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... had stopped because of Shabbat, and the taxis were wanting exorbitant amounts because it was Shabbat, so we walked! It didn't take long, and was all flat or downhill. We dropped off our parcels, and headed out to Zabtinski again - creatures of habit!
... theoretically under total Palestinian Authority control. But within my short visit, I heard of various Israeli military incursions into Area A. I am told that the Israeli military often raids the refugee camps 2-3 times per week. The refugee camps are all within area A. One day I visited the Deheisha refugee camp near Bethlehem, where close to 15,000 people live within an area of a few small blocks. We ran into three young men, probably in their ...
... inspiration behind the story. The pamphlet does a good job of pointing out where things may have happened and why they think so, but recognizing that it's impossible to know for sure.
Also, besides the religious significance, the gardens were pretty in the snow. Perhaps in the spring when there are flowers it would be even prettier.
If you're into Jesus spots or have time to spare, this is worth seeing.
Next, up the same road, ...
... palaces, the bath-houses and storerooms, and the eastern palaces.
After Masada, the last place we visited on the Negev Field Study was the caves of Qumran. While the site of Qumran has very little historical significance for Israel, it has been excavated to nearly 98% completion. The scrolls date back to about 250 BC, and there are pieces from every book of the Old ...
... was an ancient route from Galilee to the Jordan. Now apartment blocks are mushrooming on both of the surrounding hills and it is a mix of old and new. (It's worth noting that unemployment is about 40% in the West Bank.) Apparently there are less than 750 Samaritans left who live in two communities - here in Nablus and also near Tel Aviv. They revere the Torah and still have a Temple and offer ritual sacrifices. We had lunch in a restaurant in Nablus and as ...