Bios

Palestinian Jerusalemites have made myriad and diverse contributions to their city’s history and community fabric. Here we profile some of those people—past and present; famous and obscure—whose lives and work and stories have helped shape the larger Jerusalem Story over time.

Find alphabetically by first letter of last name

Sami Hadawi

A foremost authority on Palestinian land ownership before 1948 who provided future generations with crucial documentation on the Nakba and Palestinian refugees

Anastasia (Asia) Halaby

A Palestinian Russian woman who worked for the British and Jordanian authorities, demanded political change, and established workshops for destitute women

Sophie Halaby

A pioneering artist of landscape watercolors whose life spanned most of the 20th century and whose work explored “the vision of Jerusalem”

Bayan Nuwayhed al-Hout

A Palestinian historian and researcher who vividly documented the atrocities of the Sabra and Shatila massacre of 1982

The West Side Story Hind Taher al-Husseini

A formidable figure who dedicated her life to the care of orphans, education of girls and women, preservation of Palestinian culture, and social service

Jumana El Husseini

A Jerusalem artist in exile whose predominant themes revolved around depicting the city of her birth

Salim al-Husseini

Mayor of Jerusalem at the end of the 19th century who paved the streets and built the city’s public sewage system