What’s up people, I hope you’re all well! The city of Nablus- where I was born An original Nabulsi, from the city of soap and kunafeh and one of the most beautiful citites in Palestine Nablus is one of the biggest cities in Palestine It’s historical, geographical and economical position comes from it being at the centre of Palestine What are you up to?
I’m filming a video for Youtube on Nablus Is that all you’re saying about it? Get out of here… Listen up everyone, it’s not enough to say that Nablus is a big city with a history of civilisations You have to know what those civilisations were Nablus has passed through many states and empires over the years. There were the Romans, the Canaanites, the Ottomans, the Islamic state, The British mandate, The Omayyad caliphate, and the Byzantines In Nablus wherever you walk, you’ll find traces of these old civilisations Nablus isn’t just what you see here before you, Nablus is something else underground according to archaeology there are two cities beneath us There were two earthquakes which hit Nablus in 1837 and then in 1927 almost every century we experienced an earthquake, which means we may be getting another soon… Now lets not even get into Nablus and religion… Nablus has been a home for Christians, Muslims, Jews and the Samaritans and you’ll to get to know the Samaritans some more later If you want to come to Nablus
then you’ll definitely want to visit the old city You’ll want to see the soap factory and old spices shop and visit restaurants and try all the food Nobody can come to Nablus and not eat Trust me, if you want to come to Nablus, then you want to come to eat because honestly you really will enjoy the experience of really getting to know us and see us for who we truly are both as Palestinians and as the families of Nablus The Palestinian legend of Nablus says that… The clock tower behind me was a present from the Ottomans and some people say that the clock hands of Big Ben were stolen from this very clock so, we want them back please hey Borris, Borris! You better bring them back.
There’s no more Kunafa left…
Ah whatever Prophet Jacob’s well is one of the holiest places in Nablus, Christians come from all over the globe to visit. in Christianity, it says that when the Prophet Jesus ‘peace be upon him’ was passing by, the Samiratin woman that was here gave him water from the well the church is absolutely beautiful people here are very helpful and friendly If you are ever in Nablus you have to come and visit prophet Jacob’s well if you want to know more about Samitratins wait till the end of the video, so we can go and visit them together Nablus is well known for its soap and most people would know what is the Nabulsi soap like today, we are visiting the oldest Soap factory in Nablus Touqan Soap Factory is over 800 years old So, with all due respect to president Trump USA is only 200 years old and Israel is just over 70 years and he is handing Jerusalem to random people. Touqan Soap Factory is the proof that Nablus, and Palestine is one of the oldest civilisations in the Middle East what do you say we go in and take a peak? and now we have reached our last stop in this video The Samaritan community living up here on Mount Gerizim are made up of around 410 people There is also another community of Samaritans living in a place called Holon and they are a population of nearly 420 people The Samaritans are one of the world’s smallest and oldest religious ethnic groups and they have lived on a mountain in the city of Nablus for more than 3600 years when the sons of Israel arrived to the Holy Land I am not the right person to tell you about the Samaritans so i’m going to take you with me to meet the Samaritan priest and he will tell us more about our prophet Moses and how the Samaritan community live and the festivals they celebrate Stay with me to find out more… This is the map of ‘Teh’ (The Lost) when the sons of Israel were lost in the Sinai peninsular for 40 years they made 42 stops they were expelled by Ramsees after getting permission to leave from The Pharaoh, They left Egypt and entered the area between The Mediterranean sea and Lake Bardawil and you can see this road or wilderness in Google They then arrived in Sukoot which is the ‘areesh’ It would have been possible to reach Palestine in 2 weeks however, God then sent them back again to Egypt In order to collect Jospeh’s bones When they returned for the second time and collect Joseph’s bones, the Egyptians thought that they had got lost and so the Egyptian army followed them and they escaped and entered the sea People have been unable to locate exactly where they entered the sea but we know that the area that they entered was called ‘The Crocodile’s mouth’/Fam Al TimsaaH They entered the sea and the Egyptian army followed them into the sea and drowned and then remained free (from slavery) until they reached to Mount Sinai where God gave our prophet Moses the Ten Commandments they stayed for one year in this area until they arrived to Kadesh Barnea which took them a year and a half and then from there they went in circles for 38 years in the same area Until they reached to Petra where the prophet Aaron passed away Moses’ parade then walked from Petra up to Jericho which is where the Prophet Moses passed away He died on the mount Nebo This journey took them half a year Over these 40 years they were lost and made 42 stops Thank you very much Could you tell us about your religious holidays? As Samaritans we celebrate 7 festivals as mentioned in the Torah Passover- celebrating when God freed the Hebrews from Egypt so because of this, we celebrate by wearing white clothing and by carrying sticks in their hands and preparing 60 sheep, one sheep for each family and after slaughtering them, they remove everything from inside and burn it We then wash the sheep with water and put salt on to them in order to remove all the blood and then mount the sheep onto wooden sticks to allow us to lower them down into the furnace in the ground to cook for 3 hours at midnight, we eat the meat with some yeast free ‘FaTeer’ bread and some of the Myrrh herb this lasts for seven days
On the second eid we eat Fateer for seven days For our third eid celebration, the Feast of Weeks (Shavuot) we go and celebrate on top of mount Gerizim this is the first pilgrimage and the fourth eid, is the Hebrew new year The fifth eid is the day of Atonement (Yom Kippur) The sixth is Sukkot, displayed by the hanging fruit and the seventh eid is Farhat Torah (this is the celebration of reading the last chapter of the Torah and the beginning of a new chapter) We only have 7 eids, no more and no less Thank you You’re welcome we have now reached to the end I’m so proud that I was born in this great city.
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