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Artas Folklore Center

Contributed by Artas Folklore Center on 01.03.2006:

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Established in 1993, Artas Folklore Center was the first cultural center in the Bethlehem area to be licensed by the Palestinian Authority under the (...)

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Maha Saca holds the book of Heritage Keeper Hanna Giacaman

Contributed by Arab Educational Institute on 27.02.2006:


Maha Saca calls attention to an important book on the history and genealogy of Bethlehem's families (in Arabic) by Hanna Giacamman, (seated on the right) to the women's group of the Arab Educational Institute (AEI) in Bethlehem. The women visited her on a fieldtrip for their workshop "Exploring your Personal(...)

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Learning about Embroidery at Maha Saca’s Palestine Heritage Center

Contributed by Arab Educational Institute on 27.02.2006:


The Arab Educational Institute's women's group learns about the deep-rooted tradition of embroidery from Maha Saca, founder of the Palestine Heritage Center in Bethlehem during a field-trip taken during a workshop on family history and genealogy. Maha explains how the traditional Palestinian dress or thob is(...)

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Of Olive Trees and Family Trees

Contributed by Arab Educational Institute on 25.02.2006:

By Leyla Zuaiter

This article first appeared in the November 2005 issue of This Week in Palestine.

A casual tourist passing the sign for the Badd Jaqaman Museum on Bethlehem's narrow Najajra Street may vaguely wonder what evil deeds were done by an Italian outlaw in America's Wild West to merit a museum named after him-- and why it is found in Bethlehem, of all places. If he is (...)

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Paradox, Perversity and Promise: A Journey into Palestinian Genealogy

Contributed by Arab Educational Institute on 25.02.2006:

submitted by Arab Educational Institute 31.01.2006

By Leyla Zuaiter

First published in This Week in Palestine, January 2006.

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If I initially demurred when approached by Toine Van Teeffelen to give a workshop on Family History and Genealogy to the women’s group of the Arab Educational Institute (AEI) in Bethlehem, it's (1) not that I wasn't in(...)

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Of Memory and Magic, Missionaries and Museums:more than meets the “eye” in Artas

Contributed by Artas Folklore Center on 25.02.2006:

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The magic of Artas begins soon after you leave Hebron Road a couple of kilometers south of Bethlehem. If the wind is just right, you can hear the clatter of hoofs and rumbling of chariots as Solomon comes into the Enclosed Garden to dally with the beloved of his Song of Songs. Cock your ear and you will hear the bark of a Tu(...)

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Even the Vegetables are Strange in Artas

Contributed by Artas Folklore Center on 25.02.2006:


When sent out to buy vegetables by his wife, Musa Sanad was just as likely to return home with one of these knives collected from the village and surrounding areas, for the Artas Ethnographic Museum. Original Content Creator: Leyla Zuaiter

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Convent of the Enclosed Garden, Artas

Contributed by Artas Folklore Center on 25.02.2006:


The Convent of the Hortus Conclusus or "Enclosed Garden" was built in 1901 by engineers from the Morcos family in nearby Bethlehem to house an Italian order of nuns from Uruguy. It is thus not only a fitting reminder of the verse from Solomon's song after which it is named, but also that Artas has always bee(...)

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Page of Genealogy from the

Contributed by Artas Folklore Center on 25.02.2006:


This page of genealogy is just one example of what there is to be found in the handwritten book by Musa Sanad--a veritable compendium of almost every aspect of village life from crops to curses. For more information read: Musa Sanad 1949-2005: The Death of a Modern Palestinian Folk Hero." Original Content C(...)

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Life at the Crossroads: A History of Gaza

Contributed by This Week In Palestine on 25.02.2006:

This Week in Palestine

May 2005

By Gerald Butt

Rimal Publications, Cyprus, 1995, 199 pages

It is perhaps a very appropriate year to re-read Gerald Butt’s 1995 Life at the Crossroads: A History of Gaza. The many milestones of this 360 sq. km strip of land and particularly the long and rich history of its capital city, Gaza, are at the epicentre of this precise and(...)

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