Ramallah

Architecture in Ramallah

Contributed by This Week In Palestine on 31.08.2007:

By Architect Usama Sakakini

If any of us remember the city of Ramallah in the 1970s and 1980s, we can see the dramatic transformation that it has gone through in terms of growth and construction. Ramallah was well-known for its good weather in summer, which gave it the privilege of becoming known as “Palestine’s Summer Resort.” Even people from the Gulf used to visit often before the 1(...)

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Dr. Naseeb Shaheen, historian

Contributed by This Week In Palestine on 31.08.2007:

Dr. Naseeb Shaheen, the son of the well-known philanthropist Azeez Shaheen, was born in Chicago in 1931, but spent three years of his childhood, from 1935-1938, in Ramallah. He began his schooling at the Friends’ School, before the family returned to the United States in 1938.

He returned to the Middle East with his father in 1958 to attend the American University of Beirut, while his (...)

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Khalil Rabah, artist

Contributed by This Week In Palestine on 31.08.2007:

Khalil Rabah’s work lies somewhere at the demarcation line between the hyped-up essentialist consumption of “subversive” work by an ever-hungry art industry and the very serious task of engaging with the issues of nationhood, essentialism, and representation within the Palestinian context. The Ramallah-based artist, who has dragged trees into gallery spaces, repeatedly pounded olives with a r(...)

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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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Ramallah: Past and Present

Contributed by This Week In Palestine on 30.08.2007:

By Issa Jamil Shihadeh

Ramallah, built on 19,000 dunums of land and located 16 kilometres north of Jerusalem, was known as “Ramalie” in 1186, when the king-consort of Jerusalem, Guy de Lusignan, offered this little village in trust to the German hospital in return for a one-year loan.

The name Ramallah is composed of “ram,” an Aramaic word that means “hill” and “Allah,” the Arab(...)

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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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Culture in Ramallah: An Overview

Contributed by This Week In Palestine on 30.08.2007:

By Fatin Farhat

In spite of the emotional and physical distance that stands between my life today and the years I spent abroad either studying or working, I still vividly recall the euphoria and the overwhelming sensations of nostalgia that relentlessly invaded me whenever I thought of Ramallah while I was away. In the most absurd fashion, I have always been attached to this strangely (...)

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Tashakeel: A haven of handmade jewellery

Contributed by This Week In Palestine on 23.06.2007:

By Shadi Abu Ayyash and Sammy Kirreh

Flanked by two of her assistants, Hiam Rohana sits in her store, bent-double, working diligently on a glass-bead necklace. Her humble store in Ramallah, Tashakeel [formations], displays an exquisite colourful assortment of handmade glass-bead necklaces.

Hiam founded the store just before the outbreak of the al-Aqsa Intifada in 2000. In spite (...)

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Palestinian Tabouleh in Guiness Book of Records – 2006

Contributed by Fuad Salem on 12.05.2007:

Palestinian chefs and onlookers gather around a large bowl of the traditional Arabic dish Tabouleh after preparing it at the Friend’s School in the Palestinian city of Ramallah, Friday, June 9, 2006.

The traditional dish made of lettuce, tomato, olive oil, cracked wheat and mint is a new record for the dish, according to organisers of the culinary achievement. View Contribution

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