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Abd al-Rahman Abu Sneineh

Resilient Palestinian bakery owner

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Date of Birth:


Jerusalem, Palestine

Place of Birth:

Why Featured?

Abd al-Rahman Abu Sneineh, is renowned for his steadfastness in operating one of the oldest bakeries in the historic Sharaf neighborhood of Old Jerusalem, persevering despite significant challenges and pressures.

Brief bio

Abd al-Rahman Abu Sneineh, the owner of a historic bakery in Jerusalem's Sharaf neighborhood, symbolizes the resilience and persistence of the Palestinian community in the face of adversity. Despite attempts by Israeli settlers and authorities to close his bakery, he continues to operate, maintaining a vital aspect of Palestinian cultural heritage.

Major Milestones


  • Establishment of Bakery: Abd al-Rahman Abu Sneineh established one of the oldest bakeries in the Sharaf neighborhood of Old Jerusalem...See More

  • Preservation of Tradition: Continuously maintained traditional Palestinian bread and pastry making techniques...See More

  • Resilience Amidst Challenges: Persisted in operating the bakery despite repeated threats and pressures from Israeli settlers and authorities.

  • Symbol of Cultural Heritage: His bakery has become a symbol of Palestinian cultural resilience and heritage in Jerusalem.

  • Adaptation and Survival: Adapted to changing circumstances while maintaining the authenticity of his bakery in a historically significant neighborhood.

  • Cultural Preservation: Upholding Palestinian culinary traditions through his bakery.

  • Community Service: Providing traditional Palestinian bread and pastries to the local community.

  • Resisting Cultural Erasure: His bakery serves as a front of resistance against the cultural erasure in Jerusalem.

  • Promoting Palestinian Cuisine: His bakery is a cornerstone for promoting and maintaining Palestinian cuisine in the region.

  • Education and Mentorship: Serving as a mentor and educator in traditional Palestinian baking techniques to younger generations.

Date of Last Update: 
December 30, 2023

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