2 Faces of Hebron: Israeli Palestinian Conflict

2 Faces of Hebron: Israeli Palestinian Conflict

Expectation Background This is one of the places where the Israeli – Arab violent clashes happen. Hebron or Al Khalil is the largest city in the West Bank and the second largest city after Gaza in the Palestinian Territories. Separated into two areas called H1 and H2 – H1 is controlled by the Palestinian Authority while H2 is 20% controlled by Israel. Even though Hebron is largely under Palestinian Authority, there is a large presence of Israeli settlements. I toured H2, both the Palestinian and the Israeli quarters, to hear stories…

The 1 cave where Jesus was born in: Bethlehem

The 1 cave where Jesus was born in: Bethlehem

Follow my blog with Bloglovin Expectation Jesus was born in Bethlehem, according to biblical references and Christians world over flock to this place for a visit. It is also revered by Jews as the “birthplace and home town of David, King of Israel, as well as the traditional site of Rachel’s Tomb (on the outskirts of the town)”. I overheard someone said Bethlehem is the center for Christianity, birthplace of Jesus AS. The tour guide told us we will be seeing the separation wall here. I was so pumped! Just when…

Site of Christianity: 3 places in Jericho to trace Jesus’ footsteps

Site of Christianity: 3 places in Jericho to trace Jesus’ footsteps

Expectation Next stop – site of Jesus’ life, according to biblical references. I expected cool weather – simply because there was never a warm day in my trip so far. This was the next stop in a full day tour of the West Bank. First stop was Ramallah and it was a bummer. So I didn’t expect much. The Journey It wasn’t a long bus ride from Ramallah but the views were superbly, remarkably, outstanding! Weather It was HOT! Temperatures could’ve been well over 30 degree Celsius at least. People There’s…

1 aspect of Palestinian life I missed in Ramallah: Food

1 aspect of Palestinian life I missed in Ramallah: Food

Expectation I had no idea what this place was going to be like. I went to Ramallah as part of a one day tour to the West Bank from Jerusalem. The tour was organised by the hostel, which was convenient. Since it was a tour, I expected to know about it via the tour guide. The Journey At the hostel lobby Immediately after coming back from Fajr prayer at Al Aqsa, I showered and prepared for the day’s events. I slept well the night before but my right feet was sore from…