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Palestinian Oktoberfest lures thousands of revellers to West Bank
The Guardian ^ | Oct 3 | Harriet Sherwood

Posted on 10/03/2010 11:07:16 PM PDT by propertius

There was meat grilling on barbecues, children with painted faces, stalls selling crafts and cakes, a stage for live music and even the odd priest wandering about. And everywhere people were clutching glasses of beer in the afternoon sun.

Welcome to the annual beer festival in the rocky landscape of the West Bank, specifically the village of Taybeh, home to the only brewery in the Palestinian territories.

Around 10,000 people were expected to attend the weekend's Oktoberfest, which would make it the biggest since the event began in the Christian-dominated village. It is a mark of the festival's success that the small area around the municipality building was crammed with food stalls doing a lively trade to Palestinian families (both Muslim and Christian), diplomats, aid workers and tourists.

But it was the Taybeh beer itself, briskly selling at 10 shekels (£1.74) for a half-litre glass, that was the star of the show. Made without additives or preservatives and using water from the nearby spring of Ein Samia, Taybeh – which means "delicious" in Arabic – was slipping easily down the throats of thirsty visitors.

(Excerpt) Read more at guardian.co.uk ...


TOPICS: Extended News; Foreign Affairs; Israel; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: israel; palestinians; taybeh; westbank
Bottoms Up!
1 posted on 10/03/2010 11:07:22 PM PDT by propertius
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To: propertius

Someone is putting some good acid into my drink. Thanks, whoever you are!


2 posted on 10/03/2010 11:44:41 PM PDT by pops88
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To: propertius; SunkenCiv

WEST BANK OCTOBERFEST

3 posted on 10/04/2010 12:44:19 AM PDT by Fred Nerks (FAIR DINKUM!)
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To: Fred Nerks
It sounds like a great festival. But fancy that they are drinking beer and did not invite any Australians (grin!)

On a serious note, the village does have light and shade in its history - like any place might have. It was apparently named by Saladin, who found the locals very generous. In recent times, there have been communal clashes, of a regretable type, but the villagers do say that this is now a past matter.

Ties between Taybeh and a nearby village were put to the test after a Muslim woman from Deir Jrier was murdered by her family when it was discovered that she was pregnant out of wedlock, and it was alleged that she had a romance with a member of the Khoury family. While the details about what happened beforehand are unclear - some say that the conflict became inflamed when the Khoury family allegedly managed to have the woman's body exhumed without their permission - members of the murdered woman's family took their rage out on Taybeh village, setting fire to 14 houses belonging to the Khoury family. ...

4 posted on 10/04/2010 2:22:26 AM PDT by BlackVeil
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To: propertius
Around 10,000 people were expected to attend the weekend's Oktoberfest, which would make it the biggest since the event began in the Christian-dominated village.

It's a nice story and I wish the Khoury family continued success. However, why describe the village as "Christian-dominated"? Are the poor benighted muzzies forced to knuckle under to foreign masters? It's time to re-assign Ms. Sherwood.

5 posted on 10/04/2010 4:56:22 AM PDT by Oratam
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6 posted on 10/04/2010 5:51:01 AM PDT by SJackson (In wine there is wisdom, In beer there is freedom, In water there is bacteria.)
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To: Oratam

Taybeh is one of the West Bank towns that has a Palestinian Christian majority (like Bethlehem, if you don’t count the Muslim Palestinian refugees)


7 posted on 10/04/2010 8:30:16 AM PDT by propertius (Cum catapultae proscriptae erunt tum soli proscripti catapultas habebunt)
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To: Oratam

Taybeh is one of the West Bank towns that has a Palestinian Christian majority (like Bethlehem, if you don’t count the Muslim Palestinian refugees)


8 posted on 10/04/2010 8:30:16 AM PDT by propertius (Cum catapultae proscriptae erunt tum soli proscripti catapultas habebunt)
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To: Oratam

Taybeh is one of the West Bank towns that has a Palestinian Christian majority (like Bethlehem, if you don’t count the Muslim Palestinian refugees)


9 posted on 10/04/2010 8:30:32 AM PDT by propertius (Cum catapultae proscriptae erunt tum soli proscripti catapultas habebunt)
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To: propertius

It’s a fine beer and this is a lovely villiage.

(Yes, I’ve been there.)


10 posted on 10/04/2010 8:33:46 AM PDT by Jewbacca (The residents of Iroquois territory may not determine whether Jews may live in Jerusalem.)
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Trouble's brewin':
Welcome to the annual beer festival in the rocky landscape of the West Bank, specifically the village of Taybeh, home to the only brewery in the Palestinian territories.
This should make for a nice round of allah fubar, when the jihad against these beer fans starts. And of course, it's no one's business when Muzzies murder other Muzzies, or murder non-muzzies for that matter. Thanks propertius.

11 posted on 10/04/2010 4:36:07 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (Democratic Underground... matters are worse, as their latest fund drive has come up short...)
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