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This Week in Palestine`s Print Edition
This week in
www.thisweekinpalestine.com
Issue No. 70, February 2004
Message from the Editor
I will not broach the subject of politics in
my message, except to say that some of the
controversial articles that we publish generate
the kind of healthy debate that we think will
foster the acceptance of divergent opinions
and instil the democratic process further in our
society. (Read The Last Word on page 62.)
I will dwell, on the other hand, on the positive
things that are happening all around. February
will witness the first ever film festival to take
place on Palestinian soil. Organised by the
dynamic Yabous Productions – the organisers
of the highly popular Jerusalem Festival every
summer – the film festival will feature films
by Palestinian directors working in Palestine
and in the Diaspora. Cinema enthusiasts are
very excited about the participation of the
world-famous filmmaker Miguel Littin who is
of Palestinian-Chilean origin. His presence will
definitely lend a lot of weight to the festival.
Learn more about Littin and his achievements
in our column Artist of the Month.
This month we shed some light on the
Palestinian Ministry of Education and Higher
Education and its accomplishments in the
past ten years. As the sole body that governs
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education at all levels, it is entrusted with a
tremendous amount of responsibility in churning
future generations. We also shed light on the
person who was behind our Palestinian Kitchen
column for two years. Chef Sufian Mustafa
had to leave the country because he, a native
Palestinian, did not have a residency permit!
Such is the sad fate of many Palestinians.
But let us forget our worries momentarily.
Check out the programme of the film festival
and try to get in as many as possible. And happy
Eid Al-Adha to all.
Tony A. Khoury
Editor
Advisory Board (Alphabetically)
Dr. Hasan Abu Libdeh
Bureau Chief, Prime Minister’s Office
Sam Bahour
PLAZA Shopping Centers
Ziad Khalaf
A.M. Qattan Foundation
Mounir Kleibo
UNDP/PAPP
Dr. Sabri Saidam
Internet Society – Palestine Chapter
Museums .....................................................34
Cultural Centers...........................................35
Accommodation ...........................................38
Restaurants .................................................42
Restaurant Review ......................................47
Herbal Medicine...........................................47
Transportation .............................................48
Travel Agencies ...........................................49
Airlines .........................................................51
Diplomatic Missions .....................................51
Banks...........................................................53
Statistics ......................................................54
Health ..........................................................55
Emergency ..................................................56
Maps & where to go............................... 57-61
The Last Word .............................................62
Intentional Destruction of the Historic City of
Nablus ...........................................................3
Tamer Institute for Community Education......5
The Geneva Accord .......................................8
JERICHO .....................................................10
Events..........................................................13
Film Reviews ...............................................22
The Ministry of Education ............................24
Personality of the Month ..............................26
Artist of the Month .......................................28
Book of the Month .......................................29
Cyber Palestine ...........................................30
Website Review ...........................................31
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task of protecting its cultural heritage. Many
archaeological sites, historical buildings,
public and religious buildings have been
the target of the Israeli military aggression.
But the old city of Nablus represents the
most severe case. The damage in Nablus is
spread all over the old city, including private
dwellings, religious buildings (churches,
mosques and sanctuaries), traditional soap
factories, old markets, historical bathhouses,
water tunnels and the city’s infrastructure.
The damage in the historic core is estimated
at more than 70% of the city’s fabric and
includes Al-Khadra Mamluk Mosque, the
Greek Orthodox Church, and the Sheikh
Musallam Sanctuary. Six traditional soap
factories, including Al-Nabulsi and Canaan
factories in Al-Yasmina quarter, and the
Caravansarei of Khan Et-Tujjar were
demolished. More than one hundred private
dwellings are estimated to have suffered
partial or complete damage, including the
damage to the infrastructure such as roads,
electricity supply and sewage.
The name of Nablus is identified with the
Roman city of Neapolis founded in 72 AD
by the Flavian emperors and it has been
continuously inhabited since then. It is the
At the time when the world was celebrating
the advent of the New Year 2004, the Israeli
military was busy demolishing the remaining
part of the historic town in Nablus. During
a week of continued military siege imposed
on the city, a series of historic buildings were
demolished by the Israeli forces, including the
Abdelhadi Palace in the Qaryoun quarter. The
palace, which was built in the 17th century, is
regarded as a major cultural heritage site in
the old city of Nablus. Archaeological tunnels
and more than five other major buildings were
also demolished.
We recall the great damage that has
been inflicted on cultural heritage sites in
the Palestinian areas since October 2000.
These sites have suffered military bombing
and shelling, causing partial or even total
destruction. The attack on cultural heritage
sites has intensified since the major incursion
in April 2002, causing irreparable damage,
especially in the historic towns and cities,
including Bethlehem, Hebron, Gaza, Beit
Jala, Tulkarem, Salfit, Jenin and Nablus.
Sieges, curfews, roadblocks and military
closures imposed on Palestinian cities and
villages have prevented the Palestinian
Department of Antiquities from attending to its
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political and economic capital of
the northern districts of Palestine.
The city, famed for its history,
handicrafts and sweets, looks now
as though it was devastated by a
severe earthquake. The collapsed
buildings have created a situation
of great danger to public safety.
In addition to the many people
who were killed and wounded,
hundreds of families were obliged
to leave their homes forever.
The old city of Nablus is an
important component of the
cultural identity of the Palestinian
people and an integral part of its
heritage. Its intentional destruction
has an adverse consequence on
the human dignity and the human
rights of the Palestinian people. At
the same time its destruction is a
great loss for humanity.
The renewed attack on the old
city of Nablus is a clear violation of
the UNESCO declaration against
intentional destruction of cultural heritage. The Palestinian Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities
appeals to the international community, especially the UNESCO World Heritage Committee
and other international organizations to condemn Israel for its continuous violations of
international law and its targeting of cultural heritage sites. The Ministry urges the member
states of UNESCO and its director general to take immediate measures to stop the intentional
destruction of cultural heritage in the old city of Nablus.
Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities
Department of Antiquities and Cultural Heritage
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The Struggle for Books: A Struggle for Liberation
Tamer Institute for Community Education
By Jehan Helou
to cumulative knowledge and wisdom,
transcending borders, diversity and cultures.
Tamer matured to support the Palestinians’
endeavour to cherish the road to education
and knowledge.
Tamer constantly receives requests for
books or for training from one of the newly
established embryonic libraries, especially
those in the marginalized areas. Though
Tamer’s project for activating and providing
training for 60 community-based children’s
libraries in the Occupied Palestinian
Territories (OPT) has finished its initial
phase, Tamer has become the address
for training librarians and promoting
children’s libraries that are mushrooming in
Palestine, to compensate for the long years
of deprivation when there were barely any.
Libraries are becoming crucial to the lives
of many children. The minute a curfew is
lifted, children run to their library to borrow
a book or to join an activity taking place
there. Moreover, Tamer has become the
address for providing books for children and
youth, despite the fact that the "Supporting
Literacy in Emergency Situations" Project
has completed its first phase. Requests for
books keep pouring in and many books have
gone out of print. This is largely due to the
fact that Tamer has, in the past 15 months,
distributed 20 thousand copies of each of
the 15 quality books it had published earlier.
The books reached UNRWA-run and private
schools, libraries and community-based
centres. Thousands of these books were
distributed as educational kits to children or
their families in areas where education was
disrupted the most. Moreover, these books
became complimentary to the curriculum,
marking an important development in
children’s literature programmes.
In recent years Tamer has increased its
publication capabilities in response to the
great demand for, and the shortage of, books
in Palestine. Tamer believes that books are a
great necessity in conflict areas and are the
best psycho-social tool in extremely traumatic
The motto of Tamer Institute’s "Summer
Days," which convened last July, was
a quotation from Socrates, ‘I cannot teach
you anything but I can teach you how
to think.’ Tamer, entering its 15th year is
persistent in its efforts to create interactive
learning atmospheres for children and youth.
The pillars of Tamer’s programmes are:
encouraging the habit of reading, publishing
quality books, providing spaces for creative
expression, and encouraging voluntary
community initiatives and democratic
dialogue among youth.
Despite obstacles, closures and the
very oppressive situation, there is always
something new and exciting to look forward
to at Tamer Institute. Recently, two very
exciting books were published. One is the
long-awaited "The Gallant Five," by the
Palestinian children’s writer and well-known
humanitarian activist Henriette Siksik and
the other is the award-winning Irish book
"Under the Hawthorn Tree." The first book
was published in English in the USA forty
years ago. Barely two weeks after the book’s
appearance in Arabic, more than 25 young
girls and boys who had just read "The Gallant
Five" met at Tamer’s library, enthusiastically
discussing the book!
Tamer Institute for Community Education
is a not-for-profit NGO that blossomed
during the first Intifada, when literacy rates
were declining due to the Israeli occupation
and its policies of school closures, and nonformal education started. Tamer recognized
that education and books are part of the
Palestinian people’s empowerment process
against a mighty and ruthless enemy
that wants to subjugate them through the
weakening of their educational institutions
and their pursuit of knowledge, since
knowledge is power. Tamer realized that
the struggle of the Palestinian people for
books has been part of their struggle for
liberation and against dispossession, and
that books are their door to the wider world,
to the treasures of the human genius,
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activities related to the national heritage,
culture and history of the country, and library
festivals. Tamer’s youth (Nakheel) teams
are crucial in organizing and implementing
many of the campaign’s activities. The
teams, based in different areas, are also
encouraged to do voluntary work and
develop their life skills. Tamer encourages
intercultural consciousness and tolerance.
Many of the workshops aim to help children
and youth realize their rights through direct
and indirect knowledge. This will empower
them positively to struggle for their rights and
for social change and justice in their society.
Tamer is involved in advocacy work mostly on
the issue of the Palestinian children’s rights
and their right to education. Last year there
were touching posters and postcards about
the grave Israeli violations of Palestinian
children’s right to education. Tamer is one of
the founders of the Palestinian Child Rights’
Coalition and is a member of its coordination
committee.
situations, as well as the best guarantee for
children’s mental and spiritual growth. Priority
in the choice of books is given to Palestinian
writers, and then to translated books which
expose children to other cultures and wider
knowledge. "Journey to Jo’burg" and "Chain
of Fire" by Beverley Naidoo, which portray
the life and strife of children and youth in
South Africa against the evils of Apartheid,
are good examples of such books.
Tamer works through its large Resource
Centre at promoting children’s books and the
quality of picture books through workshops
for writers and illustrators. Tamer hosts the
Palestinian chapter of the International Board
of Books for Youth (IBBY), and is the focal
point for children’s literature in Palestine.
Most books (around 60 titles and 22 short
stories by children) published are attractive
and entertaining and promote children’s
rights, equal opportunities, gender equality,
diversity and the integration of persons
with special needs. In addition to literature,
Tamer has published beautiful books on the
geography and heritage of Palestine and
entertaining books on mathematics. Tamer
is the first to publish around eleven literature
books in Braille.
One of the main
characters of the
campaign are the
seven reading
‘passports,’ which
are designed like
a national passport
with personal
information in which
the child writes about
the books he reads.
Upon completion of
the seven passports
the child becomes
a member of the
reading club in his
local library. This very simple idea became
a catalyst to encourage children to read, as
it symbolized the yearning of Palestinian
children for real passports in their free state.
The reading campaign also encourages the
entire community to donate books to be
distributed to marginalized libraries in its
‘I donated a book’ campaign. The yearly
average number of books donated is around
1,500 books.
read and followed with concern by parents
and adults in general, as is the case with
Tamer’s books. Many of the writers in Yara’at
are regarded as promising future writers.
Obstacles and Challenges
Tamer Institute is worried about the
mounting obstacles facing Palestinian civil
society. However, Tamer is determined to
pursue its programmes despite financial
and logistic hardships and is looking to the
support and participation of the Palestinian
community for the success of its projects.
Tamer affirms that, against all odds, new
seeds are being planted in fertile soil;
Tamer’s logo, a poppy breaking through
rocky soil, represents this. Books have
become an important part of children’s
lives, who are becoming more confident
and self assertive, and are developing
critical thinking techniques and an inquisitive
mind. Books have empowered children and
transformed their perception of education
and knowledge and their outlook on society
and on the ‘other.’ Most importantly, books
are enabling children to transcend into an
imagined, beautiful world which they yearn
to be a part of and for which they will struggle
to build in their homeland.
My First Book Competition
Children are asked to submit their original
writings and illustrations to be published in
a book. This very pioneering project has
resulted in tens of interesting stories that
reflect the sufferings, dreams, fears, humour,
values and imagination of the children, all
beautifully illustrated and expressed. These
stories break the taboo that children only
write their homework and are not encouraged
to express themselves due to the tight and
over-protective paternal system.
National Reading Week
By promoting the habit of reading among
children and youth, Tamer aims to emphasize
the bond between children and books, which
in turn will contribute to developing other
skills in the field of language, expressive
writing, imagination, perception, critical
thinking and reasoning, thus contributing to
their empowerment. The National Reading
Week (NRW), which is the culmination of the
year-round campaign that involves hundreds
of Palestinian cultural and social institutes,
usually takes place during the first week of
April to coincide with the International Day
of Children’s Books and the Palestinian
Children’s Day. The NRW has become
a sacred event not to be missed or halted
for any reason. The campaign’s activities
include book discussions and reviews,
creative writing workshops, learning through
drama, general knowledge contests, drawing
and painting, literary readings, storytelling,
poetry recitals, theatrical performances,
Yara’at
Yara’at is a platform for creative writing
and free expression for youth from all over
the OPT. It is successfully surviving since its
preliminary beginning in 1992 and despite
the fact that its shape and distribution have
changed recently due to financial reasons.
Youth (8 – 21 years) express their personal
experiences, feelings and ideas through
creative writing. The material is chosen by a
young editorial team. Yara’at is also widely
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Mrs. Jehan Helou is the general director
of Tamer Institute for Community Education.
Learn more about Tamer and its activities at
www.tamerinst.org
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The Geneva Accord:
Victim of An Ugly Campaign of Misrepresentation
By Elias Zananiri*
in the Accord. This is again another form of
misrepresentation of realities. Besides, the
fact that the presence of those two early
warning stations cannot continue for longer
than 15 years without the prior and explicit
agreement of the State of Palestine has been
deliberately ignored.
Did the writer really read the Accord?
I doubt it. When discussing the issue of
Jerusalem, he preferred to use ambiguous
words to create an impression that Jerusalem
under the Geneva Accord and Jerusalem
according to the Wall map are the same: a
claim that is not worthy of an argument.
The misrepresentation of the Geneva
Accord goes on when the writer claims that
"the most significant thing in the Accord
is that it emphasizes that there will be no
further claims by Palestinian refugees."
He failed to say that Palestinian refugees
would present no further claims until after
the implementation of the Accord, which in
itself safeguards their rights and stipulates a
solution for their plight. The Geneva Accord
proposes a set of options for Palestinian
refugees in chooseing their country of
permanent residence, including Israel itself,
the State of Palestine, the current host country
or a third country. However, all those choices,
stated as explicitly as possible in the Accord,
were totally ignored by the writer who must
have thought to himself that disregarding
specific articles in the Accord simply erases
them from existence. Isn’t that another form
of misrepresentation of facts?
The Geneva Accord provides a permanent
settlement to the Arab-Israeli conflict and to
the Palestinian cause according to UN
resolutions, to PLO and PNC resolutions
and according to resolutions adopted at a
number of Arab summits, the most recent
of which was the one held in Beirut in 2002.
However, the writer claimed that the Accord
"in its entirety puts an end to the Palestinians’
just cause." Manipulating the emotions of
millions of Palestinians who have seen no
chance of a just and comprehensive peace,
I was shocked upon reading the article
published in the January issue of "This Week
In Palestine" titled "No to the Wall Means
No to the Geneva Accord." Mr. Juma’ argued
that the kind of state the Accord refers to "is
the main reason why Palestinians reject the
Accord." To explain his view, he claimed that
the "Accord is in line with the Apartheid Wall,
entrapping and slicing the West Bank while
being totally removed from the reality of the
occupation, which, like the Wall, continues
unhindered." Is that so? Without even going
into details, looking at two different maps,
that of the Geneva Accord for Permanent
Settlement and that of the Separation Wall,
one can see the vast difference between
them. Moreover, the two maps prove how
ignorant and blind one is when claiming that
no to the Geneva Accord means no to the
Separation Wall.
As a matter of fact, there is no mention of
the Separation Wall in the Geneva Accord.
The reason is very simple: the wall does not
exist under the Geneva Accord. The Accord
clearly defines the borders of the Palestinian
state along the 4 June 1967 borders, with
minor adjustments that do not exceed 2.3
percent of the land, including lands to be
swapped on a 1:1 basis between the two
states, Israel and Palestine. I no longer
wonder why some people are opposed
to the Accord without even reading it. The
reason is very clear. Subjection to this kind
of systematic misrepresentation of facts
can certainly lead people to draw wrong
conclusions.
The Accord explicitly states that Israel
"may maintain two Early Warning Stations
in the northern and central West Bank."
However, Mr. Juma’ preferred to read the text
in a different way, claiming that the Accord
"mentions that there will be Israeli presence
in various locations in the West Bank." Using
the term "various" was not accidental. It
was meant to create a false impression as
if Israel is going to have a number of early
warning stations and not only two, as stated
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enslavement for the sake of the Jewish
state." Is that true? How can one consider
a major achievement for Zionism an Accord
that, once implemented, will put an end to the
suffering of millions of Palestinian refugees
whose status in the Diaspora faces the
worst case of uncertainty and plight? How
one can consider a major achievement for
Zionism a settlement that would finally allow
the Palestinian people to practise their selfdetermination in a state of their own along
the borders of June 1967?
A settlement that leads to the release of all
Palestinian and Arab prisoners incarcerated
in Israel in less than 30 months, dismantles
the overwhelming majority of Jewish
settlements in the Occupied Territories,
recognizes the inalienable sovereignty of the
Palestinian state over Al-Haram Al- harif and
the Dome of the Rock in addition to the three
major quarters of the Old City of Jerusalem
and recognizes Arab East Jerusalem as the
capital of the Palestinian state can in no way
be an achievement of a Zionist dream. It is
the achievement of dreams and aspirations
the Palestinians have always longed for.
he claimed that the Accord "is demanding the
re-structuring of the curriculum and cultural
exchange programs in order to rewrite history
so that there will be no Nakba, no expulsion,
no dispossession, no destroyed villages, no
massacres, no martyrs, no destroyed homes,
no confiscated lands." What he chose to
ignore is the fact that proper implementation
of the Accord, eventually and hopefully I must
say, will make sure that there will be no
more Nakba for the Palestinians, no more
expulsion, no more dispossession, no more
destroyed villages, no more massacres, no
more martyrs, no more destroyed homes and
no more confiscated lands. What happened
in the past belongs to a history our people will
never forget. However, we are not destined
to live as prisoners of our past. We have an
obligation towards our nation, our people
and our children and grandchildren to design
a better future. Unless some want us to lose
our future the way we lost our past.
Mr. Juma’ further messed things up as
he concluded his analysis with yet another
misrepresentation. "The Geneva Accord
if it succeeds," he said, "will be a major
achievement for Zionism in negating and
erasing history, denying Palestinians
their inalienable rights, and dooming the
Palestinian future to ghettoization and
*The writer, a Palestinian journalist, is
media and public relations consultant to the
Palestinian Group of the Geneva Initiate.
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Stories from Palestine
JERICHO
Oasis Town
By Delia Khano
replanted and are doing well. Sometimes one
sees a gazelle peering shyly from between
the huge frayed leaves.
Being easy-going people who make
no undue effort to improve their lot, the
Jerichans did not take a very evident part
in the Palestinian Intifadas but they have
nevertheless been severely punished by
closures of one sort or another. Our family
has a small house on a quiet lane off the
main Jerusalem-Tiberias road, but we are
only intermittently able to go there. Every
Sunday that it is possible between October
and April, when the weather is balmy but not
hot, we drive the 20 miles from Jerusalem
to Jericho, shaking off urban sprawl and
relentless traffic, dropping from 2,500 feet
above sea-level to 800 feet below, and come
to the greenness and peace of Riha, as the
Arabs call it, ‘the city of fragrance.’
We pick the citrus in December and
January, but some oranges stay till the end
of March like baubles on Wonderland trees.
From mid-March to mid-April the scent of
the blossom is truly heavenly, and the vines
on their trellises, which are also sprouting
anew, join with the dense, pointed cypresses
beyond the lane to give us shade on our
veranda. Sombre bulbuls, the occasional
pair of hoopoes, the mundane blackbird
and the little, darting purple sunbird flit from
lemon-tree to yellow flowering shrub. There
is not much traffic in our lane: a few cars,
an occasional donkey-cart, many people
Jericho is a sleepy agricultural town, which
is actually an oasis in the great rift that runs
from Galilee down into Africa – known in this
part of it as the Jordan Valley. Being below
sea level, it is several degrees warmer than
the hill country and is considered a winter
resort by families from East Jerusalem,
Ramallah and Bethlehem. Several springs
feed its irrigation channels and are the lifeblood of the town.
Citrus is the main produce, though it
was only developed after 1948 when the
Palestinians could no longer reach their
groves in Jaffa. Some of the larger orchards
have their own Artesian wells, but usually
water comes from the spring and is ‘bought’
with the house. When it gushes along the
channels by the roadside, the house-owner
or gardener is allowed to open the sluices to
his garden for 20 minutes per week and soak
the ground around the trees.
The Jericho orange is one of the most
delicious in any country: ovular rather than
spherical, it has a very thin inner skin and
a taste that is neither too sharp nor too
sweet. Some people call it a ‘Cleopatra’
after the enchanting queen who was given
land in the valley by her Roman lover Mark
Anthony. But there were no oranges there
in her day. Sweet-smelling balsam was the
main produce. Now bananas are second in
importance to the citrus: the Jericho banana
is small but sweet and mellow; devastated by
frost some years ago, the groves have been
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After lunch we sometimes take our
visitors, if they do not know the country, to
see the excavations about half a mile to the
northwest. For Jericho is one of the oldest
cities in the world, and in the 1950s and 60s
Kathleen Kenyon revealed the elaborate
fortifications of a city of 7000 BC – a time
when it was thought no settled habitation
existed. She sliced through the dust-brown
Tell to find an impressive tower of the
period. Though she found evidence of later
habitations, there was little of the Iron Age;
only some stumps of stone remains that
could be from the wall that ‘fell down flat’ at
the blast of Joshua’s trumpets.
The New Testament city was built by
Herod the Great about two miles south of
the ancient city, and it was there in Jesus’
day that the Jewish pilgrims from Galilee
and Transjordan stopped on their way to
Jerusalem. There too Zacchaeus climbed
a sycamore tree to get a better view of the
Master. But sometimes Jesus went between
Galilee and Jerusalem via Samaria, as he did
not share the other Jews’ prejudice against
the Samaritans.
Looking westward from our garden, one
sees the grim face of the Wilderness of
Judea, dust-brown like the Tell but rising to
a great height. Directly in our line of vision
is the Monastery of Quarantina (Forty Days)
walking, bicycles often with 2 or 3 boys per
bike and some small herds of goats.
We come to the house early and set out
to buy some food for the alfresco lunch. On
the way to the main shopping street we pass
a locked and shuttered house where citrus
litter the ground and there is an old wooden
plough. It belongs to someone in Jordan
who can no longer reach his property. Our
first stop is the butcher: this is a social event
and my husband is greeted as ami, ‘uncle;’
other men drop in to buy meat or have a chat,
and one asks us to dial a telephone number
as he doesn’t know how. Turkish coffee is
served and I think I may be one of the few
Englishwomen to have a cup of coffee at
the butcher’s on a regular basis. Next we
buy some hommos, which is mixed and
pounded by a master of the craft: he uses
cooked chickpeas, sesame paste, lemon
juice, garlic, hot pepper and parsley. Then to
another little specialist restaurant to buy ful,
a dip popular in Egypt: fiery green peppers
are sliced small, mixed with lemon juice and
hot water and tipped over tiny, cooked broad
beans which are scooped from an elegant
copper pitcher with a long copper ladle.
These we take back to the house ready for
lunch. When the guests arrive, family and
friends together demolish the salads and
then the barbecued meat and chicken.
Photos: Garo Nalbandian
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earliest times and marked by many mellowed
shrines, monasteries and churches – is the
nearest point on the River to the Cave of
Quarantina. (The site at the outlet from the
River Jordan is made up by the Israelis since
the 1967 War.)
The thought came to me: if there was no
military area by the river and one could walk
in a straight line from the site of the baptism
to that grotto in the Wilderness, would one
walk through what is now our garden?
‘And did those feet in ancient time…?’
built by the Greeks like a swallows’ nest in
the steep hillside in front of the cave where
traditions says Jesus fasted and struggled
against temptation. Matthew and Mark
are fairly similar in their accounts: Jesus
was baptised by John in the river and he
came straight up out of the water; the Spirit
descended like a dove and God’s voice
was heard. And straightway he was led (or
driven) by the Spirit into the Wilderness to
be tested.
He must have walked across the Valley
from the Jordan River (which meanders down
through the rift not far from modern Jericho)
and climbed up to the desolate hills we were
looking at. The traditional place of baptism
– honoured by Christian pilgrims since the
Delia Khano is a long-time resident
in Jerusalem, co-founder of the Guiding
Star and authoress of “By Eastern
Windows.”
Note: Please make sure to contact the venue to
check if the programme is still running.
Al-Quds University
Jerusalem, a Palestinian Perspective
Guided tours in the Old city
Spoken Arabic language classes
Inter-disciplinary seminars on Jerusalem
Arabic Calligraphy Workshops
EAST JERUSALEM
Al-Mamal Contemporary Art Foundation, tel.
02-6283457; Ascension Church, Augusta
Victoria, tel. 02-6287704; Centre for Jerusalem
Studies, Al-Quds University, tel. 02-6287747;
Church of the Redeemer, tel. 02-6276111; Issaf
Nashashibi Centre for Culture and Literature,
tel. 02-5813233; Palestinian National Theatre
(PNT), tel. 02-6280957; Turkish Cultural Centre,
tel. 02-5400592, YWCA, tel. 02-6282593
For more information please contact CJS
Tel + 02-6569058/9 Fax + 02-6569069
Email: [email protected]
Website: www.jerusalem-studies.org
Friday 27
11:00 Film: Harry Potter, PNT
17:00 Film: Harry Potter, PNT
Saturday 28
17:00 Film: Barbie 1, PNT
Sunday 29
11:00 Play: Gandourah and Friends, PNT
17:00 Play: Gandourah and Friends, PNT
ART
Thursday 26
17:00 Meet the Artist: Palestinian artist Sliman
Mansour presents his artwork in slides with
an open discussion on “The Effect of Bezalel
Academy’s Education on Palestinian Artists,”
Al-Mamal
FILMS
The Turkish Cultural Centre will screen Turkish
films upon request Mondays through Fridays
between 10:00 – 19:00. Please call 02-5400592
for details.
Tuesday 17
18:00 Videoprogram in Palestine: Pilot for an
Egyptian Air Hostess: Soap Opera (Arabic),
Al-Mamal
Wednesday 18
18:00 Videoprogram in Palestine: Saving Face;
Mounzer; and The Room (Arabic), Al-Mamal
Thursday 19
18:00 Videoprogram in Palestine: Houna Wa
Roubbama Hounak (Arabic), Al-Mamal
Friday 20
18:00 Videoprogram in Palestine: Letters to
Francine (Arabic), Al-Mamal
Saturday 21
18:00 Videoprogram in Palestine: The Lost Film
(Arabic), Al-Mamal
Thursday 26
17:30 Palestine Film Festival – Dreams of a
Nation. Opening night: They do not Exist, Return
to Haifa, YWCA
Friday 27
17:30 Palestine Film Festival – Dreams of
a Nation: A Caged Bird’s Song, Gaza Tea Boy,
A Childhood of Mines, A Boy Called Mohammed,
YWCA
20:30 Palestine Film Festival – Dreams of a
Nation: Coming Back, Rana’s Wedding,
YWCA
CHILDREN’S ACTIVITIES
Thursday 5
17:00 Play: Opening of Zingo & Ringo, PNT
Friday 6
11:00 Play: Opening of Zingo & Ringo, PNT
Saturday 7
17:00 Play: Opening of Zingo & Ringo, PNT
Sunday 8
11:00 Play: Zingo & Ringo, PNT
17:00 Play: Zingo & Ringo, PNT
Friday 13
11:00 Film: Barbie 2, PNT
17:00 Film: Barbie 2, PNT
Saturday 14
17:00 Film: Spiderman, PNT
Sunday 15
11:00 Play: Laugh With Us, PNT
16:00 Play: Laugh With Us, PNT
Thursday 19
17:00 Play: Opening of The Colours Game
Story, PNT
Friday 20
11:00 Play: Opening of The Colours Game
Story, PNT
Saturday 21
17:00 Play: Opening of The Colours Game
Story, PNT
Sunday 22
11:00 Play: The Colours Game Story, PNT
17:00 Play: The Colours Game Story, PNT
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Saturday 28
17:30 Palestine Film Festival – Dreams of a
Nation: The Agony, Egteyah, YWCA
20:30 Palestine Film Festival – Dreams of
a Nation: Jeremy Hardy vs. the Israeli Army,
YWCA
Sunday 29
17:30 Palestine Film Festival – Dreams of a
Nation: Debris, Mafateeh, YWCA
20:30 Palestine Film Festival – Dreams of a
Nation: Chronicle of a Disappearance,
YWCA
Ka’ak on the Sidewalk, like twenty impossibles,
La Danse Eternelle, Four Songs for Palestine,
YWCA
20:30 Palestine Film Festival – Dreams of a
Nation: Planet of the Arabs, I am Palestine, Visit
Iraq, Across Oceans-Among Colleagues, YWCA
Tuesday March 2
17:30 Palestine Film Festival – Dreams of a
Nation. Closing night: Going for a Ride, Diary of
an Art Competition, Deluge, Song on a Narrow
Path, YWCA
20:30 Palestine Film Festival – Dreams of a
Nation: The Jackal of Nahueltoro, YWCA
TOURS
Saturday 14
10:30 Jerusalem, A Palestinian Perspective:
Mt. of Olives in Monotheistic Religions (call for
details), Al-Quds University
Saturday 21
10:30 Jerusalem, A Palestinian Perspective: The
Churches of the Status Quo (call for details),
Al-Quds University
Sunday 22
10:30 Jerusalem, A Palestinian Perspective:
The Separation Wall (call for details), Al-Quds
University
Monday March 1
17:30 Palestine Film Festival – Dreams of
a Nation: A Woman Like a Flower, There is Still
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BETHLEHEM and BEIT JALA
Bethlehem Peace Centre, tel. 02-2766677;
The Cardinal House, tel. 02-2764778; Inad
Theatre, tel. 02-2766263; International Centre of
Bethlehem (Dar Annadwa), tel. 02-2770047
ART
Thursday 12
16:00 Gallery talk with the artist Steve Sabella,
International Centre
17:00 Inauguration of the exhibition “Negotiation
of Memory” for Palestinian artist Mohamad Harb
(through Feb. 29th, daily from 10:00-16:00),
Peace Centre
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Friday 20
10:00 Inauguration of the exhibition “Untitled” for
Palestinian artist Ghassan Salsaa’ in cooperation
with the Cardinal House (through March 22nd,
daily from 10:00-16:00), Peace Centre
Saturday 28
17:00 Inauguration of an exhibition (video installation) entitled "Fasateen" by Palestine artist Raeda
Adon from Acre, International Centre
CHILDREN’S ACTIVITIES
Thursday 5
15:30 – 16:30 Ballet for girls, Peace Centre
18:00 Comedy show by Inad Theatre,
International Centre
Friday 6
09:30 – 11:30 Art workshops for kids, Peace Centre
11:30 – 12:30 Storytelling for kids, Peace Centre
15:00 Film: Air Bud, International Centre
Saturday 7
15:30 – 16:30 Ballet for girls, Peace Centre
Thursday 12
15:30 – 16:30 Ballet for girls, Peace Centre
Friday 13
09:30 – 11:30 Art workshops for kids, Peace
Centre
11:30 – 12:30 Storytelling for kids, Peace Centre
Saturday 14
15:30 – 16:30 Ballet for girls, Peace Centre
Sunday 15
11:00 Play: The Colours Game Story by the
Palestinian National Theatre, Peace Centre
Thursday 19
15:30 – 16:30 Ballet for girls, Peace Centre
Friday 20
09:30 – 11:30 Art workshops for kids, Peace Centre
11:30 – 12:30 Storytelling for kids, Peace Centre
Saturday 21
15:30 – 16:30 Ballet for girls, Peace Centre
Thursday 26
15:30 – 16:30 Ballet for girls, Peace Centre
Friday 27
09:30 – 11:30 Art workshops for kids, Peace Centre
11:30 – 12:30 Storytelling for kids, Peace Centre
Saturday 28
15:30 – 16:30 Ballet for girls, Peace Centre
CONCERTS
Saturday 21
19:00 Rap concert with Clotaire K in cooperation
with the French Cultural Centre and the French
Consulate, International Centre
EXHIBITION
Friday 20
10:00 Inauguration of the First Bethlehem Book
Exhibition (through Feb. 22nd, daily from 10:0016:00), Peace Centre
Monday March 1
18:00 Palestine Film Festival – Dreams of a
Nation: Olive Harvest, Red Crescent
20:30 Palestine Film Festival – Dreams of a
Nation: Jenin… Jenin, Red Crescent
Tuesday March 2
18:00 Palestine Film Festival – Dreams of a
Nation. Closing night: Coming Back, Mafateeh,
Red Crescent
FILMS
Thursday 5
18:00 SWAT, Peace Centre
Thursday 12
18:00 Alex and Emma, Peace Centre
Thursday 19
18:00 Screening of the documentaries “Ijtiyah”
and “Tahadi” by Palestinian filmmaker Nizar
Hassan, followed by a discussion with the
director, International Centre
18:00 Bad Boys II, Peace Centre
Thursday 26
18:00 The Medallion, Peace Centre
Friday 27
17:00 The Pianist, International Centre
NABLUS
Centre Culturel Francais (CCF), tel. 09-2385914
ART
Tuesday 24
11:00 Inauguration of an exhibition on the
work of Palestinian architect Ja’far Tuqan, in
cooperation with the CCF, at the gallery of the
Faculty of Fine Arts at Al-Najah University’s new
campus (through March 9th), Al-Najah University
PLAYS
Saturday 28
18:00 Abu Shaker “The Instructor” by Ashtar for
Theatre Production, Peace Centre
SPECIAL EVENTS
Friday 13
16:30 "Getting to Guatemala: God's Curse?"
A presentation by Palestinian kids travelling to
Guatemala, International Centre
Monday 23
17:00 A presentation on the Separation Wall by
the Negotiations Support Unit, to coincide with
the opening statements by the United Nations
and its member states at the International Court
of Justice in the Hague, followed by a candle
light procession on Manger Square, Peace
Centre
NAZARETH
Elsana Cinematheque, tel. 04-6467138
FILMS
Thursday 26
18:00 The Palestine Film Festival – Dreams of a
Nation. Opening night: The Jackal of Nahueltoro,
Elsana
20:30 The Palestine Film Festival – Dreams of a
Nation: Chronicle of a Disappearance, Elsana
Friday 27
18:00 The Palestine Film Festival – Dreams of a
Nation: Ticket to Jerusalem, Elsana
20:30 The Palestine Film Festival – Dreams of
a Nation: They do not Exist, Return to Haifa,
Elsana
Saturday 28
18:00 The Palestine Film Festival – Dreams of a
Nation: In the Ninth Month, Elsana
Sunday 29
18:00 The Palestine Film Festival – Dreams of
a Nation: Transparency, This is not Living, Four
Songs for Palestine, Elsana
20:30 The Palestine Film Festival – Dreams of a
Nation: Jenin… Jenin, A Boy Called Mohammed,
Elsana
Monday March 1
18:00 Palestine Film Festival – Dreams of a
Nation: Coming Back, I am Palestine, Song on a
Narrow Path, Elsana
20:30 Palestine Film Festival – Dreams of
a Nation: Jeremy Hardy vs. the Israeli Army,
Elsana
Tuesday March 2
18:00 Palestine Film Festival – Dreams of
a Nation. Closing night: Private Investigation,
Elsana
20:30 Palestine Film Festival – Dreams of
a Nation: A Woman Like a Flower, There
GAZA
Al-Qattan Centre for the Child, tel. 08-2839929;
Arts & Crafts Village, tel. 08-2846405; Centre
Culturel Francais (CCF), tel. 08-2867883;
Palestinian Red Crescent Society, tel. 082838844; Rashad Shawwa Cultural Centre, tel.
08-2864599
FILMS
Thursday 26
18:00 Palestine Film Festival – Dreams of
a Nation. Opening Night: Rana’s Wedding,
Fruition, Red Crescent Society
Friday 27
18:00 Palestine Film Festival – Dreams of
a Nation: Private Investigation, Red Crescent
Society
Saturday 28
18:00 Palestine Film Festival – Dreams of
a Nation: Across Oceans - Among Colleagues,
This is Not Living, A Caged Bird’s Song, Red
Crescent Society
Sunday 29
18:00 Palestine Film Festival – Dreams of a
Nation: Agony, Egteyah, Red Crescent Society
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is Still Ka’ak on the sidewalk, like twenty
impossibles, La Danse Eternelle, Elsana
FILMS
The Popular Art Centre will screen films on
Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays by
reservation only, for parties of five persons or
more.
Sunday 1
11:00 Finding Nemo, Al-Kasaba
14:00 Spy Kids 3-D, Al-Kasaba
16:00 Men Nazret Ein (Arabic), Al-Kasaba
18:00 Men Nazret Ein (Arabic), Al-Kasaba
20:30 Once Upon a Time in Mexico, Al-Kasaba
Monday 2
11:00 Finding Nemo, Al-Kasaba
14:00 Spy Kids 3-D, Al-Kasaba
16:00 Once Upon a Time in Mexico, Al-Kasaba
18:00 Men Nazret Ein (Arabic), Al-Kasaba
20:30 Once Upon a Time in Mexico, Al-Kasaba
Tuesday 3
11:00 Finding Nemo, Al-Kasaba
14:00 Spy Kids 3-D, Al-Kasaba
16:00 Once Upon a Time in Mexico, Al-Kasaba
18:00 Men Nazret Ein (Arabic), Al-Kasaba
20:30 Men Nazret Ein (Arabic), Al-Kasaba
Wednesday 4
11:00 Finding Nemo, Al-Kasaba
14:00 Spy Kids 3-D, Al-Kasaba
16:00 Men Nazret Ein (Arabic), Al-Kasaba
18:00 Once Upon a Time in Mexico, Al-Kasaba
20:30 Men Nazret Ein (Arabic), Al-Kasaba
Thursday 5
11:00 Finding Nemo, Al-Kasaba
14:00 Spy Kids 3-D, Al-Kasaba
16:00 Men Nazret Ein (Arabic), Al-Kasaba
18:00 Open Range, Popular Art
18:00 Men Nazret Ein (Arabic), Al-Kasaba
20:30 Once Upon a Time in Mexico, Al-Kasaba
Friday 6
11:00 Finding Nemo, Al-Kasaba
14:00 Spy Kids 3-D, Al-Kasaba
16:00 Open Range, Popular Art
16:00 Once Upon a Time in Mexico, Al-Kasaba
18:00 SWAT, Popular Art
18:00 Men Nazret Ein (Arabic), Al-Kasaba
20:30 Once Upon a Time in Mexico, Al-Kasaba
RAMALLAH
A.M. Qattan Foundation, tel. 02-2960544;
Al-Kasaba Theatre & Cinematheque, tel.
02-2965292; Ashtar Theatre, tel. 02-2980037;
Centre Culturel Francais (CCF), tel. 02-2987727;
Goethe Institut, tel. 02-2981922; Khalil Sakakini
Cultural Centre, tel. 02-2987374; Popular Art
Centre, tel. 02-2403891
ART
The Khalil Sakakini Cultural Centre will hold
a month of Black History – African American
Heritage in cooperation with the American
Consulate.
Saturday 7
18:00 Inauguration of the exhibit “New Visions:
Ten African-American Artists (1990).” Ten
contemporary artists who work in a variety of
media and live in different locations around the
United States are included in this paper show.
They are: Fred Brown, Beverly Buchanan, Sam
Gilliam, Jonathan Green, James Little, Ed Love,
James Phillips, Martin Puryear, George Smith,
and Matthew Thomas. For each artist, one panel
– suitable for framing – is devoted to a full-colour
reproduction of a single work of art, Sakakini
Thursday 12
18:00 Inauguration of the first photo and video
exhibit in Palestine by renowned Lebanese
photographer Fouad Elkhoury (through Feb.
26th, daily from 10:00-16:00), Qattan Foundation
CONCERT
Thursday 19
19:00 Rap concert with Clotaire K in cooperation
with the French Cultural Centre, Al-Kasaba
DANCE
Saturday 21
19:00 “Darb El-Ahrar” by Al-Awdah Dance
Troupe, Al-Kasaba
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Saturday 7
15:30 Bahebak Wana Kaman (Arabic), Al-Kasaba
18:00 The Last Samurai, Popular Art
18:00 Pirates of the Caribbean, Al-Kasaba
20:30 Once Upon a Time in Mexico, Al-Kasaba
Sunday 8
15:30 Finding Nemo, Al-Kasaba
18:00 African-American Heritage Month: Against
All Odds: Martin Luther King Jr., Sakakini
18:00 Men Nazret Ein (Arabic), Al-Kasaba
18:00 Honey, Popular Art
20:30 Pirates of the Caribbean, Al-Kasaba
Monday 9
15:30 Once Upon a Time in Mexico, Al-Kasaba
18:00 Finding Nemo, Al-Kasaba
20:30 The Pianist, Al-Kasaba
Tuesday 10
15:30 Men Nazret Ein (Arabic), Al-Kasaba
18:00 African-American Heritage Month: American
Black Forum: Sweet Auburn Comin’ Home,
Sakakini
18:00 Le Convoi (documentary in French), AlKasaba
20:30 The Hours, Al-Kasaba
Wednesday 11
15:30 Spy Kids 3-D, Al-Kasaba
18:00 Men Nazret Ein (Arabic), Al-Kasaba
20:30 Bahebak Wana Kaman (Arabic), Al-Kasaba
Thursday 12
15:30 Pirates of the Caribbean, Al-Kasaba
18:00 African-American Heritage Month: Civil
Rights: Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow, Sakakini
18:00 The Last Samurai, Popular Art
18:00 Once Upon a Time in Mexico, Al-Kasaba
20:30 Men Nazret Ein (Arabic), Al-Kasaba
Friday 13
15:30 Finding Nemo, Al-Kasaba
18:00 Honey, Popular Art
18:00 Once Upon a Time in Mexico, Al-Kasaba
20:30 Pirates of the Caribbean, Al-Kasaba
Saturday 14
15:30 Men Nazret Ein (Arabic), Al-Kasaba
18:00 Open Range, Popular Art
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18:00 Men Nazret Ein (Arabic), Al-Kasaba
20:30 Once Upon a Time in Mexico, Al-Kasaba
Sunday 15
15:30 Spy Kids 3-D, Al-Kasaba
18:00 Microcosmos (French), Al-Kasaba
18:00 SWAT, Popular Art
20:30 Bahebak Wana Kaman (Arabic), Al-Kasaba
Monday 16
15:30 Pirates of the Caribbean, Al-Kasaba
18:00 Bahebak Wana Kaman (Arabic), Al-Kasaba
20:30 The Lord of the Rings – The Two Towers,
Al-Kasaba
Tuesday 17
15:30 Spy Kids 3-D, Al-Kasaba
18:00 The Look of An Other (documentary, in the
presence of the director Dr. Ali Qleibo), Al-Kasaba
20:30 Microcosmos (French), Al-Kasaba
Wednesday 18
15:30 Once Upon a Time in Mexico, Al-Kasaba
18:00 Men Nazret Ein (Arabic), Al-Kasaba
20:30 Chicago, Al-Kasaba
Thursday 19
15:30 Bahebak Wana Kaman (Arabic), Al-Kasaba
18:00 Honey, Popular Art
18:00 Once Upon a Time in Mexico, Al-Kasaba
20:30 Men Nazret Ein (Arabic), Al-Kasaba
Friday 20
15:30 Spy Kids 3-D, Al-Kasaba
18:00 The Last Samurai, Popular Art
18:00 Finding Nemo, Al-Kasaba
20:30 Pirates of the Caribbean, Al-Kasaba
Saturday 21
15:30 Pirates of the Caribbean, Al-Kasaba
18:00 SWAT, Popular Art
18:00 Spy Kids 3-D, Al-Kasaba
20:30 Men Nazret Ein, Al-Kasaba
Sunday 22
15:30 Finding Nemo, Al-Kasaba
18:00 Open Range, Popular Art
18:00 Pirates of the Caribbean, Al-Kasaba
20:30 Once Upon a Time in Mexico, Al-Kasaba
Monday 23
15:30 Once Upon a Time in Mexico, Al-Kasaba
18:00 Finding Nemo, Al-Kasaba
20:30 Pirates of the Caribbean, Al-Kasaba
Tuesday 24
15:30 Men Nazret Ein (Arabic), Al-Kasaba
18:00 Pas de Scandale (French), Al-Kasaba
20:30 Once Upon a Time in Mexico, Al-Kasaba
Wednesday 25
15:30 Bahebak Wana Kaman (Arabic), Al-Kasaba
18:00 Once Upon a Time in Mexico, Al-Kasaba
20:30 Men Nazret Ein (Arabic), Al-Kasaba
Thursday 26
15:30 Pirates of the Caribbean, Al-Kasaba
17:30 Palestine Film Festival – Dreams of a
Nation. Program 1: Going for a Ride “Masheen,”
Diary of an Art Competition Under Curfew, Deluge,
Song on a Narrow Path, Popular Art
18:00 Once Upon a Time in Mexico, Al-Kasaba
20:30 Palestine Film Festival – Dreams of a
Nation. Program 2: In the Ninth Month, Popular Art
20:30 Bahebak Wana Kaman, Al-Kasaba
Friday 27
15:30 Spy Kids 3-D, Al-Kasaba
17:30 Palestine Film Festival – Dreams of a
Nation. Program 1: Visit Iraq, Transparency, Across
Oceans - Among Colleagues, Popular Art
18:00 Pirates of the Caribbean, Al-Kasaba
20:30 Palestine Film Festival – Dreams of
a Nation. Program 2: Coming Back, Mafateeh,
Popular Art
20:30 Once Upon a Time in Mexico, Al-Kasaba
Saturday 28
15:30 Bahebak Wana Kaman (Arabic), Al-Kasaba
17:30 Palestine Film Festival – Dreams of a
Nation. Program 1: Planet of the Arabs, A Woman
Like a Flower, There is Still Ka’ak on the Sidewalk,
Like Twenty Impossibles, La Danse Eternelle,
Sakakini
18:00 Men Nazret Ein (Arabic), Al-Kasaba
18:00 Open Range, Popular Art
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20:30 Palestine Film Festival – Dreams of
a Nation. Program 2: Private Investigation,
Sakakini
20:30 Once Upon a Time in Mexico, Al-Kasaba
Sunday 29
15:30 Finding Nemo, Al-Kasaba
17:30 Palestine Film Festival – Dreams of a
Nation. Program 1: A Caged Bird’s Song, Gaza
Tea Boy, A Childhood of Mines, A Boy Called
Mohammed, Sakakini
18:00 Once Upon a Time in Mexico, Al-Kasaba
18:00 SWAT, Popular Art
20:30 Palestine Film Festival – Dreams of
a Nation. Program 2: The Jackal of Nahueltoro,
in the presence of the director Miguel Littin,
Sakakini
20:30 Pirates of the Caribbean, Al-Kasaba
Monday March 1
17:30 Palestine Film Festival – Dreams of
a Nation: Jeremy Hardy vs. the Israeli Army,
Sakakini
20:30 Palestine Film Festival – Dreams of a
Nation: Fruition, Chronicle of a Disappearance,
Sakakini
Tuesday March 2
17:30 Palestine Film Festival – Dreams of
a Nation. Closing night: Ticket to Jerusalem,
Popular Art
20:30 Palestine Film Festival – Dreams of
a Nation. Special screening: They do Not Exist,
Return to Haifa, Popular Art
LECTURE
Wednesday 25
18:00 Palestine Film Festival – Dreams of
a Nation. A lecture entitled “The Meaning of
Cinema” by renowned Palestinian-Chilean
filmmaker Miguel Littin, Qattan Foundation
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Film Reviews
COMING BACK
PRIVATE INVESTIGATION
Palestine 2003, animation, 7 min, Arabic with
English subtitles
Directed by Ahmad Habash
Some birds immigrate, but all the birds keep coming
back, seeking the warmth of the homeland. This
is one such story. “Coming Back” is the first of
Ahmad Habash’s clever animation films, revealing
both a political and humorous point of view on the
Palestinian-Israeli conflict.
Popular Art: Feb. 27
YWCA: Feb. 27
France 2002, documentary, 90 min, Arabic, Hebrew,
English, French, with English subtitles
Directed by Ula Tabari
“All Palestinian kids in Israel used to hold the Israeli
flag and sing for Israel in Arabic. Each year we used
to do that, to celebrate. We would prepare dance
shows, theatre plays and songs! A lot of decorations
and flags everywhere…and no one said anything.
But the next day, which is the official Independence
Day, when all families and friends were supposed
to go on a picnic somewhere or to the beach …my
father used to be sick and we never left the house.” A
documentary on living as a Palestinian in an Israeli,
Jewish state.
(Festival tribute to Mazen Dana)
ACROSS OCEANS, AMONG
COLLEAGUES
Red Crescent: Feb. 27
Sakakini: Feb. 28
USA 2002, documentary, 32 min, English & Arabic
Directed by Amahl Bishara
“Across Oceans, Among Colleagues” explores
the work of the Committee to Protect Journalists
advocating freedom of the press and journalists’
human rights in the Middle East. It focuses on
CPJ International Press Freedom Award recipient
Mazen Dana, a Palestinian cameraman working for
Reuters in the West Bank who came to New York to
receive his award in November 2001 and who was
killed by American troops in Iraq in August 2003
(after the film was produced).
(The first Palestinian feature film)
RETURN TO HAIFA
Iraq 1980, fiction, 85 min, Arabic
Directed by Kassem Hawal
Based on Ghassan Kanafani’s novel, this film was
the first Palestinian fiction film and it was realized
with Palestinian funding. It follows the story of
a couple that was evicted from their home in 1948
and forced to abandon their young son. The story
calls into question family ties in the cause for the
liberation of Palestine and foretells subsequent
struggles that are still relevant.
Popular Art: Feb. 27
Red Crescent: Feb. 28
YWCA: Feb. 26
Elsana: Feb. 27
JEREMY HARDY VS. THE ISRAELI
ARMY
(The festival’s featured filmmaker)
Palestine/UK 2003, documentary, 75 min, English
with Arabic subtitles
Directed by Leila Sansour
In March 2002 British comedian Jeremy Hardy
travels to Palestine to try his hand at ending the
occupation. What he does not know is that he
will become a witness to a seminal moment in
the history of the Palestinians and see the birth of
a worldwide solidarity movement now known as
the ISM.
THE JACKAL OF NAHUELTORO
Chile 1968, fiction, 88 min, Spanish with English
subtitles
Directed by Miguel Littin
“The Jackal of Nahueltoro” tells the story of an
illiterate farmer who kills his lover and her children
in a drunken rage after being evicted from his
farmhouse. The film was controversial for its
portrayal of the abject living conditions and the
social injustices facing the poor in Chile, and it
came to gain wide praise in international circles.
YWCA: Feb. 28
Elsana: Feb. 26
Sakakini: Feb. 29
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The Ministry of Education
Ten Years of Perseverance
The Palestinian Ministry of Education
and Higher Education is entrusted with
overseeing and developing education in
Palestine in all its stages, from education
in public schools to universities and
institutions of higher learning. The ministry
strives to provide educational opportunities
to all those who are of school age and to
improve the quality of education and bring
it up to date with the current requirements.
This also entails the development and
empowerment of the human resources
engaged in education so that they can turn
out highly qualified citizens who are able to
assume various responsibilities.
The Palestinian National Authority
assumed the responsibility for education
in Palestine in 1994, the year that saw the
creation of the Ministry of Education and
Higher Education. In 1996 higher education
was entrusted to a separate ministry,
which became known as the Ministry of
Higher Education and Scientific Research
but a ministerial reshuffle in 2002 merged
both ministries into the current Ministry of
Education and Higher Education.
computer labs at schools all over Palestine.
The ministry also undertakes the publishing
and printing of textbooks for all levels. It has
printed so far 10.9 million textbooks. Parallel
to mainstream education, vocational schools
have also been the focus of the ministry.
New fields have been introduced, bringing
the number of specialisations to fifteen.
Some vocational schools were also open
to female students (in some fields), as
were two agricultural schools. Realising
the importance of languages, the ministry
has been keen to introduce other foreign
languages besides English. There are
presently 14 schools that teach French and
two schools that teach German. Counselling
was recognised as a vital element in the
well being of the students such that there
are now 511 counsellors who provide their
services to 950 schools. The eradication of
illiteracy also remains high on the ministry’s
agenda. There are 95 such classes all over
Palestine, especially in the rural regions.
Extracurricular activities are also the focus of
the ministry, which organises various cultural,
artistic, and social activities, in addition to
holding summer camps and other activities
throughout the year.
The ministry’s long-term plans are hindered
by the Israeli occupation of Palestinian lands
and the repeated incursions into cities and
towns, causing damage to schools and
making students lose schooldays as a result
of curfews and closures. It also has to cope
with providing new schools and classrooms
due to demographic increases. Probably due
to the deteriorating economic conditions, the
ministry has to face the problem of students
dropping out of school before reaching
the mandatory tenth grade. There is also
the problem of female students dropping
out, especially in the upper grades, due to
family pressure or early marriage. Despite
everything, the ministry is forging ahead with
its plans to upgrade the education offered
to its citizens, in its belief that a proper
education is the basis of a viable and
healthy society.
During the past ten years the ministry
has been waging an uphill battle to achieve
its objectives and attain its goals despite
the numerous hurdles along the way. The
recurrent Israeli incursions into Palestinian
cities and towns have resulted in tremendous
destruction and damage to the educational
infrastructure. Many schools and classrooms
were destroyed or rendered unusable. The
ministry itself sustained a massive destruction
of its hardware and software, requiring great
expense and effort in restoring its database
and replacing the stolen and destroyed
equipment. Destruction apart, the increase
in the number of students necessitates
the availability of more classrooms to
accommodate the ever-growing number of
students. The ministry was able to erect
390 new schools with a total of 9,589
classrooms.
Furthermore, the ministry is continuously
taking steps to improve the quality of
education and to introduce the latest
pedagogic techniques. Introducing computers
to schools at all levels has been a primary
goal of the ministry. To date there are 622
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school. He later went to study engineering
in Edinburgh, Scotland. Mustafa worked as a
factory engineer in the Gulf for five years after
which he returned to Britain to do a master’s
in finance. He then worked as a consultant
for the Lloyds group, spending a total of 20
years in Britain.
Upon Mustafa’s return to Palestine he
opened a restaurant in Nazareth in 1998
that he called Al-Zaituna (The Olive). From
its inception, Al-Zaituna was positioned as a
gourmet restaurant that aims to showcase
Palestinian cooking in all its richness and
variety. The restaurant quickly gained renown
and recognition as the premier establishment
of fine Palestinian cooking. The Israeli
chapter of the world-famous French guide
Le Guide Gault Millau awarded Al-Zaituna
13 points and a toque in its 2000 edition.
The restaurant had also received praise
and accolades from various food critics in
the Israeli and Palestinian press.
The restaurant, however, soon went out
of business, a fate that was brought on by
the political situation. The riots that broke out
in Nazareth over plans to build a mosque
below the Basilica of the Annunciation drove
the tourists away, as did the eruption of the
Al-Aqsa Intifada. Even Israelis stopped going
to Nazareth to eat. Mustafa later came up
with the idea of transforming the concept of
Al-Zaituna into a travelling kitchen whereby
other locales could enjoy Palestinian gourmet
food. The first restaurant to embrace that
concept was Askadinya restaurant in
Jerusalem. For its New Year’s Eve dinner
on 31 December 2000, Mustafa turned out
dishes that had been hitherto unknown and
rarely seen in restaurants. The experience
was successful and Askadinya featured
Mustafa’s cooking during one night of the
week, to increase it later to two nights until
it finally became part of Askadinya’s regular
menu in May 2002.
The menu at Askadinya included a modern
take on traditional Palestinian dishes, such
as the dish of rice pilaf with pieces of chicken
SUFIAN MUSTAFA
Intifada in the Palestinian Kitchen
Chef Sufian Mustafa is, almost singlehandedly, leading the crusade aimed at
reviving Palestinian cooking beyond the
grilled kebab and shishlik that have come
to define Palestinian cuisine. What Mustafa
aims at is injecting creativity and innovation
into a cuisine that has been around for
hundreds of years, passed on from mother
to daughter – or son, as in Mustafa’s case.
Mustafa’s interest in food and cooking
started as a reaction to the culture shock
that British food gave him during the period
he spent in the United Kingdom for studies
and later work. Whenever he needed more
than toast and mash, he remembered
how his mother used to cook and started
emulating her. He later took cooking courses
at London’s City & Guilds vocational institute
where he learned the technique, but the soul
of his cooking was his mother’s.
Mustafa was born in Amman, Jordan,
in 1958. His father was a refugee from the
village of Lifta, near Jerusalem, who settled
in Jaffa and worked as editor of a Palestinian
newspaper there before 1948. His father
married the paper’s owner’s cousin who was
a renowned home cook whose grandmother
had been a chef to the Moroccan royal court.
After the war of 1967 the family went to live
in Amman, Jordan, where Mustafa went to
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dishes such that preparation time is greatly
reduced and the dishes can be assembled in
a reasonable time. On a more personal level
Mustafa has conducted weekly workshops
that took place in people’s homes in the
town of Daliet El-Karmel. A maximum of
eight couples would come together to cook
with Mustafa, using ingredients and utensils
that are normally available in a standard
family’s kitchen.
Mustafa is currently documenting what
he hopes will amount to an encyclopaedia
of the Palestinian kitchen. He is classifying
the different tastes and food families and
documenting the roots of the Palestinian
cuisine. Some of his writings have already
appeared in the ‘Palestinian Kitchen’ section
of this publication. He also aspires to opening
a cooking school that will train young chefs in
his vision and aspiration for the development
of the Palestinian kitchen. He is looking for
funding for such a project. Mustafa bemoans
the absence of an institution that can turn
out cooks who are well trained in Palestinian
cooking. An article he wrote to that effect in
the July 2002 issue of this publication drew
indignation from some in the food industry
who do not see eye to eye with Mustafa. They
do not subscribe to his claim of being the
only innovative Palestinian chef. Be that as
it may, Mustafa is bent on injecting innovation
and creativity into a cuisine that has been
around for hundreds of years and which has
witnessed little, if any, modification.
and cooked vegetables – a take on the
traditional maqloubeh (a dish of rice, meat
and vegetables that are cooked together
then turned upside down for serving). It also
featured a kind of ‘fusion’ cuisine, mixing
Italian dishes such as pasta and pizza with
Palestinian condiments and toppings. His
Chicken Fusili had a tahina-based sauce
while the Summac Fusili was redolent of
the sour-tasting reddish spice that Mustafa
considers the “most honourable” element of
Palestinian cooking. Likewise, his pizza is
topped with mushrooms and tahina sauce.
Mustafa is noted for his sensitivity to texture,
colour and taste and his combination of these
elements in his cooking.
The Palestinian kitchen forms part of
the “Greater Syrian” kitchen, as Mustafa
acknowledges, bearing a lot of resemblance
to Lebanese, Syrian and Jordanian cuisines,
but Mustafa is quick to point out that it has a
distinctive taste of its own. The distinguishing
Palestinian flavour is the sour taste that
comes from lemon, pomegranate juice, or
yoghurt. In addition to summac, the other
herbs used are thyme, mint, basil and
rosemary. These combine to create sweetsour and bitter-sour dishes that are purely
Palestinian, according to Mustafa.
Mustafa plans to have his cooking featured
in restaurants stretching from Acre in the
north to Ramallah, Jaffa and Gaza in the
southwest. While Mustafa has left Askadinya
in the meantime, he still hopes to feature his
kind of cooking at various restaurants around
the country, even on a one evening in the
week basis. Mustafa’s basic premise is that
the Palestinian cuisine has
far more variety beyond the
fare that is usually served
in ‘oriental’ or ‘Middle
Eastern’ restaurants. It is
true that many dishes are
too complex and require
lengthy preparation which
do not lend them easily to
restaurant cooking where
dishes are generally done
to order at the last minute.
Mustafa would like to see
all that changed. He has
modified and adapted
some of these complex
Based on an article by Isabel Kershner
that appeared in The Jerusalem Report on
December 2, 2002
Chef Sufian Mustafa has
been writing the Palestinian
Kitchen column in this
publication from August
2001 until August 2003.
He was forced to leave
the country shortly after
that because, although a
native Palestinian, he did
not have an Israeli I.D.
card and hence could not
stay in the country.
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Artist
Miguel Littin
One of Palestine’s most distinguished
filmmakers in the Diaspora, the world renowned
Miguel Littin will be attending the Palestine
Film Festival – Dreams of a Nation this month.
A Palestinian-Chilean from Beit Sahour (Littin
was originally Al-Yateem), and the subject of
a book by Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Littin is
known internationally as one of the foremost
Latin American filmmakers. Born in Chile in
1942 to Palestinian immigrant parents, Littin
began his filmmaking career in 1965, and gained
international recognition with the feature film The
Jackal of Nahueltoro (El Chacal de Nahueltoro,
1968). Littin has made 17 feature films and featurelength documentaries. Five of Littin’s films have
been featured at the Cannes film festival, the most
recent of which was Tierra del Fuego (2000).
His earlier work is known for its combination
of neo-realistic aesthetics and its focus on social
issues. His first feature, The Jackal of Nahueltoro
tells the story of an illiterate farmer who kills his
lover and her children in a drunken rage after
being evicted from his farmhouse. He goes on to
learn to read and write in prison, and becomes a
“citizen,” but finds that his reform is not enough
to save him. The film was controversial for its
portrayal of the abject living conditions and the
social injustices facing the poor in Chile, and it
gained wide praise in international circles. Later
films continued with Littin’s interest in portraying
the struggle of the poor and the dispossessed. The
Jackal of Nahueltoro not only “revealed his ability
as a filmmaker but also the politics that would drive
his work.” (C. Ribalta)
Book
1937 and 1948; denial of any wrong-doing or
any historical injustice; denial of the “right of
return;” denial of restitution of property and
compensation; and indeed denial of any moral
responsibility or culpability for the creation of the
refugee problem.
The aim of this book is to analyse Israeli
policies towards the Palestinian refugees as they
evolved from the 1948 catastrophe (or Nakba) to
the present. It is the first volume to look in detail
at Israeli law and policy surrounding the refugee
question. Drawing on extensive primary sources
and previously classified archive material, Masalha
discusses the 1948 exodus; Israeli resettlement
schemes since 1948; Israeli approaches to
compensation and restitution of property; Israeli
refugee policies towards the internally displaced
(‘present absentees’); and Israeli refugee policies
during the Madrid and Oslo negotiations.
Masalha asks what rights Palestinians possess
under international law? How can a refugee
population be compensated, and will they ever be
able to return to their homes? Masalha questions
the official Israeli position that the only solution
to the problem is resettlement of the refugees in
Arab states or elsewhere. This book is a valuable
resource for anyone interested in the subject that
lies at the heart of the ongoing conflict in the
Middle East.
Dr. Nur Masalha is a Senior Lecturer and
Director of Holy Land Research Project, St Mary’s
College, University of Surrey, and a Research
Associate, SOAS, University of London. He is
the author of “A Land Without a People” (1997)
and “Expulsion of the Palestinians: The Concept
of ‘Transfer’ in Zionist Political Thought, 18821948” (1992). His previous book for Pluto Press
was “Imperial Israel and the Palestinians: The
Politics of Expansion” (2000). He is also the
Associate Editor and Book Review Editor of
Holy Land Studies: A Multidisciplinary Journal.
(Courtesy of Pluto Books
www.plutobooks.com)
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of the Month
Littin was appointed to the post of director
of Chile-Films under the democratic socialist
government of Salvador Allende. Littin was exiled
from Chile after the brutal coup of 11 September
1973, and during the dictatorship of Augusto
Pinochet he was compelled to live in Mexico
and Spain. Littin risked his life to return to Chile
in the early 1980s, altering his appearance and
travelling with false documents so as to make
an underground film documenting conditions
there – this film was released in 1986 as Chile’s
General Act (Acta General de Chile). This part
of Littin’s life was also memorialized in Nobel
Prize winner Gabriel Garcia Marquez’s novel
“Clandestine in Chile” (La Aventura de Miguel
Littin, Clandestino a Chile). The film garnered
several major international awards, including four
prizes at the Venice film festival, and galvanized
greater international pressure on the Pinochet
regime. Littin has been honoured with awards at
major international film festivals, and his work has
been nominated for Best Foreign Feature in the
American Academy Awards.
Since the end of Pinochet’s military regime,
Littin has returned to Chile to continue his
filmmaking, while engaging in many international
co-productions. His recent film work has centred on
the question of Palestine and on the experiences
of Palestinians in the Diaspora. After completing
a script on Palestinian immigrants to Chile
called The Farthest Moon (L’Ultima Luna), Littin
decided to first make a documentary in Palestine,
so as to reconnect with the lives of contemporary
Palestinians. This documentary, A Palestinian
Chronicle, was shot largely in Beit Sahour.
Littin is currently in post-production on a feature
narrative film. The Farthest Moon is the story of
two Palestinian families, one of which emigrates
to Chile. The other remains in Palestine and sees
their good relations with their Jewish neighbours
destroyed as the Zionist movement gains strength
in the years leading up to 1948. Littin has proposed
this film as the beginning of a trilogy that will cover
almost nine decades, with the second film focusing
on the period between 1948 and the first Intifada,
and the third set in present-day Palestine.
The whole cinema and film industry in Palestine
and its aficionados are eagerly awaiting Littin’s
arrival to Palestine and to the first Palestine Film
Festival – Dreams of a Nation.
The Politics of Denial
Israel and the Palestinian Refugee
Problem
by Nur Masalha
Pluto Press, London, October 2003, 304 pages, $24.95
The 1948 war ended in the expulsion of
hundreds of thousands of Palestinians from their
villages and homes. Israeli settlers moved in to
occupy their land and the Palestinian refugees
found themselves in refugee camps, or in
neighbouring Arab countries. Today there are
nearly four million Palestinian refugees -- and
they want the right to go home. Their problem is
the greatest and most enduring refugee problem
in the world.
Since 1948 Israeli refugee policy has become
a classic case of denial: the denial that Zionist
“transfer committees” had operated between
Kamran Rastegar
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for Associated Names and Numbers (ICANN), the regulatory body for net addresses,
granted the Palestinian National Authority its own two-letter suffix to advertise real estate on-line. Although it is not
functioning yet, the authority will now be able to register addresses under its own domain, "ps," in line with other country
codes such as "lb" for Lebanon and "it" for Italy.
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According to the website, the
RamallahOnline (ROL) website was first
launched on 29 February 2000. The site
was initially devoted to information about
Ramallah, Palestine; the history and
the culture of the area. Over the years
RamallahOnline has expanded to include
news, viewpoints and testimonials from
many contributors.
The website promises to “provide an
online gateway with numerous viewpoints,
room for discussion and open dialogue to
reach a wide range of audience” [sic]. The
main focus is the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
The site also has many members, Israelis,
Palestinians and from around the world,
participating on the site.
This is a very interesting site that I could
not completely figure out from my first
visit. This made it hard for me to classify
it under either the ‘good’ or ‘bad’ website
categories. I guess the reason is that it has
a lot of good things but could also use a lot
of improvements. On the one hand, it offers
many solid articles about the PalestinianIsraeli conflict as well as a mechanism for
users to rate the articles so other users
can search articles with the highest rating
or the articles with the largest readership.
The website also offers nice image galleries
of such subjects as the Birzeit-Ramallah
checkpoint and of some of the churches
in Palestine. It also provides members the
chance to customize their profile for other
users to see, as well as a place where users
can send each other messages.
On the downside, I found the website a bit
too cluttered for my taste. Both navigation
and design could use a complete overhaul.
Moreover, some of the content was a bit
weak and incomplete, although that is
understandable since this is typical of the
content one gets in a website that relies
on users to populate the content, with very
limited editorial scrutiny.
Overall, a good start for a project that has
ample potential. If you want to support the
site you can always donate money through
the site and, even better, buy a bumper
sticker. Good luck.
Bassem Nasir
[email protected]
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Issaf Nashashibi Center for
Culture & Literature
Baituna al Talhami Museum, Arab Women's
Society
Tel: 02-2742589, Fax: 02-2742431
Opening hours: daily from 8:00 - 17:00 except for
Sundays and Thursdays afternoon
Jerusalem
Dar At Tifl Museum (Dar At Tifl
Association), Near the Orient House
Bethlehem Folklore Museum
East Jerusalem
Al-Jawal Theatre Group
Tel: 02-5400592, Fax: 02-5400563
e-mail: [email protected]
Al-Kasaba Theatre
Tel: 02-6274774
Tel: 026264052, Fax: 02-6276310
e-mail:[email protected]
Yabous Productions
Nakhleh Esheber Institute
for Art Production
Telefax: 02-5855698; 056-561766
e-mail: [email protected]
URL: www.nakhleh.org
Tel: 02-6261045; Fax: 02-6261372
e-mail: [email protected]
http://www.yabous.org
Islamic Museum (The Islamic Waqf
Association), Old City
Tel: 02-2766677, Fax: 02-2741057
e-mail: [email protected]
Website: www.peacenter.org
Opening hours: daily from 10:00-16:00
Al-Ma'mal Foundation for
Contemporary Art
The International Museum of Nativity
Al-Ruwah Theatre Group
Armenian Museum, Old City
Tel: 02-6282331, Fax.: 02-6264362
Opening hours: Mon. - Sat. from 9:00 - 16:30
Tel: 02-2747825
Kalandia Camp Women's Handicraft Coop.
Manger Str., Bethlehem
Tel: 02-2742381;
Telefax: 02-2742642
[email protected]
Palestinian Heritage Center
Tel: 02-6569385, Fax.: 02-5856966
e Mail: [email protected]
http://www.palestinianheritagecenter.com
Ramallah & Al-Bireh
Museum of Palestinian Popular Heritage
- In'ash el Usra, In'ash el Usra society, Al-Bireh
Natural History Museum
Telfax: 02-2774373
e-mail:[email protected]
Tel: 02-2402876, Fax: 02- 2401544
Opening hours: daily from 9:00 - 14:30 except Fridays
The Crib of Nativity Museum
Palestinian Archeological Museum, Birzeit
University
Tel: 02-2760876, Fax: 02-2760877
e-mail:[email protected]
Tel: 02-2982000
Opening hours: daily from 9:00 - 14:30 except for
Fridays and Sundays
Hebron
Bethlehem
Tel: 02-2228122, Fax: 02-2228293
Opening hours: daily from 8:00 - 14:30 except Fridays
Hebron Museum, Old City
Palestinian Ethnographic Museum,
Tel: 02-2767467, Fax: 02-2760533
Nablus
Al-Kassaba Museum, Thafer al-Masri
Foundation
e-mail: [email protected]
Opening hours: daily from 9:00 - 17:00
Tel: 09-2384126
Opening hours: daily from 9:00 - 16:00 except for
Fridays
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Turkish Cultural Centre
Jerusalem Centre for Arabic
Music
Telefax:02-2742589
Tel: 02-6283313, Fax: 02-6285561
Opening hours for tourists: daily from 7:30 - 13:30
e-mail: [email protected]
http://www.theatreday.org
Tel: 02-6280655
Tel: 02-6272477, Fax: 02-6273477
Opening hours: daily from 9:00 - 13:300
Bethlehem Peace Center Museum
Tel: 02-5813233, Fax: 02-5818232
e-mail: [email protected]
Theatre Day Productions
Tel: 02-6283457, Fax: 02-6272312
Telefax: 02-6274041,
050-279607,050-456989
National Conservatory of
Music
Al-Urmawi Centre for Mashreq
Music
Tel: 02-6271711, Fax: 02-6271710
e-mail: [email protected]
http://www.birzeit.edu/music
Tel: 02-2342005, Fax: 02-5660578
e-mail: [email protected]
http://www.urmawi.org
Palestinian National Theatre
Al-Wasiti Art Center
Tel: 02-6280957, Fax: 02-6276293
e-mail: [email protected]
Tel: 02-5822859, Fax: 02-5817853
http://www.alwasiti.org
Palestinian PEN Centre
British Council
Public Affairs Office- US
Consulate General
Tel: 02-6267111, Fax: 02-6283021
e-mail: [email protected]
http://www.ej.britishcouncil.org
French Cultural Centre
Tel: 02-6282451/6262236, Fax:
02-6284324
e-mail: [email protected]
Gallery Anadiel
Telfax: 02-6282811
Goethe Institute
Tel: 02-5610627, Fax: 02-5618431
Hakawati Theatre Company
Tel:02-6262970, Fax:02-6280103
Tel:02-6282456, Fax:02-6282454
http://www.uscongen-jerusalem.org
Sabreen Association for
Artistic Development
Tel:02-5321393, Fax:02-5321394
e-mail: [email protected]
Sanabel Culture & Arts
Theatre
Tel:02-6714338
Spanish Cooperation
Tel:02-6286098, Fax:02-6286099
e-mail: [email protected]
Telefax: 02-5854513
e-mail: [email protected]
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Bethlehem
Al-Liqa' Centre for Religious
& Heritage Studies in the
Holy Land
Telefax:02-2741639
Anat Palestinian Folk & Craft
Center
Tel:02-2772024, Fax:02-2772024
Artas Folklore Center
Tel: 02-2767467, Fax: 02-2760533
e-mail: [email protected]
Bethlehem Academy of
Music/ Bethlehem Music
Society
Tel:02-2777141, Fax:02-2777142
Bethlehem Peace Center
Tel:02-2766677, Fax:02-2741057
e-mail: [email protected]
http://www.peacenter.org
Cardinal House
Telefax: 02-2764778
e-mail: [email protected]
Centre for Cultural Heritage
Preservation
Tel:02-2766244, Fax:02-2766241
e-mail: [email protected]
Inad Centre for Theatre
& Arts
Telefax:02-2766263
e-mail: [email protected]
International Centre of
Bethlehem - Dar Annadwa
Tel:02-2770047, Fax:02-2770048
e-mail: [email protected]
http://www.annadwa.org
National Conservatory of
Music
Tel:02-2745989, Fax:02-2770048
Palestinian Heritage Center
Manger Str., Bethlehem
Tel: 02-2742381;
Telefax: 02-2742642
[email protected]
http://www.palestinianheritagecenter.com
Palestinian Group for the
Revival of Popular Heritage
Tel:02-2747945, Fax:02-2747945
Sabreen Association for
Artistic Development
Tel: 02-2750091, Fax: 02-2750092
e-mail: [email protected]
Turathuna - Centre for
Palestinian Heritage (B.Uni.)
Tel: 02-2741241, Fax: 02-2744440
e-mail: [email protected]
www.bethlehem.edu
French Cultural Centre
Manar Cultural Center
Tel: 09-2385914, Fax: 09-2387593
e-mail:[email protected]
Tel:02-2957937, Fax:02-2987598
National Conservatory of Music
Palestinian Scientific Society
Palestinian Association for
Cultural Exchange (PACE)
Telefax: 09-2942111
Ramallah & Al-Bireh
A. M. Qattan Foundation
Tel:02-2960544, Fax:02-2984886
e-mail: [email protected]
http://www.qattanfoundation.org
Al-Kasaba Theatre and
Cinematheque
Tel:02-2965292/3, Fax:02-2965294
e-mail: [email protected]
www.alkasaba.org
Al-Rahhalah Theatre
Telefax: 02-2988091
e-mail: [email protected]
Tel:02-2408023, Fax:02-2408017
e-mail: [email protected]
http://www.amideast.org/
Ashtar for Theatre Production
Tel:02-2980037, Fax:02-2960326
e-mail: [email protected]
http://www.ashtar-theatre.org
Baladna Cultural Center
Tel:02-2958435, Fax:02-2958435
British Council
Association d'Echanges
Culturels Hebron-France
(AECHF)
Tel:02-2963293, Fax:02-2963297
Beit Ula Cultural Center
Tel:02-2211019, Fax:02-6288448
Palestinian Child Arts
Center (PCAC)
Tel:02-2224813, Fax:02-2220855
e-mail: [email protected]
http://www.pcac.net
Jericho
Jericho Community Centre
Tel:02-2958825, Fax:02-2986854
Popular Art Center
Tel: 02-2403891, Fax: 02-2402851
e-mail: [email protected]
www.popularartcentre.org
RIWAQ: Centre for Architectural
Conservation
Tel:02-2406887, Fax:02-2406986
e-mail: [email protected]
http://www.riwaq.org
The Palestinian Network of Art
Centres
Telefax: 02-2407939
e-mail: [email protected]
Amideast
Hebron
Telefax:02-2224811
Tel:02-2959070, Fax:02-2959071
Carmel Cultural Foundation
Gaza
Al-Qattan Centre for the Child
Tel:08-2839929, Fax:08-2839949
[email protected]
Arts & Crafts Village
Telefax:08-2846405
e-mail: [email protected]
Ashtar for Culture & Arts
Telefax:08-2833569
e-mail: [email protected]
British Council
Tel:02-2987375, Fax:02-2987374
Tel:08-2825574/282594
Fax:08-2820512
Cinema Al-Walid
Culture & Light Centre
Tel:02-2952295
Telefax:08-2865896
e-mail: [email protected]
Cinema Production cente
Tel:02-2986942
e-mail: [email protected]
First Ramallah Group
Tel:02-2952706, Fax:02-2980583
http://www.sirreyeh.org
French Cultural Centre
French Cultural Center
Tel:08-2867883, Fax:08-2828811
e-mail: [email protected]
Gaza Theatre
Tel:08-2824860, Fax:08-2824870
Holst Cultural center
Jericho Culture & Art Center
Tel:02-2987727, Fax:02-2987728
e-mail: [email protected]
Tel: 02-2321047, Fax: 02-2321047
Goethe Institute
Rashad Shawwa Cultural Center
Jericho Equestrian Club
Tel:02-2981922, Fax:02-2981923
e-mail: [email protected]
Tel:08-2864599, Fax:08-2868965
[email protected]
Greek Cultural Centre
- "Macedonia"
Science & Culture Center
Telefax: 02-2325007
Telefax: 02-2325007
Municipality Theatre
Tel: 02-2322417, Fax: 02-2322604
Nablus
Al-Yasmin - Assalah Center
Tel: 09-2386723, Fax: 09-2384568
British Council
Tel: 09-2385951, Fax: 09-2375953
Telefax:02-2981736/2980546
e-mail: [email protected]
In'ash Al-Usra Society- Center
For Heritage &Folklore Studies
Tel:02-2401123, Fax:02-2401544
http://www.inash.org
Khalil Sakakini Cultural Center
Tel:02-2987374, Fax:02-2987375
http://www.sakakini.org
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Tel:08-2810476, Fax:08-2808896
e-mail: [email protected]
Tel:08-2810476, Fax:08-2808896
e-mail: [email protected]
Theatre Day Productions
Telefax: 08-2836766
e-mail: [email protected]
http://www.theatreday.org
Khan Younis
Culture & Free Thought
Association
Tel: 08-2851299, Fax: 08-2851299
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West Bank
East Jerusalem
Addar Hotel
(30 suites; bf; mr; res)
Tel: 02-6263111, Fax: 02-6260791
http://www.addar-hotel.com
Alcazar Hotel
(38 rooms; bf; mr; res)
Tel: 02-6281111;Fax: 02-6287360
e-mail:[email protected]
http://www.jrscazar.com
Ambassador Hotel
(122 rooms; bf; cf; mr; res)
Tel: 02-5412222, Fax: 02-5828202
e-mail: [email protected]
American Colony Hotel
(84 rooms; bf; cf; mr; res)
Tel: 02-6279777, Fax: 02-6279779
e-mail:[email protected]
http://www.americancolony.com
Azzahra Hotel
(15 rooms, res )
Tel:02-6282447, Fax:02-6283960
e-mail: [email protected]
http://www.azzahrahotel.com
Capitol Hotel
Christmas Hotel
Knights Palace Guesthouse
(37 rooms; bf; mr; res)
Tel: 02-6282588, Fax: 02-6264417
(50 rooms)
Tel: 02-6282537, Fax: 02-6282401
e-mail: [email protected]
Commodore Hotel
(45 rooms; cf; mr; res)
Tel: 02-6271414; Fax: 02-6284701
Gloria Hotel
(30 rooms; business facilites; res)
Tel: 02-6264208, Fax: 02-6271285
e-mail:[email protected]
(94 rooms; mr; res)
Tel: 02-6282431; Fax: 02-6282401
e-mail: [email protected]
Metropol Hotel
Golden Walls Hotel
Mount of Olives Hotel
(112 rooms)
Tel: 02-6272416, Fax: 02-6264658
e-mail: [email protected]
http://www.goldenwalls.com
(61 rooms; bf; mr; res)
Tel: 02-6284877, Fax: 02-6264427
e-mail:[email protected]
http://www.mtolives.com
Holy Land Hotel
Mount Scopus Hotel
(105 rooms; bf; cf; mr; res)
Tel: 02-6272888/6284841,
Fax: 02-6280265
(65 rooms; bf; mr; res)
Tel: 02-5828891, Fax: 02-5828825
e-mail:[email protected]
Jerusalem Hotel
New Imperial Hotel
(14 rooms; bf; mr; res; live music)
Tel: 02-6283282; Fax: 02-6283282
http://www.jrshotel.com
(45 rooms)
Tel: 02-6272000; Fax: 02-6271530
Tel: 02-6282507, Fax: 02-6285134
New Metropole Hotel
Jerusalem Claridge Hotel
(30 rooms; bf; mr; res)
Tel: 02-2347137; Fax: 02-2347139
e-mail: [email protected]
Jerusalem Meridian Hotel
(54 rooms; bf; mr; res)
Tel: 02-6282561/2562,
Fax: 02-6264352
(74 rooms; bf; mr; res)
Tel: 02-6285212, Fax: 02-6285214
http://www.jerusalem-meridian.com
Capitolina Hotel (ex. YMCA)
Jerusalem Panorama Hotel
(55 rooms; bf; cf, mr; res)
Tel: 02-6286888, Fax: 02-6276301
e-mail:[email protected]
Lawrence Hotel
(74 rooms; bf; mr; res)
Tel: 02-6272277, Fax: 02-6273699
e-mail:[email protected]
(25 rooms; mr; res)
Tel: 02-6283846; Fax:02-6277485
New Regent Hotel
(24 rooms; bf; mr; res)
Tel: 02-6284540; Fax: 02-6264023
e-mail:[email protected]
New Swedish Hostel
Tel: 02-6277855; Fax: 02-6264124
e-mail: [email protected]
www.geocities.com/swedishhostel
Notre Dame Guesthouse
Tel: 02-6279111, Fax:02-6271995
Palace Hotel
(68 rooms; mr)
Tel: 02-6271126; Fax: 02-6271649
Petra Hostel and Hotel
Tel: 02-6286618
Pilgrims Inn Hotel
(16 rooms; bf; mr; res)
Tel: 02-6272416
e-mail: [email protected]
Rivoli Hotel
Tel: 02-6284871, Fax: 02-6274879
Savoy Hotel
(17 rooms)
Tel:02-6283366
Fax:02-6288040
Seven Arches Hotel
(197 rooms; bf; mr; res)
Tel: 02-6267777
Fax: 02-6271319
e-mail:[email protected]
St. George Hotel
(144 rooms; bf; cf; mr; res)
Tel: 02-6277232/6277323
Fax: 02-6282575
e-mail: [email protected]
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St. George's Pilgrim Guest
House
(25 rooms; bf; res)
Tel: 02-6283302
Fax: 02-6282253
e-mail:[email protected]
Strand Hotel
(88 rooms; mr; res)
Tel: 02-6280279
Fax: 02-6284826
Victoria Hotel
(50 rooms; bf; res)
Tel: 02-6274466
Fax: 02-6274171
YWCA Hotel
(30 rooms; bf; mr)
Tel: 02-6282593, Fax: 02-6284654
e-mail: [email protected]
www.ywca-palestine.org
Andalus Hotel
Tel: 02-2741348
Fax: 02-2765674
Beit Al-Baraka Youth Hostel
(19 rooms)
Tel: 02-2229288, Fax: 02-2229288
Bethlehem Hotel
(209 rooms; bf; cf; mr; res)
Tel: 02-2770702, Fax: 02-2770706
e-mail:[email protected]
Bethlehem Inn
(36 rooms; bf; mr; res)
Tel: 02-2742423
Fax: 02-2742424
Bethlehem Palace Hotel
(25 rooms; bf; res)
Tel: 02-2742798, Fax: 02-2741562
Bethlehem Star Hotel
Bethlehem
Alexander Hotel
(42 rooms; bf; mr; res)
Tel: 02-2770780
Fax: 02-2770782
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(72 rooms; cf; bf; res)
Tel: 02-2743249/2770285,
Fax: 02-2741494
e-mail:[email protected]
Casanova Hospice
(60 rooms; mr; res)
Tel: 02-2743981, Fax: 02-2743540
Everest Hotel
Jericho Resort Village
(19 rooms; bf; mr; res)
Tel: 02-2742604
Fax: 02-2741278
(60 rooms; 46 studios; bf; cf; mr; res)
Tel: 02-2321255
Fax: 02-2322189
[email protected]
http://www.jericho-resort.com
Grand Hotel
(107 rooms; bf; cf; mr; res)
Tel: 02-2741602/1440,
Fax: 02-2741604
e-mail: [email protected]
Golden Park Resort & Hotel
(Beit Sahour)
(54 rooms; res, bar, pool)
Tel: 02-2774414
Jerusalem Hotel
(22 rooms)
Tel: 02-2322444, Fax: 02-9923109
Hisham Palace Hotel
Tel: 02-2322414
Fax: 02-2323109
Inter-Continental Hotel
Inter-Continental Hotel
(Jacir Palace)
(250 rooms; su; bf; cf; mr; res)
Tel: 02-2766777, Fax: 02-2766770
(181 rooms; su; bf; cf; mr; res; ter; tb)
Tel: 02-2311200
Fax: 02-2311222
Nativity Hotel
Telepherique & Sultan Tourist
Center
(89 rooms; bf; cf; mr; res)
Tel: 02-2770650, Fax: 02-2744083
e-mail: [email protected]
http://www.nativity-hotel.com
(55 rooms)
Tel:02-2321590
Fax:02-2321598
e-mail: [email protected]
Paradise Hotel
(129 rooms; cf; bf; mr; res)
Tel: 02-2744542/4543,
Fax: 02-2744544
e-mail:[email protected]
(36 rooms; mr; cf;res;pf)
Tel: 02-2744308, Fax: 02-2770524
Santa Maria Hotel
Hebron Tourist Hotel
Telfax:02-2226760
(83 rooms; mr; res)
Tel: 02-2767374/5/6, Fax: 02-2770063
e-mail: [email protected]
Regency Hotel
(76 rooms; su; res; tb; cf; bf)
Tel: 02-2257389/98
Shepherd Hotel
Fax: 02-2257388
Tel: 02-2740656
e-mail: [email protected]
Fax: 02-2744888
www.hebron-regency.com
e-mail:[email protected]
http://www.shepherdhotel.com
St. Nicholas Hotel
(25 rooms; res; mr)
Tel: 02-2743040/1/2
Fax: 02-2743043
Talita Kumi Guest House
(22 rooms; res; mr; cf)
Tel: 02-2741247
Fax: 02-2741847
Al- Zaytouna Guest House
(7 rooms; bf; res; mr)
Telefax: 02-2742016
Jericho
Deir Hijleh Monastery
Tel: 02-9943038
Mob: 050-348892
Al-A'in Hotel
Tel:02-2400683
Fax:02-2405925
Al-Bireh Tourist Hotel
(50 rooms; cf; res)
Telefax: 02-2400803
Best Eastern Hotel
(91 rooms; cf; res)
Tel: 02-2960450
Fax: 02-2958452
e-mail:[email protected]
City Inn Palace Hotel
(47 rooms; bf; cf; res)
Tel: 02-2408080
Fax: 02-2408091
Grand Park Hotel & Resorts
38 rooms; bf; cf; mr; res)
Tel: 02-2986194
Fax: 02-2956950
e-mail:[email protected]
Gemzo Suites
Hebron
Beit Abouna Ibrahim - family
managed home-accommodation
(2 rooms; bf; res)
Telefax: 02-2224811
Mob: 052-229897
e-mail:[email protected]
Saint Antonio Hotel
Ramallah & Al-Bireh
(90 executive suites; cs; mr; pf;
gm; res)
Tel: 02-2409727
Fax: 02-2409532
e-mail: [email protected]
http:// www.gemzosuites.net
Cliff Hotel
Zahrat Al-Madain
(24 suites; res)
Tel: 02-2964040
Fax: 02-2964047
(24 rooms; bf; mr; res)
Tel: 08-2823450
Fax: 08-2820742
Tel: 08-2826801, Fax: 08-2826801
Marna House
Tel: 08-2830277, 08-2842654,
Fax: 08-2824231
Al-Wihdah Hotel
Telefax: 02-2980412
Gaza Strip
(17 rooms; bf; mr; res)
Tel: 08-2822624
Fax: 08-2823322
Palestine Hotel
(76 rooms; bf; cf; mr; res)
Telefax: 08-2823521/19
(54 rooms; bf; cf; mr; res)
Tel: 08-2823355
Fax: 08-2860056
Al-Amal Hotel
Al-Quds International Hotel
Adam Hotel
Tel: 08-2841317, Fax: 08-2861832
Al Deira
(44 rooms; 2suites; bf; mr; res)
Telefax: 08-2826223/63487/5118
(11 suites; cf; mr; res; ter)
Tel:08-2838100/200/300
Fax:08-2838400
e-mail: [email protected]
Summerland Tourist Village
Al-Hilal Al-Ahmar Hotel
Gaza International Hotel
Telfax:08-2054261
Beach Hotel
(25 rooms; bf; mr; res)
Telefax: 08-2825492,
Telefax: 08-2848433
(casino; cf; res)
Tel: 08-2847171
Fax: 08-2864008
(30 rooms; bf; cf; res; sp)
Tel: 08-2830001/2/3/4
Fax: 08-2830005
Al-Hajal Hotel
(22 rooms; bf)
Telefax: 02-2987858
Merryland Hotel
(25 rooms)
Tel: 02-2987176,
Telefax: 02-2987074
Al-Murouj Pension
(Jifna village)
Nablus
(8 rooms; res)
Telefax: 02-2957881
Al-Qaser Hotel
Rocky Hotel
(38 rooms; bf; cf; mr; res)
Tel: 09-2385444, Fax: 09-2385944
e-mail:[email protected]
(22 rooms; cf; res; ter)
Tel: 02-2964470
Telefax: 02-2961871
Al-Yasmeen Hotel & Souq
Pension Miami
(30 rooms; cf; mr; res)
Tel: 09-2333555
Fax: 09-2333666
e-mail:[email protected]
http://www.alyasmeen.com
(12 rooms)
Telefax: 02-2956808
Asia Hotel
Ramallah Hotel
(28 rooms, res )
Telfax:09-2386220
(22 rooms; bf; mr; res)
Tel: 02-2953544, Fax: 02-2955029
Chrystal Motel
Retno Hotel
(12 rooms)
Telfax:09-2333281
(15 rooms & su; res; mr; gm; sp)
Telefax: 02-2950022
e-mail: [email protected]
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Royal Court Suite Hotel
Plaza Hotel
Telefax: 02-2982020
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Hotel Sea Breeze
Commodore Gaza Hotel
(120rooms;su; bf)
Tel: 08-2834400 Fax: 08-2822623
e-mail: [email protected]
Key: su = suites;
bf = business facilities;
mr = meeting rooms;
cf = conference facilities;
res = restaurant;
ter = terrace bar;
tb = turkish bath;
cf = coffe shop;
gm = gym;
pf = parking facilities
sp = swimming pool
West Bank
East Jerusalem
Abu-Shanab Pizza
Armenian Tavern
Lotus and Olive Garden
Tel: 02-6273854
(Jerusalem Meridian Hotel)
Tel.02-6285212
Askidinya
Tel: 02-5324590
Tel: 02-5836821
Az-Zahra
Tel: 02-6282447
Tel: 02-6260752
Al-Diwan (Ambassador Hotel)
Tel:02-5412213, Fax:02-5828202
Al-Shuleh Grill
Tel: 02-6273963
Antonio's (Ambassador Hotel)
Tel: 02-5412222
Arabesque, Poolside & Patio
Restaurants
(American Colony Hotel)
Tel:02-6279777,Fax:02-6279779
Moon Light Pizza
Tel: 02-6275277
Café Europe
Tel: 02-6284313
Nafoura
Tel: 02-6260034
Café Imperial
Tel: 02-6282261,Fax:02-6271530
Tel: 02-6273768
Al-Quds Al-Arabi
Mocca Café (Beit Hanina)
Notre Dame - La Rotisserie
Tel: 02-6279114; Fax: 02-6271995
El Dorada Coffee shop &
Internet Café
Papa Andreas
Tel: 02-6260993
Tel: 02-6284433
Four Seasons Restaurants &
Coffee Shop
Pasha's
Tel: 02-5825162; 02-5328342
Tel. 02-6286061, Fax. 02-6286097
Patisserie Suisse
Kan Zaman (Jerusalem Hotel)
Tel: 02-6284377
Tel: 02-6271356
Philadelphia
Tel: 02-6289770
Pizza House
Tel: 02-6273970
Popular Arab
Tel: 02-5833226
Quick Lunch
Tel: 02-6284228
Sizzling Restaurant and Bar
Tel: 02-6263344
The Gate Café
Tel: 02-6274282
The Patio (Christmas Hotel)
Tel: 02-6282588
Victoria Restaurant
Tel: 02-6283051
Zeit ou Zaater
Tel: 02-6569889
Bethlehem
Abu Eli
Tel: 02-2741897
Abu Shanab Restaurant
Tel: 02-2742985
Andalos
Tel: 02-2743519
Al Makan Bar - Jacir Palace InterContinental Bethlehem
Tel: 02-2766777, Fax: 02-2766754
Tel: 02-2743212
Diwan
Tel: 02-2770333, 02-2770329
Dolphin
Tel: 02-2743432
Golden Roof
Tel: 02-2743224
Mariachi (Grand Hotel)
Tel: 02-2741440
Baidar - Jacir Palace InterContinental Bethlehem
Tel: 02-2766777, Fax: 02-2766754
RadioNet Cafe (Beit Sahour)
Central
Palace Inter-Continental
Tel: 02-2766777, Fax: 02-2766754
Tel: 02-2741378
Tel: 02-2774883, Fax: 02-2774882
Riwaq Courtyard - Jacir
Cigar Bar - Jacir Palace InterContinental Bethlehem
Tel: 02-2766777, Fax: 02-2766754
Shepherds Valley Village
Checkers Restaurant
Tel: 02-2744382
Tel: 02-2766338
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Dar Jdoudnah Coffeeshop
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Tel: 02-27773875
Tachi Chinese
Ramallah & Al-Bireh
Zaitouneh - Jacir Palace
Jabal Quruntul
Sultan Restaurant -
Inter-Continental Bethlehem
Tel: 02-2766777, Fax: 02-2766754
Tel: 02-2322614; 02-2322593
Jericho Cable Car
Tel: 02-2324025
Jericho Tent
Jericho
Al-Amara
Tel: 02-2323820
Tel: 02-2322600
Old Jericho Tent
Tel: 02-2323820
Tel: 02-2323500
Al-Nafoura Restaurant (Jericho
Resort Village)
Tel: 02-2321255; Fax: 2322189
Mob: 050-286067
Tel: 09-2675362
Tel: 02-2986529
K5M - Caterers
Tel: 02-2987188
Tel: 02-2956813
La Strada
Rozana
Angelo's
Tel: 09-2385676
Tel: 02-2956408
Salim Afandi
Baladna Ice Cream
(Al-Yasmeen Hotel)
Tel: 09-2383164
Mr. Pizza
Tel:02-2403016
Tel: 02-2965169
Ein Al-Marj (Birzeit)
Muntaza Restaurant
& Garden
Tel: 02-2810220/1
Tel: 02-2956835
Fawanees
Osama's Pizza
Tel: 02-2987046
Tel: 02-2953270
New Flamingo's
Pizza Inn
Tel: 02-2966128
Tel: 02-2981181/2
Tel: 02-2960937
Caesar's (Grand Park Hotel)
Tel: 02-2986194
Café Olé
Tel: 02-2984135
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Tel: 02-2987701
Tel: 02-2964470
Elite Coffee House
Shallal
Tel: 02-2965968
La Terrace
Cliff House (Rocky Hotel)
Benny's
Mob: 050-520932
Champs
Al-Mankal
Zeit Ou Zaater
Green Valley Park
Tel: 02-2964040
Tel: 02-2964081
Tel: 02-2322781
Seven Trees
Kings
Tel: 02-2987658
Al-Mattal
Tel: 02-2958434
Tel: 02-2324060,
Mobile:055-5338295
Casablanca
Chinese House
Restaurant
Tel: 09-2371332
Al-Rabiyah Park & Restaurant
Tel: 02-2322349
Tel: 02-2980456
Tel: 02-2956146
Tel: 02-2951410
Spanish Park
Mob: 050-515518
Al-Aseel
Kanbatta Zaman
Tel: 02-2981460
Nablus
Samhouri
Tel: 02-2323252
Tel: 02-2956520
Al-Bardauni's
Papaya Park
Al-Rawda
Tel: 02-2322555
Tahhan
The Orthodox Club
Café Mocha Rena
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Plaza Restaurant & Park
Ziryab
Matouq
Tel: 02-2956020
Tel: 02-2959093
Tel: 08-2826245
Pollo-Loco (Mexican)
La Mirage
Tel: 02-2981984
Gaza Strip
Pronto Resto-Café
Abu Nuwas
Lido
Tel: 02-2987312
Tel: 08-2845211
Tel: 08-2864198
Rukab's Ice Cream
Al-Andalus
Lotus
Tel: 02-2956467
Tel: 08-2821272
Tel: 08-2842431
Saba Sandwiches
Al-Baidar
Love Boat
Tel: 02-2960116
Tel: 08-2861321
Tel: 08-2861353
Samer
Tel: 08-2865128
Al-Deira
Palm Beach
Tel: 02-2405338
Tel: 08-2838100/200
Tel: 08-2860142
Sangria's
Al-Diwanea Tourist
Pizza Inn
Tel: 02-2956808
Tel: 08-2825062
Tel: 08-2840415
Season (Birzeit)
Alladin
Sea Breeze Cafeteria
Tel: 02-2810575
Tel: 08-2823355
Tel: 08-28426
Skippy's
An Nawras Tourist Resort
Summer land Village
Tel: 02-2950058
Tel: 08-2833033
Tel: 08-2453441
Stones
Cyber Internet Café
Al-Salam
Tel: 02-2966038
Tel: 08-2844704
Tel: 08-2822705
Tabash (Jifna village)
Fisher tourist
Al-Sammak
Tel: 02-2810932
Tel: 08-2834779
Tel: 08-2864385
Taboun
Granada
Al Sammak Ghornata
Tel: 02-2980505
Tel: 08-2822165
Tel: 08-2840107
Tel El-Qamar Roof
Al-Marsa
As-Sayad
Tel: 02-2987905/6
Tel: 08-2863599
Tel: 08-2834779
Urjuwan
Al-Molouke
Salam Beach
Tel: 02-2987783/4
Tel: 08-2868397
Tel: 08-2844964
Vatche’s Garden Restaurant
Mika Cafeteria
White Tent
Tel: 08-2866040
Tel: 08-2860380
Tel: 02-2965966; Fax 02-2965988
Zarour Bar BQ
Tel: 02-2956767; 02-2964480
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red tablecloths, and their matching chairs
are comfortable.
The menu includes most of the dishes that
one expects to find at a Chinese restaurant.
We began our meal with wontons, which
were packed with fresh vegetables and
chicken. An order of noodles came topped
with a variety of vegetables: scallions, green
peppers, broccoli, mushrooms and carrots.
For the main dish we had chicken Szechwan
style, which had a hint of sweetness and
had plenty of freshly cooked vegetables
and roasted nuts on top. The rice that we
had alongside the main dish also contained
vegetables and it came in a large, familysized bowl. All the dishes were pleasing to
the eye as well as the palate.
With soft drinks, two can dine and enjoy
a nice meal for less than NIS120. The
restaurant also provides take away service.
Chinese House Restaurant
Al-Akel Center
Main Street
Ramallah
Tel. 02-2964081
Open daily for lunch and dinner
Desiring a change from the usual fare
of Middle Eastern food or the ubiquitous
hamburger, my friends and I decided recently
to try the Chinese House Restaurant, which is
located on the second floor of a relatively new
building in the centre of Ramallah city. The
restaurant has been in operation for several
years now and has become well established
on the city’s restaurant scene. The décor is
quite typical of Chinese eateries, with a
prevalence of red on the walls and Chinese
scrolls and pictures that evoke Chinese
rural landscapes. The tables, covered in
Herbal Medicine
ELDER
Many customs, popular stories and
sayings surround this popular herb,
which has been described as a ‘complete
medicine chest’ due to its many properties.
It was one of the most widely used herbs
to treat excessive mucus secretion, as well
as being used as a diuretic and diarrhetic.
Elder was prized in the 18th century because
it was used to ‘whiten’ the complexion and to
remove freckles on the face.
The flowers of the elder plant reduce the
secretion of mucus and bring down
fever, especially in cases of
influenza. The flowers are
also taken as a protective
measure early in the year
against hay fever, as they
protect the respiratory
tract from the pollen in the
air. The flowers, which are collected
at the beginning of summer, are also used in
the form of a cream for local inflammations.
The cream is also used for chapped skin and
hand lesions. The hot infusion of the flowers
is taken for upper respiratory tract infections
whereas the tincture is indicated for influenza
and hay fever. The cold infusion is good for
inflammations of the eyes and as a gargle
for sore throats and tonsillitis.
The fruits of the elder plant, which are
rich in vitamins A and C, are boiled in water
and the liquid is taken for
the treatment of coughs.
The tincture of the fruits
is indicated for rheumatoid
cases.
Elder should not be
used in cases in which
the reduction of body
fluids aggravates the condition.
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Tel:02-6284769, Fax: 02-6284710
Taxis
Al-Ittimad
Mahfouz Tourist Travel
Tel: 09-2371439
Tel:02-6282212, Fax: 02-6284015
Al-Madina
Kawasmi Tourist Travel Ltd
EAST JERUSALEM
Car Rental
AutoNation
Tel: 02-5851666, Mob: 050-414449
Dallah Al-Baraka
Tel: 09-2373501
BETHLEHEM
Car Rental
Murad
Tel: 02-6564150
Tel: 02-2747092
Good Luck
Orabi
Tel: 02-5327126
Green Peace
Petra
Orabi
Tel: 02-5853101
Petra
Tel: 02-5820716, Mob: 050-511105
Taxis
Abdo
Tel: 02-5858202 (Beit Hanina)
Tel: 02-6283281 (Damascus Gate)
Al-Eman Taxi & Lemo Service
Tel: 02-5834599, 02-5835877
Al-Sha'ab
Tel: 02-6724908
Aqsa
Car Rental
Good Luck
Tel: 02-2342160
Mob: 050-372687
Tel: 02-5859756, Mob: 050-522619
RAMALLAH & AL-BIREH
MENA
Tel: 02-2965744
Mob: 050-511105
Orabi
Tel: 02-2403521
Taxis
Asha'b
Shkoukany
Tel: 02-2742309
Beit Jala
Tel: 02-2742629
HEBRON
Beit Hanina
Tel: 02-5855777
Tel: 02-2228545
Holy Land
AL-Khalil
Tel: 02-5855555
Tel: 02-2228276
Imperial
Al-Najah
Tel: 02-6282504
Tel: 02-2228996
Itihad
Al-Nissreen
Tel: 02-6286941
Tel: 02-2228346
Jaber
Al-Sha'b
Tel: 02-5855566
Tel: 02-2228726
Khaled Al-Tahan
Al-Itihad
Al-Salam
Tel: 02-2955805
Al-Wafa
Tel: 02-2955444
Al-Itihad
Tel: 02-2955887
Hinnawi Taxi
Tel:02-2956302 02-2956186
Shamma' Taxi Co.
Tel: 02-2960957
Omaya
Tel: 02-2956120
Petra 2
Maydan Al-Quds
Tel. 2953915
Panorama
Tel: 02-6281116
02-2253320
GAZA STRIP
Car Rental
Imad
Tel: 08-2864000
Rashid
Mob: 050-405095
Palestine
Tel: 02-6282220
Petra/Allenby Bridge Branch
Tel: 08-2823841
Ummeh
Tel: 02-9400494, Fax: 02-9400493
Tel: 02-2340378
Tourist Transportation
Jerusalem of Gold
Taxis
Azhar
Petra
Tel: 02-2322525
Tel: 08-2868858
Tel: 02-6737025/6, Mob: 050-259186
Mount of Olives
NABLUS
Abdo Tourist
Car Rental
Orabi
Tel: 02-6281866
Tel: 09-2383383
Tel: 02-6271122
Yafa
Tel: 08-2825127
Taxis
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Arab Tourist Agency (ATA)
Guiding Star Ltd.
Tel: 02-6277442, Fax: 02-6284366
e-mail: [email protected]
Tel: 02-6273150, Fax: 02-6273147
e-mail: [email protected]
www.guidingstarltd.com
Tel: 02-6286159, Fax: 02-6264023
e-mail: [email protected]
www.atictour.com
Tel: 02-2402956
Car Rental
Orabi
Tel: 02-6276133. Fax: 02-6271956.
e-mail: [email protected]
Tel: 02-2964688
Al-Bireh
JERICHO
Hajj& Umra Services
Tel: 02-6280770, Fax: 02-6285912
Atic Tours & Travel Ltd.
Tel: 02-2228750
Tel: 02-6276699
Golden Dome Company for
Tel: 02-6283397, Fax: 02-6281215
e-mail: [email protected]
TWINS
Mount of Olives
Nijmah
Albina Tours
Tel: 02-2986154
Tel: 02-5855777
Tel: 02-6272777
Safieh Tours & Travel
Tel: 02-6282183, Fax: 02-6282189
e-mail: [email protected]
Mob: 050-302670, Tel:02-2953675
Al-Badawi
George Garabedian Co.
Tel: 02-6283398, Fax: 02-6287896
e-mail: [email protected]
Shorouq
Tel: 02-2220811
Tel: 02-2229436
Abdo Tourist & Travel
Tel: 02-6281865, Fax: 026272973
e-mail: [email protected]
East Jerusalem
Aswar Tourism Services
Taxis
Amer Alam Airport Transfer
Tel: 02-6273003
The Pioneer Links Travel &
Tel: 02-2954764
Car Rental
Holy Land
Taxis
Al-Asdiqa'
Gates of Jerusalem Travel
Agency
Tel: 02-2344365, Fax: 02-2343835
e-mail: [email protected]
Awad & Co. Tourist Agency
Tel: 02-6284021, Fax: 02-6287990
e-mail: [email protected]
www.awad-tours.com
Aweidah Bros. Co.
Tel: 02-6282365, Fax: 02-6282366
e-mail: [email protected]
www.aweidah.com
Ayoub Caravan Tours
Tel: 02-6284361, Fax: 02-6285804
e-mail: [email protected]
Bible Land Tours
Tel: 02-6271169, Fax: 02-6272218
e-mail: [email protected]
Blessed Land Tours
Tel: 02-6286592, Fax: 02-6285812
e-mail: [email protected]
www.blessedland.com.
Carawan Tours & Travel
Tel: 02-2447495, Fax: 02-2349826
Daher Travel
Tel: 02-6283235, Fax: 02-6271574
e-mail: [email protected]
www.dahertravel.com
Dajani Palestine Tours
Tel: 02-6264768, Fax: 02-6276927
e-mail: [email protected]
Dakkak Tours Agency
Tel: 02-6282525, Fax: 02-6282526
e-mail: [email protected]
Al-Nasser
4M Travel Agency
Tel: 08-2861844/2867845
Tel: 02-6271414, Fax: 02-6284701
e-mail: [email protected]
www.4m-travel.com
Midan Filastin
Tel: 08-2865242
J. Sylvia Tours
Tel: 02-6281146, Fax: 02-6288277
e-mail: [email protected]
Jiro Tours
Tel: 02-6273766, Fax: 02-6281020
e-mail: [email protected]
www.jirotours.com
Jordan Tourist Agency
Tel: 02-6274389, Fax: 02-6275037
e-mail: [email protected]
Jordan Travel Agency
Tel: 02-6284052, Fax: 02-6287621
KIM's Tourist & Travel Agency
Tel: 02-6279725, Fax: 02-6274626
e-mail: [email protected]
www.kimstours.com
Lawrence Tours & Travel
Tel: 02-6284867, Fax: 02-6271285
e-mail: [email protected]
Mt. of Olives Tours Ltd.
Tel: 02-6271122, Fax: 02-6285551
e-mail: [email protected]
www.olivetours.com
Nawas Tourist Agency Ltd.
Tel: 02-6282491, Fax: 02-6285755
Near East Tourist Agency (NET)
Tel: 02-6282515, Fax: 02-6282415
e-mail: [email protected]
www.netours.com
Tourism Bureau
Tel: 02-6261963, Fax: 02-6284714
www.pioneer-links.com
Tel: 02-6264447, Fax: 02-6284430
Samara Tourist & Travel Agency
Shepherds Tours & Travel
Tel: 02-6284121, Fax: 02-6280251
e-mail: [email protected]
Shweiki Tours Ltd.
Tel: 02-6736711, Fax: 02-6736966
Sindbad Travel Tourist Agency
Tel: 02-6272165, Fax: 02-6272169
e-mail: [email protected]
www.Sindbad-Travel.com
Siniora Star Tours
Tel: 02-6286373, Fax: 02-6289078
e-mail: [email protected]
Tony Tours Ltd.
Tel: 02-6288844, Fax: 02-6288013
e-mail: [email protected]
United Travel Ltd.
Tel: 02-6271247, Fax: 02-6283753
e-mail: [email protected]
www.unitedtravelltd.com
Universal Tourist Agency
Tel: 02-6284383, Fax: 02-6264448
e-mail: [email protected]
http://www.universal-jer.com
Zatarah Tourist & Travel Agency
Tel: 02-6272725, Fax: 02-6289873
e-mail: [email protected]
Bethlehem
Angels Tours and Travel
Telfax:02-2775813
Crown Tours & Travel Co. Ltd.
Tel: 02-2740911, Fax: 02-2740910
e-mail: [email protected]
http://www.crown-tours.com
New Holy Land Tours
Tel: 02-6264422, Fax: 02-6264421
e-mail: [email protected]
Gloria Tourist & Travel Agency
Tel: 02-2765813 Fax: 02-2765812
O.S. Hotel Services
Golden Gate Tours & Travel
Tel: 02-6289260, Fax: 02-6264979
e-mail: [email protected]
Tel: 02-2766044, Fax: 02-2766045
e-mail: [email protected]
Overseas Travel Bureau
Kukali Travel & Tours
Tel: 02-6287090, Fax: 02-6284442
e-mail: [email protected]
Tel: 02-2773047, Fax: 02-2772034
e-mail: [email protected]
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Cyprus Airways
Royal Jordanian Airways
Tel: 02-2404894 (Al-Bireh)
Tel: 02-2405060 (Ramallah)
Tel: 08-2825403/13 (Gaza)
Egypt Air
Tel: 02-2986950/49 (Ramallah)
Tel: 08-2821530 (Gaza)
SN Brussels Airlines
Emirates Airlines
SAS Scandinavian Airlines
Tel: 02-2407705/6, (Ramallah)
Tel: 02-6283235/7238 (Jerusalem)
Gulf Air
Singapore Airlines
Tel: 09-2386312 (Nablus)
Tel: 02-2952180 (Ramallah)
Malev-Hungarian Airlines
South African Airways
Tel: 02-2952180 (Ramallah)
Tel: 02-6286257 (Jerusalem)
Tel: 02-6282535/6 (Jerusalem)
Tel: 08-2860616 (Gaza)
Iberia
Swiss International Airlines
Tel: 02-6283235/7238 (Jerusalem)
Tel: 02-2952180 (Ramallah)
Alitalia
KLM
Tunis Air
Tel: 02-6283515/6788 (Jerusalem)
Tel: 02-6284896/7 (Jerusalem)
Air Malta
Lufthansa
Tel: 02-2987013 (Ramallah)
Tel: 08-2860616 (Gaza)
Tel: 02-2986395 (Ramallah)
Tel: 09-2382065 (Nablus)
British Airways
Palestine Airlines
Tel: 02-6288654 (Jerusalem)
Tel: 08-2822800 (Gaza)
Tel: 08-2829526/7 (Gaza)
Airport Information
Flight information:
Gaza International Airport
Tel: 08-2134289
Ben Gurion Airport
Tel: 03-9723344
Lama Tours International
Tel: 02-2743717, Fax: 02-2743747
e-mail: [email protected]
Millennium Transportation
TeleFax:02-6767727
Mobile: 050-242270
Mousallam Int'l Tours
Tel: 02-2770054, Fax: 02-2770054
e-mail: [email protected]
Nativity Travel
Tel: 02-2742966, Fax: 02-2744546
Sky Lark Tours and Travel
Tel: 02-2742886, Fax: 02-2764962
e-mail: [email protected]
Terra Santa Tourist Co.
Tel: 2770249 Fax: 2770250
Ramallah Travel Agency
Ramallah
Adventure Tourism & Travel
Tel: 02-2407705, Fax: 02-2408273
e-mail: [email protected]
http://www.paladventure.com
Reem Travel Agency
Al-Asmar Travel Agency
Tel: 02-2953871, Fax: 02-2953871
Telefax: 02-2954140, 2965775
e-mail: [email protected]
Salah Tours
Al Awdah Tourism & Travel
Tel:02- 2952597, Fax:02- 2952989
Amani Tours
Telefax: 02-2987013
e-mail: [email protected]
Anwar Travel Agency
Tel: 02-2956388, Fax: 02-2956517
e-mail: [email protected]
Arab Office for Travel &
Beit Jala
Guiding Star Ltd.
Tel: 02-2765970, Fax: 02-2765971
e-mail: [email protected]
Tourism
Tel: 02-2956640, Fax: 02-2951331
Issis & Co.
Tel. 02-2956250, Fax. 02-2954305
Atlas Tours & Travel
Beit Sahour
Alternative Tourism Group
Tel: 02-2772151, Fax: 02-2772211
e-mail: [email protected]
http://www.patg.org
Tel: 02-2953692, Fax: 02-2955029
e-mail: [email protected]
www.kaoud.org
Tel: 02-2952180, Fax: 02-2986395
http://www.atlasavia.com
Darwish Travel Agency
Tel: 02-2956221, Fax: 02-2957940
Hebron
Golden Globe Tours
Tel: 02-2965111, Fax: 02-2965110
e-mail: [email protected]
Al Amir Tours
Jordan River Tourist & Travel
Telefax: 02-2212065
e-mail: [email protected]
Agency
Tel. 02-2980523, Fax. 02-2980524
Alkiram Tourism
Tel. 02-2959931, Fax. 02-2987206
Shbat & Abdul Nur
Tel: 02-2956267, Fax: 02-2957246
Skyway Tourist Agency
Telefax: 02-2965090
Air France
Continental Airlines
Tel. 02-6260606 (Jerusalem)
Qatar Airways
Air Sinai - Varig
Tel: 02-6272725 (Jerusalem)
Tel: 08-2821530 (Gaza)
Asia Travel Agency
Tel: 04-2438056, Fax: 04-2438057
Nablus
Holiday International
Tel: 09-2389159, Fax: 09-2840630
Yaish International Tours
Tel. 09-2381410, Fax. 09-2381437
e-mail: [email protected]
Great Britain
Gaza
Halabi Tours and Travel Co.
Tel: 08-2823704, Fax: 08-2866075
e-mail: [email protected]
CONSULATES
East Jerusalem
Tel: 02-5414100,
Fax: 02-5322368; 02-5325629
e-mail: [email protected]
http://www.britishconsulate.org
Greece
Apostolic Delegation
Tel: 02-6282298, Fax: 02-6281880
Italy
Al-Muntazah Travel Agency
Tel: 02-5822170, Fax: 02-5619190
Kashou' Travel Agency
Belgium
Tel: 02-2256501/2, Fax: 02-2256504
e-mail: [email protected]
Tel: 02-2955229, Fax: 02-2953107
e-mail: [email protected]
Tel. 08-2827919 Fax. 08-2824923
Tel: 02-5828263, Fax: 02-5814063
e-mail: [email protected]
Spain
Al-Salam Travel and Tours Co.
The Pioneer Links Travel &
Sweden
Tel: 02-2215574, Fax: 02-2233747
Tourism Bureau
Tel: 02-2407859, Fax: 02-2407860
e-mail: [email protected]
European Community
- Delegation to the OPT
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Tel: 02-2770130 (Bethlehem)
Jenin
Tel : 08-2824415 Fax: 08-2867596
Tel: 02-2961780, Fax: 02-2961782
e-mail: [email protected]
www.rahatravel.com
Turkish Airlines
Tel: 02-2404895 (Al-Bireh)
Tel: 08-2842303 (Gaza)
Tel: 02-5828316, Fax: 02-5325392
Raha Tours and Travel
Tel: 02-2952180 (Ramallah)
Maxim Tours
National Tourist Office
Tel: 08-2860616 Fax: 08-2860682
e-mail: [email protected]
Time Travel Ltd.
Tel: 08-2836775, Fax: 08-2836855
e-mail: [email protected]
Tel: 02-5415888, Fax: 02-5415848
France
Tel: 02-5828250, Fax: 02-5820032
Tel: 02-5828006, Fax: 02-5828065
Tel: 02-5828212, Fax: 02-5828801
Turkey
REPRESENTATIVE OFFICES TO THE PNA
Ramallah & Al-Bireh
Australia
Tel: 02-2407710, Fax: 02-2408290
e-mail: [email protected],
[email protected]
Austria
Tel: 02-2401477, Fax: 02-2400479
Canada
Tel: 02-2958604, Fax: 02-2958606
Cyprus
Tel: 02-2406959, Fax: 02-2404897
Tel: 02-5323310, Fax: 02-5820214
e-mail: [email protected]
Czech Republic
United States of America
Chile
Tel: 02-6227230, Fax: 02-6259270
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Tel: 02-2965595, Fax: 02-2965596
Tel: 02-2960850, Fax: 02-2984768
Denmark
Tel: 02-2402330, Fax: 02-2400331
Finland
Tel: 02-2400340, Fax: 02-2400343
Germany
Tel: 02-2984788, Fax: 02-2984786
e-mail: [email protected]
Hungary
UNITED NATIONS
ORGANIZATIONS
UNSCO - United Nations Office
of the Special Coordinator in the
Occupied Territories
Gaza
Tel: 08-2843555, Fax: 08-2820966
e-mail: [email protected]
Gaza
Tel: 08-2822033
Fax: 08-2845409
e-mail: [email protected]
ILO - International Labor
Organization
Jerusalem
Tel: 02-6260212, 02-6280933
Fax: 02-6276746
e-mail:[email protected]
Ramallah/Al-Bireh
Gaza
Standard Chartered
Grindlays Bank
Arab Bank
Tel: 02-2960122, Fax: 02-2960126
Arab Land Bank
Arab Bank (A
l-Balad)
Tel: 08-2822046, Fax: 08-2821099
Tel: 02-2986480, Fax: 02-2986488
Tel: 08-2823272, Fax: 08-2865667
Center for Development
Consultancy (CDC)
Arab Bank (Al-Bireh)
Beit Al-Mal Holdings
Tel: 02-2959581, Fax: 02-2959588
Tel: 08-2820722, Fax: 08-2825786
Tel: 02-5833183, Fax: 02-5833185
Arab Land Bank
Cairo-Amman Bank
Tel: 02-2958421
Tel: 08-2824950, Fax: 08-2824830
Bank of Palestine Ltd.
Tel: 02-2985921, Fax: 02-295920
Commercial Bank of
Palestine
Beit Al-Mal Holdings
Tel: 08-2825806, Fax: 08-2825816
Tel: 02-2986916, Fax: 02-2986916
The Housing Bank
HSBC Bank Middle East
Tel: 08-2826322, Fax: 08-2861143
Tel: 02-2770080, Fax: 02-2770088
Tel: 02-2987802, Fax: 02-2987804
Jordan Bank
Arab Land Bank
Cairo-Amman Bank
Tel: 08-2820707, Fax: 08-2824341
Tel: 02-2740861
Tel: 02-2983500, Fax: 02-2955437
Palestine Development Fund
Cairo-Amman Bank
The Center for Private
Enterprise Development
Tel: 08-2824286, Fax: 08-2824286
Tel: 02-2407676, Fax: 02-2407678
e-mail: [email protected]
UNTSO - United Nations Truce
Supervision Organization
Ireland
Jerusalem
Tel: 02-5687222 - 5687444
Fax: 02-5687400
e-mail: [email protected]
Ramallah
Tel: 02-2900022
Fax: 02-2900023
Tel: 02-2796671, Fax: 02-2796673
UNRWA - United Nations Relief and
Works Agency
Nablus
Tel: 09-2375692
Tel: 09-2338371
Fax: 09-2338370
Tel: 02-240 6811/2/3,
Fax: 02-240 6816
e-mail: [email protected]
Norway
Tel: 02-2345050, Fax: 02-2345079
e-mail: [email protected]
The Netherlands
Tel: 02-2987639, Fax: 02-2987638
Portugal
Tel: 02-2407291/3, Fax: 02-2407294
Gaza
Tel: 08-6777333, Fax: 08-6777555
e-mail: [email protected]
West Bank
Tel: 02-5890401, Fax: 02-5322714
firstletterofsurname.familyname @unrwa.org
South Africa
Tel: 02-2987355, Fax: 02-2987356
e-mail: [email protected]
http://www.sarep.org
IBRD - International Bank for
Reconstruction and Development
(World Bank)
Switzerland
West Bank
Tel: 02-2366500
Fax: 02-2366543
Tel: 02-2408360/1, Fax: 02-2408362
e-mail: [email protected]
Gaza
Egypt
Tel: 08-2824290, Fax: 08-2820718
Germany
Tel: 08-2825584, Fax: 08-2844855
India
Tel: 08-2825423, Fax: 08-2825433
Japan
Gaza
Tel: 08-2824746
Fax: 08-2824296
[email protected]
IMF - International Monetary Fund
Gaza
Tel: 08-2825913
Fax: 08-2825923
e-mail: [email protected]
Tel: 08-2842406, Fax: 08-2842416
Jordan
Tel: 08-2825134, Fax: 08-2825124
Morocco
Tel: 08-2824264, Fax: 08-2824104
Norway
Tel: 08-2824615, Fax: 08-2821902
Qatar
Tel: 08-2825922, Fax: 08-2825932
Russian Federation
Tel: 08-2821819, Fax: 08-2821819
South Africa
Tel: 08-2841313, Fax: 08-2841333
Tunisia
UNICEF - United Nations Children's
Fund
Jerusalem
Tel: 02-5830013,4
Fax: 02-5830806
Gaza
Tel: 08-2862400
Fax: 08-2862800
e-mail: [email protected]
WHO - World Health Organization
Jerusalem
Tel: 02-5400595
Fax: 02-5810193
e-mail: [email protected]
Tel: 08-2825018, Fax: 08-2825028
WFP - World Food
Programme
Gaza
Tel: 08-2827463
Fax: 08-2827921
Jerusalem
Tel: 02-6268200
Fax: 02-6268222
[email protected]
UNFPA - United Nations
Population Fund
Jerusalem
Tel: 02-5817292;
Fax: 02-5817382
e-mail: [email protected]
http://www.unfpa.ps
OHCHR - Office of the High
Commissioner For Human
Rights
Gaza
Tel: 08-2827021
Fax: 08-2827321
e-mail: [email protected]
West Bank Office
Telefax: 02-2965534
UNIFEM - United Nations
Development Fund for
Women
Tel: 02-2402370
Fax: 02-2406838
e-mail: [email protected]
UNESCO - United Nations
Educational, Scientific, and
Cultural Organization
Ramallah
Tel: 02-2959740
Fax: 02-2959741
e-mail: [email protected]
United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)
Programme of Assistance to the Palestinian People (PAPP)
UN OCHA – United Nations
Office for Coordination of
Humanitarian Affairs
4 Al-Ya'qubi Street, Jerusalem
Tel: 02-6268200, Fax: 02-6268222
E-mail: [email protected] / URL: http://www.papp.undp.org
Tel: 02-5829962/02 - 5825853
Fax: 02-5825841
e-mail: [email protected]
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East Jerusalem
Arab Bank (Al-Ezzarieh)
Arab Bank (Al-Ram)
Tel: 02-2348710, Fax: 02-2348717
Commercial Bank of
Palestine
Tel: 02-2799886, Fax: 02-2799258
Bethlehem
Arab Bank
Tel: 02-2744971, Fax: 02-2744974
Jordan National Bank
Tel: 02-2770351, Fax: 02-2770354
Bank of Palestine Ltd.
Tel: 02-2765515/6, Fax: 02-2765517
Tel: 02-2986786, Fax: 02-2986787
Bank of Palestine Ltd.
Palestine International Bank
(PIB)
Commercial Bank of
Palestine
Tel: 08-2844333, Fax: 08-2844303
Tel: 02-2954141, Fax: 02-2954145
Tel: 08-2822105, Fax: 08-2822107
Tel: 02-2770888, Fax: 02-2770889
Cooperative Development
Unit
Hebron
Deutsche Ausgleichsbank
(DTA)
Al-Ahli Bank
Tel: 02-2984462, Fax: 02-2952610
Tel: 02-2224801/2/3/4
The Housing Bank
Arab Bank
Tel: 02-2986270, Fax: 02-2986276
Tel: 02-2226410/1/2/3
Bank of Palestine Ltd.
International Islamic Arab
Bank
Tel: 02-2250001/2/3
Tel: 02-2980060, Fax: 02-2980065
Cairo-Amman Bank
(Wadi Al-Tuffah)
Jordan Bank
Tel: 02-2225353/4/5
Jordan-Gulf Bank
Cairo-Amman Bank
(Al-Balad)
Tel: 02-2987680, Fax: 02-2987682
Tel: 02-2229803/4
Tel: 02-2959343, Fax: 02-2959341
Cairo-Amman Bank
(The Islamic Branch)
Palestine International Bank
(PIB)
Tel: 02-2227877
Tel: 02-2983300, Fax: 02-2983333
Islamic Arab Bank
Palestine Investment Bank
Tel: 02-2254156/7
Tel: 02-2987880, Fax: 02-2987881
Islamic Bank
Union Bank
Tel: 2226768
Tel: 02-2986412, Fax: 02-2956416
Jordan Bank
World Bank
Tel: 2224351/2/3/4
Tel: 02-2366500, Fax: 02-2366543
Palestine Investment Bank
Tel: 08-2824729, Fax: 08-2824719
Tel: 02-2900029, Fax: 02-2900029
Tel: 02-2958686, Fax: 02-2958684
Jordan National Bank
Palestine Investment Bank
Palestine Investment Bank
Nablus
Standard Chartered
Grindlays Bank
Tel: 09-2384555, Fax: 09-2384563
Arab Bank
Tel: 09-2382340, Fax: 09-2382351
Arab Land Bank
Tel: 09-2383651, Fax: 09-2383650
Bank of Palestine Ltd.
Tel: 09-2382030, Fax: 09-2382923
Cairo-Amman Bank
Tel: 09-2381301, Fax: 09-2381590
Commercial Bank of
Palestine
Tel: 09-2385160, Fax: 09-2385169
The Housing Bank
Tel: 09-2386060, Fax: 09-2386066
Jordan Bank
Tel: 09-2381120, Fax: 09-2381126
Jordan-Gulf Bank
Tel: 09-2382191, Fax: 09-2381953
Jordan-Kuwait Bank
Tel: 09-2377223, Fax: 09-2377181
Jordan-National Bank
Tel: 09-2382280, Fax: 09-2382283
Palestine Investment Bank
Tel: 2252701/2/3/4
Tel: 09-2385051, Fax: 09-2385057
The Housing Bank
Tel: 02-2250055
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Mass Media (2002)
Availability of TV sets
92.7 %
Availability of satellite dish
for households having TV set
46.1 %
Population and Demography
Availability of computers at home
9.5 %
Projected Population (End 2003) 3,737,895
Availability of Internet at home
2.9 %
Projected Population by Age (End 2003)
Persons (18 years and over)
0-17 years
52.6%
have access to the Internet (2000) 5.4 %
18-64
44.3%
65+
3.1%
Living Standards and Humanitarian Aid
Sex Ratio (2003)
102.7
(July-August 2003)
Fertility rate (1999)
5.9
Percentage of Households bellow poverty line
Population Natural Increase Rate
3.5
Number of Individuals bellow poverty line
Percentage of Households lost more than half
Land Use and Agriculture (2000)
of their income during Al-Aqsa Intifada
2
Palestinian Territory (PT) area (Km )6,020
Percentage of Households who indicated their
Area of PT by type of use
need for assistance
• Agricultural land
25.2 %
• Forest and wooded land
1.5 %
Labour Force (Third Quarter, 2003) Male
• Palestinian built-up land
9.7 %
Labour Force participation rate
68.6%
• Built-up land in Israeli settlements 2.4 %
Unemployment rate
24.2%
• Other land
61.2 % Average net daily wage for employees working
Cultivated Area (Km2)-2002
1,851.1 in the Palestinian Territory (US$)
14.9
Education 2003/2004
Illireracy rate for persons 15 years
and over (2002)
No. of schools
No. of school teachers
No. of school students
Students per class (schools)
Drop-out rate (schools 2001/2002)
Repetition rate (schools 2001/2002)
Health (2001-2002)
No. of hospitals (2002)
Doctors per 1000 population (2002)
Beds per 1000 population (2002)
Insured persons (2002)
Infant mortality rate per 1000
live births (1995-1999)
Child mortality rate per 1000
live births (1995-1999)
Stunting among children
(6-59 months) (2002)
Wasting among children
(6-59 months) (2002)
Culture (2002)
No. of mosques (in operation)
No. of churches
No. of newspapers (in operation)
No. of museums (in operation)
No. of cultural centers (in operation)
* Preliminary results
9.0%
2,102
38,620
1,024,285
35.7
1.0%
1.6%
72
1.5
1.4
76.0 %
25.5
28.7
9.0 %
2.5 %
1,704
201
8
4
50
Bethlehem
WEST BANK
62.3%
2,456,000
45.4%
79.3%
Female
13.6%
20.7%
Economics
GDP (2001-million US$)-at constant prices
GNI (2001-million US$)-at constant prices
4,236.3
4,736.2
No. of institutions by economic activity (end of 2002)
Mining and Quarrying
312
Construction
348
Commerce
39,084
Transportation, storage and communication 469
Hotels and restaurants
2,709
Financial intermediation
657
Others
4,447
Imports (2001-million US$)
Exports (2001-million US$)
Hotels (Third Quarter, 2003)
Room occupancy rate
Bed occupancy rate
Environment
Available quantities of water (2002-mcm)
Connected households
to wastewater network (2003)
Housing Conditions (2003)
Average number of rooms
in the housing units
Average number of persons
per room (housing density)
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Tel: 02-2744242
Jericho
Caritas Baby
Hospitals
Augusta Victoria
Tel: 02-2758500; Fax: 02-2758501
The Holy Family
Tel: 02-6279911
Tel: 02-2741151
Dajani Maternity
Al-Hussein Government
Tel: 02-5833906
Tel: 02-2741161
Hadassah (Ein Kerem)
Mental Health
Hospitals
Jericho Government
Tel: 02-2321967/8/9
Pharmacies
Hijazi
Tel: 02-2322694
Tel: 02-6777111
Tel: 02-2741155
Grand Jericho
Hadassah (Mt. Scopus)
St. Mary's Maternity
Tel: 02-2322456
Tel: 02-5844111
Tel: 02-2742443
Maqassed
Clinics and Centers
Audiology
Tel: 02-2742439
Beit Shour Medical Center
Clinics and Centers
UPMRC
Tel: 02-6270222
Red Crescent Maternity
Tel: 02-6286694
St. John's Opthalmic
Tel: 02-5828325
Tel: 02-5828188
Clinics and Centers
Arab Health Center
Tel: 02-6288726
CHS Clinics
Tel: 02-6280602/0499
Jerusalem First Aid Clinic
Tel: 02-2794443
Bethlehem Dental Center
Tel: 02-2743303
Nablus
Hospitals
Al-Ittihad
Tel: 09-2371491
St. Luke's
Tel: 02-2741647
Rafidia
Al-Sha'ab
Tel: 09-2390390
Tel: 02-2742472
Al-Watani
Tel: 09-2383818
Tel: 09-2380039
Hebron
Ibn Sina Medical Center
Hospitals
Al-Meezan
Tel: 02-5400083/9, 02-5322536
Tel: 02-2322148
Pharmacies
Al-Razi
Tel: 02-6264055
Clinics and Centers
Al-Amal Center
Tel: 09-2383778
Arab Medical Center
Medical Relief Women's
Health Clinic
Tel: 02-2257400/1
Tel: 02-5833510
Tel: 02-2229035
Palestinian Counseling
Center
Al-Ahli
Tel. 02-656 2272, 02-656 2627
Amira Alia
Peace Medical Center
Tel: 02-2228126
Tel: 02- 5327111, 02-5324259
Hamdan
Pharmacies
Kamal Shawkat
Red Crescent Society
02-2281860
Tel: 09-2377711
Tel: 02-586056
Mohammed Ali
Al-Jalil
Spafford Children's Clinic
Tel: 02-2253883/4
Tel: 09-2373570
Tel: 02-6284875
Shaheera
279.9
The Austrian Arab
Community Clinic (AACC)
Tel: 02-2226982
45.1%
Tel: 02-6273246
Tel: 02-2228333
Pharmacies
Al-Hayat
Clinics and Centers
Red Crescent Society
Tel: 02-5859386
Tel: 02-2227450
Al-Mustaqbal Hospital
Balsam
UPMRC
Ramallah Government
Hospitals
2,831.2
717.3
16.7
10.0
3.4
2.1
Tel: 02-6272315
Beit Hanina
Tel: 02-5854680
Prepared by the Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics.
Tel: 02-2406340, Fax: 02-2406343,
email: [email protected], URL: www.pcbs.org
Tel: 02-2229649
East Jerusalem
St. Joseph
14.6
Ibn Sina
Hospitals
Al-Dibis Maternity
Dar Ad-Dawa'
Tel: 02-6282058
Al-Za'tari
Tel: 09-2371515
Red Crescent Society
Tel: 09-2382153
UPMRC
Tel: 02-2220212
Tel: 09-2837178
The Red Crescent
Ramallah & Al-Bireh
Hospitals
Arabcare Hospital
Tel: 02-2986420
Tel: 02-2963562/4
Tel: 02-2226663
Pharmacies
Al-Hikmah
Tel: 02-2982216/7
Tel: 02-2228254
Tel: 02-2956260
Red Crescent Hospital
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Clinics and Centers
Arab Medical Center
UPMRC
Tel: 02-2954334
Pharmacies
Bushnak
Tel: 02-2984423 / 2960686
Arabcare Medical Center
Tel: 02-2986420
Clinics and Centers
Arab Medical Center
Tel: 08-2862163
Beit Hanoun Clinic
Tel: 08-2858065
Tel: 02-2953740
Emergency & Trauma Center
Dar Al-Shifa
Tel: 02-2988088
Tel: 08-2865520
Harb Heart Center
GAZA STRIP
UPMRC
Tel: 02-2960336
Tel: 08-2827837
Modern Dental Center
Hospitals
Al-Ahli Al-Arabi
Tel: 02-2980630
Tel: 08-2863014
Patients' Friends Society
K. Abu Raya Rehabilitation
Centre
Dar Al-Salam
Tel: 02-2957060/1
Tel: 08-2051244
Peace Medical Center
Shifa
Tel: 02-2959276
Tel: 08-2862765
Pharmacies
Al-Fayrouz
Tel: 08-2865502
Tel: 08-2854240
Al-Rimal
Nasser
Tel: 08-2822522
Berlin Pharmacy
Tel: 08-2873498
Red Crescent Society
Tel: 02-2406260
City
Fire
Ambulance
Police
Jerusalem*
CHS (Old City Jerusalem)
Jenin
Tulkarem
Nablus
Qalqilia
Ramallah
Jericho
Bethlehem
Hebron
Gaza
02-6282222
101 / 050-319120
04-2501225
09-2672106
09-2383444
09-2940440
02-2956102
02-2322658
02-2741123
102/2228121-2-3
08-2863633
101
100
101 / 04-2502601
101 / 09-2672140
101 / 09-2380399
101 / 09-2940440
101 / 02-2400666
101 / 02-2321170
101 / 02-2744222
101
101 / 08-2863633
04-2501035
09-2672161
09-2383518
09-29422730
02-2956571
02-2322521
02-2748231
100
08-2863400
Border Crossings
Allenby Bridge
Sheikh Hussien
Rafah Border
Eretz Crossing
02-9942302
04-6093410
08-6734205
08-6741672
Tourism and Antiquities
Police
Bethlehem
Gaza
Nablus
Jericho
02-2770750/1
08-2829017
09-385244
02-2324011
Telephone Services
Information
144
Phone Repairs*
166
Telegrams*
171
Time*
155
Wake Up*
174
International operator* 188
Weather
03-9668855
Calls from Overseas
Dial access code, international
country code (972) or (970),
area code (without the zero),
desired number
* can only be called from East Jerusalem
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57
RAMALLAH
Where to Go
Al-Bireh?
PLAZA Shopping Centre
Al-Bireh is the first Palestinian city to
have a covered, proper shopping centre
– or mall in American parlance – to boast
of. The PLAZA Shopping Centre, situated
in the northern part of the cities of Ramallah
and Al-Bireh, was officially opened on July
1st, 2003. The Centre occupies an area
of seven and a half dunums (approx. 2
acres) of land and has nearly 10,000m² of
commercial space, the majority of which
has already been leased out.
Spread out on two commercial floors, the
businesses range from clothing stores of all
types to candy and gift shops, bookshop
and stationary stores, computers, and
other services such as dry cleaning,
optometrist, and a pharmacy. The Centre
also boasts several food outlets such as
an U.S. franchise Italian restaurant, a café,
oriental sweets, fast-food eateries and the
first Palestinian franchise hamburger
shop. The anchor store comprises a huge
supermarket on the ground level, accurately
named BRAVO Supermarket, which makes
shopping for food a pleasant experience
and offers easy access to the parking
lot. The second anchor is a large indoor
children’s playground full of mechanical and
video games, with the major attraction being
a Formula I race track for kids, along with a
birthday party area.
The whole Centre is air conditioned and
centrally heated, making it an ideal place for
winter shopping or for escaping the stifling
summer heat. The Centre also offers full
handicap access to all stores.
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JERUSALEM
Where to Go?
The Garden Tomb
Map of Jerusalem source: Arab Hotel Association/Pecdar
The Garden Tomb is considered an
alternative site for the crucifixion and
resurrection of Jesus Christ. Though the
place enjoys little support for its biblical
claim, the Anglican-owned garden is
an oasis of greenery and tranquillity in
the midst of the hustle and bustle of
downtown Jerusalem. As one Catholic
priest is reported to have said, “If the
Garden Tomb is not the true site of the
Lord’s death and resurrection, it should
have been.” The garden is located off
Nablus Road, only a few minutes’ walk
from Damascus Gate.
It was General Charles Gordon of
Khartoum who first attached biblical
importance to this location in 1883. Not
believing that the Holy Sepulchre was
the site of the Golgotha, he identified a
skull-shaped hill just north of Damascus
Gate and began excavations there, to
find ancient tombs that confirmed his
conviction that this was the true site of
Jesus’ crucifixion and burial.
Be that as it may, the Garden Tomb
represents a piece of rural England, with
its neat and lush garden. Only the palm
trees and the abundant sunshine give
it away.
The Garden Tomb is open Monday
through Saturday from 8:30 am to 12:00
and from 14:00 to 17:30. It is closed on
Sundays, when an ecumenical service is
held at 9 am. Admission is free.
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The Last Word
“It does not require a majority to prevail, but rather an irate, tireless
minority keen to set brush fires in people’s minds.”
Samuel Adams
(Forwarded by Zahi Khouri)
A Must!
When the January issue of “This Week in Palestine” came out, I expected some
‘feedback’ from the people responsible for the Geneva Accord regarding an article
we had published for a gentleman, in which he criticised the Accord. My expectations
were in place and the phone calls did come. The dismay and displeasure for printing
the critical article were presented firmly and intensely, but at the same time were
conveyed in a civilized manner. The main gripe of the people behind the Geneva
Accord, however, was not the fact that the article was critical; it was, according to
them, that the author has misinterpreted the Accord, in addition to the fact that it was
printed in “This Week in Palestine,” the ‘friendly’ publication. It is true that This Week
in Palestine’s main objective is to promote cultural and economic life in Palestine by
way of presenting a positive image of our country. It is also true that This Week in
Palestine is not a ‘political’ publication (in the traditional sense) and that our main
focus is Palestinian civil society, but I feel that it is almost our duty to be a platform in
which opinions from both ends of the spectrum are shared, particularly when it comes
to issues that are not only important but will eventually shape our destiny. A national
debate on such matters is a must.
As for ‘misinterpreting’ the Accord, the publisher is in no position to condemn or
condone the critical article since it was signed, hence it represented the author’s sole
point of view, not to mention the fact that This Week in Palestine clearly indicates, in
its disclaimer, that the written articles do not necessarily represent the point of view of
this publication. It is our duty, however, to acknowledge and give equal space to both
points of view (see article on page 8).
This message, actually, is neither meant to address the architects of the Geneva
Accord nor the gentleman who wrote the critical article. I am certain that both are
sophisticated enough not only to understand the democratic process in expressing
one’s opinion, but to exercise it as well, which they have done in a remarkable and
formidable way.
Hopefully, in our soon-to-come free Palestine, we will not be living in a society
where we all agree on all matters. No doubt that a society with no diverse opinions is
an unhealthy society; rather, a sick one. I dread becoming a North Korea (with all due
respect to their national achievements), but having said that, I am comforted by the
fact that even under Israeli occupation, we, Palestinians, have more democracy than
most countries claiming democracy; a matter that we should take pride in. The proof,
of course, is in the pudding!
I urge all those in responsible positions, particularly the people who are shaping
the characters of our children, to practise tolerance and respect for the other’s point
of view. In my opinion, this is the quickest way to rid us of those who claim to be the
‘light of the world.’
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Watchtowers
When this word is uttered these days, the first thing that comes to mind are the notorious watchtowers
that are being built by the Israeli army along the Apartheid Wall that is engulfing Palestinian lands and
defacing the once beautiful Palestinian countryside. The watchtowers we have in mind here are those
quaint structures that dot the hills and valleys of Palestine – whatever is left of them. These stone
structures were built by our ancestors, using the rocks and stones that were available in their fields
and supporting them with twigs and tree branches, without any formal building plans.
We urge the readers of this column to take an excursion and travel to the villages that lie between
Ramallah and Hebron. Many will be surprised by the different watchtowers they will see along the
way, on hilltops and deep in the valleys. While some will look like traditional watchtowers, others will
resemble storerooms or castles, hence they are commonly known in Arabic as qusour (castles). All
these descriptions are appropriate since these watchtowers were erected for various reasons. The
larger ones were in fact built as a place of refuge during the harvest season, when farmers and their
families spent days on end in their fields, cultivating the fruits of their trees, such as olives, grapes and
figs. Agricultural lands were often quite far from the villages where the farmers lived and it was not
feasible then to commute to their fields every day, especially before the advent of the motorcar. Others
were used as places of storage for the harvested produce where they were left to dry. The smaller
structures, which can be found on hilltops, were used chiefly as outlook posts – watchtowers.
What is truly fascinating is that the stones that were used to build these structures were uneven
stones that were gathered from the fields while the farmers were clearing their lands for sowing. These
watchtowers are usually built on a rocky base, thus securing a solid base and leaving the arable land
free for agriculture. No cement or other binding substance is used to hold the stones together. Time
attests to the ingenuity of these structures that have been standing for hundreds of years and have
weathered all kinds of natural conditions.
While travelling in the countryside, one will capture the sight of many varying types of watchtowers.
Their diversity notwithstanding, these watchtowers constitute an important element of Palestine’s rural
heritage. After such a tour, it would be hard to guess which watchtower will stick to memory most – will
it be the pastoral one or that which sits on the ugly concrete wall?

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