Article about the Nebi Musa Muslim Holiday, Doar Hayom, 1920
This small advertisement was published on the back of the Israeli newspaper Doar Hayom, which was printed in Jerusalem in 1920. In the advertisement, the newspaper reports on the celebrations of the Muslim holiday of Nebi Musa to which Jewish dignitaries were invited.
The advertisement was published the day before the outbreak of the 1920 Arab riots, which took place around the Old City in Jerusalem. This advertisement demonstrates just how unexpected these riots were, since the advertisement refers to the Muslims as “our neighbours,” and makes no reference to any tension or hostility.
The advertisement was printed in the Doar Hayom newspaper that was published in Israel between 1919 and 1936. The editor of the newspaper was Itamar Ben Avi, the son of Eliezer Ben Yehuda, who was the first native speaker of Hebrew.
This short advertisement can be used by Religious Studies teachers to teach about Muslim festivals and to discuss the value of interreligious dialogue.
Jewish History teacher can explore the 1920 riots and the unexpected violence that occurred the day after this was printed.
This article can also be used by Media Studies teachers as an example of early journalism in Israel.
What is this source?
Where was this advertisement published?
In what year did this advertisement appear?
What does the advertisement say?
Which religious festival is mentioned in this advertisement?
How does the advertisement refer to Muslims?
Reading Between the Lines
Why would this advertisement have appeared in a Jewish newspaper?
What does this advertisement say about relations between Jews and Arabs in 1920?
What would the writer of this advertisement have been hoping to achieve?
Why would “Jewish notables” have been invited to join in with the celebrations?
What actually happened during the Nebi Musa festival in 1920 between the Arabs and the Jews?
The common view is that the Jewish and Muslim communities are not connected and even have hostile relations.
Search the internet and newspapers for examples of the two communities celebrating festivals together. Do you know of any such cases?
Is it important to know about other religions?
Explain your answer.
Invite a non-Jewish school or another non-Jewish community to celebrate a Jewish festival with you.
Write a short report for your school newspaper about the encounter.
“Nebi Musa — Today our Muslim neighbours celebrate the religious holiday of Nebi Musa. Many people are coming from the villages, and many Jewish notables from Jerusalem have been invited to participate in the parade.”