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    Jericho

    by machomikemd Written Sep 17, 2013
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    Favorite thing: Jericho is famous in the Bible as the wall of Jericho came down when Joshua called on Yahweh to make the walls fall down and also it is the Place where Jesus met Zachhaeus, the tax collector and near the town is the biblical site of the Mount of Temptation where Jesus was tempted by the devil. besides the Christian sites, Jericho is more known as a Unesco World Heritage Site as there are many unearthed excavations around the town of the different archeological remains of different civilizations of different periods.

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    Jericho (/ˈdʒɛrɪkoʊ/; Arabic: أريحا‎ ʾArīḥā [ʔaˈriːħaː] ( listen); Hebrew: יְרִיחוֹ Yeriḥo [jeʁiˈχo] ( listen)) is a city located near the Jordan River in the West Bank. It is the administrative seat of the Jericho Governorate. In 2007, it had a population of 18,346.[2] The city was occupied by Jordan from 1948 to 1967, and has been held under Israeli occupation since 1967; administrative control was handed over to the Palestinian Authority in 1994.[3][4] It is believed to be one of the oldest inhabited cities in the world.[5][6][7]

    Archaeologists have unearthed the remains of more than 20 successive settlements in Jericho, the first of which dates back 11,000 years (9000 BC),[8] almost to the very beginning of the Holocene epoch of the Earth's history.

    Jericho is described in the Old Testament as the "City of Palm Trees". Copious springs in and around the city attracted human habitation for thousands of years.[9] It is known in Judeo-Christian tradition as the place of the Israelites' return from bondage in Egypt, led by Joshua, the successor to Moses

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    West Bank

    by machomikemd Written Sep 16, 2013
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    Favorite thing: If you are travelling from Northern Israel via a Holyland Pilgrimage to other Christian Sites to the south, then you would pass by highway 90 to the west bank, rather than the Highway 2 or 6 in the Israeli Side, near the mediterranean Sea, as the main Christian Pilgrimage Sites south is via the West Bank, which is controlled both by Israel and the Palestinian Authority and both nations have several checkpoints around the west bank and when you enter the west bank proper from Northern Israel via highway 90 at Sdei Trumot, you will see an Israeli Checkpoint and after passing through it, the border fenco to Jordan where you can see the Parallel Jordan Valley highway of Jordan and then you will pass several checkpoints either manned by Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) or Palestinian Authority (PA) once you go to Pilgrimage and tourist areas of the West Bank, like Jericho, Bethlehem, Qumran, Beit Shayur, the dead sea and finally to Jerusalem.

    Fondest memory: The West Bank is an exampke of the Convuluted History of the Middle East

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    Palestinan Authority Checkpoints

    by machomikemd Written Sep 16, 2013
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    Favorite thing: Since Jericho is under the Palestinian Authority Government, they have checkpoints at the entrances to Jericho to other Areas of West Bank as the entire west bank is a mish mash of Israeli and Palestinian Control and until a final peace agreement between these two nations, the boundary of these two nations will be set. The Checkpoints around Jericho sometimes check the Tourist Buses and Cars and Vans pasing through the city and you need to have your passport handy. Although there is no Immigration posts in west bank as when you enter Israel, you are allowed to go to Palestinian Areas of the West Bank (but not in the Hamas controlled Gaza Strip).

    Fondest memory: The Palestinian Authourity Checkpoints are a symbol of the convuluted history of the West Bank.

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