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Documenting the History of the City of Jerusalem and its Families

Contributed by Arab Educational Institute on 18.03.2006:


Family stories are one thing but documenting them is quite another, as Bashir Barakat, director of the Issaf Nashashibi Center for Culture and Literature well knows. As a result of his research members of Jerusalem's families requesting his services have discovered which part of their family's oral history i(...)

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Issaf Nashashibi Center for Culture and Literature

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About Our Center



Inaugerated on July 15, 1999, the Issaf Nashashibi Center for Culture and Literature presents various performances, exhibits and activities, such as musical concerts, drama, poetry evenings, popular embroidery, and drawings

The center has also(...)

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Issaf Nashashibi Center for Culture and Literature

Contributed by IssafNashashibi Center For Culture And Literature on 18.03.2006:


Once the private home of a member of Jerusalem's prominent Nashashibi family, this beautiful building in Sheikh Jarrah now offers exhibitions, performances and activities to the public. Director Bashir Barakat's favorite activity is delving into dusty archives to uncover the history of the city and its famil(...)

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The First Well

Contributed by Arab Educational Institute on 17.03.2006:

The following story is taken from the diary of the Palestinian author Jabra Ibrahim Jabra. It is about his youth in Bethlehem.

On the edge of the Valley of the Camel, a little below the New Road, a hugh azarole tree soared upwards, visible from our house on the hill above. The slopes of the valley were covered with olive trees wherever you looked, but this wild azarole prided itself on(...)

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Mohammed Na’im Abu-‘Akr

Contributed by Arab Educational Institute on 17.03.2006:

Mohammed Na'im Abu-'Akr was born in Dheisha refugee camp on September 13, 1971. He had four brothers and two sisters. His family emigrated from their native village Ras Abu-'Ammar inside the so-called green line in Palestine, and settled down in Dheisha Camp together with other Palestinian refugees. When he was five years old, Mohammed played with other children in the pathways of the camp. H(...)

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Al-Khader tales

Contributed by Arab Educational Institute on 17.03.2006:

Al-Khadr is a most popular saint in Palestine, venerated by Moslems, Christians and Jews, though not always under this name. Sometimes Al-Khadr is identified with Mar Elias (Saint Eliyah) and sometimes with Mar Jiryis (Saint George). In the Near East, he is usually known as El Khidr, but in some parts he is identified with St. Theodore and in Kurdistan with St. Sergius. "Just as Syrian Moslem(...)

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Legends of Bethlehem

Contributed by Arab Educational Institute on 17.03.2006:

To the north of Bethlehem, on the way from Jerusalem to Bethlehem at a distance of one kilometre from the town, there are some fields known as the "Basins of Peas." The tale attached to this site is very famous. It is said that Jesus Christ (in some tales the Virgin Mary or Saint Joseph) were passing by those parts when he saw a peasant sowing peas. He asked him, "What are you sowing?" The pe(...)

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The sultan and his wazir

Contributed by Arab Educational Institute on 17.03.2006:

Once the Sultan had a quarrel with his wazir. The Sultan thought that both rich and poor could be generous. The wazir denied this and said that by their very nature only the rich were willing to help others. They made a bet.

The Sultan disguised himself as a common man. Together with a darwish he travelled the countryside. When he saw the house of a poor man, he knocked at the door. Th(...)

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