George Harb gives a speech, 1959


George Harb gives a speech, 1959
This photograph shows George Harb giving a speech on 30 June 1959. George Harb became famous all over Bethlehem as a “khatib” (orator/public speaker) due to his specialism in the Arabic language and his talent for oratory. Arabic was the main subject he taught in his career as a teacher. As such he was often selected, and often still is, for any event requiring a public speaker, especially for the various marriage rituals. These include the “tulba” (formal request of hand in marriage – usually a private affair within the families’ homes); the “khutba” (engagement ceremony/party where bride and groom exchange rings); the “sahra” (evening party for the groom and male friends/relatives); and the actual wedding reception/party (which includes the “zaffa” – wedding procession). George would be hired as a speaker at all these events, especially for Bethlehem’s notable and elite families. He would also be hired for funerals, especially during the First Intifada when he was regularly called out to Bethlehem’s refugee camps to commemorate individuals recently martyred.
Bethlehem, Palestine, Palestinian Diaspora, George Harb Photos collection, Jordanian era in Bethlehem, Religious ceremonies and festivals, Bethlehem children, 1950s Bethlehem
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