Mesh Ghareeb ( It’s Not Strange)

Its Not Strange Initiative aimed primarily at raising the community awareness of the most important historical eons and influential figures where they lived in, in an innovative way that attracts the Jerusalemite community. Herod’s Gate was the starting point for the narrator who began to narrate the story events and collect its characters from important stations in the old City such as; Al Saddia neighborhood, Haski Sultan Hospice, Al Aytam School, the Holy Sepulcher Church and Jaffa Gate, reaching to the last station in Damascus Gate, where the public gathered and interacted with the initiative figures and met with them by interacting and taking photos.
Seven figures which were saved through history chose to return from ancient civilizations to Jerusalem to roam in the Old City’s alleys again to imitate the Jerusalemites with their voices , to revive the most important historical stations of the city by organizing” It’s Not Strange” initiative, strengthen the Palestinian culture And identity in Jerusalem and raising awareness about these embodied historical figures and the achievements of each one during its period in the areas of social life, economic ,as well as the architectural and artistic effects that built by their arms.
It’s not strange initiative selected the figures from the historical periods between the Roman and 20th century, from the Roman Period represented by King Herod in the initiative, Byzantine era represented by Queen Helena, and through the Umayyad and Mamluk periods, which were represented by Raja ibn Haywa and Tushnuq Mudhafaria until the Ottoman period, which centered around Roxelana and Mohammad al-Khalili, and finally the 20th century which was crowded by the deceased Hind al-Husseini.