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Newsletter of the Palestinian Heritage Foundation 

     Volume 20,  No. 1                            January, 2014    

نشرة مؤسسة ألتراث ألفلسطيني 



Hanan Munayyer will Speak at Drew University in Madison NJ

At the invitation of the university program organizers, the Munayyers, cofounders of the Palestinian Heritage Foundation had visited Drew University in Madison, New Jersey in October, 2013. They met the university President Dr. Vivian Bull along with two faculty members responsible for the upcoming exhibit of Palestinian textile and embroidery scheduled from March 25 through April 24, 2014. Mrs. Hanan Munayyer will be a guest speaker at the Middle East Department of the Madison Campus on Thursday April 3, 2014 at 4:00 PM. This presentation will be part of a one month display of Palestinian embroidery and textile at the university. The exhibit will commemorate the memory of the late Drew University Archaeology Professor Dr. Robert Jehu Bull who passed away during September 2013 at the age of 92. Dr. Bull taught at Drew University for many years.


PHF Loaned Selection of its Collection to Bethlehem Museum

The Palestinian Heritage Foundation have loaned selections of its pristine large collection to the newly built Bethlehem Museum for Heritage and Culture. This institution is in the process of being completed  and is run by the Holy Land Christian Ecumenical Foundation. It is located on the main road in Bethlehem and directly across the street from the renown Jacer Palace Intercontinental Hotel.

The exhibits planned for the museum will concentrate between other things on the active involvement of Palestinian Arabs in the development of the region's culture along with other aspects of their society. Also, the displays will demonstrate and stress how the three monotheistic religions in the Holy Land coexisted peacefully in that area since time immemorial.

If all goes well, the museum will open its doors to the public in late Spring early Summer of 2014 and the Munayyer Collection will be on display as part of the opening ceremony. Once dedicated and opened to the public, the Foundation will notify its friends all over and encourage them to visit the site.

Bethlehem Museum for Heritage and Culture


Foundation Participates in HCEF Cultural Panel in DC

On Saturday, October 19, 2013, Palestinian Heritage Foundation President and cofounder Mrs. Hanan Munayyer  participated in a cultural panel sponsored by HCEF during a two day conference held in Washington DC. The panel that included Ms. Abeer Pelon, PhD and Ms. Malak Khader, Moderator (see picture below), was entitled "Empowering women is to empower a whole society" featured accomplished women who have distinguished themselves in cultural, academic, and civic affairs.  It highlighted women’s accomplishments in family life, education, creativity and innovation, art and culture, to name just a few. Special attention was paid by the speakers to the benefits accrued by women empowerment in Palestine.

As part of her presentation, Mrs. Munayyer explained the central role of Palestinian women and how they preserved traditional culture through the making and collection of costumes and how they acted as historians of what was going on.

On Friday, October 18 the Munayyers attended HCEF Banquet held to honor several personalities who distinguished themselves as supporters of HCEF or the Palestinian people including the Archbishop of Washington, His Eminence Cardinal Donald Wuerl who received the Holy Land Ecumenical Foundation Award and His Excellency Mr. Salam Fayyad former Prime Minister of Palestine who received the Path of Peace Award. Both were presented with a special gift made of the famous Bethlehem mother of pearl.

In addition, HCEF presented Cardinal Donald Wuerl with a special gift, an autographed copy of Hanan's book. In his thank you letter to HCEF, Cardinal Donald Wuerl wrote: "The other exquisite gift, the book inscribed by the author, Hanan Karaman Munayyer, entitled Traditional Palestinian Costume: Origins and Evolution  has already found a very visible place in my personal library. Thank you for such a remarkable reflection on the historical and cultural richness of Palestine that is reflected visually in its costumes and embroidery. My hope that you will find an occasion to thank Hanan Karaman Munayyer for this award winning volume".



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Library Project  progressing well

The Palestinian Heritage Foundation is happy to announce that its project to launch and place the book "Traditional Palestinian Costume: Origins and Evolution"  into both New Jersey Public Libraries and Middle Eastern sections of university libraries is gaining momentum and advancing favorably. The gist of the project was to invite individuals and organizations of the local Arab community to participate in supporting the placement of the book that earned "Book of the Year" Award in the United Sates in one hundred public libraries or university libraries in New Jersey and other locations in the US, and in Palestine.

We are happy to report that The United Holy Land Fund Chapter of New Jersey has sponsored ten books, that were sent to educational high institutions in Palestine through the Governor of Ramallah and Al Bireh, Dr. Leila Ghannam.


Selected Library and donors' responses:

"Thank you for the great service to our Palestinian cause and heritage. I do have a copy in my house, it is the jewel of my collection.

Fawzi Suliaman, MD, NJ"

"The book has been added to the collection in the Art Library.  Thank you very much for your generosity toward the University Libraries – it is most appreciated. Donations such as yours add a great deal to the richness and diversity of our collections.

Michael Wright
The University of Iowa Libraries"

"It is a wonderful publication and I wish to thank you for donating it to Columbia University Libraries.
Peter Magierski
Columbia University Libraries

"It is a beautiful book!  I'm almost afraid to let people use it, but I will figure out a way! Thank you again.

Jane Hopkins
Greenville College library, IL"


Mrs. Sutherland Donates Syrian Antique Dress to PHF

Mrs. Carol Sutherland of Bethesda, Maryland has recently donated
to the Foundation an antique Syrian embroidered dress from the renown Sarakeb region of Syria. Mrs. Sutherland who was living in the Syrian Arab Republic in the mid 1960s has bought this dress from a Damascus shop before coming to Jerusalem immediately after the war of 1967. It is worth noting that Mrs. Sutherland has previously donated to the Foundation an old Malak Bethlehem Palestinian dress along with its accompanying accessories, the Shatweh headdress and the Seven Lives necklace.



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 - $150

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  


Note new reviews on Amazon relative to Hanan's book Traditional Palestinian Costume: Origins and Evolution

It's very documented and has great images. This book is reflecting the history of Palestine on the motives and the stitches of the dresses. I need the book for a cultural presentation and I recommend it for any cultural organizations, churches, and instructors of the middle east studies or teaching world languages.

Fadwa Hussein

Excellent effort in preparing this valuable book. Very much needed as a reference for anyone interested in Palestinian art of embroidery.


The book is amazing, more than my expectations. Every one who likes embroidery will love it. It was very expensive but it is worth the price.


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  





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