International Academy of Art in Palestine

Contributed by Toine Van Teeffelen on 20.11.2006:

Maria C. Khoury, Ed. D.

On my first day at work with the project to establish the new International Academy of Art in Palestine, I had no idea what Tayseer Barakat, the popular Palestinian artist meant when he said “We will start this academy and just fly.” I had just stepped into a new and different world of art this November 2006 that overwhelmed me with all of the talented artists (...)

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Acre (Akka)

Contributed by Turathuna Bethlehem University on 04.11.2006:

On the way to Acre from Haifa is tel al-fukhar (mount of potsherds).It is believed to be the site of ancient Acre. excavations indicate that Tel-al Fukhar was inhabited since the 2nd century BCE and that a lagoon existed on the southern part of the Tel. In more modern times Napoleon allegedly placed his artillery at Tel al-Fukhar and used it to bombard the modern city.

As you approach (...)

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Resilience in the Palestinian Occupied Territories (1)

Contributed by Toine Van Teeffelen on 03.09.2006:


Toine van Teeffelen, Hania Bitar and Saleem Habash

A focus on resilience is an extremely useful angle for looking at the mental health situation in the Occupied Palestinian Territories (OPT: the West Bank, Gaza and East-Jerusalem). On the one hand, Palestinians there are dealing with a broad range of adversities and psycholo(...)

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Coffee Shop Owner

Contributed by Toine Van Teeffelen on 31.05.2006:

By Majda Batsh

Mulki Suleiman

Jessica Jacobs

Each Friday morning and afternoon, a number of old Palestinian men who have come for Friday prayers at Al-Aqsa Mosque gather at Haj Siyam's coffee shop. Dressed in traditional robes and keffiyehs, they spend hours in the coffee shop near Atareen Market (the Old City spice market), drinking coffee, smoking argileh (water pipe) a(...)

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Paper Salesman

Contributed by Toine Van Teeffelen on 31.05.2006:

By Rana Anani

At the corner of Nablus Road and the Sultan Suleiman Boulevard, across from Damascus Gate, stands the most famous newspaper kiosk in Jerusalem.

For over 50 years, Jerusalemites have been accustomed to the sight of Um'eir Da'na (Abu Salaam) selling papers to passersby. Sixty-six-year-old Abu Salaam has been selling newspapers since the age of seven. Born to a poor f(...)

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Bethlehem history – from 19th century on

Contributed by Arab Educational Institute on 30.05.2006:


(see the previous item "Bethlehem History - until 19th century" for the earlier history of Bethlehem)

The 19th century was a time of momentous changes in Bethlehem. The French revolution of the late 18th century promulgated the principles of freedom, equality and fraternity. Napoleon applied them to serve expansionist European wars. Due to the introduct(...)

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Artas and the Song of Songs

Contributed by Arab Educational Institute on 16.05.2006:

Like in the Bible, traditional Palestinian peasant life took its wisdom from connecting the human universe with the flora and fauna of the land. The body, relationships, and human virtues and vices were given meaning through the prism of the surrounding nature.

For instance, of a house full of children it was said:

"The house is full like the pomegranate."

Peasant society(...)

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Sultan Suleiman and Jerusalem’s Old City Walls

Contributed by This Week In Palestine on 14.05.2006:

By Selahattin Tümer

People usually tend to take things for granted when they live in such a rich cultural and historical setting. Everyday, hundreds and thousands of Jerusalemites walk or drive along Sultan Suleiman Street, which faces part of the massive walls and two of the seven gates of the Old City, without thinking about where the name of the street comes from. However, for Jerus(...)

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King Suleiman and the locusts

Contributed by Arab Educational Institute on 17.03.2006:

Suleiman sat on his throne and invited the animals to come in. When the wolf entered, the king said "Peace be upon you," but he did not raise from his throne. When the hyena came in, he also said "Peace to you, please come in," but again he did not rise. He displayed the same disrespectful behaviour when the lion came in.

Then the little locust entered the room. Immediately the king ro(...)

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The Islamic Museum

Contributed by This Week In Palestine on 25.02.2006:

This Week in Palestine

October 2005

The Islamic museum was founded in 1922 by the Higher Islamic Council in Palestine. When Jordanian rule prevailed over the West Bank in the late 1940s, responsibility for the museum passed to the Jordanian government, which still administers it to this day. In 1929 the museum moved to its present location on the southwestern side of the Al-Aqsa(...)

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