By Saleem Zougbi

Although traditional Palestinian artefacts focus on embroidery and olive wood, mother of pearl artefacts belong to the more skilled domain of handcrafts produced by Palestinians in the Holy Land.

Most sea shells include a certain material that is luminous. These shells are from mollusks such as the green snail, the nautilus and sea-ear - aquatic animal species f(...)

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History of Palestine

Contributed by Alex Kattan on 23.04.2007:

History of Palestine

Prehistoric Period

Paleolithic Period

The Mousterian Neanderthals were the earliest inhabitants of the area known to archaeologists, and have been dated to c. 200,000 BC. The first anatomically modern humans to live in the area were the Kebarans (conventionally c. 18,000 - 10,500 BC, but recent paleoanthropological evidence suggests that Kebarans may (...)

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Edward Said National Conservatory of Music

Contributed by This Week In Palestine on 31.03.2007:

Ambassadors for Palestine: Young Musicians Take to the World Stage

By Heather Bursheh

As the world buries its head in the sand and Palestinians continue to be vilified and misrepresented in many international circles, two groups of extraordinary young Palestinians are actively challenging negative stereotypes and placing Palestine firmly on the world map of music.

Two gro(...)

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Bus Number 23

Contributed by This Week In Palestine on 18.02.2007:

By Emily Jacir

I was 13 years old standing next to my father in Bethlehem one sunny and windy day when he took my hand and pointed to the settlement of Gilo and said, “See, baba, see there?” Then my eyes followed his finger as it moved across the landscape and stopped at the settlement of Har Gilo. “And there. See? They are going to build settlements just like those all around us.” The(...)

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Solomon’s Pool

Contributed by Turathuna Bethlehem University on 07.12.2006:

Three pools surrounded by pine trees are located 5 kms (3.1 miles) south of Bethlehem on the road to Hebron and have been attributed to the prosperous period of King Solomon (950 BC) as mentioned in the Book of Ecclesiastics. "I made me great works; I built me houses, and(...)

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