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Feb 8, 2018 - Hebron and Battir

Departing the Millennium Hotel at 8:00 am, we did a walking tour of Ramallah city center and the vegetable market - a beautiful and somewhat chaotic market of local products including some of the largest cabbage and cauliflower I have ever seen. Then it was time for our promised treat - the best ice cream in Israel - at 10 am! I enjoyed pistachio and cro-nut (walnut)! Then it was on to Battir (a UNESCO World Heritage Site), a Palestinian settlement renowned for its 4,000 year old Roman stone terraces utilizing a cleverly designed...

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Feb 7, 2018 - A Day of History

Our first stop for the day was Mt. Gerizim outside of Nablus, one of the largest Palestine cities. Nablus is in a valley surrounded by steep hills and the homes built of those hills are pretty amazing. Plus there is a real building boom going on where it seemed every other building was a new home or apartment building in process. It was about an hour drive from Ramallah using back roads which is shorter and less traffic. The terrain is so rocky it is amazing anything grows here but the hillsides were dotted with villages and some Israeli...

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Mar 30, 2006 - Israel

If one were to compile a list of ongoing conflicts and they're purported cause, Israel would show up often under the second heading. While Israel has had periods of relative piece, it's religious roots ensure that it will always be a contentious piece of real estate. Officially on the department of state's no go list for travellevers, our first destination, Jerusal, seemed, on the surface to be operating as usual. After a few days we noticed the paranoid looks of every day citizens and the belabored sighs of folks who new that an explotion...

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May 19, 2005 - Checkmate

Checkmate. Multiple passport screenings, interviews, luggage checks, heavy traffic, barriers, walls, gates, guns and throngs of weary travellers waiting patiently, sombrely. If this sounds like a typical scene at Moscow's Sheremetyevo airport, think again. This is a typical checkpoint in the West Bank. For me, the situation was exacerbated as I was making my visit in the days following a public holiday. The borders between Israel and the Palestinian Territories were closed during the holiday, making traffic particularly bad when the...

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