Ramallah

Vatche’s Garden and Restaurant

Contributed by This Week In Palestine on 18.02.2007:

Grand Park Street

Al-Masyoun, Ramallah

Tel. 02-296 5966

Open daily from 12 noon till midnight

Vatche’s Garden and Restaurant in Ramallah is a trendy establishment and is, not surprisingly, popular among local residents. The loungy vibe and Euro ambience in one room, the casual café atmosphere in another, and the lovely pool garden area make it a sure hit.

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Once Upon a Winter Night

Contributed by This Week In Palestine on 18.02.2007:

We were young and loved playing with the snow, pelting our friends and neighbours with snowballs. We enjoyed the snowfall that covered everything around us with a huge white carpet; the streets were closed and there was no transportation; and, best of all, there was no school. We spent the time at home huddled round the stove roasting chestnuts and enjoying popular dishes such as Maftool and (...)

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Harvest Time

Contributed by Turathuna Bethlehem University on 04.11.2006:

During the harvest (April-may for barley and June for wheat), the village was almost deserted as most of the inhabitants went down to the fields, leaving older people and a few others behind to guard the property. Before sunrise, members of the family would start gathering the food tools animals and others equipment for the harvest, which lasted several days. In the fields, men reaped the cro(...)

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Harvest Time

Contributed by Turathuna Bethlehem University on 03.11.2006:


In the harvest time, woman sifting wheat grain with a sieve in Ramallah area during the British Mandate period. Photo: Matson Collection, library of Congress.

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Pottery

Contributed by Turathuna Bethlehem University on 03.11.2006:


Pottery vessels were traditionally handmade by Palestinian women. On the left a decorated water jar (jarrah), in Sinjil area north of Ramallah, and on the right, there is a cooking pot (qidreh).

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Water Pots

Contributed by Turathuna Bethlehem University on 03.11.2006:


Women making water pots (zir) in a city called Beitunia near Ramallah during the British Mandate period. Photo: Matson Collection, library of Congress.

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Village of Taybeh

Contributed by Turathuna Bethlehem University on 03.11.2006:


Villagers posing by a watchtower and shelter (qasr) in a vineyard in Taybeh near Ramallah in 1937.

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A Decorative Basketry Tray

Contributed by Turathuna Bethlehem University on 03.11.2006:


A decorative basketry tray (siniyyeh) of the type used at weddings to display the trousseau. Sinjil area, north of Ramallah, 1960s.

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Basketry Articles

Contributed by Turathuna Bethlehem University on 03.11.2006:


Various basketry articles from the Sinjil area north of Ramallah, 1960s. From left to right: a tray (tabaq); a bowl; a wall decoration with a pocket for trinkets; and a trinket box (quteh). The latter two articles are decorated with floss silk.

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Palestinian Women

Contributed by Turathuna Bethlehem University on 03.11.2006:


Women wear the Palestinian embroidery dress (thob) inside their house, Ramallah, 1906. On the right bedding is stacked in a large, arched wall niche (qos). The wall is whitewashed and decorated with simple paintings, and the women are seated on a straw mat. Photo: Standard Scenic Company, Lib(...)

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