Legal System of the Islamic Endowment in Jerusalem

Lawyer Khaled Zabarga

Many Jordanian laws apply to the Islamic endowments in Jerusalem, which are applied by the Jordanian Sharia courts, which are still operating in East Jerusalem, in continuation of the historical role of Jordan in the city (1st section). On the other hand, the Israeli occupation enacted many laws that are forcibly applied to these endowments as well. (The second section) endowments as well. (2nd section).

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The Islamic Endowment in Jerusalem

Mahmoud Ali Latzeez "Kadoura"

This work aims at spreading awareness among Jerusalemites in particular, and Palestinians and the world in general, to deepen the study of the true, realistic, legal and historical meaning of the endowment and its importance in preserving the cultural heritage of the Islamic and Arab nations.

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Wildlife Documenting Experience

Mohamad Shuaibi

Palestine is one of the best places in the world to observe the migration of birds. Its skies are considered one of the most suitable paths for the migration of nearly 500 million birds annually due to its distinctive biological and geographical location between Asia and Europe, and its suitable climate. Despite this, we have no specialized bird-watching center, where we can discover different birds and their beauty.

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Wadi Gaza, the living Witness

Moahoud Judeh - 28\12\2022

Wadi Gaza extends from the heart of the Negev desert in Southern Palestine until the South of the city of Hebron in the occupied West Bank before its water flows into the Strip. The valley extends into Gaza Strip for a distance of nine kilometers from its eastern border to the western coast of the sea.

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The Lost Church

Mahmoud Joudeh - 28\12\2022

The construction of the church dates back to 444 AD and it has persisted since the Islamic conquest of Palestine in 637 AD until the time of the Caliph Abu Ja'far Al-Mansour. The church has survived 24 Byzantine Emperors and 14 Islamic Caliphs, indicating the importance of the church and the coexistence between Muslims and Christians over the centuries.

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The KHAN that became the City

Mahmoud Joudeh 28\12\2023

Khan Yunis became a city with a castle called Barqouq Castle, and after the construction and erection of the castle, people approached it and built their houses and stores, and decided to settle for serving the merchants, visitors and soldiers. Hence, the neighborhood and then the city came to be, until it reached its current population of about a quarter of a million people.

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Al-Khader Shrine (Maqam) & the Secret within Deir AL-Balah

Mahmoud Joudeh - 28\12\2022

This Maqam is considered as one of the oldest historical buildings in the Palestinian city of Deir Al-Balah. It was built in the Byzantine era, were construction of churches and monasteries flourished. Maqam Al-Khader is located in the center of the city of Deir Al-Balah. It is a courtyard with three arches surrounded by ancient stones, and a person can descend a dozen of old steps that leads to a room with an average-sized mosaic placed above a carved tombstone with inscribed Greek letters where it is believed to be the tomb of one of the Greek bishops.

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Tal Rafah (63 BC – 632 BC) – The Missing Civilization

Mahmoud Joudeh - 28\12\2022

Rafah is considered one of the ancient historical cities, having been founded over 5,000 years ago and known by several names. The Pharaohs called it "Robihoy”, the Assyrians called it "Rafiho", the Romans and Greeks called it "Raphia" and the Arabs called it Rafah.

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Promoting Palestinian Creative Industries

Shirabe Yamada, Executive Director, Sunbula

Sunbula is a nonprofit fair trade organization established in Jerusalem in 1988, with an aim to empower artisans from marginalized communities in Palestine by promoting the traditional crafts. Sunbula’s work integrates the Palestinian cultural heritage in economic activities and ensures that it is kept alive and stays relevant in today’s society.

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Preserving Tangible (Architectural) Heritage

Center for Cultural Heritage Preservation by Luma Qumsiya

Since its establishment, the Center for Cultural Heritage Preservation has implemented many projects in the field of cultural heritage in different cities and villages in the district of Bethlehem. Its projects were extended to cover all regions in Palestine, besides the district of Jerusalem. The implemented projects varied in their intervention. This included restoration and rehabilitation of different buildings, rehabilitation of lanes and streets, corridors and stairs, and public facilities, besides preparing various studies and plans for protection and preservation, along with awareness campaigns and community partnership.

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Role of the Palestinian Embassies

Ambassador Dr. Omar Awad Allah

Our great poet, Mahmoud Darwish, says: On this earth what makes life... and the fear of invaders of memories. The invaders and colonizers fear memories, history and heritage, because they are not part of the past, and thus they will not visit the present, nor will they be part of the future.

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UNESCO’s role in preserving and promoting

Mohamad Hammad

Through these efforts, UNESCO assists Palestine and Palestinian institutions and individuals to preserve Palestinian cultural heritage, promote cultural creative industries, and contribute to empowering Palestinian communities to safeguard their cultural identity.

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UNtold Palestine

UNtold Palestine

As for international solidarity, we need to know that we do not need to tell our story in any other way or mold it in molds that fit the standards of the international community in order to gain sympathy and solidarity. Solidarity must be unconditional, and we must tell our stories as they are, with good and bad, and in our own language. We convey our experience as it is and with its true feeling because we only narrate the correct story.

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Promoting Palestine as a Tourist Destination

Promoting Palestine as a Tourist Destination By Magdouline F. Salameh

Since ancient times, the land has been welcoming thousands of pilgrims from all over the world, making of pilgrimage the backbone of the tourism sector activity and economy. After the coming of the Palestinian Authority, and based on the National Tourism Strategy, the Palestinian Ministry of Tourism & Antiquities has been exerting all efforts to develop the tourism sector, and the tourism infrastructure has been noticeably developing. Today, the country has comfortable stylish accommodations, resorts, restaurants and cafés, rehabilitated religious and archaeological sites, museums, galleries, and handmade crafts that satisfy all needs and tastes.

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The State of Palestine

Promoting Cultural and Heritage Tourism in Palestine Internationally: Difficulties and Recommendations by Dr Rami K. Isaac

Marketing cultural heritage in Palestine is a complex and sensitive issue that is closely tied to the ongoing conflict in the region. The cultural heritage of Palestine encompasses a rich and diverse legacy of history, art, architecture, and traditions that reflects the region's complex and layered cultural heritage.

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The Right to Protect Cultural Heritage

by Imad Hamdan

The old town of Hebron is a historical urban area in Palestine. It is one of the oldest historical cities testifying to the ancient civilization of the Palestinian people. The town is the host of a unique architectural heritage, the Ibrahimi Mosque, which is one of the most important and holiest architectural edifices in the world. Moreover, the vicinity of this sanctuary is also unique in its traditional urban fabric and is characterized by its composition and architectural elements.

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The Legal Framework for the Right to Culture in Palestine

By Taher Tayseer Al-Masry

he Concept of Cultural Rights: Until now, there is no approved official definition of the concept of "cultural rights", as these rights are related to a wide range of issues that must be protected. Moreover, this concept closely relates to the right to education and the right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion.

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Concept Paper on Cultural Rights

Rozana Association

Palestinians suffered after the 1948 Nakba, from displacement, and systematic destruction as well. There was a political will, from the highest levels, to demolish, destroy, burn and plunder everything related to human heritage in Palestine; this was implemented by destroying more than 400 Palestinian villages in 1949/1950 and looting their cultural assets, even after the cessation of hostilities.

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Cultural Heritage and Religious Holidays

Environmental Education Center

Before the Nakba, the people of Jaffa used to go to Bethlehem on Christmas. They used to sit near the garden of the Church of the Nativity and its yard. They used to bring their food with them: stuffed chicken, zucchini, grape leaves, and cooked rice covered with pine nuts, almonds and yogurt.

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Rebuilding Heritage

By Raed Saadeh

Many shrines or graves of holy men are situated in cemeteries. These shrines are often older than the cemeteries. People would bury their leaders near the shrines to protect them from being consumed by enemies. More recent awlia’ (holy men) might be buried in existing cemeteries and revered after their death.

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Food of Resistance and Existence

Joint writing between Rozana Association and blogger Fidaa Abu Hamdiya

The women greeted us with a scene simulating the preparation of a traditional dish that the region is famous for on Easter. The hand of the ‘aunt’, dressed in a work dress embroidered with red and gold threads, rotated the hand-mill (jaroucheh) grinding bulgur, groats and flour, while humming songs of parting and travel, along the ‘tune’ of the rough and sad noise of the hand-mill. Her friend sieved the grounded product to prepare ‘Ikbab’, which is simple in its ingredients and warm in taste.

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"It's not Just Food, It’s a Great Joy "

Gaza Strip, Al-Zaytoun

Umm Khaled told us about the method of making Summāqīyah , which she learned from her mother who died at the age of 100. Her mother taught her and her five sisters how to make Gazan dishes: Kishk, Summāqīyah , Khubiza, Mujdara, Lisan, Rijleh, And Rummaniah.

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Living Culture

Dr. Zakaria Salawdeh

Am educated person from the rural area, who moves to the city becomes captivated by imported Western culture, disdains his local heritage, and cuts their social ties with the countryside, as if he has no connection to the development of rural communities.

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Experiential Tourism in Palestine

“Abu Samer welcomed us warmly and his family prepared a village chicken speciality that is called musakhan for us. We spoke of many things and we told each other stories of life and humanity. We laughed a lot and then went together to visit the women’s association in the village. They explained to us what they were doing and showed us some of their handicrafts. Insaf, the director of the association, was a great and knowledgeable person. She took us on a short stroll through the historic area of the village, where we visited the old oil press as well as the old flourmill. She told us some of her childhood stories, such as when she escorted her father to bring their olive harvest to the oil press and described the excitement of the villagers over their harvest as they got together at the oil press…”

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Being Rural

I would watch my grandmother’s hands blend in the darkness of the Taboun oven as she fiddled with the bread back and forth before resting it on the stone bed in the bottom of the oven. My grandmother did this sacredly every day as a part of the breakfast preparation ceremony.

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The Village of Fatteh and Spaghetti

Al-Qubeiba

The village of grooms, a resort for vacationers, and the home of the “Fatteh” feast. What do you need to know more about the village of Al-Qubeiba to realize that it is the most beautiful destination in the warm seasons?

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