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23 February 2012

Modern Birzeit is a thriving community built around an historic hilltop village known as al-Khirbeh – the ruin. Birzeit translates as 'well of oil’, and almost certainly refers to the olive oil that has been the mainstay of the economy here for centuries. In recent decades, Birzeit has

nabi saleh
23 February 2012

The shrine of Nabi Saleh probably dates to the Mamluk or early Ottoman period, though it has been extended and restored several times since then, most recently in 2003. The archaeological record suggests that it was built on top of a twelfth century Crusader church, which had itself replaced a Byzantine

Shrine of al-Khawass
23 February 2012

In 1710 C.E. a traveler named Mustafa Bakri passed through these hills, leaving an account in which he says “we approached Deir Ghassan and spent the night; Sheikh Ibrahim Rabbi invited us for lunch, and we headed to visit al-Khawass Sidi Ibrahim.” The shrine is named for Ibrahim al-Khawass

Deir Ghassaneh
23 February 2012

    Deir Ghassaneh stands out among the Palestinian village of the highlands. For more than four hundred years it was an Ottoman 'throne village, its feudal sheikhs ruling over surrounding communities as far away as the coastal plains and enriching themselves with the taxes levied on the

maqam al-Majdhoub
23 February 2012

The shrine of al-Majdhoub, about an hour’s walk from the village of Deir Ghassaneh, is among the most beautiful and evocative of Palestine’s rural shrines. Standing alone on the hillside, the shrine is an ideal place for a picnic, and commands views all the way across to the Mediterranean.   The

Rates & Packages
23 February 2012

      The Rozana Association aims to maximize the social, cultural and economic benefits that may be generated as a result of these trails. The Rozana tried to open all possible opportunities for visiting interactions with the local community. The Rozana, as a non-profit organization

23 February 2012

What to bring Good walking boots or shoes Hat and sunscreen Plenty of water – at least two liters each if you’re planning to walk in summer Supporting the Local Economy We encourage you to buy your water, snacks, and lunch supplies in the village stores, rather than

Guides and Vehicles
23 February 2012

  All of these walks are guided by men or women from the villages, helping you to connect with the local people. Support vehicles allow you to walk as much or as little as you like, and to get back to your base at the end of the day’s walk. Your support for these local guides and drivers

Learn the tradition
23 February 2012

Encounter the local people, learn about the living traditions of the villages, and taste the wonderful food. You are invited to be part of the well being and prosperity of the local communities. The Sufi tours and paths are designed to maximize the social, cultural and economic returns to the local

Enjoy the landscape
23 February 2012

Enjoy the beauty of the landscape – flowers and herbs, olive groves and oak forests, wild animals and birds.   All Sufi tours are designed to include a 2-3 hour stroll in the vicinity of shrines and nearby villages. The strolls vary in their difficulty and can be organized according to

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