Land & Nature

Adventure in Wadi Khreitoun

Contributed by Paltour news on 20.10.2006:

by Leyla Zuaiter

At 8 am on a June morning, the couple dozen students participating in the Palestine Wildlife Society (PWLS) Summer Camp are already on the bus. With them are Emad Atrash, Executive Director, in his Palestine Wildlife Society T-shirt and matching cap and Ibrahim Odeh, Educational Awareness Officer.

We take the YMCA Road out of Beit Sahour. In a matter of minutes (...)

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Birder’s Paradise…

Contributed by This Week In Palestine on 23.09.2006:

By Fajer Harb

Fajer@palnet.com

Birdwatching (Birding) may seem to many Palestinians like a strange activity and even a waste of time. Nevertheless, for reasons of geographical location, diverse ecology and favorable climate, Palestine is an ideal birdwatching experience -- a veritable ornithologist's paradise. Palestine is located in the center of the only land bridge between Af(...)

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Wadi al-Qilt – St. George Monastery

Contributed by This Week In Palestine on 23.09.2006:

Wadi (Valley) al-Qilt stretches from the suburbs of Jerusalem in the west to Jericho and Jordan River in the east. All along the beautiful path of the wadi hikers enjoy the natural view of rocks, caves and the eroded pebbles in the bottom of the valley. Trees and bushes are permanently green forming an oasis in the desert valley, and along the aqueduct. The many natural caves and shelters spr(...)

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Wadi Khreitoun

Contributed by Toine Van Teeffelen on 18.07.2006:

The Khreitoun Valley starts 7 kms southeast of Bethlehem, 1 km south of mount Herodion. The area was inhabited during the Roman and Byzantine times, and until thirty years ago, it was inhabited by shepherds and Bedouins. The valley is named after a Turkish monkcalled "Khreitoun" who lived in the area in the 4 century AD. The valley is famous for its three pre-historic caves, and the Khreitoun(...)

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Reflections on Spring in Palestine

Contributed by This Week In Palestine on 20.06.2006:

Spring: narcissus and iris, anemone and lupine, cyclamen and tulip, daisies and buttercups, hundreds of flowers, all different in kind and colour, all different in bloom and leaf, all part of a glorious manifestation of life, of the immortality of being, in spring, every year in Palestine.

I grew up with an intimacy of spring. As a child I would rejoice to see the first anemone and wo(...)

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Palestine Flowers: Indigenous Symbols of Strength and Hope

Contributed by This Week In Palestine on 02.06.2006:

By Lucy Nusseibeh

Palestine is one of the richest countries in the world for its variety of wildflowers; there are 1,000 different kinds of flowering plants within a five-mile radius of Jerusalem. It is also the birthplace of many that are well known throughout the world. This year, with the abundant rain, the flowers are more than ever visibly asserting their historical presence, th(...)

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The Rich Flavours of Palestine

Contributed by This Week In Palestine on 02.06.2006:

By Mai M. Farsakh

Travelling through Palestine, one is overwhelmed by its diversity in surrounds and flavours. Palestine exists as a microcosm of the world, representative of all its wonders: from the humid shoreline of Gaza and the deserts of Jericho to the rocky terrain of the snow-caped Beit Jala and the flat plains of Jenin. Within each distinct area of Palestine evolved flavours u(...)

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The Jericho Wildlife Monitoring Station

Contributed by This Week In Palestine on 14.05.2006:

by: Palestine Wildlife Society

Palestine is considered one of the most important places for monitoring bird migration in the world. This is due to its geographical location on the western boundaries of the Asian continent directly on the south-eastern coast of the Mediterranean Sea and on the eastern boundaries of Africa. This geographical location places Palestine at the juncture of t(...)

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Palestinians and Traditional Ecological Knowledge

Contributed by This Week In Palestine on 25.02.2006:

This Week in Palestine

December 2005

By Sami Backleh

For a while it seems to be a complex term. One may ask, what brings tradition to ecology, especially since the two are far from each other? Or what type of linkage combines the two terms to knowledge? In some ways, Traditional Ecological Knowledge (TEK) is an unfortunate term. Talking about traditions within this perspe(...)

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Wadi Muqlaq Monk caves, eternal silence and a taste of the Grand Canyon

Contributed by This Week In Palestine on 25.02.2006:

This Week in Palestine

October 2006

By Johannes Zang

Telling my Palestinian friends we want to hike in Wadi Muqlaq, Muqleq or Muqalliq, they shrugged their shoulders since they had never heard of this wadi. They were quite surprised to learn that it was very close to Wadi Qilt; in fact parallel to it.

You drive down from Jerusalem towards Jericho and just opposite (...)

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