Palestinian cars have green plates. While he certainly has plenty of detractors, this Palestinian statesman, who led the PLO from 1969 until 2004, is without a doubt the father of modern Palestine. Its thriving market is a classic Arab souk. 2 Replies to ““Rick Steves’ The Holy Land”: Directors’ Cut with Commentary” Arnie Voigt says: January 31, 2017 at 8:34 pm Thanks for the director’s cut perspective, Rick! If there's a problem or unrest, Israel can activate checkpoints like this all across the country and stop all traffic in the West Bank. We walked right in, and they wished us a good visit. Emperor Constantine, the first Christian Roman emperor, had this church built in 326. We're joining little Mustafa, who's been sent by his mother to get chicken for dinner. Children are let out of school for the week so they can work the trees with their parents. This struggle has been difficult — with killings and tragedy on both sides. My three guides were instrumental in the scouting and production of the Holy Land TV show. So, by looking at somebody, you can tell if he's Ashkenazi, and which movement amongst the Ashkenazi, or Sephardi, or Lithuanian, and so on and so forth. The consensus of the people we met in the West Bank, across the board, is that violence is a mistake. Wandering Palestinian streets and markets, I kept thinking how easy it is to get here, how little I knew of it, and how rarely visited this land is. When the UN-run and -funded school lets out, the streets flood with children happy to practice their English with a rare traveler venturing into their world. To understand and enjoy the people who love this land and call it home. The road ends at the lowest place on earth, the fabled Dead Sea. The Muslims and Jews that call this region home share a family tree that goes back nearly 4,000 years. Woman: Well we mix in restaurants, at work; we socialize here and there. My Account. Kamal: Translated it's "cheers" — to your health — twice. The fence, or wall — which is over 300 miles long — generally runs well within Palestinian territory. Watch the interview. They were all very helpful. Talk to a settler and you ask, "Are you a settler?" The olive tree gives us the olives without even needing us to do anything for it. Israelis say this is a security fence, built after losing a thousand of its citizens to suicide bombers in the previous decade. Pilgrims come from around Christendom to retrace his steps. Much of Jaffa — historically an important Arab town — was destroyed in 1948 — in what Israelis call their "War of Independence.". The square operates as an open-air synagogue, with men and women separated by a barrier. And most of those live here in Bethlehem. Entire districts of Jerusalem are known as "ultra-Orthodox." And there's the wall — begun in 2003 by Israel to defend its border with the West Bank. Most of the West Bank population is in Palestinian-controlled cities, but Israel still controls most of the roads and most of the land. Then came the catastrophic year for the Jews: 70 A.D., when the Romans destroyed their temple and ushered in the Diaspora. That was inspirational, but it ignored the reality of the Palestinians who actually lived here and were displaced with the creation of Israel. It's a "fence" to an Israeli and a "wall" to a Palestinian. All my life, I've heard experts talking about the Holy Land. Benny Dagan, a former PR man for the Israeli military, was our guide in Israel. These people were very helpful. Rick: And the Sea of Galilee was the source of the freshwater for Israel — and still is. On one side of the glass Jews worship in the synagogue — the second most holy place in Judaism. More purchase options. We love it here. My Holy Land Shoot Finally Arrives. 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