Palestinian Heritage Foundation 

Newsletter of the Palestinian Heritage Foundation
  Volume 18,  No. 2                            May, 2012      

نشرة مؤسسة التراث الفلسطيني

American Arab Friends of Nazareth Honor Hanan Munayyer

At their biennial convention held at the Paris Hotel in Las Vegas between April 27 and 29, 2012., NV, The American-Arab Friends of Nazareth, a U.S. cultural and philanthropic social organization, have honored Mrs. Hanan Munayyer author of “Traditional Palestinian Costume: Origins and Evolution”.

On Saturday, April 28, Hanan was the guest speaker at the convention, which was attended by over 500 people from across the country. Mrs. Munayyer presented her research on the cultural and historical significance of contributions from the Arab world, including an extensive and up-to-date study of the origins of Palestinian embroidery and costume, from antiquity to medieval Arab textile arts, to modern day. The lecture was attended by a large crowed many of whom were standing by the door due to lack of space. After the question and answer session, Mrs. Munayyer autographed her book eagerly. On Sunday, April 29 and in the presence of about 400 participants, Ms. Lily Karam representing the Friends of Nazareth presented Mrs. Hanan Munayyer with the Group’s Cultural Award.

The Honorable Ramez Jaraysi, Mayor of Nazareth who attended the lecture was fascinated with the presentation and requested to schedule a lecture for Nazareth under the auspices of the Mayor. This lecture is scheduled for June 6, 2012.

Palestinian Heritage Foundation Celebrates 25th Anniversary

On Sunday, May 6, 2012 the Palestinian Heritage Foundation celebrated its 25th anniversary at a Gala held at the Newark Airport Marriott Hotel.  For its founders, Farah and Hanan Munayyer, it was a very special moment, as they shared this celebration with all the audience who have so faithfully supported this Foundation throughout all these years.

The program was rich with distinguished speakers and friends who came from near and far to celebrate this occasion with the Munayyers, and who shared their thoughts about the Foundation with those present.

The evening program included a unique music segment performance by the renowned Dr. Simon Shahin, and the talented singer Ms. Nidal Ibourk in a duet performance, and a beautiful art exhibit by artists Jihan Tannous, Ghada Mitwasi, and Mona Hishmeh.

Also, Michel Moushabeck, Founder and President of Interlink Books, and the publisher of our book “Traditional Palestinian Costume: Origins and Evolution” received the Foundation’s Achievement Award. Throughout the evening, the book “Traditional Palestinian Costume: Origins and Evolution”, was available for for sale.

In addition the Foundation ran a silent auction for a large one-of-a-kind embroidered wall-hanging, inspired by traditional Palestinian embroidery, designed by Farah Munayyer and embroidered by Palestinian women in the refugee camps of Ein il Hilweh and Miyyeh wu Miyyeh in Lebanon.  This special embroidered textile is a labor of love that took four years to complete, including two full years of work by four Palestinian women embroiderers. The winners of the the wall hanging were Sabri and Ann Mackoul of Princeton, New Jersey.

The Foundation’s prominent guests for the evening included His Eminence the Most Reverend Metropolitan Philip Saliba, Archbishop of New York and Metropolitan of All North America, Dr. Clovis Maksoud, Director of the Center for the Global South at the American University in Washington DC, and former ambassador of the League of Arab States to the United Nations, Archbishop Theodosious Atallah Hanna, Archbishop of Sebastia, Palestine, His Excellency Dr. Bashar Ja’fari ambassador of the Syrian Arab Republic to the United Nation, His Excellency Nawwaf Salam, ambassador of the State of Lebanon to the United Nation and Mrs. Salam, Dr. John Mahoney, Executive Director of Americans for Middle East Understanding and Mrs. Mahoney, Mr. Warren David, National President of ADC, and Mrs. Amal David, Mr. Michel Moushabeck, President of Interlink Publishing and Mrs. Hildi Moushabeck. Also present was Dr. Bassam Hasan, President of the Arab American Medical Association-NJ Chapter. Representatives of the Holy Land Fund, Ramallah Federation and the Arab American Medical Association were also present.

Hanan to Speak at Jerusalem YWCA, Haifa and Nazareth

Author Hanan Karaman Munayyer will be the guest speaker at three different events while on a visit to the homeland during May and June, 2012. The first talk will commence on May 25 in Haifa to be followed by the YWCA, in East Jerusalem on June 2, and finally in Nazareth on June 6, 2012.

Traditional Palestinian Costume: Origins and Evolution

The book reflects the historical and cultural richness of Palestine and the Arab world through costumes and embroidery. It presents the most exhaustive and up-to date study of the origins of Palestinian embroidery and costume — from antiquity through medieval Arab textile arts to the present. Also, it documents the evolution of costume and the textile arts in Palestine in the nineteenth and early twentieth century region by region.

We invite you to acquire it for your personal library and to gift it to family, friends, libraries and educational institutions.

Hardcover – 10″ x 14″ – 560 pages – Over 700 photos – Clam-Shell box

List price – $200
Price through Foundation – $165

Copies autographed by the author are available only through the Foundation.
Payable by check to “PHF” at the address below:
Palestinian Heritage Foundation
P.O. Box 531, West Caldwell, NJ 07007-0531

For shipping and handling within the continental United States, please add $10 per book. For more information, contact

 Book Reviews and Lectures:
Hussein Ibish’s review in NOW Lebanon. August 2011

This Week in Palestine, Book of the Month.
The Washington Report on Middle East Affairs

Dr. Clovis Maksoud review in The Washington Report on Middle East Affairs.
Library of Congress
The Jerusalem Fund  

Palestinian Costumes & Embroidery: A Precious Legacy

Available in VHS and DVD formats / A Review By Shira 

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