People

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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Trio of Memorial Plaques in Greek Orthodox Cemetery in Beit Jala

Contributed by Leyla Zuaiter on 02.02.2006:


In the Beit Jala Greek Orthodox Cemetery, most of the graves are slotted into openings in the wall, which are then covered by a memorial plaque. Newer plaques have an image of the deceased framed by ornamental stonework. Built in flower holders of angels or saints are partially covered here by flowers. Orig(...)

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Camels

Contributed by Luke Powell on 31.01.2006:


Near Nebi Musa, Palestine, 1980, 35 mm Nikon F2, Nikkor lens, ©Luke Powell, 1997."The camel's owner was not much larger than I was. I probably weighed around one hundred and twenty pounds, fifty-five kilos, at the time. For the two of us a baby camel was a handfull, and when he said that we were going to(...)

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Baby Camel

Contributed by Luke Powell on 31.01.2006:


Near Nebi Musa, Palestine, 1980, 35 mm Nikon F2, Nikkor lens, ©Luke Powell, 1997."One morning near Nebi Musa I was shooting near a deep escarpment when a large camel began pestering me. This behavior was unusual, for despite their reputations, I have rarely found camels to be aggressive toward me. This o(...)

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Paradox, Perversity and Promise

Contributed by Arab Educational Institute on 31.01.2006:

A Journey into Palestinian Genealogy

By Leyla Zuaiter

First published in This Week in Palestine, January 2006.


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 Educat(...)

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Ships of Yaffa

Contributed by Ibrahim Marazka on 03.12.2005:


Ships rest in the old port of Yaffa on the background of a clear sky.

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Shelves of Memories – by Leyla Zuaiter

Contributed by Ibrahim Marazka on 17.11.2005:

The Educational Bookshop

Shelves of Memories, Shelves of Dreams

By Leyla Zuaiter

Entering the Educational Bookshop at 22 Salaheddin Street, I am embraced by almost twenty years of Jerusalem memories. Lined up neatly like books on the shelves are the milestones of the first Intifada, the hesitant hope of Oslo, the exciting build-up to Bethlehem 2000, the heartbreak(...)

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