Notable Palestinians

Ibrahim Haddad, industrialist

Contributed by This Week In Palestine on 28.10.2008:

A self-made man, ambitious, creative and adventurous, Ibrahim Haddad has built an empire in Jenin, overcoming obstacles and never ceding to the calamities that befell both Palestine and especially Jenin in the last eight years.

Following in the footsteps of his grandfather and father, and carrying on their surname legacy (Haddad means blacksmith in Arabic), Ibrahim Haddad continued in (...)

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Rania Elias-Khoury, cultural entrepreneur

Contributed by This Week In Palestine on 20.07.2008:

Juggling between a husband, three young children, a teenage daughter, and a very demanding job, one wonders how Rania Elias-Khoury has the time to keep her house immaculately clean and the energy to keep a smile on her face. But she seems to be able to do it all … except the cooking part!

Born in Bethlehem in 1971, Rania attended St. Joseph’s School; and since her teenage years she has(...)

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Mohammed Omer, journalist

Contributed by Arab Educational Institute on 16.06.2008:

Mohammed Omer, a guy I admire... Have a look at Menassat, website on journalism and media in the Arab world

Giving voice to the voiceless in Gaza

24-year old Mohammed Omer from Rafah is the youngest recipient ever of the prestigious Martha Gellhorn Prize for Journalism. MENASSAT caught up with the young journalist and blogger during a trip to Sweden.


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Jowan Qupty: a Palestinian Swimming Champion

Contributed by This Week In Palestine on 30.05.2008:

On Our Way to the Olympics!

Jowan Qupty is a young Palestinian swimming champion who already has a couple of important achievements to boast. Born in Jerusalem on 6 June 1990, Qupty began swimming at the YMCA in Jerusalem when he was very young. At the age of 14 (and at 15, 16, and 17 as well) he broke a number of records in the national swimming championships for the 200-meter breasts(...)

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Sadeq Damrah, swimmer and swimming trainer

Contributed by This Week In Palestine on 30.05.2008:

The Longest Lap Palestinian swimmer works to bring facilities and expertise to Jericho

A dream of going to the Olympics may have initiated Sadeq Damrah’s involvement with the Palestinian Swimming Federation, but now he’s dreaming larger than just swimming on the world’s biggest stage. Damrah, 25, was born and raised in Jordan, his mother’s native land. His father, however, is Palestini(...)

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Rimon Najib Salim Zabaneh, sports leader

Contributed by This Week In Palestine on 30.05.2008:

Known as the initiator of new sports programmes and activities during the golden era of sports at the East Jerusalem YMCA (1969-1986), Rimon Najib Salim Zabaneh (Abu Tareq) was a hard worker, a committed sports master, and an educator. He left his mark - his spirit, his attitude, and his good will - on all the schools and institutions that benefited from his presence as teacher and coach as w(...)

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Rafat Al Aydeh, actor and drama teacher

Contributed by This Week In Palestine on 30.05.2008:

By Jackie Lubeck

He came to us more than ten years ago having just taken off his mask from the first Intifada. “What do I do?” he asked. Then he took a broom and started to sweep the “stage” of the small hall in the Khan Yunis Refugee Camp where we were performing. Today Rafat Al Aydeh is in an altogether different place. Between then and now much has happened to the boy/man who works (...)

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Abou Radwan family of Jaffa city

Contributed by Amina Abou Radwan on 21.05.2008:

I can quote many reference to 'Abou Radwan' Family of Jaffa in the precious book of 1600 pages titled 'ENCYCLOPEDIA OF BEAUTIFUL JAFFA' written by Ali Hassan Al-Bawab, published in Beirut in 2003 by Maher Kayyali (ISBN 9953-36-038-3).

The 'Sea Mosque' of Jaffa build by Mousa Pasha Abou Radwan in 1700, the Abou Radwan Wakuf: consisting of many properties, the Abou Radwan Souk, the old '(...)

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Notable Palestinians in the Recent History of Lebanon

Contributed by Mona Wafa on 11.05.2008:

لا يتخيل الكثير منكم حجم الدور الذي لعبه ومازال الفلسطينيين يلعبوه حتي اليوم في اقتصاد لبنان وان كان ذلك عليه تعتيم شديد فالفلسطيني في لبنان ان كان مخطئا فهي فضيحة وعليها شهود وان كان منجزا فتكتم علي الامر ولا تعلنه هذه هي الحقيقه فهل تعلمون فلسطينيي لبنان في الامارات يحولون سنويا الي لبنان وهذا بحسب جريدة الخليج 368 مليون دولار هل تعلمون ان خريجي الجامعة الامريكية في لبنان من الفلسطينيين اما(...)

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Yousef Katalo, painter

Contributed by This Week In Palestine on 11.04.2008:

By Nassar Ibrahim

He takes you by surprise and awakens within you a deep sense of anticipation and suspense. His works display an astonishing mixture of simplicity and clarity, and his soul is likened to an expansive field of greenery full of insight and receptiveness. His capacity to engage you in self-reflection and dialog with others is unmatched. Yes, the others, whether they are p(...)

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