Musa Sanad, Visionary Founder of the Artas Folklore Center

Contributed by Artas Folklore Center on 07.04.2012:

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The recent history of Artas falls into two periods marked by the death of Musa Sanad, founder of the Artas Folklore Center.Musa Sanad began the work of the Artas Folklore Centre 20 years before fulfilling his dream of opening the Artas Folklore Center. Read about the inspiring achievements of this man who use(...)

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Selected Achievements, Events and Activities of the Artas Folklore Center since 2005

Contributed by Artas Folklore Center on 03.04.2012:


Artas Folklore Center founder and director Musa Sanad passes away in January, increasing the difficulties of the center.

Artas Folklore Center elects Fadi Sanad, Musa’s son, the most knowledgeable person in the village of the previous work of the Center, as Chairman of the Board.

Leyla Zuaiter begins serving as an informal advisor to the Artas Folklore Center.

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Lettuce! Why Lettuce?

Contributed by Artas Folklore Center on 30.03.2012:

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Lettuce? Why Lettuce?" is a question often asked when mention is made of the Artas Lettuce Festival. Established in 1994 to honor the Palestinian farmer by the late Musa Sanad, founder of the Artas Folklore Center, the Artas Lettuce Festival was the first agrarian festival in modern Palestine. Musa sought, if only for a few days a year, to bring back the happy d(...)

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The Thirteenth Annual Artas Lettuce Festival April 12-15, 2007

Contributed by Artas Folklore Center on 30.03.2012:

The Artas Valley became a giant salad bowl during the four-day Thirteenth Annual Artas Lettuce Festival which took place April 12-15, 2007. To the lettuce in the hothouses were added peppery poetry, a zest of zajjel and a lot more than a dash of debka, and, yes some salt in the wounds alluded to in the dramatic performances. To help digest their meal, the guests sauntered around the exhibits,(...)

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Falestin Naili Artas Virtual Scholar in Residence

Contributed by Artas Folklore Center on 30.03.2012:

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The Artas Folklore Center is proud to announce Falestin Naili, our new “Virtual Scholar in Residence.” Falestin Naili is a social historian and anthropologist associated with the Laboratoire de Recherche Historique Rhône-Alpes (LARHRA) in Lyons/ Grenoble, France. She is a specialist of the entangled history linking Europe, the Americas and (...)

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De schoolbus

Contributed by Toine Van Teeffelen on 22.02.2012:

Het noodlot sloeg toe, vorige week. Mary had de ochtend al een voorgevoel. Op weg naar haar werk in de plenzende regen dacht ze aan het gladde wegdek en de ongelukken die dan vaak plaatsvinden. Chauffeurs die te langzaam of te snel rijden. De wegen die niet goed geasfalteerd zijn. Hoe vaak zijn er geen ongelukken op de bypass road die je vanuit Betlehem naar Ramallah moet nemen. Niet minder (...)

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Sumud: new book

Contributed by Toine Van Teeffelen on 22.02.2012:

SUMUD: Soul of the Palestinian People: Reflections and Experiences

Toine van Teeffelen, with Victoria Biggs and the Sumud Story House in Bethlehem

Arab Educational Institute

Culture and Palestine series

Bethlehem 2012

Two central chapters:

Chapter 5. A living and human ideal

When the word ‘sumud’ began to appear in discussion during the 1970s a(...)

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Contributed by Toine Van Teeffelen on 12.02.2012:


De regen klettert neer. Sabah al-Ward (morgen van de bloem), zegt de buschauffeur tegen de passagies die zich onder hun regencoats verbergen. De groet klinkt een beetje sarcastisch maar niet te veel. Wanneer de regen valt voelen de mensen zich goed. De regen houdt het land en de planten in leven.

Op een januarimorgen, ga ik in de stromende regen mee met een Nederlandse bez(...)

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Liberation seeds

Contributed by Toine Van Teeffelen on 12.02.2012:


It is raining heavily. Sabah al-Ward (morning of the flower), says the bus driver to the passengers who hide themselves under their raincoats. The greeting sounds a little sarcastic but not too much because when the rain falls, people here are basically in a good mood. Rain keeps the land and the plants alive.

During a morning in January, I am joining a Dutch group in heavy(...)

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Palestinian Women in Resistance

Contributed by This Week In Palestine on 07.02.2012:

By Cairo Arafat

TWIP, February 2012

Hana rises early each morning. She lovingly, but hurriedly awakens her young children. She prepares breakfast and sandwiches for them. She makes sure that they have properly washed up and dressed for school. They all eat a very modest breakfast and rush out the door. The youngest one is dropped off at the preschool, while her eldest son runs t(...)

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