Land & Nature

Palestinian Land Tenure, Picnics, and Volcanoes

Contributed by This Week In Palestine on 30.01.2008:

By Dr. Ali Qleibo

Come live with me and be my Love

And we will all the pleasures prove

That hills and valleys, dale and field

And all the craggy mountains yield.

There will we sit upon the rocks

And see the shepherds feed their flocks,

By shallow rivers, to whose falls

Melodious birds sing madrigals

Christopher Marlowe


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A Day in Wadi Qelt

Contributed by This Week In Palestine on 30.11.2007:

By Sami Backleh

Glossy black plumage with orange patches on the outer wing that are particularly noticeable in flight … a very noisy character with a call that resembles a wolf-whistle: this was the first bird that my eyes and ears directly spotted soon after I started my hike from Wadi Qelt to Jericho. It was a Tristram’s Grackles - an endemic bird to the Jordan Valley and the surroun(...)

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2007 Artas Lettuce Festival: Hiking

Contributed by Artas Folklore Center on 08.06.2007:


Too few Palestinians make it a point to get out and enjoy the splendors of the countryside. Artas Folklore Center was one of the first organizations to develop and offer hiking itineraries as part of its work. During the festival, two itineraries are offered, one from Solomon's Pools to the village, with our partner the Palestine Wildlife Society, and another from Artas village (...)

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The Olive Tree Planting Day

Contributed by Baha Hilo on 24.03.2007:

Olive Tree Planting Day 3rd February 2007 3rd February, 2007

The day started with local and international volunteers gathering at the advocacy office – YMCA in Beit Sahour. Together with the YMCA advocacy desk staff, the volunteers took the olive trees and shovels onto the bus and set off to the field in Al-Khader village, south of Bethlehem, next to an Israeli settlement outpost (an o(...)

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Palestine in Winter

Contributed by This Week In Palestine on 18.02.2007:

By Sami Backleh

Winter is here now. Years ago I used not to like this dark cold season, the time of minimum sunlight and maximum night. It is true that one of the big mysteries of biology is precisely how living things, including us, are affected by the seasons. We know we are; we feel it most acutely in the darkest days of winter when most of us feel a little dormant, sluggish, gloomi(...)

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The Climate of Palestine

Contributed by Turathuna Bethlehem University on 23.01.2007:

Its weather is excellent. Its atmosphere is clear, and its air is pure; indeed it is the best climatic region. Summer temperatures reach 30 Centigrade and below zero in winter, when towards the end of January snow covers its mountains and lands for some days every year. Light snow fell in an exceptional way towards the beginning of April in 1870, 1949 and 1990 too. Rain falls in the winter se(...)

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The Jerusalem Wilderness

Contributed by This Week In Palestine on 09.12.2006:

Where nature and culture come together

By Imad Atrash

The southern part of the Jerusalem Wilderness (E 3519; N 3142) site extends from the Qadron Valley in the north, running through Al-Biqea’ah and Sa’eer wilderness, reaching Bani-Naim in the south. It is located on the eastern slopes of the Jerusalem mountain range which extends from Nablus in the north to Hebron in the south.(...)

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Natural Heritage in Palestine

Contributed by This Week In Palestine on 09.12.2006:

By Dr. Ramzi Sansur

In 1972, UNESCO adopted the Convention Concerning the Protection of the Cultural and Natural Heritage. Natural heritage refers to the living things and natural systems that share our neighbourhoods. Attention has focused on the concept of natural heritage because it has become increasingly apparent that many elements of that heritage are being degraded or lost. In a(...)

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My house Stairs

Contributed by National Council For Development NCD on 28.10.2006:

The Old Palestinian House with a nice Stairs in Hebron.

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When Horses Fly: the Jericho Equestrian Club

Contributed by This Week In Palestine on 20.10.2006:

by Leyla Zuaiter

On May 7 and 8, fifty people headed to the Jericho Equestrian Club for a day and a night of equestrian sports, games and a barbeque under the desert moon. The club is the centrepiece of the Yasser Arafat Martyr Complex for Sport and Culture. This oas(...)

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