Zaytuna College Blog

Always a Land with People

Posted by Dr. Hatem Bazian on May 10, 2016 2:34:04 PM

While visiting my mother, who was recuperating from a major operation in Jordan this past December, I took the time to go through family photos and documents. Aside from the usual collections of early childhood photos and funny faces at events, my late father’s Palestinian passport from the British mandate period captured my attention. It was still in excellent condition and full of stamps and travel details. I had seen, held, and examined it while growing up; however, this time, I approached it as a historian who writes on colonialism and Palestine. His passport is both an important family possession and a piece of history that verifies Palestine’s presence on the map before Zionism began to erase it. Issued in 1943, it is a British passport bearing the number 169390, which is designated for the Mandate of Palestine.

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Topics: Muslim, Islam, Palestine, Colonialism, Plaestinian People, muslim identity, Palestinian Passport, Palestine's identity

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