Place Descriptions

The Hebronite Spirit of Enterprise

Contributed by This Week In Palestine on 01.12.2011:

TWIP December 2011

By Dr. Ali Qleibo

المَالُ وَالبَنُونَ زِينَةُ الحَيَاةِ الد نيَا وَالبَاقِيَاتُ

الصالِحَاتُ خَيرٌ عِندَ رَبِكَ ثَوَابًا وَخَيرٌ أَمَلًا

Wealth and sons are allurements of the life of this world:

But the things that endure, good deeds, are best in the sight of thy Lord, as rewards, and best as (the foundation for) hopes. Al Qur’an, Suret el(...)

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Nablus Revitalised

Contributed by This Week In Palestine on 01.12.2011:

By Shadia Yousef Touqan

TWIP December 2011

The city of Nablus, with its surrounding areas, has been known for thousands of years as a main commercial and cultural centre in Palestine. It was built, destroyed, and rebuilt many times as many conquerors sought to control it for its strategic location and geographic and environmental characteristics. The mountainous nature and rich (...)

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Contributed by Toine Van Teeffelen on 09.11.2010:

Sebastia's living community sidelined for ancient ruins

Sarah Irving writing from Sebastia, occupied West Bank, Live from Palestine, 8 November 2010

Electronic Intifada

The West Bank village of Sebastia.

I have in my possession two leaflets about Sebastia, an outrageously pretty little West Bank village which you'd never guess was once a major city, the capital of (...)

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Dayr Tarif

Contributed by Jacob Abu-zeid on 19.11.2007:

عرفت في العهد الروماني باسم بيت طريف. وتقع إلى الشمال الشرقي من مدينة اللد. وترتفع 100م عن سطح البحر.

تبلغ مساحة أراضيها 8756 دونماً.

ويحيط بها

· اراضي قرى الطيرة

· وجنداس

· وبيت نبالا.

قُدر عدد عدد سكانها

· عام 1922 (836) نسمة.

· وفي عام 1945 (1750) نسمة.

قامت المنظمات الصهيونية المسلحة بهدم القرية وتش(...)

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Ramallah: Palestine’s Bustling Metropolis

Contributed by This Week In Palestine on 30.08.2007:

By Samir Hulileh, Erin Cunningham, and Hani Dajani

“Ramallah is odd. Many cultures, many faces. Never a masculine or a solemn city. Always first to catch on to some new craze,” wrote Palestinian novelist Mourid Barghouti of modern-day Palestine’s bustling de facto capital.

Odd and vibrant it is. Located in the central West Bank, the Ramallah-Al Bireh province is currently host t(...)

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Stroll along Ramallah’s Main Street

Contributed by This Week In Palestine on 30.08.2007:

By Margo Sabella

When people look back on what they remember from a particular place they grew up in, it is the energy, the street games they played, the sounds and smells, the way the breeze felt on balmy summer nights, and the taste of ice cream - Rukab ice cream in this instance. The place is Ramallah. Ramallah’s town centre of today has become so drastically different from what peo(...)

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Nightlife in Ramallah

Contributed by This Week In Palestine on 30.08.2007:

By Ghaith Nassar

I sit at the bar in Zan, a draught of Taybeh beer in my hand, and drift away from the heated political discussion between my friends as I think about the great time I had in Ramallah this summer. I remember all the great parties that were hosted in Zan and the crazy jazz jam sessions in Snobar, which included a lot of drinking and dancing and ended in swimming till 4 a(...)

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The Bethlehemian Smile

Contributed by Fuad Salem on 16.08.2007:

The hills, can be seen for miles and miles,

And the happiness upon a face, is seen, in wondrous smiles !

And gazing at majestic rolling hills, rising from the earth's floor --

Makes one want to go exploring, all around Bethlehem, finding more.

More of the beauty of Bethlehem -- "look" -- it's right before our eyes !

Don't let the occupation and the mundane t(...)

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Nablus: The Uncrowned Queen

Contributed by This Week In Palestine on 05.03.2007:

By Peter Stockton

Why the uncrowned Queen? Cynics would say that it has something to do with the ring of jewels around the town that you can see at night, the distinctive yellow lights of settlements. It could be a reference to what is called the bracelet of Kabla, whose symbols tell the mythical story of the virgin of Nablus, and which was stolen by the Israelis, one of many archaeolo(...)

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From the Ottomans to Modem Times

Contributed by Turathuna Bethlehem University on 30.01.2007:

The Ottoman Turks had been no more than a small group at the opening of the fourteenth century. By 1453 they had taken Istanbul and ended the thousand-year old Byzantine Empire. On 24 August 1516 Selim the Grim, the Ottoman Sultan, defeated Qansawh al-Ghawri, Mamluk Sultan of Egypt, in battle at Marj Dabiq. Now for 400 years all Syria and Palestine fell under Ottoman rule. Egypt was taken the(...)

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