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Israel - West Bank

Occupied Palestinian territories

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In the West Bank I went to Ramallah, Nablus, Betlehem, Hebron, and the Dead Sea (and arguably Jerusalem). My opinions are in the chapter The Israeli-Palestinian conflict - The palestinian point of view.
Here just some pictures:

Ramallah:
Checkpoint.jpg
The checkpoint to enter the Palestinian Territories
TheWall.jpg
The Wall of Shame
SniperTower.jpg
There are sniper towers along The Wall.
Ramallah.jpg
Ramallah, city center. A bustling town. nothing seems unusual when you are here, street life goes on. It's the capital of the West Bank (governed by the western-backed Fatah. The Hamas who won the elections retreated to the Gaza Strip).

Nablus:
NablusCenter.jpg
The city center. Most people here can't get out of the city.
Nablus.jpg
NablusGang.jpg
Some of Israel's fierce stone-throwing enemies.

Betlehem:
NativityScene.jpg
NativityStar.jpg
NativityMary.jpg
Pictures from the Church of the Nativity, where Jesus is supposed to have been born
WallPainting1.jpg
WallPainting2.jpg
WallPainting3.jpg
WallPainting4.jpg
WallBetlehem1.jpg
WallBetlehem3.jpg
WallBetlehem4.jpg
WallBetlehem6.jpg
Paintings on The Wall of Shame in Betlehem
BetlehemRefugee.jpg
This is a refugee camp. It started in 1948. Now it's a normal part of the city.

Hebron:
HebronCheckpoint.jpg
In Hebron Jewish settlers occupied some part of the city and they now live right next to Palestinains. Thus every access to the Jewish part of the city is guarded by soldiers.
HebronOldMarket.jpg
To protect the Jewish settlers they had to close off some parts of the city. This used to be the Palestinian fruit and vegetables market.
HebronAbandonedMarket.jpg
They seem to have closed that part quite a while ago.
HebronMarket.jpg
The Hebron Market. The Palestinians had to cover it with a mesh. The Jewish settlers evicted the Palestinians that used to live above and are now throwing garbage down on the market.

Posted by 5fingerfab 10:46 Archived in State of Palestine Tagged round_the_world

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