Run Across Palestine Itenary
February 3, 2012
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Day 1: Saturday, Feb. 4
Begin: At-Tuwani (Arabic: ﺍﻟﻃﻮﺍﻧﻲ or ﺍﻟتوانة), a small village in the South Hebron Hills where many residents live in caves. Several homes in At-Tuwani are at risk of being demolished by the Israeli government.
End: Beit Ummar.
Day 2: Sunday, Feb. 5
Begin: Beit Ummar (Arabic: بيت اُمّر), located 11 km NW of Hebron. Part of the village straddles Road 60, & nearby settlements have taken over much of the Palestinians’ land & access to farming fields.
Day 3: Monday, Feb. 6
Begin: East Jerusalem, which includes the Old City & some of the holiest sites of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam, such as the Temple Mount, Western Wall, Al-Aqsa Mosque, & the Church of the Holy Sepulchre.
End: Arura & Mazarea El Noubani.
Day 4: Tuesday, Feb. 7
Begin: Arura & Mazarea El Noubani
End: Nos Ijbeal.
Day 5: Wednesday, Feb. 8
Begin: Nos Ijbeal, population 450. This small village has one of the first established Palestinian Fair Trade Association (PFTA) cooperatives that started with only five farmers. Today there are 18 members in the Nus Ijbail cooperative, producing around 15 tons of olive oil each year.
End: Birqin. With a 45-member PFTA cooperative, Burqin produces over 80 tons of olive oil per year. Known as Arous Falastin or Palestine’s Bride, Burqin has historical significance in the Christian tradition as the village where Jesus is said to have performed the miracle of healing the lepers.
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