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Jenin

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Jenin is a 4,000-year-old city in the north West Bank now populated by Palestinians.

Understand[edit]

Get in[edit]

The 1 Jenin Bus Station is right in the centre.

The most logical way to enter would be to fly into Ben Gurion International Airport in Israel, take a taxi or mini-bus to Damascus Gate in Jerusalem, from there at one of Arab bus stations take bus 18 to Ramallah (₪6.50, less than an hour), cross into Ramallah and take a shared taxi from the central bus station to Jenin (₪35, 1.5-2 h).

From Nablus one can take a service (shared) taxi for ₪15 or a bus for ₪10.

From the Israeli side of the border, taxis from Nazareth cost ₪150. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Nazareth to Afula for ₪10.90 and from there a taxi to the border crossing for approximately ₪40-50. You then cross on foot and take a shared taxi or hitchhike the rest of the distance.

Get around[edit]

Walking is a practical mode of getting around, taxis can be hired as needed.

See[edit]

  • 1 Belameh tunnels (Bal'amah), Nablus street (2 km south of Jenin). sometimes closed and unavailable to visit. The tunnels date back to the Bronze age. In 1996, MOTA began excavations on a tunnel shaft, the most elaborate feature in Belameh. Through support from the UNDP, around 150 meters of tunnel is being transformed into an archeological park which will feature an educational sound and light show.
  • 2 Umm Al Rihan forest (located at the far north-west of Jenin). It consists of a series of dense forests which are estimated to be ca. 60,000 dunums. The forest areas around Jenin are considered to be the largest woodlands in the West Bank; forming approximately 86% of the forests.
  • 3 Burqin (a small town just 3 km outside Jenin). There is a Christian Holy Site, the St George Church in the village of Burqin. The church marks the cave where Jesus healed the 10 lepers. It's considered the 3th oldest church in the world.
  • 4 Zababdeh village (Zababida) (15 km southeast from Jenin). A Christian Palestinian village.
  • 5 Arraba village (Araba) (13 km south-west of Jenin). It is about 350 meters above sea level and lies near Sahl Arrabah, a 30-sqm plain that lies between the two groups of heights of Mount Carmel and Nablus. The Palaces of Abdel Qader Abdel Hadi and Hussein Abdel Hadi in the village were restored and converted into a Cultural Center and Children’s Center respectively. These centres are very active and attract lots of people from neighboring villages.
  • 6 Tel Dothan. Tel Dothan was a Canaanite city lying in a fertile plain west of Jenin. According to tradition, Tell Dothan is the place where Joseph was sold by his brothers to Ishmaelite traders whom took him to Egypt.

Do[edit]

  • 1 Freedom TheatreSchool Street, Jenin Refugee Camp +970 (0)4 2503345, e-mail: . A theatre in the refugee camp hosting a large variety of plays and productions, many concerning the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. With it's dedication to bringing art to the community the Freedom Theatre is a visible and well-known institution in Jenin. The theatre is also accepts volunteers from the artistic community. For visitors, there's a small café within the theatre complex.

Buy[edit]

Be sure to take advantage of the great bargains that can be found in the many shops. These are great places to find souvenirs!

Eat[edit]

There is plenty of Middle Eastern cuisine available; falafel, shawarma, hummus, the works. There are a couple of excellent places near the bus station where the food is made on the spot.

Drink[edit]

There are many coffee vendors and you can find alcoholic drinks in Zababdeh village near the city .

Sleep[edit]

  • 1 Cinema Jenin GuesthouseAzzaytoon Street No. 1 (central bus station), e-mail: . Five dormitories of 8 beds each, including 2 women-only dormitories. Dorm bed ₪75, double ₪125.
  • 3 Haddad Tourism Village (3km south-east of Jenin),  +972 4 2417010, +970 568 556639, e-mail: . This tourist village has a hotel, gardens, a pool, and even a large amusement park located on the hotel's grounds.

Go next[edit]

Similar to how to #Get in to Jenin, it is also possible to leave. From the central taxi station, it is easy to travel to many locations within the West Bank.

  • Nablus – One of the oldest cities in the world and famous for its kunafa/kenafeh. If you are on a tight schedule and planing to go to Ramallah, you might want to skip the latter for this more exciting Palestinian city.
  • Nazareth – The largest Arab city in Israel and best known as the home of Joseph and Mary.
  • Tiberias – A large Israeli town in the north and great starting point for Galilee and Golan. Easy to reach from Afula.
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