Ramallah Things to Do

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    The Muqata

    by talmid Updated Jul 22, 2004

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    The Muqata Compound is a group of buildings that host the headquarters of the Palestinian National Authority. During the military operations of 2002 following the beginning of the second Intifada, some buildings were destroyed and Yasser Arafat was put under curfew in this buildings complex. Today, some new buildings have been constructed, but the ruins have been carefully preserved; maybe for political propaganda, or perhaps they will be turned into a commemorative monument when this war is over.

    Ruins at the Muqata
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    War destruction

    by talmid Updated Jul 22, 2004

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    Ramallah has been a zone of military conflict during the last years. When you visit this kind of places, you must see the destruction that war causes; not to blame one side or the other, or to try to find a responsible. But when you see what war leaves behind, you will cherish peace and freedom over all things, and you will understand why war must be avoided at any cost and how lucky you are not to experience the horrors of war in your respective country.

    What war leaves behind...
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    The Muqata

    by mafi_moya Written Dec 16, 2004

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    The Muqata is the headquarters of the Palestinian Authority, who control Ramallah and various parts of the West Bank. In 2002 it was shelled by Israel and part of it was pretty much destroyed. Yasser Arafat was kept under house arrest here ever since the Israeli attack. The compound is also home to several Palestinians on Israel's most wanted list, who would be arrested and/or killed if they left. Needless to say they're not in much of a hurry to go!

    Now that Arafat is dead the Muqata has actually got busier, particularly with the elections coming up early next year. The place is often swarming with politicians and soldiers. At the back entrance you can now find Arafat's grave and memorial.

    The destroyed part of the Muqata

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    Old City

    by talmid Updated Jul 22, 2004

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    Visit the Old City in Ramallah and admire some buildings of the Ottoman period architecture. You will see also a Greek Orthodox Church and the Omari Mosque. You might have an arabic coffee in one of the multiple cafes in this area. Some shops are located there too.

    Old City in Ramallah
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    Qalandia and the Wall

    by mafi_moya Written Dec 16, 2004

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    To get to Ramallah from Israel most people go through the Qalandia checkpoint, a barren area of barbed wire and watch towers - with absolute hectic chaos on each side as taxis, buses and shoppers grind to a standstill. Getting in to the West Bank is no problem - just walk through the gate. Getting back into Israel requires queueing (or rather pushing and shoving!), passport checks and turnstiles. Behind it all is the towering concrete "Security Wall". It's all quite a depressing but fascinating sight.

    Entering the checkpoint

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    Ramallah markets

    by mafi_moya Written Dec 16, 2004

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    If you're coming from Israel then this is where the markets get that bit more Arabic and Middle Eastern - you know, hectic, exotic, loud and colourful. The whole of Ramallah city centre is full of stalls and shops selling... well, pretty much everything!

    A stall in a Ramallah street

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    Arafat's resting place

    by mafi_moya Written Dec 16, 2004

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    On my most recent trip to Ramallah you could see the brand new glass building that houses the grave of recently deceased Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat. Whether you love or loathe him, you can't deny that he's been one of the world's most significant personalities over the last few decades.

    Floral tribute to Arafat

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    Arafat's concrete coffin

    by mafi_moya Written Dec 16, 2004

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    In a highly unusual move, Arafat's body has been placed in a concrete coffin, allowing it to be easily moved in the future. Palestinians stil hope that he will be able to be buried in East Jerusalem... Israel says not a chance. Until that day may come he's staying here in Ramallah, flanked by PA police and visited by streams of supporters and intrigued foreigners.

    Arafat's grave

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    Wall of condolences

    by mafi_moya Written Dec 16, 2004

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    Behind the grave the wall has been covered with wreaths and bunches of flowers sent from around the world. Well, most are of course from the Middle East but there are also some in English and French. There's one from the EU, France, Ireland, Japan, even from Britain... but nothing from USA or Israel. Can't imagine why not!!

    Wall of condolences

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    The Lions

    by mafi_moya Written Dec 16, 2004

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    The lion statues are one of Ramallah's best known landmarks. Sitting under the towering metal tent-like structure right in the roundabout that marks Ramallah's centre, they are a common meeting place, a great way to find your bearings, and an ideal place to meet some of the locals.

    The lion statues in Ramallah centre

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    Arafat's face

    by mafi_moya Written Dec 16, 2004

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    Not so much a "must-see" as a "can't avoid seeing". When he was alive Arafat's face popped up on posters, billboards and walls all over town. Since he died his presence has grown even further. This huge billboard stretches right across one of the main streets.

    Who's that?

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    Graffiti and politics

    by mafi_moya Written Dec 16, 2004

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    Ramallah, like most of Palestine, is a very political place and it seems nearly every wall is covered in political slogans, posters and graffiti. Most are calls to free prisoners and commemorate people killed in the Intifada

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    Visiting Taybeh Village

    by visitpalestine Written Sep 4, 2013

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    Taybeh is a predominantly Christian village. Recently Taybeh became as home to the only Palestinian Beer; Taybeh Beer. Every year in October, the village hosts locals and international visitors for the annual Taybeh Beer Festival.

    Taybeh Beer
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    Visiting Birzeit

    by visitpalestine Written Sep 9, 2013

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    Visiting Birzeit
    Birzeit located 4 miles north of Ramallah is Birzeit which literally translates to “Well of (olive) oil referring to the wells in which inhabitants historically stored virgin pressed olive oil. With a population of some 6000, Birzeit is also famous for it university, one of Palestine’s flagship[ educational institutes. fame is due to Birzeit University. Founded in 1924, Birzeit is the largest and most important university in Palestine. Much of the surrounding land consists of olive trees which historically was a source of sustenance for what was primarily an agrarian society.

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    Going to See Mahmoud Darwish Grave

    by visitpalestine Written Sep 9, 2013

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    the grave of the famous Palestinian poet Mahmoud Darwish. Born in 1941 in the village of Al Birwa in the Galilee, Darwish was a Palestinian poet and author who won numerous awards for his literary output and was regarchtower ded as the Palestinian national poet. Lots of his poetry tackled loss, dispossession and exile, portraying Palestine as a lost paradise. Darwish had published over 30 volumes of poetry, many of which have been translated into English and other languages.

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