People

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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1869 Map Detail

Contributed by Ibrahim Shibli on 09.03.2006:


Author: ALEX. KEITH JOHNSTON LL.D F.R.S.E. F.R.G.SSubject: HANDY ROYAL ATLAS OF MODERN GEOGRAPHY - EXHIBITING THE PRESENT CONDITION OF GEOGRAPHICAL DISCOVERY AND RESEARCH IN THE SEVERAL COUNTRIES, EMPIRES AND STATES OF THE WORLD.Publisher: WILLIAM BLACKWOOD AND SONS, EDINBURGH & LONDON, UKDat(...)

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Jacir Palace Intercontinental Hotel

Contributed by Yusef Daher on 08.03.2006:


The Intercontinental hotel in Bethlehem was once the home of a prominent Bethlehemite from the Jacir family. Original Content Creator: Arab Hotel Association

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The Former Girls’ School

Contributed by Mustafa Mohanna on 06.03.2006:


The building that formerly served as the Girls' School in El Masmia El Kabeera. Original Content Creator: mustafa mohanna

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The Arab Educational Institute-Open Windows (AEI): Worthy Resource and Partner for Palestinian Tourism

Contributed by Yusef Daher on 02.03.2006:

By Leyla Zuaiter

A few minutes from Bethlehem’s Church of the Nativity on Milk Grotto Street, is a veteran institution which deserves to be better-known. Its unique multi-stranded programs aimed at developing and communicating Palestinian identity, incorporate many activities allied to the fields of tourism and recreation. In the AEI’s view, every Palestinian should be able to serve as(...)

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Family History Based Tourism: Case in Point: Artas Folklore Center, the Twelfth Annual Lettuce Festival, April 7, 8 and 9, 2006, and Palestine-family.net.

Contributed by Yusef Daher on 02.03.2006:

The village of Artas, near the Solomon’s pools just south of Bethlehem ,enjoys a particularly rich and varied tangible and intangible heritage, which has been studied by local and foreign scholars almost continuously for over one and a half centuries--thus earning it the distinction of the most studied village in Palestine, and providing it with much documentation on all aspects. Its unique (...)

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Sample Educational Activities based on Family History and Genealogy

Contributed by Arab Educational Institute on 02.03.2006:

Activities/Units (based on Bethlehem area)

Age group

Resources Available

Relation to other activities

Discuss sources of identity and how they vary for local and Diaspora Palestinians

Can be adapted to fit age

Worksheet Available

Discuss importance of knowledge of heritage and history for Palestinians

Can be adapted to fit age

Mak(...)

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