Drought, heat, desert - One may assume the landscape has little to offer. Perhaps it’s the mysticism, the religious history or maybe the blaze of colours, but Palestine is overwhelmingly beautiful. From sandstorms and seemingly infinite deserts to the bustling cities – Palestine is a place where history comes to life. Ancient buildings, places of worship and olive groves all invite discovery.
Nabi Musa Mosque
The West Bank area of Palestine covers a total of 5,820 km2. It’s a narrow stretch of land, with little space for privacy or normal family life. The streets are so narrow that simply driving a car is a challenge. However, Palestine can at the same time seem endless, with desert roads leading seemingly nowhere, spiky plants scattering the roadside, fresh fruit hanging in trees. It’s a perfect place to spot birds during migration when 500 species rest here in the spring and autumn.
The West Banks is a scattered place, made up of 227 enclaves. In 1995 Palestine was divided into three zones:
Zone A: Under Palestinian administration, where Israelis are not permitted to enter.
Zone B: Under shared Palestinian and Israeli administration.
Zone C: Under Israeli administration.
Of the total area 3% belongs to zone A, 27% Zone B and 70% Zone C.
This policy of isolation hinders the free flow of goods and people typical of autonomous cities.
The conflict is ever present in and around Palestine. The wall cutting through the country as well as the martyrs painted in huge murals on facades serve as constant reminders. Soldiers are a constant presence. Nevertheless love, hope and caring can be found everywhere. The community looks after each other providing strength.