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Palestine & Palestinians Guidebook

Contributed by This Week In Palestine on 25.02.2006:

This Week in Palestine

August 2005

English translation by Carol Scheller-Doyle and Walid Shomali

Edited by Angela Godfrey and Jawad Musleh

Alternative Tourism Group, Ramallah, 2005, 443 pages.

Palestine & Palestinians is a comprehensive guidebook to what remains of Palestine both within Israel and within the currently occupied Palestinian territories. Av(...)

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El-Funoun: Dance as Resistance

Contributed by This Week In Palestine on 25.02.2006:

This Week in Palestine

March 2005

Celebrating 26 years of Creativity and Rootedness

El-Funoun Palestinian Popular Dance Troupe was established in 1979 with a mission to revive Palestinian music and dance folklore as a manifestation of national identity. Its early productions were the result of extensive research in Palestinian villages, preserving centuries-old songs and (...)

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The Greek Orthodox Community in the Holy Land

Contributed by This Week In Palestine on 25.02.2006:

The Greek Orthodox Community in the Holy Land

This Week in Palestine

January 2005

The Arabic speaking Greek Orthodox denomination is considered the most ancient and most widespread among Christians in this land. The roots of this community date back to the time of the early propagation of Christianity in the East by the apostles. It was the first church to regulate mass(...)

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New Developments in Palestinian Art

Contributed by This Week In Palestine on 25.02.2006:

New Developments in Palestinian Art

By Basil Ayish

This Week in Palestine

January 2005

Palestinian culture, that common thread which is distinctly Palestinian and ties Akka to Gaza to Jericho and everywhere else in between, has many forms. It is the maftoul, mansaf, msakhan, mjudarrah and karshat [popular Palestinian dishes] that we eat. It is the embroidered tho(...)

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Debate about history, 16-2-2006, between Finkelstein and Ben Ami

Contributed by Toine Van Teeffelen on 18.02.2006:

Norman Finkelstein & Former Israeli Foreign Minister Shlomo Ben-Ami Debate: Complete Transcript

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(Received through Sam Bahour's e-newsletter)

AMY GOODMAN: We turn now to one of the longest running and most bitter conflicts in modern history: Israel and the Palestinians. Well over a decade has passed since the historic Oslo Accords that brought hopes (...)

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Sugar story (Juha, the famous Arab comical hero)

Contributed by Toine Van Teeffelen on 18.02.2006:

Juha, a famous Arab rascal, is known for his wisdom but also his practical jokes. The neighbours did not like his outrageous behaviour, and seduced him to join a journey to a lonely area at the sea shore. There they threatened to drown him if he did not swear a solemn oath to stop his naughty behaviour and to eat "salt" with them. But because he already had an agreement with the Jinn (spirits(...)

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Al-KHADER

Contributed by Toine Van Teeffelen on 18.02.2006:

The following is a folklore version of a narrative told in the Koran, relayed by Moslems from Al-Khader (the village to the south-west of Bethlehem were Al-Khader, or St George, is said to have been born).

The story is about Musa (or Moses), the Great Lawgiver, who sometimes had difficulties understanding the dealings of the divine Providence, and then asked Allah for advice. Allah sen(...)

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BEDOUIN FOOD

Contributed by Toine Van Teeffelen on 18.02.2006:

To understand Arab and Palestinian food traditions it is important to go back to one of the roots of Arabic culinary culture: Bedouin life. Traditionally, Middle Eastern Bedouin followed a nomadic or semi-nomadic lifestyle. They lived in tents made of camel or goat hair. The Bedouin in the Negev tended sheep and camels which provided them with cheese, butter and yoghurt. The yoghurt was dried(...)

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Memorial Plaque of Woman at Beit Jala Greek Orthodox Cemetery

Contributed by Leyla Zuaiter on 02.02.2006:


Pictures embedded in the cemetery plaques of the deceased at the Beit Jala Greek Orthodox Cemetery help the living to remember them. Original Content Creator: Leyla Zuaiter

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Cemetery Plaque with Flowers in Beit Jala Greek Orthodox Cemetery

Contributed by Leyla Zuaiter on 02.02.2006:


May we all have as much care and attention lavished on us after our death as this person in the Beit Jala Greek Orthodox Cemetery. Original Content Creator: Leyla Zuaiter

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