Travel Blogs from Palestinian Territory

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Old, Jericho, Palestinian Territory travel blog

Old

A travel blog entry by eric

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Back in Seattle, a 100-year-old house is old.  On the East Coast, 300 years is old.  Jericho is 7,000 years old!!!  One of the oldest cities in the world. The foundations of stone gates, towers and homes still exist.  What brought ...

"O little town..."

A travel blog entry by eric

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For most of the year I lived near the road to Bethlehem.  At three kilometers away, it was so close I could see it every day. On Christmas Eve, I made a trip to Bethlehem.  Along with thousands of other pilgrims, of course.  It's a very ...

Goosebumps, Bethany On The Jordan, Palestinian Territory travel blog

Goosebumps

A travel blog entry by 2totango

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Jumped into a journey of biblical proportions.  We literally landed ourselves into the old testament today.  I thought that Ephesus and it's connections with Paul in the New Testament was impressive, but today gave me goosebumps.  Walking ...

Soil, Bethlehem, Palestinian Territory travel blog

Soil

A travel blog entry by lraleigh

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... I visited the Church of the Nativity.  First we passed the Bethlehem Peace Center, covered with pictures of martyred Palestinian militants brandishing machine guns (who the Israeli soldiers just killed a few days ago).  The Byzantine-era church ...

More Roman ruins, Sebastia, Palestinian Territory travel blog

More Roman ruins

A travel blog entry by eric

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More Roman ruins.  To be honest, I don’t remember the significance of Sebastia.  I think it was one of the main gateways into Jerusalem.  But another good display of Roman architecture. Not far away, I had the opportunity to work on ...

Whose Land is This?, Hebron, Palestinian Territory travel blog

Whose Land is This?

A travel blog entry by lraleigh

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... talk about the situation in Hebron. With the help of the Christian Peacemaker Teams, we agreed to assist with a group of Palestinian journalists.  Our first mission was to photograph the site of the perpertrator of the 1994 Cave of the Patriarch ...

The Dead Sea Scrolls, Qumran, Palestinian Territory travel blog

The Dead Sea Scrolls

A travel blog entry by eric

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Now, down to the lowest point on earth - 1,290 feet below sea level.  The Dead Sea is 7 times more salty than average seawater.  Too harsh for any plant or animal life to exist.  Because the water is so dense, bodies float.  I ...

Floating in the Dead Sea...simply amazing!, Dead Sea Region, Palestinian Territory travel blog

Floating in the Dead Sea...simply amazing!

A travel blog entry by worldtraveler2

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It never seems to amaze me how easy it is for anyone to float in the Dead Sea.  I do remember back in 1987, when I went to the Dead Sea but on the Israeli side, what a weird feeling it is to go into the water and float without needing to do ...

The Tabri Sisters, Ramallah, Palestinian Territory travel blog

The Tabri Sisters

A travel blog entry by quakertrish

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  The Tabri Sisters Last night I met with Salwa and Fadwa Tabri, two sisters who have retired from the Ramallah Friends Boys School (FBS).  Salwa is a pianist who played accompaniment for student products, chapel and chorus.  ...

An Izmekneh Engagement Party, Ramallah, Palestinian Territory travel blog

An Izmekneh Engagement Party

A travel blog entry by quakertrish

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An Izmekneh Engagement Party   It was Thursday night and I was off with the Izmekneh family to a Muslim engagement party for their cousin.  I was supposed to go to an engagement party for Hussain's brother last Friday but I was ill and didn't ...

How can I help?, Bethlehem, Palestinian Territory travel blog

How can I help?

A travel blog entry by oz8118

Itinerary: Monday, June 20 Mission work and touring continues.  Among the sites we hope to tour during our days staying in Bethlehem are:   in the Old City of Jerusalem:  Church of the Holy Sepulcher, Mount of Olives, Garden of ...

A Christian Witness, Bethlehem, Palestinian Territory travel blog

A Christian Witness

A travel blog entry by oz8118

Itinerary: Mission work and touring continues. Among the sites we hope to tour during our days staying in Bethlehem are:   in the Old City of Jerusalem:  Church of the Holy Sepulcher, Mount of Olives, Garden of Gethsemane, Western ...

Back to the

Back to the "Ham"

A travel blog entry by kduntley

Once again we're back in Bethlehem, our home base if you will. What's really nice is that it is starting to feel like home. Of course, nothing is quite like coming home to your real home, but we're staying in a guest house with a family so it's been ...

To serve rather than be served.., Bethlehem, Palestinian Territory travel blog

To serve rather than be served..

A travel blog entry by oz8118

Itinerary: Saturday, June 18 We begin the "work" part of our Mission Trip. This will include physical labor in the soil of Bethlehem and any other projects requiring manual labor that the Church needs.  We are there to serve rather than be served, ...

A Day for Freedom, Bethlehem, Palestinian Territory travel blog

A Day for Freedom

A travel blog entry by turner72

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... , or no control by the Israeli military; water and electricity are rationed by the Israeli municipalities, meaning that on the Palestinian side all the buildings have huge water containers on the roof to survive weeks or months without water, while the ...

Good Times!, Bethlehem, Palestinian Territory travel blog

Good Times!

A travel blog entry by kduntley

So as I was thinking about my last few blog entries last night as I was trying to go to sleep, I realized they've all been kinda depressing so far!! I mean, HELLO?! I'm having a blast here and I don't think that's been coming across in my blog posts, so ...

Love Your Enemies, Bethlehem, Palestinian Territory travel blog

Love Your Enemies

A travel blog entry by kduntley

... Today, we met with the founder and president of Holy Land Trust, which is where I’m volunteering, named Sami Awad. He is a Palestinian Christian, but he’s also a US citizen. He was actually born in Kansas City and then his family moved back to ...

Dressing Up in Palestinian Clothes, Al-Ram, Palestinian Territory travel blog

Dressing Up in Palestinian Clothes

A travel blog entry by quakertrish

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... , by myself and then with Asma's father. Next I dressed in the traditional red and black embroidery with the traditional Palestinian black and white checked scarf.  I felt right at home in this dress. There were many children there enjoying ...

Place of the Patriarchs, Hebron, Palestinian Territory travel blog

Place of the Patriarchs

A travel blog entry by kduntley

... 8217;m afraid I forgot his title, some kind of foreign affairs officer maybe? He was in the Old City meeting with some important Palestinian people I guess, but I think he works at the US Consulate in Tel Aviv. His boss is some big shot, I think maybe the ...

springtime flowers, Ramallah, Palestinian Territory travel blog

springtime flowers

A travel blog entry by quakertrish

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I left snow on the ground, gray skies and cold weather.  But they are all banished here. The skies are mostly sunny, the windows are open for short times during the day and flowers are blooming.  Check out some of the flowers from the ...

Carter Book Forum, Ramallah, Palestinian Territory travel blog

Carter Book Forum

A travel blog entry by quakertrish

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... . "It identifies steps to take related to international law" to gain peace. The second speaker, Jonathan Kuttab, is a Palestinian attorney. He stated that apartheid in South Africa does not describe the separation policy of Israel based on Zionism. The ...

Day 4: The Nativity of Jesus, Bethlehem, Palestinian Territory travel blog

Day 4: The Nativity of Jesus

A travel blog entry by brentgoers

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Before visiting the birthplace of Jesus in Bethlehem, we started our day by visiting Herodion, another fortress and palace built by Herod the Great. This was the only site that he so humbly named after himself. A man-made hill and the highest peak in ...

Music Day at Friends Girls School, Ramallah, Palestinian Territory travel blog

Music Day at Friends Girls School

A travel blog entry by quakertrish

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... soon had the place packed, with crowds standing in the back and the aisles filled with people sitting there.   There was a Palestinian ballad about losing the land to the Israeli's sung by a 4th grader (I think-the program was in Arabic so ...

Settlement Visit, Bethlehem, Palestinian Territory travel blog

Settlement Visit

A travel blog entry by kduntley

... as a nation during the Oslo Peace Accords, that Israel had achieved what they wanted all along, which was recognition by the Palestinian leadership. But really, what they are still looking for is for the world, and for the Arab world in particular, to ...

The book is started!, Ramallah, Palestinian Territory travel blog

The book is started!

A travel blog entry by quakertrish

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I went to the Ramallah Friends Meeting Sunday morning.  As I sat in the peaceful silence, I felt a sense of all the Palestinian Quakers who used to go to the meeting (it's down to a handful now) and all the Friends School children who attended.  ...

Turkish Baths, Ramallah, Palestinian Territory travel blog

Turkish Baths

A travel blog entry by quakertrish

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... out I was from the US they were very interested in me.  Next thing I know, the other group is singing and dancing, Palestinian style, to welcome me. Then they started trying to give everyone a turn - including me having my first lesson in a form of ...

My Feet in High Places, Bethlehem, Palestinian Territory travel blog

My Feet in High Places

A travel blog entry by turner72

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... Bethlehem is located in the West Bank, a region under the military domination of Israel but the rule of Palestinian government.  The Palestinians face severely restricted travel, must pass through checkpoints, and have a significantly lower standard ...

Only fotos!, Bethlehem, Palestinian Territory travel blog

Only fotos!

A travel blog entry by janpeters

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JERUSALEM. TOMORROW., Bethlehem, Palestinian Territory travel blog

JERUSALEM. TOMORROW.

A travel blog entry by kduntley

We're heading to THE Holy City TOMORROW!!!! Man oh man I am SO EXCITED!!!!!! We will be there for 6 days, tomorrow to next Wednesday, and I am BEYOND PSYCHED!!!! So the next post will come from the coolest city ever. Get pumped :) Oh and the past few ...

I Met Peter Yarrow, Ramallah, Palestinian Territory travel blog

I Met Peter Yarrow

A travel blog entry by quakertrish

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I received the phone call about 11 am from the Director of the Ramallah Friends Schools, Joyce Ajlouny.  "I have your first interview for your book. Do you remember "Peter, Paul and Mary," she asked.  What a silly question as they are one of my ...

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