I got to spend 4 days in Palestine exploring some of the places my family has lived and some other places they haven’t. I went with my uncle, who is visiting from the US, and my dad. We left on a Thursday and got back on a Sunday…and visited 8 cities in 4 days. It was busy!
We faced some problems getting across the Israeli side, as usual. They held my passport for an hour and half, asked me some questions and then stamped my passport. Why? because they like to make things difficult…discourage people from visiting. I was not deterred…I plan on going as many times as possible.
raka’a’s in 1…is no joke! After praying, we got to explore the old city a bit. I love the old city. It transports you to another time and place. I love the nooks and crannies, the small hole in the wall shops, street vendors and the fact that everyone says Salaams to you and everyone else on the street. There is this underlying tension in the air that people just generally ignore or just choose to not notice. It’s hard not to notice the IDF soldiers with machine guns walking around you. Sometimes stopping you randomly while asking you to recite part of the Quran to make sure you are Muslim…but people just ignore that part.
People sit in these windows and read Quran, it’s such a cool sight.
I could talk all day about Jerusalem and all the things that I did, ate and saw there but I went to other places as well!
Like where Yaser Arafat was buried….Allah Yerhamou (May All forgive him, rough translation)
It was a pretty big place, very well-kept. Guards always there.
The next day, we set off to Ramalla, Lod, Yafo, Haifa, Akka and Nazareth.
It was really cool to see the place where my ancestors are from. My grandparents didn’t live there, they lived in Nablus and Hebron. Of course, I didn’t get to see my town because it’s no longer there. Gone in 1948, along with many other things, people and places.
I didn’t really take pictures in Ramalla and Lod because we didn’t stop…it was more of a drive through.
I did take pictures in Yafo, the first stop on our tour for the day.
This was on the beach…I thought it was symbolic and spoke a lot.
After Yafo, we went through Tel Aviv but didn’t stop. Our next stop was Haifa and I loved Haifa! It was pretty 🙂
This is the Baha’i gardens…in Haifa. They are mirror gardens. There are 3 different entrances. We only went to the first one…because the second one, was accessed through another street and so on and so on.
After Haifa, we went to Akka…it was another amazing place.We got to see the old Akka wall.
After Akka, we went to Nazerath…but I didn’t get any pictures there because it was dark and we couldn’t find the Church…We did stumble upon a wedding….which was cool 🙂
We had a good time, ate lots of yummy food and saw some awesome sights. I was very tired by the end of it all….we did tons of walking, but it was an amazing trip.
Renewed spirits and hope.
From the guy who gave up his new shipment pomegranate to fight settlers to the person who has lived all his life in the Old city, you give me hope.