Go on a pilgrimage to the sites of Christ's birth and burial, stroll through Nablus' bustling souk and follow with a relaxing soak and smoke in the city's traditional hammams, or visit cosmopolitan Ramallah and its international arts centre. Bradt's Palestine is for independent travelers who want to see beyond the conflict-focused reporting of the area and ethnic and religious stereotypes. The only mainstream guide dedicated solely to Palestine, it offers unparalleled detail on Palestinian culture, cuisine, wildlife, environment, history, and politics. The 'Palestinian Territories' of the West Bank and Gaza are featured along with the culturally Palestinian (Israeli Arab) enclaves found within Israel.
Sarah Irving first visited Palestine in 1996 and has been traveling back to the West Bank ever since. She works as a human rights observer, tour guide and independent writer.
PART ONE: GENERAL INFORMATION
Chapter 1: Background information
Chapter 2: Practical information
PART TWO: THE GUIDE
Chapter 3: Jerusalem: the Old City and East Jerusalem
Chapter 4: Ramallah and the Western West Bank
Chapter 5: Nablus and the Northern West Bank (Sebastiya, Tubas and Jenin)
Chapter 6: To Jericho and the Jordan Valley: Bethany and the Wadi Qelt
Chapter 7: Bethlehem, Beit Sahour and Beit Jala
Chapter 8: Hebron and the Southern West Bank
Chapter 9: Gaza
Chapter 10: Palestinian destinations in Israel: Jaffa, Akka, Haifa, Nazareth & the Galilee, the Bedouin of the Naqab
Appendix 1: Language
Appendix 2: Further Reading
Palestine, the Middle East
· Bradt published the first ever travel guide to Palestine in 1997 but this is a completely new guide, not a new edition.
· As well as full coverage of the Northern West Bank it includes the culturally/ethnically Palestinian areas of Israel and information on the current political/geopolitical situation.
· Both contemporary and historical/archaeological/religious attractions are included.
· Includes a section on volunteering as solidarity work and aid work are now a major draw to the West Bank and to an extent to Palestinian areas of Israel.
· Boxed text on learning Arabic in Palestine: There are now a number of ways for travelers to learn Arabic in East Jerusalem and the West Bank, ranging from a few days staying with a family and attending classes to summer schools at Palestinian universities.