of the Palestinian Heritage Foundation
Volume 22, No. 1
Work to translate Hanan's Book into Arabic is
Work has been completed on translating Hanan's book
"Traditional Palestinian Costume: Origins and Evolution"
into Arabic. This labor of love lasted for almost two
years. The English version of the published book has sold
out after about three years since it was published, and the remaining few
copies available with distributors around the world are
selling through Amazon.com for $200.00 to over $1000.00 per copy. At
present the translated script is being corrected for
language and flow before the layout process begins.
ألأثواب ألتقليديٌة ألفلسطينيٌة: نشأة
حنان قرمان منيٌر
Hanan participated in a Georgetown University
On Saturday, February 20,
2016, Mrs. Hanan Munayyer cofounder and President of
the Palestinian Heritage Foundation participated in a workshop
designed for teachers at Georgetown University
in Washington DC. The workshop
included Arabic Rhythms and Drumming by Mr.
Karim Nagi, Arabic Poetry by Zeina Azzam, Poetic Expressions with
Teachers by Mrs. Grace Cavalieri, Textile Patterns
and Embroidery by Hanan Karaman Munayyer, and Learn
to Dance the Dabke with Ms. Rania Kiblawi.
Selections of the Munayyer Collection representing
Ramallah and Al Khalil regions of Palestine and some
modern embroideries were
on display, followed by a hands-on demonstration of
cross stitch embroidery of Palestinian patterns. This program was made
possible by Georgetown University's Center for
Contemporary Arab Studies.
Click to enlarge
From left:, Hebron area
dress recently donated by Mr. Martin Wahl, Ramallah dress,
and teachers practicing embroidery.
Seton Hall University Hosts New
Jersey Premiere of Arab-American Documentary
Sunday, January 31, 2016, at 2 p.m. Seton Hall University
hosted the New Jersey
premiere of “A Thousand and One Journeys: The Arab
Americans,” a documentary directed and produced by Abe
Kasbo. The movie is presently being presented at special
locations in the United States, and
will be shortly released on DVD. Seton
Hall University and the state of New Jersey play a central part in the
film, as both the producer Abe Kasbo and the former Seton Hall
University professor Philip Kayal, PhD, the on- screen
historian that brings the story to life, are New Jersey
film premiered in 2015 to standing ovations from sold-out
audiences in Washington, D.C. and
New York City,
and is scheduled for future viewings in Ohio and California.
It has also been selected for screening at the 2016 Garden
State Film Festival in Atlantic City.
At the conclusion of the
screening, Kayal and Kasbo participated in a Q&A session
In his inaugural debut as
producer and director, Abe Kasbo's timely new film vividly
paints a portrait of the Arab-American immigrant experience
through the stories of people who came to the United States
hoping to find the American Dream. In this timely new film
“A Thousand and One Journeys: The Arab Americans”
Kasbo vividly bring to life the untold story of almost 200
years of Arab contributions made to the American fabric. The film
provides viewers with a first-ever documentary of the
Arab-American experience as told through the eyes of famous
and everyday people, including: the late Pulitzer
Prize-winning journalist Anthony Shadid; Former Majority
Leader Senator George Mitchell, who served as U.S. Special
Envoy for Northern Ireland and Middle East Peace; comedians
and natives of New Jersey Dean Obeidallah and Maysoon Zayid;
General John Abizaid; consumer advocate and former
presidential candidate Ralph Nader; American racing legend
Bobby Rahal; the late White House correspondent and
journalist Helen Thomas; actor and M*A*S*H star Jamie Farr;
and actor and founder of St. Jude Children’s Research
Hospital Danny Thomas.
Filmed in eleven states and
over seven years, this ground-breaking documentary is a
uniquely American story that provides viewers with a
first-ever glimpse of the Arab Americans experience told
through the eyes of famous and everyday people. As director
Abe Kasbo put it, "The Arab American experience is truly an
American story. Just like Polish and Italian Americans, the
immigration of Arabic speaking people to the United States
and their evolution into integral, productive citizens is a
purely American phenomenon. As Americans we can only
complete our story when we recognize and understand the
stories and histories of our fellow citizens." The
documentary explores early and multiple waves of immigration
along with the tremendous impact of 9/11 on the Arab
American community and its challenges and dreams in light of
the current zeitgeist.
Kayal and Kasbo hope that the film
will educate viewers about the history and contributions of
Arab-Americans to the American fabric. Kasbo said “It is my hope
that viewers will walk away from the film realizing that the
foundation of American history includes Arab-Americans who
have made and continue to make significant contributions to
every field that they have gone into.”
view the trailer and for more information about “A
Thousand and One Journeys: The Arab Americans” please
follow the film on
Both Hanan and Farah along
with more than 200 people attended the opening at Seton Hall.
Commenting on the movie Farah said: I never felt as proud
Arab as I felt after seeing the movie that afternoon !!
Martin Wahl Donates Antique Dress to PHF
Mr. Martin Wahl of Corte Madera, California
has donated an antique embroidered dress to the
Foundation. Mr. Wahl is the brother of Ms. Harriet
Tucson, Arizona who decided last October to part with
her two antique dresses in favor of the proper home. Harriet and Martin inherited these dresses
from their parents who purchased these garments from the Old City Souk
in Jerusalem while on a trip to Jerusalem in the
early sixties (see the Harriet story in the October
In a message received from Martin on
December 2, 2015 he wrote:
Hi Farah -
I am Harriet Cowper's brother.
When Harriet told me that she had found a home for the
Palestinian dresses I remembered that we have one too. I
would be pleased to donate it to the Palestinian Heritage
Foundation. I'm relatively certain that it is the same
vintage as Harriet's dresses, acquired around 1966.
Please let me know what to do!
We at PHF would like to thank Mr. Martin Wahl and
Mrs. Harriet Wahl Cowper for their kindness and generosity.
The dress donated by Martin constitutes
a beautiful example of a dress from the western hills of the
Al Khalil region of
Traditional Palestinian Costume: Origins and
Book Reviews, Lectures and Articles:
Ibish's review in NOW Lebanon. August 2011
Week in Palestine, Book of the Month.
Washington Report on Middle East Affairs
Dr. Clovis Maksoud's review
in The Washington Report on Middle East Affairs.
Library of Congress
This Week in Palestine, October 2015