Jifna

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(''Burj Jifna'') once used by the Ottomans as a prison, a Roman villa, an olive oil press and a winery. Islamic, Crusader and Ottoman rule File:Jifna Women Weaving.jpg thumb left

-05. Throughout the ongoing Second Intifada, which began in 2000, Jifna has not experienced violence to the same extent as other parts of the West Bank, such as in nearby Ramallah, but its residents face travel restrictions and economic hardship.


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traditional dress (Palestinian costumes). Costumes in the village, known as ''rumi abyad'' ("Greek White") and ''rumi aswad'' ("Greek Black"), were dresses of hand-woven linen embroidered with the Jifna's own motifs. Preparing ''burbara'', a sweet pudding-like dish made from whole grain


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wheat, on the Feast of Saint Barbara has been a tradition in Jifna for several centuries. Festivals In April–May 2005 Jifna hosted the first annual International Artists' Workshop in Palestine. The festival, known as the "Jifna Spring" was the first held in a rural village instead of a major city such as Hebron or Ramallah. During the festival, dozens of artists from all over the world collaborated on several projects, including stone sculptures


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name "PCBS1" Jifna has retained a Christian (Christianity) majority since the 6th century CE. Its total land area consists of 6,015 dunams, of which 420 are designated as built-up areas, most of the remainder being covered with olive, fig and apricot groves.

html 2.stm work BBC News publisher BBC MMVII accessdate 2009-04-14 Geography and climate thumb right A map of the West Bank (File:Jifna Location.PNG) indicating Jifna's location Jifna is located on the slope of a hill, standing at an elevation of about above sea level. It is situated at the intersection of two ancient trade routes, the mountainous north-south route and the east-west route connecting

-162.jpg 162 Today Jifna has a total jurisdiction over 6,015 dunams, 420 of which are designated as built-up and roughly 2,000 planted with olive, apricot and other fruit trees. The village is located north of Jerusalem. The Palestinian refugee camp of Jalazone was built on Jifna's southern lands and is connected to the village


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hotels.htm archivedate June 2, 2008 In 2003, the Odeh family of Jifna opened a leisure complexcalled the Dream Day Resort—in the village. The complex, containing a half-Olympic-size swimming pool, a children's pool and a jacuzzi is frequented by residents in Jifna and the surrounding area.


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of a traditional story. According to the tradition, a Jew that lived in Jifna had visited Jerusalem during the Passion (Passion (Christianity)). Seeing Jesus rise from the dead, the man immediately converted and told his wife what he saw. His wife refused to believe him unless the rooster she had just killed would come back to life. Instantly, the rooster flew away towards the mountain. Liévin de Hamme, 1876, p. 20 Durward, 1913, p. 116. The story was recited in some monasteries on Holy Thursday (Maundy Thursday) together with other biblical readings. A legend exists about Jifna's spring—which the village has used for centuries—concerning how it periodically runs low on water. Popular belief is that this is the work of the ''djinniye (Genie#Jinn in Islam)'' (female spirit). According to Palestinian researcher Tawfiq Canaan, "In Jifna the priest has to go on such an occasions to the dry spring to repeat prayers and burn incense, and thus reconcile the ''djinniye'' or force her to let the water flow". Canaan, 1922, p. 12. Like many Palestinian villages, the women of Jifna have their own traditional dress (Palestinian costumes). Costumes in the village, known as ''rumi abyad'' ("Greek White") and ''rumi aswad'' ("Greek Black"), were dresses of hand-woven linen embroidered with the Jifna's own motifs. Life and murder Born into a Palestinian Christian family in Jifna, the West Bank, Odeh immigrated to the US in 1972. ADC Remembers Alex Odeh, American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee website, October 11, 2005 . He was a lecturer and poet who recently had published a volume of his poetry, ''Whispers in Exile.''


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wheat, on the Feast of Saint Barbara has been a tradition in Jifna for several centuries. Festivals In April–May 2005 Jifna hosted the first annual International Artists' Workshop in Palestine. The festival, known as the "Jifna Spring" was the first held in a rural village instead of a major city such as Hebron or Ramallah. During the festival, dozens of artists from all over the world collaborated on several projects, including stone


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A woman in Jifna weaving in the traditional method, 1921 Jifna, along with most of Palestine, was annexed by the Rashidun Caliphate under Umar ibn al-Khattab (Umar) after the Battle of Ajnadayn in 634. Gil, 1997, p.43. The town became less politically significant under the Arab dynasties of the Umayyads, Abbasids and Fatimids, but remained a major regional center for trade and commerce, due to its location along the Jerusalem–Nazareth road

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wheat, on the Feast of Saint Barbara has been a tradition in Jifna for several centuries. Festivals In April–May 2005 Jifna hosted the first annual International Artists' Workshop in Palestine. The festival, known as the "Jifna Spring" was the first held in a rural village instead of a major city such as Hebron or Ramallah. During the festival, dozens of artists from all over the world collaborated on several projects, including stone

Jifna

'''Jifna''' ( Jifna is governed by a village council, led (2008) by chairman Jabi Na'im Kamil.

Jifna was known as Gophnah at the time of the First Jewish-Roman War, and after its conquest became a Roman (Roman Empire) regional capital. Later the town grew less significant politically, but nevertheless prospered under Byzantine (Byzantine Empire) and Arab rule due to its location on a trade route. St. George's Church in Jifna was built in the 6th century CE, but fell into disrepair and was not rebuilt until the arrival of the Crusade (Crusades)rs in the late 10th century. However, it again fell into ruin after the Crusaders were driven out by the Ayyubids. In modern times, the ruins of St. George's Church have become a tourist attraction.

Jifna has local traditions and legends relating to the Holy Family, and to the village water-spring. It is also locally known for its apricot harvest festival; each year, during the late Spring period, hundreds travel to the village to harvest the fruit during its brief season.

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