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Tarajmeh hamula

Contributed by Arab Educational Institute on 02.07.2012:

Salamat, In your web you repeat the usual error of saying that the Tarajmeh hamuleh of Bethlehem is from Italian or other Frankish people origins. This is a gross mistake. The Tarajmeh hamuleh is originally from the Galilee area. Their ancestors were warriors in the Venetian army, but not ethnic Venetians–hence there is no ethnic connection between Europeans and the Tarajmeh at all. Before the crusaders’ time, the ancestors of the Tarajmeh were warriors in the Ghassanid army, and before the Ghassanid epoch they were Hellenized Canaanites, and before that full-fledged Canaanites, and before that they descend from the pre-Canaanite tribes settled in the Sinai around 20,000 yrs ago who around 15,000 yrs ago mutated into a Levantine branch. Indeed, genetically we belong to the Haplogroup E-M123* which is present in Palestine and the rest of the Levant (“Bilad esh Sham”) since at least 15,000 yrs!!! Thus, the Tarajmeh are the descendents of the original inhabitants of Canaan and have never left their land, and not strangers from Europe. Kindly rectify your records reg the origin of the Tarajmeh clan of Bethlehem. Best Regards, Anton mansour Abu khalil el Tarajmeh



on 14.05.2019

I would love to Learn more can you give me more info. My Mom side of last name is Daoud. From Bethlehem.


on 13.12.2020

The Dawud family is from the Tarajmeh clan. It is a cousin to the Mansour-Abu Khalil family with whom they intermarried early on. Yet, while the former descend from the “Ulad harat et Tehta” the latter descend from the “Ulad Harat el foka.” These 2 denominations springs from the fact that when the 2 Jerusalemite brothers, ancestors of the Tarajmeh, settled in Bethlehem with the Franciscan Friars around 1347 the older brother moved in the ground floor of a house at the “Qos Az Zarrarah” while the younger brother (from whom Dawud descend) lived on the upper floor, as it was the tradition at that epoch. The Dawud family remained the Dawuds but some of their descendants split into several branches, as the Dawed or David (who traded with Europe) the Izmeiri (who traded with Izmir), the “Karmi” who were settled in Ain Karem by the Franciscans to manufacture mother of Pearl curios there, and some others traded in liquors and were called “Kommandari.” The Dawud family is a very prominent family, very gifted for trade and extremely adventurous. It was the first Bethlehemite family to immigrate bec of their trade in 1799 (to Brazil).


on 02.03.2021

Thanks for sharing, my mother parents were from Bethlehem, last names were Comandari Zimery


on 03.05.2022

Cordial saludo. Mi familia es apellido Sará