Bayt Lahem

Modern ways of building houses

Contributed by Vinzenz Hokema on 25.05.2006:


The facades of newly built Palestinian houses are usually made of limestone and contain references to old styles of building (e.g. arches). This is requiered by municipal law (in Jerusalem, Bethlehem and other areas).As visible in the aperture, not the natural stones are supporting the weight of the bui(...)

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Storeys for the next generation

Contributed by Vinzenz Hokema on 18.05.2006:



In many old Palestinian homes, staircases lead up to the flat roof, looking a little bit like a room has been knocked down there. The edges of some of the walls are not sealed off and some of the building blocks reach out further than others.

But nothing has been dest(...)

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Storeys for the next generation

Contributed by Vinzenz Hokema on 18.05.2006:


In many old Palestinian homes, staircases lead up to the flat roof, looking a little bit like a room has been knocked down there. The edges of some of the walls are not sealed off and some of the building blocks reach out further than others. But nothing has been destroyed on the roof; the walls have not b(...)

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Traditional building of house walls

Contributed by Vinzenz Hokema on 18.05.2006:


Traditional Palestinian houses have very thick walls (often 100 - 120 cm), protecting the rooms from the outside temperatures, keeping the house cool in summer, and warm in winter. To save expensive stone, two parallel walls are built rather than one solid one. The gap is filled with a mixture of earth, gr(...)

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Claire Anastas

Contributed by Toine Van Teeffelen on 07.05.2006:

Claire Anastas is a Palestinian civilian living opposite Rachel’s Tomb in Bethlehem.

"I am a mother of two children, two girls and two boys. We live in this building, surrounded on three sides by a nine-meter Wall, with fourteen persons including nine children and my mother in law who is sick and has rheumatism. Only one side is open, with barely any sun coming through it. While sittin(...)

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Bethlehem THE CRADLE OF KINGS

Contributed by This Week In Palestine on 25.02.2006:

By Munir Sansur.

This Week in Palestine

May 2005

Sansur Books, Bethlehem, 2005, 219 pages, $30.

The book traces an intimate history of Bethlehem, from its beginnings as a prehistoric settlement through to the troubled times of the First Crusade. Written by the late Munir Sansur, whose family has lived in the area for generations, The Cradle of Kings is an informe(...)

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Palestinian cookies for Easter

Contributed by Toine Van Teeffelen on 18.02.2006:

These cookies are especially made at Easter. They can be prepared with dates or walnuts. Made with dates the kaek is said to resemble the crown of Jesus when He was nailed on the cross. With walnuts, the kaek is compared with the sponge from which Jesus drank water when he carried the cross. Christians prepare them also at Christmas. This recipe is known by Moslem families and made in the sam(...)

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