Jerusalem

Rock Roses & Wild Thyme

Contributed by Umar Abu El_Barari on 17.08.2007:


Rock rose in full bloom right next to wild thyme. These two found next to each other in most places. Original Content Creator: Umar Abu El barari

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Hanoon Trail

Contributed by Umar Abu El_Barari on 17.08.2007:


Hanoon from Palestine can be found almost anywhere around Jerusalem. It marks and dots all hills, trails, beneath rocks, fields...with its beautiful bright red natural colors.

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Wild Cyclamen of Palestine “Qarn El-Ghazal”

Contributed by Umar Abu El_Barari on 17.08.2007:


Wild Cyclamen "Qarn El-Ghazal" has been one of my favorites. I have been drawing this beautiful wild flower for many years. It is the symbol of Palestine's wild flora.

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Al-Mihbash Restaurant, Jerusalem

Contributed by This Week In Palestine on 30.07.2007:

21 Nablus Road, Jerusalem

Tel. 02-628 9185, open every day from 1:00 p.m. until late at night.

Occupying the premises of the now-defunct Cairo Youth Hostel, Al-Mihbash Restaurant is housed in an old building that probably dates back to the beginning of the century. Its spacious rooms have high ceilings and feature the traditional Palestinian patterned tiles that resemble carpets(...)

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Amoun Sleem, community organizer

Contributed by This Week In Palestine on 30.07.2007:

By Daphne Marshall

Amoun Sleem is a proud community organizer and a leader within the Gypsy community of Jerusalem. After greeting us at the steps of the Gypsy Community Centre in Shuafat, Amoun leads us through a flowering garden to the centre’s front room - a colourful gift shop that displays hand-embroidered pillows, handmade quilts, and traditionally designed jewellery. Beyond the (...)

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Once Upon A Country: A Palestinian Life

Contributed by This Week In Palestine on 30.07.2007:

By Sari Nusseibeh

with Anthony David

Farrar, Strauss & Giroux, New York, 2007, 560 pages, $27.50.

Once Upon a Country is as remarkable a book about the Middle East as has been published in recent years. The story of one man’s life in the region, it is also the richest and most sympathetic account to date of the modern Palestinian outlook - a work of rare depth, compas(...)

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The African Palestinian Community in the Old City of Jerusalem

Contributed by This Week In Palestine on 30.07.2007:

By Dzouyi Therese Konanga-Nicolas

When we think of Africans and Islam, it always brings to mind the famous Bilal Ibn Rabah, the first Muezzin or caller to prayer in Mecca. Bilal was an Abyssinian slave who was mistreated by his master for accepting Islam. To rectify this inequity, Abu Bakr Al Sidiq, successor of the prophet and the first Caliph, helped to free him from his oppressors. (...)

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The Moroccan Community in Palestine

Contributed by This Week In Palestine on 30.07.2007:

By Noura al-Tijani

Their roots were in the Mediterranean and Atlantic coasts, but the hills of the Old City of Jerusalem became their new home. Since the 12th century, the Moroccan community flocked to Palestine, seeking the blessings of the Holy Land and desirous to gratify their inquisitive minds and yearning souls with its spiritual and almost mystical ambiance. Their trip was a hol(...)

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The Ansari Family of the Indian Hospice

Contributed by This Week In Palestine on 30.07.2007:

By Nourjahan Ansari

For nearly seven centuries, the Indian Hospice in Jerusalem has served as a unique and historic destination for Indian pilgrims to the Holy Land. The saga of this Hospice began in the days of the Ottoman Empire when the legendary Sufi saint, Baba Farid of Shakar Ganj, travelled to the Holy Land as a pilgrim. Out of respect for his saintly qualities, the governor all(...)

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The Gypsies of Jerusalem

Contributed by This Week In Palestine on 30.07.2007:

The Forgotten People

By Amoun Sleem

A band of itinerant musicians and dancers hired by a Persian king? A caste of entertainers, commissioned to defend their homeland against a Hunnish invasion in the 5th century? Or a number of tribes sent out to Persia to a Turko-Persian general, never to return again? How and when did the Gypsies begin their migration, and how did they end up (...)

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