West Bank

Despite all the unrest in many of the Arab countries in the past weeks we decided to travel into the West Bank this weekend (our rationale was that it’s relatively quiet at the moment but it might not be so soon – so it’s now or never). The West Bank is in the east of Israel (on the west bank of the Jordan River) and was first conquered by Jordan during the 1948 Arab-Israeli War. Jordan did little to develop the West Bank and discriminated against the Palestinians there. In the 1967 Six-Day War Israel captured the West Bank and (notably annexing East Jerusalem and the Old City), and instituted public welfare programs and medical treatment, but denied some basic rights to Palestinians. Since then the area has been unstable, leading to the First and Second Intifada and the construction of the Separation Wall. The Israeli-Palestinian conflict still dominates Middle Eastern and international politics.

The West Bank is home to many religious sites, Muslim, Christian, and Jewish. During our trip we visited a few of the most important ones, taking us into Hebron and Jericho.

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~ by jonathanmtsai on February 27, 2011.

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