Beit Sahour

Shomali Family

Contributed by Rami Shomali on 04.09.2013:

Shomali Family Genealogy in the Holy Land and Diaspora:

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Life in Beit Sahour: Jaela Andoni’s Story

Contributed by Arab Educational Institute on 19.05.2008:

Interview series Anne Gough

"This land is the skin on my bones" – Mahmoud Darwish

Life in Beit Sahour


I was born on May 12, 1948 in Beit Sahour. My farther came from Jerusalem that day, where he was working, and there had been many clashes around the city. The British army was withdrawing and the Israelis were taking over. My father finally arrived home to(...)

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Fashion under Adversity

Contributed by This Week In Palestine on 10.06.2007:

By Elie Walid Hanna

Date: July 2006

Place: Beit Sahour

Event: Haute Couture Fashion Show

Sitting among the audience awaiting the event to take place, I could not but have a smile on my face as I recalled the wording on the invitation. “Haute Couture” just did not sound right in this forsaken part of the world. Yet, I was there ... the music began and models paraded(...)

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The Shepherds’ Fields

Contributed by Turathuna Bethlehem University on 30.01.2007:

According to St Luke, it was the shepherds who were the first to spread abroad the message of the Angels. In the valley east of Bethlehem, reached today by a twisting motor road, but in fact only 1100 yards (1015 m.) from the Church of the Nativity, is the village of Beth-Sahur. There is a ruin field here known in Arabic as Deir (monastery) or Kanisat al-Ru'at (Church of the Shepherds). The u(...)

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Extended Families of Beit Sahour

Contributed by Turathuna Bethlehem University on 23.01.2007:

Christian Extended Families:

-Al-Qazaha Extended Family:

In 1975 the number of its members was 2589. In includes the families of Al-Qassis, Qumsiyyah, Abu Farhah, Musallam, Rishmawi, Al-Khury, Nasr, 'Issa Zakhariyyah, Hanunah, Ishaq, Farah, Abu 'Aitah Al-Khury, Hilal, Al-Atrash, Al-Yatim.

-Al-Marashdah Extended Family:

The number of its members is 2589. It i(...)

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Beit Sahour

Contributed by Turathuna Bethlehem University on 23.01.2007:

The town of Beit Sahour lies on the eastern border of the town of Bethlehem. Its nomenclature reportedly stems from the good tidings the Magi gave to the Shepherds watching their flocks by night. The name means Shepherds' Village.

In the past the Canaanites inhabited its numerous caves. In the middle of the thirteenth century Al-'Ajajiah took shelter in Beit Sahour. They comprised the(...)

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