Notable Palestinians

Emily Jacir, filmmaker

Contributed by This Week In Palestine on 13.01.2008:

Emily Jacir’s Material for a Film: Ongoing homage and artistic revenge for Wa’el Zuaiter

By Najwan Darwish

For the first time in its history, the Venetian Golden Lion Award has been granted to a Palestinian artist. Emily Jacir, who is not yet forty years old, believes that the award is not merely an international prize awarded to her in appreciation of artistic excellence. For h(...)

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Michel Khleifi – Palestine’s Film Poet

Contributed by This Week In Palestine on 09.01.2008:

Michel Khleifi was born in Nazareth in 1950 into a working-class family, the youngest of five children. He grew up in the popular streets of the old city, acquiring an irreverent mix of tales, song, religious myth, and ingenious swear words that shaped his imagination and nurtured his love of stories. Despite a happy childhood, the 1950s and 60s were overshadowed by the inescapable harshness (...)

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Mai Masri, filmmaker

Contributed by This Week In Palestine on 09.01.2008:

Transcending Boundaries

By Mai Masri

For Palestinian filmmakers like myself, cinema has become a way of re-creating Palestine and making sense of our uprooted lives and disrupted narratives. I believe that all Palestinians have an “imaginary” Palestine in their heads that they construct like a film and watch over and over. It is what safeguards their identity and gives them the (...)

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Sami Mustaklem, fireman

Contributed by Jerusalem Quarterly on 08.01.2008:

Putting out Jerusalem’s Fires

Civil defense under Jordan and Israel

Charmaine Seitz

Source:

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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Yusuf Diya’ al-Khalidi (1842-1906), mayor of Jerusalem

Contributed by Jerusalem Quarterly on 07.01.2008:

An Ottoman Bismarck from Jerusalem

By Alexander Scholch

Source:

Jerusalem Quarterly

Summer 2006

Alexander Scholch was a leading light among the new geographic historians of Palestine and Egypt when he died prematurely in the 1983 at the young age of 43. We are reprinting here his profile of Yusuf al Khalidi, from his path-breaking book, Radical Transformatio(...)

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Omar Saleh Barghouti-historian, politician and lawyer

Contributed by Reem Barghouty on 11.12.2007:

Omar Saleh Barghouti was born in 1894 in one of the known viallages of the Barghouties known as Deir Ghassaneh.Later he moved to Jerusalem to study at Saint George High School. In 1924 he graduated from the Palestinian Institute for Law in Jerusalem and was appointed in that same Institute to teach Civil Law course. He was also a member of the Institute's Board of Trustees.In this respect, he(...)

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Abdul Malik Al-Jaber, CEO

Contributed by This Week In Palestine on 07.12.2007:

Every morning Dr. Abdul Malik Al-Jaber wakes up to 60 e-mails, although he never goes to bed without clearing his inbox. Success ignores time difference, so it seems. As the vice-chairman and CEO of the Paltel Group, Al-Jaber has four different companies under his direct responsibility and more than 2,500 employees to care about on a constant basis, in addition to his participation in several(...)

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William Nicodeme, composer

Contributed by This Week In Palestine on 07.12.2007:

A Vibrant Soul and Challenging Artist in Jerusalem

One of the major characteristics of life achievements is to be capable of pursuing goals that may sound impossible. Although achievements may be material or intellectual, nevertheless diligence and persistence are the main driving force behind such success, if talent and creativity exist.

William Nicodeme, a pianist, composer, a(...)

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Hossam Zuheika, puppeteer

Contributed by This Week In Palestine on 07.12.2007:

Hossam Zuheika, born in Jerusalem in 1962, is a widely known puppeteer who has pioneered the style of integrating visual as well as sound effects into his shows in order to captivate children’s emotions and imagination without the use of words.

Zuheika’s interest in puppet making was triggered early on when he started to attend local festivals and puppet shows. In the early 1990s he to(...)

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Adel Salameh, musician

Contributed by This Week In Palestine on 07.12.2007:

Palestinian ‘oud player and composer Adel Salameh was born in Nablus, Palestine, in 1966 and grew up in Tulkarm.

At an early age, Adel showed great interest and passion for the ‘oud. Adel was fascinated by Farid Al-Atrash and learned all his songs by heart. He asked his father to buy him an ‘oud, so his father went to the famous Palestinian ‘oud maker Abu Ala and asked him to make an ‘(...)

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