Beit Jala

Beit Jala 1962 – SABAT ABU-MOHOR with her children

Contributed by Fayez (Frank) Nasser on 17.10.2007:

Beit Jala 1962 - SABAT ABU-MOHOR, daughter of Maryam Elias Abu-Mohor who was the Head and Chief Midwife of the Beit-Jala Clinic. SABAT married YA'QOOB JABRA ABU-MOHOR and had 5 children: Samir, Samia, Souhail, Issa, and Anton (vowed and named after St. Anthony). Original Content Creator: Fayez (Frank) Nass(...)

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Contributed by Fayez (Frank) Nasser on 14.10.2007:

The inhabitants of Beit Jala were, since ancient times, and still are, divided into 5 clans (Harat).

Each clan (Hara) consists of a group of families, some of which are original inhabitants and others who chose to join a particular clan. The voting or electoral rolls of Beit Jala are grouped accordingly up to present times.

Many variations in spelling of a particular same name a(...)

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Salesian’s Convent

Contributed by Turathuna Bethlehem University on 11.10.2006:

Salesian's Convent is located in the center of Beit-Jala.

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Badriyyeh’s shrine (near Beit Jala)

Contributed by Arab Educational Institute on 21.06.2006:

Not only Moslems vowed at religious shrines which were not their own. In their turn, Christians performed vows at Moslem places. For instance, the Christian women of Beit Jala used to visit the tomb of Badriyyeh (or "moon") to the west of town in the village of Waladjeh. Badriyyeh was a female weli known for her effective intercessions. The Palestinian folklorist Tawfiq Canaan provides an ext(...)

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Moslem-Christian relations: Sana’a Abu Ghosh

Contributed by Arab Educational Institute on 06.06.2006:

By Katharine von Schubert, for the Arab Educational Institute

Interview with Sana Abu Ghosh, Wednesday 11th December 2002

Head of UNRWA school in Batir village, Bethlehem, in her house in Beit Jala

Published in The Jerusalem Times

What does in mean to you to be a Palestinian Muslim?

Firstly I am an Arab, second I am Palestinian, thirdly I am Muslim. This is (...)

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The Old Man – St Nicholas

Contributed by Toine Van Teeffelen on 24.05.2006:

Beit Jala is an old Canaanite city whose name in Aramaic means "grass carpet." It hosts the Church of the Virgin and St Nicola's Church, and also a mosque for Moslems who took shelter in Beit Jala in the wake of the 1948 war. The Ras Mountain, which lies to the West of the city, is 923 metres high. On the northern part of this mountain lies the Cremisan Convent which is famous for manufacturi(...)

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Maisa Khreimi: Working under the Shadow of the Wall

Contributed by Arab Educational Institute on 23.05.2006:


The following interview by Mirvet Giacaman is with a young secretary working at a factory in Beit Jala to the west of Bethlehem. The factory borders the Wall. "How can you keep up with your responsibilities?" That's what Palestinian women in Palestine ask themselves. The economy has collapsed. There is an unemployment which sometimes reaches 50 percen(...)

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Alexander Qamar

Contributed by Toine Van Teeffelen on 07.05.2006:

Alexander Qamar is a retired factory owner from Jerusalem who lives near Aida refugee camp in Beit Jala, opposite the Wall. Here is his life story:

"Every two or three weeks the army comes knocking at the door. They have come four times since they built the Wall. They ask us to leave the house and stand for two or three hours on the street. You hear a voice outside shouting: "Open, ope(...)

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Apricot (mish-mish) – Beit Jala is known for that fruit

Contributed by Arab Educational Institute on 19.03.2006:

"Until the apricot season." Means: never. The apricot season is in the Summer but lasts only a very short time.

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The Intruders and Saint Nicholas (Beit Jala)

Contributed by Terra Sancta School For Girls on 11.03.2006:

Micheline Atick

My grandmother started her story: “In 1948 our country had more Christians than now. Most of them emigrated because of the political situation. During the war people in Beit Jala stayed in their houses. Suddenly they saw many refugees coming to seek refuge. They didn’t have a place after they lost their homes, so they came to Bethlehem and Beit Jala to start a new livin(...)

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