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Dutchman Pioneers Hiking in the West Bank


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Cal
- 981 days ago - spiegel.de
Jerusalem-based diplomat Stefan Szepesi discovered a love of hiking when he set out to explore the West Bank on foot, much to the confusion of the local Palestinians. He has now written the first walking guide to the region, which is the perfect place for



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Aimee A. (177)
Friday April 13, 2012, 3:51 pm
A very positive article! Thanks for posting!
 

patrica and edw jones (190)
Saturday April 14, 2012, 2:27 am
I am surprised Bill Bryson never got around to doing this.
 

Robert O. (12)
Saturday April 14, 2012, 1:06 pm
Thanks.
 

Jayne Braby Bethard (4)
Saturday April 14, 2012, 6:34 pm
This sounds very promising on a number of levels! Thanks.
 

cathie Buchanan (113)
Sunday April 15, 2012, 8:48 am
nice!
 

Past Member (0)
Sunday April 15, 2012, 2:15 pm
Been done already - and from the POV of one of the ethnically cleansed.

Palestinian Walks: Notes on a Vanishing Landscape by Raja Shehadeh
published by Profile books 2007
 

Charles O. (209)
Sunday April 15, 2012, 6:35 pm
> In 1978, when the Palestinian lawyer Rajah Shehadeh returned to his native Ramallah in the West Bank after studying in London, he found solace in walking the hills, admiring the stone walls and wild flowers - and trying not to think about the Israeli settlements sprouting like mushrooms after spring rain. It was not easy to ignore them, especially as his professional life centred on fighting land expropriation orders issued by the occupation authorities.

> Back then, the 1967 war - when Israeli forces conquered the West Bank, east Jerusalem and the Gaza Strip (as well as the Egyptian Sinai and Syria's Golan Heights) - was still a fairly recent memory. Now, 40 years on, Shehadeh has written a book about Palestinian walks that is a poignant reminder of what has happened. Its subtitle - Notes on a Vanishing Landscape - succinctly captures the essence of his story.

> This is a personal take on a depressingly familiar theme. The wadis are choked with wild cyclamen, thyme and asphodels. As he wanders, Shehadeh passes olive groves and fruit trees, encounters gazelles and goats as well as bare rock and its evidence of dramatic geological change over millennia. But, as one West Bank hilltop after another is claimed by the Israelis (Palestinians built their villages along the contours of the hills), and yet more settlements are established, the familiar view changes beyond recognition.

> "It was as though the tectonic movements that had occurred over thousands of years were now happening in a matter of months, entirely redrawing the map," Shehadeh writes. "The Palestine I knew, the land I thought of as mine, was quickly being transformed before my eyes."

-- Ian Black, "Lost landscapes", *Guardian* (UK), 23 Aug 2007
 

John B. (122)
Sunday April 15, 2012, 8:42 pm
Thanks.
 

Colleen L. (2)
Sunday April 15, 2012, 10:39 pm
Good for him. May he continue on. Thanks Cal
 

Herbert E. (10)
Sunday April 15, 2012, 11:37 pm
Funny, the West Bank looks to me like sort of Swiss cheese, the holes marking walled in Palestinian land. Israel talking "peace" 'til no Palestinians are left in their homeland.
 
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