of the Palestinian Heritage Foundation
Volume 22, No. 2 July, 2016
A New Book,"Palestine is
This remarkable new book, a project
that the editor Nahida Halabi Gordon has worked on with
great dedication for awhile, is available from Amazon.com.
It begins with very personal and touching narratives of
several Palestinian individuals from all the districts of
Palestine who witnessed the Nakba (including one from the
editor and another from Farah Munayyer), and ends with a
chapter about Liberation Art in Palestine by Samia A.Halaby,
and another chapter on the Origins of Traditional
Palestinian Costume by Hanan K. Munayyer, all ending with
thoughtful questions that challenges one to reflect and act
for justice. It has had wonderful reviews from Hanan
Ashrawi, Naim Ateek, Raja Shehadeh, Salman Abu Sitti, Ali
Abunimah, and the Israel Palestine Mission Network of the
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A).
Hanan lectures at CUNY
On Monday, March 21,
2016, Mrs. Hanan Munayyer cofounder and President of
the Palestinian Heritage Foundation lectured at the
City University of New York's Middle East Department.
The topic of her presentation was
The Influence of
Arab Lands on Textile Arts
during the Renaissance
The lecture focused on the impact of
Medieval trade items
Lands that influenced European textile and other arts during
the Renaissance. Slide images showing ceramics, glass, leather and
brass products demonstrated how these items were
produced in the Arab World and at a later date
copies of such items were adapted and produced in Europe. In support of this argument,
several items were on
display during the talk, including books, head gear, brass and embroidered
dresses from both, Palestine and Syria. All the sources
utilized in this discussion and presentation are from Western
museum and academic publications.
Prof. Jennifer Ball (Early
Christian and Byzantine Art, Brooklyn College and the
Graduate Center, CUNY) was the
updates display at Bethlehem Museum
Mr. and Mrs. Farah Munayyer cofounders of the
Palestinian Heritage Foundation have recently come
back from a trip Palestine. During their stay
they visited the Bethlehem Museum where they had
loaned for the past year a beautiful large exhibit
of traditional Palestinian costumes (see previous
ewsletters from last year), and updated the
display with another five antique dresses. The
dresses added to the exhibit represent the villages of Beit Dajan (white),
Asduud, Beit Ania (Jerusalem), Bethlehem and the Naqab.
From left: Dresses from Bethlehem (Malak),
(white), Asduud, Beit Ania (
Jerusalem) and Al Naqab
Click images to enlarge
An Ardent Arab Nationalist Dr. Clovis
Maksoud had Passed Away at 91
An ardent supporter of culture, Arab civilization,
the Palestinian cause and the Palestinian Heritage
Foundation had passed away on May 15 at the age of
in Washington DC., were he lived with his late
wife Dr. Hala Salaam Maksoud. Not only that he
supported the Foundation activities, he was sure
to attend its banquets held in New Jersey
for the past twenty five years. At one of these
banquets Dr. Clovis Maksoud was honored by the
Foundation for all he has done on behalf of the
Arabs everywhere. It is worth noting that Dr.
Maksoud did review Hanan's English book for the
renown publication "The Washington Report on Middle East Affairs" and a
clip of that review will be included in the
upcoming Arabic version to appear soon.
Hanan Talks at the Palestinian American
On Friday, July 29, 2016 Mrs Hanan Munayyer,
President and cofounder of the Palestinian
Heritage Foundation spoke at the Palestinian
American Cultural Center in Clifton, New Jersey.
Mrs. Munayyer explained the Foundation's
activities and discussed her reaserch
leading to her sold out book
"Traditional Palestinian Costume: Origins
and Evolution". At present an Arabic
version of the book is being finalized and
hopefully will be available to the public
Munayyer Collection Acquire Additional
The Munayyer Collection has acquired an
antique white Palestinian dress from the
Jaffa region. The dress was bought in Jerusalem
in the early seventies by Mrs. Sheridan Collins
of Arlington Virginia and it comes from the
village of Beit Dajan. It is embroidered with
silk thread on hand woven white fabric.
A second dress
acquired from Mrs. Collins
from the village of Ein Karem outside
Jerusalem. This second dress was bought by Sheridan's
mom in Jerusalem .
The third is an antique nineteenth
dress from Bethlehem.
This dress was acquired from a textile
collector in Canada who bought it from an Estate
sale in the area.
Few years back Mrs.
to the Palestinian Heritage Foundation several Palestinian dresses from the Asduud
These dresses where purchased by her mother
around the same time she bought her white dress.
From left: Beit Dajan white dress and
back, Bethlehem very old dress with
on the far right
Click images to enlarge
Foundation to display at the United
Nations in NY
The Palestinian Heritage Foundation will
participate in the art display commemorating the
Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People
at the United
in New York during the end of November 2016.
The display will be open
through the begining of January 2017. Selections
from the Munayyer Collection along with other
art pieces will be on display at that event
during that period. It is worth noting that this
is the seventh time where the Palestinian
Heritage Foundation is being invited to display
at such a prestigeous organization on such a
A Wonderful New Cook Book
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