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BZU Institute of Community and Public Health Holds Seminar on Status of Hebron City - News

October 10, 2011
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The Institute of Community and Public Health (ICPH) at BZU held its first lecture on 29 September 2011, titled: "Hebron between heritage protection and settlement pressures." The lecture was delivered by BZU Professor of History Dr. Nazmi Ju’beh as part of the annual general lecture series.


The lecture covered the history of Hebron, discussing its heritage and economic importance over a span of historical periods, and noting features that distinguish it from other Arab cities. It further discussed the city’s dominating rural features through the 20th century, as well as its social fabric and the distribution of capital across the population.

Dr. Ju’beh addressed the stringent Israeli actions in Hebron and the pressure such actions have placed on the local population, especially in the old city, where the presence of Israeli settlements is intensified. In addition to the city population having their right to move freely violated, the Israeli settlers occupy many buildings and houses owned by the Palestinians.

Dr. Ju’beh commended the role played by heritage protection institutions in the city, especially the Hebron Rehabilitation Committee. He called upon the local community to revive Hebron through visits and attempts to reopen the shops, along with more concerted official efforts to change the center of the city to a tourist site.


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