Palestine

Christmas Spirit in Bethlehem

Bethlehem was a city under Israeli control until the Oslo Accords in the nineties when it became Palestinian. Today there are mainly Muslims and Christians living there, giving it more Christmas atmosphere than I had seen anywhere in Israel. In the city center where was a huge Christmas tree, decorated with a Palestinian flag on […]

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Troubled Hebron

The empty streets in the market with nets hanging over the streets After the 1995 Oslo accord, borders were set between Israel and Palestine, where the city of Hebron was divided into a tiny part for the Israelis (about 700 settlers) and Palestinians (over 200 000). The Israeli part contains the site “The cave of […]

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Nablus and Balata Refugee Camp

“Dangerous to your lives”- signs that stood at every entry to Palestinian territory What I wanted from my visit to Israel was to get a better insight into the Middle Eastern conflict, and I got thag today after visiting Balata, the biggest refugee camp in Palestine. I was a tiny bit worried about security walking […]

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The West Bank Capital Ramallah

Although Palestinians want it to be Jerusalem, Ramallah is the de facto capital of the country. Being a Christian village around a hundred years ago it js today a more liberal city with cafes, cinemas and even a brewery. I met a Palestinian university student early in the morning who was happy to show me […]