The Abraham Path
an article by George S. Rishmawi
Siraj, Center For Holy Land Studies
"Tourism can foster spiritual and cultural respect among and between peoples, while creating economic opportunities to benefit disadvantaged populations." - Ban Ki-moon, UN Secretary-General
The Abraham Path is a route of cultural tourism that retraces the journey made by Abraham (Ibrahim) through the heart of the Middle East some four thousand years ago. Three and a half billion people — over half the human family — trace their history or faith back to Abraham, considered the father of monotheism. The Abraham Path honors this shared cultural heritage by linking together into a single itinerary of outstanding interest and beauty the ancient sites associated with Abraham and his family. For more information: http://www.abrahampath.org.
In Palestine, the Palestinian partners have recently completed a first round of field research and oral histories in the West Bank. A 60 km pilot walking segment has been planned, beginning in the city of Nablus - a core Abrahamic site, then going South through Duma, Taybeh, and on to Beitin (Bethel). A youth walk on the pilot segment have hosted this summer.
About 28 participants have walked and hiked from Nablus to Beitin. Passing through the villages of Awarta, Aqraba, Majdal Bani Fadil, Duma, Maghayar, Ain Samia area, Kufur Malik, Taybeh, and Beitin.
Participants were accommodated with local families in all the villages, discovered the flora and fauna in Palestine, enjoyed the beautiful Palestinian landscape. Participants enjoyed the Palestinian cuisine in various villages.
The Path in Palestine is now opened for people from all over the world to come and walk in Palestine Ahalan wa sahlan you are most welcome and for more information: George@sirajcenter.org.
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