DIY Destinations – Palestine / Palestinian Territories Budget Travel Show | Full Episode

Assalaumu! Hello! I am going to Palestine all alone with almost no money no film crew no make up, or friends exception for the ones I met. Just myself touching the birthplace of Jesus, retracing his footstep visiting the breathtaking sceneries, eating amazing local food, experiencing its culture and the warm hospitality of Palestinian people. Not to mention witnessing their resilience, and ending the day with nice rub. All done safely, inexpensively… and easily! anything I can do, you can do! DIY Destinations – Palestine and you are invited! We are so fortunate to live in a small world with so many cultures so much beauty so much diversity the world waits for no one It’s up to each one of us to discover its magnificent destinations I want to make travel accessible to all of us by showing how it can be done safely and inexpensively Palestine has an undeserving image being a land of political unrest, poverty and chaos. But within this chaos, there is energy, life and beauty. That is why I am here, to experience the spirit of its resilient people, the history and the cultures. Most importantly to show the world it is safe to come here and encourage all of us discover without fear and to experience this magnificent land. It’s not that bad… We’ll begin our journey in East Jerusalem Central Bus Station near The Old City. The first Arab bus station on Nablus Road is located to the opposite of Damascus Gate. These buses with green and white marking goes to Ramallah. The second Arab bus station located left of the Gate left serves Bethlehem and Jericho, these bus are has blue and white marking. This is bus I’ll be taking towards Bethlehem to meet my co-host Bobo, a proud Palestinian who is eager to show off his country. I got off at the nearby village al-Walaja to meet him along with a local olive farmer. They wanted the world to see one of the most important symbols of Palestine one of the main figure is based on this olive tree today, we’ll bring you to the oldest tree in Palestine might be the oldest olive tree in the world official record states its more than 3,500 year old thyme Palestinian thyme Off course, you can’t see just the olive trees without quality control. In the form of delicious traditional breakfast with the famous olive oil and a dose of Palestinian hospitality. olive oil Very important to Palestinians from our holy tree it’s Pickle olives in a different way in Palestine. also from the tree Labneh it’s from the sheep, its usually more hard dried yogurts Zaatar it’s very typical Palestinian dish it’s made out of local thyme mix mixed with different kind of herbs and sesame seeds dips, which is molasses or syrup their version of maple syrup there is term or say in Palestinian means bread and soul which symbolized we came in a good relationship and bonded because we ate together bread and soul I am going to get my hand a little oily and wet but yeah, I am in Palestine this is right, good enough? it’s good, I am passed the test The politics of occupation is unavoidable everywhere. There are multiple incidents of Israeli settlers burning Palestinian olive trees while soldiers do nothing and Israel confiscating more land to build settlements. It’s amazing even under occupation, the Palestinian farmer like Salah Abu Ali is proud and still are in high spirit. The tree behind us is the oldest olive tree in Palestine; yes sadly it’s also time to go. But not before leaving a token of appreciation in form of Maple Syrup. I continued my journey to the Church of Nativity, Birthplace of Jesus in Bethlehem. Getting there was easy by bus, if you coming from East Jerusalem Central Bus Station, take bus number 21 and get off at the last stop. From there, it’s a nice easy 15 minutes walk The holy site, known as the Grotto, that the Church sits atop, is associated with the cave in which the birth of Jesus is said to have occurred. The original basilica was completed in 339 and destroyed by fire during the 6th century. A new basilica was built 565 by Justinian, and due to its cultural and geographical history, the site holds a prominent religious significance to those of both the Christian and Muslim faiths. So this is one significant place to all the Christians is the birthplace of Jesus at the Church of Nativity the main attraction is the star where the pilgrim is touching is the birthplace of Jesus 2015 years ago so, with that being said, let get little closer so I am touching the birthplace of Jesus The Church of the Nativity is a World Heritage Site, and was the first to be listed under Palestine by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). The site is also on UNESCO’s List of World Heritage Sites in Danger Our next stop is Hebron which is also easily accessible from Bethlehem by shared taxi mini-van. However, given the political tension and being flashpoint, the protest can spark at any time. Therefore, I can not recommend whether you should visit this city, if you are, then a exercise with high degree of caution and leave at first sign of riot. We are going into Al-Shuhada Street, going into H1 from H2 Our first stop is Al-Shuhada Street, the main road leading to the Tomb of the Patriarchs. This is also where we met Muhammad Muhannad also offered to take us to the Al-Shuhada Street and eager to give tell us the lives of Palestinians living under occupation. We are not allowed? What’s the reason why we couldn’t go in? From the beginning of the October, Israeli killed seven Palestinians inside they have planned for this so, they are trying to stop Palestinian from entering this place and from coming to this place to make the settlement bigger they just want to make a connection between Otniel and Kiryat Arba settlement which is up the mount However, today wasn’t our day. The Israeli soldiers refused our access to street, but just like our Palestinian team members, I am more determined to get in even if I had to through another entrance. But not before handing out handing out a gold chocolate coin a Palestinian child, the smile on their face are just… Priceless the bus station, the gas station, and… everything, everything people own like centre of somewhere, it has everything this street use to be main street which connects the north of the city and the south of the city here they were all kicked out of their houses these shops are all closed as you can see this pharmacy the door is open because settlers went in and destroyed everything so since 1994 people can not come back to their shops and houses Along the way to the entrance of the Cave of the Patriarchs or al-Ibrahimi Mosque referred by Muslim. I walked through streets with safety nets above us and was told these were there to protect Palestinians from Jewish settlers’ who throw stones even in the hindsight from Israeli military watch towers. so as a foreigner, is it easier for me to enter the mosque? as a foreigner, yes and as a Palestinian, I’ll be targeted but if they know you are supporting the Palestinians, you’ll be also targeted in 1948 they still also have the keys to their houses they want to come back We continued our way and finally made it to Cave of the Patriarchs and also known by Muslims as the Sanctuary of Abraham. It is a series of subterranean chambers located in the heart of the Hebron’s old city. The site is holy is all three religions and been associated with the Holy book Books Torah, Bible and the Quran. The cave and adjoining field were purchased by Abraham as a burial plot to use as double tombs of Abraham and Sarah, Isaac, Rebecca, Jacob and Leah, all considered the Patriarchs and Matriarchs of the Jewish people. I am allowed to enter, but for you as non-Muslim because its Friday, the holiday of the Muslims You can’t enter because you are not a Muslim At the end of the block, we also made it to Al-Shubada Street, Israel closed the street for Palestinians after the riots following the February 1994 Cave of the Patriarchs massacre. The lone gunmen open fire and killed 29 Palestinians and wounded 125 before being over powered and beaten to death. The incident shocked and was condemned by both Israeli and Palestinian Authorities. Let’s get away from them, let’s go! One Second! When group of settlers approached me, my team quickly pulls me away. Fearing a confrontation, I did what I normally do…. a handshake diplomacy while camera still kept rolling. Well, the Israeli Defense Force is not so happy. So, my team were greeted with short stand off as we are leaving… we were fully corned, but there is no way we will back off or surrender our footages. Eventually, they retreated. Once again… I left a gold coin for a Palestinian baby hoping he won’t need to live of life of occupation. You and this boy peace prosperity that’s my hope Actually this is Palestinian drink for the BDS After surviving the stand off, its obliviously time to cool off and toast with a Palestinian drink… and yes, a vitanam c, and a dose of politics are all part of the same ingredients. But I need more than sugar and water to keep myself awake for the rest of the day. The other day, I tried the Ethiopian coffee, let’s see how it stack up and to stack up to our Starbucks coffee let’s interesting, because its not bitter at all, it’s actually pretty smooth and there is a little bit of sugar in it! let’s hard to describe and definitely you have to come and try it yourself. Let’s only half shekel eight U.S. pennies they made really good sandwiches and really good Shawarma On Friday, most shops are closed in the Palestinian cities, so there is limited choices for food. The cheapest option we can find today is Shawarma and oh boy, they are good and filling!!! It’s really good! Initially, on our way back I wanted to visit Rachel’s Tomb near Bethlehem. But it is inaccessible from our side of separation wall after Israel unilaterally incorporate into their side. I decided go off the beaten path by going to see the Aida Refugee Camp nearby. They kept their own key because they dream of returning to their home someday This is the biggest key in the world We tried to enter into Guinness Records So they blocked the road between Jerusalem and Church of Nativity It was really hot in summer and really hot in the winter It was not so easy life So are you still consider a refugee yourself? Yes! It’s a political issue for me. Even though I am not living in the tend, I still have the dream of returning to my home So, I will not quit dreaming for my right to return to my home The Israeli government give it to people came from all over the world Do they know these are you land from before? Yes, they know and there is lot of people who went there and told them I could show you my own papers that own these pieces of land in my own village and people the people have their own papers We wake really early next morning to head to the northern city of Jenin, a population of 40,000 and another 10,000 in the refugee camp. It was known in ancient times as the village of “Ein-Jenin” or “Tel Jenin”, associated with the biblical city of Ein-Ganim. Jenin is easily accessible by shared taxi from Bethlehem and other Palestinian cities via Ramallah and Nablus The first place we visit is the Central Market to check all the locally grown fruits and vegetables. You’ll find nice people and good treatment in Palestine way more than other places people will ask to take photos of them and they will be happy to take photos with you Just approach people a smile and with respect Basket of food for Palestine Mainly all our food comes from Jenin and Jericho In this market, I would say 90% comes from Jenin No chemical and all natural This is also trying taste the ultra fresh, cheap street food… as long as you can bring home the meat, Well, let me explain! So, as you can see I just brought the meat from the other butcher shop from over there and now this gentlement is going to help us prepare it make it into a fresh kabab this is going to be as fresh as you can get We are going to the Old City I hope we won’t get lost Is it big? it’s not that big, if we get lost, we won’t get lost for a long time The market is also called Al Sibat, the oldest commercial center of Jenin that dates to the Ottoman Era and the Old City is just feet away. It consists mainly of tightly packed small historic buildings that serve as living spaces, small offices, and workshops. Before leaving the market area, I also paid a visit to Cinema Jenin Project, an international charitable effort largely paid by the German government. It is intended to encourage a culture of cinema going for the inhabitants of Jenin. There is cultural things there is music and singing everything is starting again everything to do with the culture, with the theatre, sometime there is a theatre here some singing and music it’s really good for us you know for our culture The Cinema has also guesthouse for budget travellers that offers both private rooms and dorm beds with shared kitchen and meals on request. The hilly agricultural village of Burq’in is situated approximately three kilometers west of Jenin and is the home to a population of 7,400, mostly Muslim. It’s also home to Church of St. George, considered to be the fifth-oldest Christian holy place and the third-oldest church in the world. Third oldest church in the world sorry to disappoint you, but still pretty old According to Christian tradition, Jesus had passed through Burqin on his way to Jerusalem from Nazareth and as he was passing by the village he heard cries for help from ten lepers who were isolated in quarantine. In this church, what happened there was ten people with skin diseases hiding inside the cave and when Jesus the Christ pass through this village He encountered them and passed his hand on their faces and then they were immediately cured. They use to live in there because of this diseases do not want to become a plague in the village so they had to hide in here it was so much sensitive It was not a right decision in such humid place. Next, we’ll going off the beaten path again by traveling to little known village of Sebastia, home to a number of impressive archaeological ruins. Its about 12 kilometers northwest of the city of Nablus, from there you can reach the site with shared taxi located by the mosaic factory. The site included the ancient ruins of Samaria-Sebaste, located just above the built up area of the modern day village on the eastern slope. The ruins dominate the hillside and comprise remains from six successive cultures dating back 10,000 years. This is Sebastia, the capital of Samaria as you can see in the back we got a very beautiful Roman Theatre now, this site is very significant because this where Queen Helena and his King lives It also contains a prison cell, and the final resting place the Tomb for the John the Baptist According to the Hebrew Bible, in the ancient times, several Israelite tribes settled here. The city was destroyed by Alexander the Great in 331 BC, and was destroyed again in 108 BCE. Pompey rebuilt the town in the year 63 BC. In 27 BC, Augustus Caesar gave it to Herod the Great. Herod expanded and renovated the city, and named it “Sebaste”, meaning “Augustus”, in the Emperor’s honour. We wander through the village of Sebastia, this is where Tomb of the John Baptist is located. It’s just amazing how many historical and beautiful structures are here. This is truly a off the beaten path hidden treasure, not spoiled by mass tourism. You can always see there is another civilization have being living here Clay! Yeah, because you can see all over Along the way to Nablus, we went up a hill to see the little villages of Palestine. It’s truly magnificent and a beautiful country. I asked Bobo about his old WV and what happen if it breaks down. He Palestinian are extremely friendly and close within 10 minutes there will likely a car pass by offering us help. We end our day by traveling south to Nablus one of the oldest cities in the world, possibly first established 9000 years ago. Located in the Palestine’s Central Highlands, it is home to a population of 125,000. Much of the local Palestinian Muslim population is believed to be descended from Samaritans who converted to Islam. These are all the patterns they produce? They more than 500 patterns and still developing new ones Our first stop is the Aslan Tiles, it is the only factory in the Middle East where handmade tiles are produced. Established in the 1930’s, it produce over 500 designs of tiles, for houses and palaces in Palestine and worldwide. The average lifespan of a handmade flagstone of those is 500 years. Now they press it with the power of ten tones Most of metropolitan Nablus is small enough to be navigated on foot, so we decided to walk over the Old City, the location of the central market. The public transportation in Nablus is informal, and normally is done by shared taxis mini van. Through time, Nablus has being financial and economical city in Palestine due to its unique location The old city is a large residential and market area featuring many old buildings and lively street scenes and activities. There are impressive mosques, market or souqs, Turkish baths and traditional soap factories. What so special about Arabic coffee is the seeds they put in give it more aroma flavour That’s the crushed ones Nablus is famous for its castile soap that are only produce here, You are welcome! Nablus is famous for manufacturing soap from virgin olive oil for more than 800 years It really give a truly meaning for the Palestinian people All the soap factories are own by some special family and a family business It benefits the economy of the local area from this industry How is it going? Very good! Wow!!! After walking all day, I was hungry, and I am mean it. So, its time to taste some local specialty. My favourite, the cheap street food. The Arayes is a pita bread stuffed with minced lamb meat mix with some tomatoes and some chili it’s two shekels it’s super cheap so its like $0.50 Arayes in English means Wife? Right! So if I bring one of these home, I can tell my mother that I did bring home a bride, right? Yeah! It’s kind of spoiling at the end of the day You can have a massage you can have cold water you can go to the stream room the sauna or you can even take the grooms treatment includes shaving, cleaning extra cleaning and extra cleaning getting rip of baby skin After getting myself a bride, its time to wash up before the big wedding and there is no better place than at Nablus’ ancient Turkish Bath House, dating back the thirteenth centuries. They even got something call grooms therapy, which I definitely need, and its very affordable at cost of $10. This guy is tough on me! On the way back to our car at the Al-Hussein Square from the Old City is a route lined with shops selling many types of famous Palestinian sweets. Halawet qare’ is a pumpkin’s candy they special bread that is fried to put the candy inside The other one is Halawet or Halva some people call it It’s made out of sesame paste or tahini The most important thing in Nablus is Kunafa Special king of dough and underneath that is thin layer of lamb white cheese top with syrup sugar This shop is specialized in Kolaj Chripsy dough filled with cheese Oh wow! it’s pretty amazing! and it’s topped with sweet syrup I am really excited Hey guys forgive me, this is my first time trying this out oh, amazing! I ended my night by visiting the location high in the upper part of Mount Ebal. Sama Nablus has charming garden fountains, family meeting spaces, also a number of ancient caves in the area. This is also where you’ll able to find the best view of Nablus. It takes a hour hike up from the Old City. Next day, I decided to visit the St. George’s Monastery in Wadi Qelt to retrace the footage step of Jesus to Jericho. To get here from any Palestinian cities, take a shared taxi to Jericho and ask the drive to let you off at the entrance of St. George Monastery. Now there is traffic issue sometimes as you can see here the problem is not cars but sheeps I decided to get off at one of the lookout point and capture some beautiful landscape of this magnificent land. As you can see over there in the green is Jerusalem and over here is the Judean desert and this is actually Jordan Valley so, we are going to hike to Jericho which is one the other side through the monastery so, with that being said let’s get going This monastery has being build here for very long time it started as small chamber in the cave in the cliffs and the monk use to come and mediates One of the rare structures in Palestine is the sixth-century cliff-hanging complex, consist of a ancient chapel and gardens, is actively inhabited by Eastern Orthodox monks. St. George Orthodox Monastery began in the fourth century 480 AD Destroyed in 614 A.D. by the Persians, the monastery was more or less abandoned after the Persians swept through the valley. The traditions attached to the monastery include a visit by Elijah en route to the Sinai Peninsula whose wife Anne was infertile, weeping here when an angel announced to him the news of Mary’s conception. So, I am my way to hike on this path called the Jesus Trail this is the road that lead to Jericho that Jesus took 2015 years ago and the only problem right now is once again we have congestions, the problem is not human or cars but these creatures The hike is about two hours; make sure got sunscreen and comfortable hiking boots. Beware of rain in winter months. If it is raining or has rained in the 48 hours prior to the hike, the overflow stream of rain water and slippery paths may prevent you from hiking the path. At the end of the trail, we arrived at Jericho. We waited for the local guesthouse owner Ashraf to take us to few hundred meters away to see the site of a Palestinian heritage site The Herod’s Palace. The King of the Jews is going to be born so he issued the order to kill every Jewish baby so we have to say every time we mention Herod But Herod is also a man of archeciture, he love archeciture and he loves power so he build palaces all over including Herodium where he is buried in Bethlehem and there is another Herodium in Jericho that is not accessible to the public and this is the Herod’s Palace it’s basically his winter palace so the city was not there, the city centre is here so this was Jericho during the Herod’s time, before and after like many other palaces that are build during the Roman time There are aquaduck There are Roman bath There are market There are chambers, villas and rooms The water channel coming this way the water channel coming this way filling this two water reservoir Despite its value, its archeological value Palestinian are not allow to excavated it to make diggings and archeological research or to preserve it and the reason this is so is because we are in Area C Palestinians do not have direct authority over this piece of land Although we are still in Jericho and all the family and community around us is Palestinian About five kilometers away from Jericho, there is an important early Islamic archaeological site. This site can easily be reached from Jericho’s main square, head straight up Hisham’s Palace Rd for just over 2.5 km. Like the other places we visited, this is another winter palace. and it is for Hisham one of the loyalty here and it has very, very special thing is where Muslim and for the very first time because you know in Muslim, the Islamic religion you not suppose to draw faces or make statutes of humans because they want to get rip of all the blasphemy because they a direct relationship with god without the statutes, or cross However, when the Umayyad came here they were fascinated with what the Ghassanid was doing here in term of arts, graphic arts whether be statutes or mosaics which lead them to get out of this bubble and do the very first Islamic statutes of Kings and mosaics with living creatures the Tree of Life, which we knew it which symbolized with two gazelles with a tree in the middle was actually originated here Being a budget traveller, my plan was to hike up the Mount of Temptation on foot. However, the owner of the Jericho Cable Car was tipped off that DIY Destinations is coming and I am featuring Jericho. They insist me taking a complimentary ride on their cable car. Ashraf explained the importance of Cable Car and how it is very symbolic to Palestinians. It means a lot to Palestinians first of all, they were smart enough to put it in the Guinness Book of Records for being the long cable car under the sea level Jericho is under the sea level, 300 meter under Sea Level So how they got it in the Guinness Book is the last part under the sea level and that is what got them in the book the actual value for the community since the business employ a lot of people this is a symbol given Palestinian for many years under occupation never had state of mind to even think about building this types of structure and lucky a lot of family was entrepreneurial enough to see the potential for this and eventually cable car in Jericho become a big thing When you say Jericho, you say Jericho cable car, you know! The Mount of Temptation is said to be the hill in where Jesus was tempted by the devil. Halfway up to the top of the mount is the Greek Orthodox Monastery of the Temptation. The earliest monastery was constructed by the Byzantines in the 6th century CE above the cave traditionally said to be that where Jesus spent forty days and forty nights fasting and meditating during the temptation of Satan. In 1895, the monastery was constructed around a crude cave chapel that marks the stone where Jesus sat during his fast. One of the magnificent must see places near Jericho is the Dead Sea. Only ten kilometer away is the lookout point near the Israeli settlement of Mitzpe Shalem, accessible by taxi. There is the private Mineral Beach inside the settlement, and despite being offered the free entrance fee. Our program will not enter any paid establishment in occupied Palestinian Territories that are considered illegal in accordance to the international law. We maintaining a position is the money should goes to the Palestinian people along with these lands and natural resources when a large percentage suffers from high unemployment, poverty and lack of access to education and clean water. Promoting responsible tourism is a not compromised our program will make. So, I am here in a beautiful family-run guesthouse Before leaving Jericho, I visited Ashraf’s guesthouse just few minutes walking way from cable car. I like that fact has a fruit and vegetable garden that uses… mmm organic materials, art gallery full of chicken for eggs, natural water irrigation, and off course nice rooms with a breathtaking view of Jericho. Israel and Palestine had both proclaimed Jerusalem as its capital and given the special status, I created separate episode featuring the best of what it has to offer. So, make sure to check out that episode too. However, at the present time Ramallah is the de facto administrative capital city of the Palestinian Authority. It’s about 15 km from Jerusalem, this is where I stayed for the entire filming of the Palestine episode. Known for its religiously relaxed atmosphere — alcohol flows freely and movie theatre are well attended — and there are cafes along its main streets. It’s without question, the cultural capital of the Palestine, with a highly educated and fashionable population. Our first stop is Arafat’s Tomb in Mukataa, the Arabic word for headquarters or administrative centre. It was open in 2007 with tomb clad in Jerusalem stone, and designed by Palestinian architects. This is the temporary burial-place of Arafat as Jerusalem was his first choice, the message on the tomb indicated that the final resting place of Arafat shall be in Jerusalem, if it comes under Palestinian control. About three kilometer away is The Ramallah Cultural Palace & Mahmoud Darwish’s Memorial, dedicated to one of the most celebrated Palestinian poet and author who won numerous awards for his literary output and was regarded as the Palestinian national poet. Today, the complex is a landmark in Ramallah and a source of pride for the locals. he written the introduction for Yasser Arafat when he enter the United Nations Asking to make peace The complex contains a 736 seat auditorium, exhibition galleries and conference facilities. It hosts all types of event ranging from Classical music and hip hop to business conferences and exhibitions. You’ll be surprise how Ramallah are similar to other western cities, and able to find most things here, including finding my favourite cravings ice-creams… The name of the main street in Ramallah is name after this shop So, the name of the main street is Rukab Street and this shop is called Rukab’s Ice Cream This is Arabic Gum with pistachio So, I am going to sample this right now and I know its going to be really good oh my god it’s actually really gummy I am going to get back eating, this is good! Palestinian beer, its actually from a village called Bir Zay near Ramallah we only have two beer company right now Right nearby, you’ll able to experience Ramallah’s vibrant nightlife with few drinks off course. In Al Masyoon neighborhood, you’ll find western styled pubs and bars, but don’t forget to more cash as price for alcohol are pretty pricy here. I ended my final night in Ramallah by visiting the hilltop in the same neighborhoods near the Coptic Church over looking whole city. The name stands for high mountain of god and Modern Ramallah was founded in the mid-16th century by the Haddadins, a Jordanian tribe of brothers descended from Ghassanid Christian Arabs. Next day, I joined a free political tour to see the weekly peaceful, non-violence protest happen in Bil’in, a village made famous by film Five Broken Cameras. I also had a chance to ride with the Palestinian Ambulance. I am heading to a political tour right now, there is a political protest every Friday in Bi’lin One of the thing I am going to do is ride the Palestinian ambulance so here is actually pretty equipment and we can see defibrillator, different kind of syringes, drugs and… so the paramedic just told me that this window is broken because it is hit by bullets its actually very common for Israeli to target ambulances, which is illegal under the international law Since this is a travel show, I’ll be featuring the protest both in Hebron and Bi’lin, as well as day to day life in Aida Refugee Camp in a future special: called Palestine: Life Under Occupation. You spread the hummus inside After returning from Bi’lin, I am hungry again… you guess it! It’s time for some cheap local food. This time at the most famous and best falafel in Ramallah! The spices are so fresh, you can smell them and taste them inside Alright ready! One thing I am proud is… I manage to make my own falafel well, not make it, but at least put toppings on it Apparently this is the best falafel in Ramallah Let’s see if I can survive my own falafel and I think I got great potential it’s so good and I am taking full credit! Hey, are you guys hiring? I would like to acknowledge two hostels, Area D and Hostel in Ramallah, both are wonderful and have offered me complimentary accommodations. Because of logistics, I ended up staying with Hostel in Ramallah, so before leaving I had to thank my co-host Bubu and did a review video for his hostel. Once again, I love asking the owners why people should visit their city. We want to bring people here and we them to know Ramallah is safe You can not imagine the things you’ll see in Ramallah Nightlife! Sightseeing! Busy life! Good food for cheap prices! To bring people here to share cultures as well we want to have our own social responsibility we want to bring artist here, musicians, just to bring life everywhere in Ramallah As the city center is relatively small, it is not hard to walk to most destinations downtown including the old city. You’ll pass by the Al-Manara Square along the way to central bus terminal. It is considered “one of Palestine’s most renowned public spaces” and heart of central Ramallah. Located just five minutes walk away is the central bus terminal offering service shuttles or shared taxis to most suburbs and to the outskirts of the city at relatively low prices. This is where we end the tour of Ramallah at the Central Bus Terminal This is also where you can board buses connects to Jerusalem and other parts of Palestinian cities. This trip extremely meaningful for me and I’ll pass by the Inn of the Good Samaritan before reaching Jerusalem. The Good Samaritan parable begins on the ancient road between Jerusalem and Jericho. Once again, I will not encourage you to enter any paid establishment in occupied Palestinian Territories that are considered illegal and this is one of them. Without giving out exact location, I’ll tell you about it and its significances. We all heard about the story about the Good Samaritans It has being mention in the Bible quite a number of times Here is where you not only get to know about the history, but touch it! Over there is the Good Samaritan Church and over here is where the wall the Good Samaritans drink from it’s quite a interesting experience being here on the ground where the story actually originated The Luke’s Gospel, tell a story of a man is robbed, brutally beaten and given up for dead before finally being helped by a passing Samaritan. The Samaritan brings the injured man to an inn and pays for his care before continuing on his journey. But I urge you to be that Good Samaritan by not turning our backs on our fellow human being, the suffering of Palestinians. By supporting their fight for their rights, and a peaceful end to an occupation. I urge all our youth from both Israel and Palestine to start peaceful dialogue, develop mutual understanding and stop all forms of violence. I come to Palestine to connect with the holy land, its history, its culture and the resilient people. Not only I connected with the history, but also felt it at the exact spot believed to be the birthplace of Jesus and retraced his path to Jericho. My favorite memories are seeing the resilience, the strength of ordinary Palestinians and the passion for their struggles for their independence as witness in the Aida refugee camps, I was moved by the hardship and the daily realities of many while touring the Al-Shuhada Street. The lesson from this journey for all of us is peace and co-existence is the only option for moving our humanity forward. This is my dream and dream of those Palestinian who I want to thank for providing me accommodations, logistics support, transportation, security, and filming arrangement. THANK YOU!, “sukran”.


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