People

I Spent The Whole Night Coloring Eggs

Contributed by Terra Sancta School For Girls on 11.03.2006:

Reem Musleh

I decided to visit my grandparents who are living alone in their house. You could see the smile on their faces when they saw me coming into the house. They were so happy when I kissed them and sat down to have dinner with them. While we were eating, I saw the sad scenes of Palestinian suffering on TV, and some questions popped up in my head. I began asking my grandparents q(...)

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Will I Tell The Same Story To My Grandchildren?

Contributed by Terra Sancta School For Girls on 11.03.2006:

Rasha Dibis

I had an interview with my grandmother about her life under occupation. She started talking about her earliest memories, which were about the year 1936. “I was 13 years old and we were still under the British Mandate. What was special about that year was a strike that lasted for six months all over Palestine as a result of the killing of Izeddin Al-Kassem, a revolutionary l(...)

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From Very Rich To Very Poor

Contributed by Terra Sancta School For Girls on 11.03.2006:

Rana Juha

The new Intifada reminds the old people about their life when the Israelis occupied their land. Last night, after the electricity was cut off during the Israeli shelling, my grandmother recalled her memories of 1948 when the Jews came into Palestine and occupied it. I showed a keen interest in hearing her story so I brought her a cup of tea and sat next to her in the dark. He(...)

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Give Us Back Our Freedom: A Palestinian Odessey

Contributed by Terra Sancta School For Girls on 11.03.2006:

Rana Salman

Here are Palestinian memories. They are a present from me to anybody who is interested. Where shall I begin my story? Should I start from my birth? No, it’s older than that. Should I start from my father’s birth? No, it’s older than that too. I start with what my grandfather was told by his father.

My grandfather’s father told about the Turkish period: “The Turkish a(...)

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Even The Branches Of A Tree Were Separated

Contributed by Terra Sancta School For Girls on 11.03.2006:

Nadine ‘Ali

When I was a child, my dear grandmother used to live with us, and like many other grandparents, she told us many tales and stories. Some of them were traditional Palestinian ones, others were fairy tales and many came from her own imagination. But the most interesting were those which described her own childhood and life. In the summer she used to spend most of her time on (...)

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The Longest Moment (Jerusalem, 1948)

Contributed by Terra Sancta School For Girls on 11.03.2006:

Mary Hazboun

I made an interview with my grandfather about his old memories. It was really interesting. I realized I should have done it a long time ago. My grandfather’s name is Emile Harb. I asked him just one question: “What do you remember about your past?” He took a breath and started:

“I was born on 5 August 1930. At the beginning of the Second World War, I was nine years (...)

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Similar Or Different Events? The 1967 war in Bethlehem

Contributed by Terra Sancta School For Girls on 11.03.2006:

Manal Zeytoun

This interview is with my mother, Vivi Jameel Shahin. She was born in Bethlehem on 1 November 1956.

“What was the situation in Palestine before the 1967 war?”

My mother: “The West Bank including East-Jerusalem was under the rule of Jordan. There were always demonstrations against Jordan because people wanted a Palestinian state under a Palestinian authority.(...)

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I Can’t Forget My Hometown (Ein Karem)

Contributed by Terra Sancta School For Girls on 11.03.2006:

Claude Tushieh

Homeland is dear to all of us. I often asked myself questions about my roots. My father used to say that the essence of the present problem is the injustice done to our people in 1948 when over 700,000 people were forced to leave their towns and villages. Encouraged by this and in order to know the facts about the nakba [disaster] in 1948 and its negative repercussions o(...)

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I Can’t Forget My Hometown (Ein Karem)

Contributed by Terra Sancta School For Girls on 11.03.2006:

Claude Tushieh

Homeland is dear to all of us. I often asked myself questions about my roots. My father used to say that the essence of the present problem is the injustice done to our people in 1948 when over 700,000 people were forced to leave their towns and villages. Encouraged by this and in order to know the facts about the nakba [disaster] in 1948 and its negative repercussions o(...)

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An overview of the 20th century history of Palestine

Contributed by Terra Sancta School For Girls on 11.03.2006:

(with a focus upon the Bethlehem area)

Palestine and Zionism

At the beginning of the 20th century, Palestine was inhabited by some 600.000 Arabs and 60.000 Jews. The Arab Palestinians were largely a people of peasants living under impoverished conditions, with an urban presence in towns like Jerusalem, Jaffa, and Haifa. They lived under an oppressive Turkish (Ottoman) rule which(...)

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