Things are pretty quiet during our visit and we're able to move fast and free, even with our green plates, throughout the West Bank. Then came the catastrophic year for the Jews: 70 A.D., when the Romans destroyed their temple and ushered in the Diaspora. She's cooked up a classic tagine. We are people who want to achieve something. He charges $600 per 9 hours/200 km for minivan tours with a maximum of six people, or $300 without car per half day (5 hours) on a Jerusalem city-center walking tour. My husband and I plan to travel in 2016 to the Holy Land and are looking for a great tour to take. I go to places that are scary to me. Benny: Standing here, on a former Syrian position, one can understand how vulnerable was the settlements, the villages of the kibbutzim of Israel before 1967. Most of the West Bank population is in Palestinian-controlled cities, but Israel still controls most of the roads and most of the land. Thanks for joining us. He explained the Muslim take on Jesus. Get to know Israelis. There is a passion for peace, and I think there is hope for peace. Hi, I'm Rick Steves, back with more travels. Everybody said, "We want peace." His son, Solomon, built the First Temple right here. I wanted to do a show that was balanced and showed both narratives. They call this place Temple Mount, believe it to be the center of the earth, and have worshipped here for 3,000 years. I enjoyed a conversation with a Muslim cleric at the Mosque of Omar in Bethlehem. To have peace and to be, you know — And I'm hopeful. Man: Some neighborhoods, some streets are mixed. These are all no-win areas, so we would try to use both terms, or, when possible, find a term that would be more acceptable to both sides. This archive aspires to catalog and therefore remember each of the 6 million victims. And most of those live here in Bethlehem. I was impressed at the youthful and positive energy. Rick: Maybe I'm naïve. "Rick Steves is having dinner with our enemies!" To vet our script, we went to great lengths to run it by people in academia here in the United States and people who are leaders in the Holy Land, both from the Palestinian narrative and from the Israeli narrative. Rick: Now, you could say this is Israeli, but it's also Arab cuisine. Rick: Beteavon.Thank you. There's no easy answer. 2 Replies to ““Rick Steves’ The Holy Land”: Directors’ Cut with Commentary” Arnie Voigt says: January 31, 2017 at 8:34 pm Thanks for the director’s cut perspective, Rick! She has a whole section in the Koran just named after her. What we wanted to do was introduce issues that were complicated, that most people didn't appreciate, and let people with a different narrative share their take on it. Ireland And that's why I'm so excited to bring this TV show to our viewing audience here in the United States. The crossroads for three great religions, the Holy Land has been coveted and fought over for centuries. This hour-long special weaves together the Israeli and Palestinian narratives while visiting the big sights, delving deeper to better understand both perspectives. In this culture, food is love, and seems to celebrate the bounty of the land. That's when the Jews became a people without a land and dispersed throughout the world. You ask, "Do you live in a settlement?" A guide will charge about $200 per day. Our guide, Benny, shows us the strategic significance of this area from an old Syrian pillbox. They are licensed guides and independent professionals who would love your business. I wanted to talk to all kinds of people, and come away with some empathy and a better understanding for the different narratives. God intervened and saved Isaac. (My TV crew will now begin editing all that great footage into our upcoming Holy Land special. Rick: And what do you see for the future, for your, for Israeli Arabs and Israeli Jews together, your children — what do you hope for? Man: Around the 19th of October, 1948, my family was forced to leave their village. After some good conversation in the living room, Kamal's mother calls us to the dinner table. The square operates as an open-air synagogue, with men and women separated by a barrier. Travel tips for first time female traveler. The consensus of the people we met in the West Bank, across the board, is that violence is a mistake. They closed their house, and moved away, waiting for two weeks, and then they will be coming back. A women's co-op provides training, and helps kick-start cottage industries run by traditional artisans. Even with all the problems that there is here, this is our roots, you know, we'll never, never give it up. It's typical in Palestinian culture that many generations live under the same roof. Daughter: …to do everything together, now no. For over 60 years, the United Nations has maintained a calming and helpful presence. A no-man's-land with Jewish political art decorating closed buildings divides the two communities. My three guides were instrumental in the scouting and production of the Holy Land TV show. 'Cause the olive tree gives without taking. My grandfather, his grandfather, his great-great-great-great-great-grandfather, and we still here. By the way, a century ago, about 20 percent of all Palestinians were Christian. More often than not I would say yes, I want to broach this. Rick: What would you say to an Arab that says, "This is on the other side of the line defining the West Bank and it's Palestinian territory and you don't belong here" — what…what would you say to them? Israel has granted sections of the West Bank various degrees of autonomy. First man on balcony: I don't have name for that. And, immersed in this vibrant city's commercial commotion, I found simply being part of the scene a powerful experience. Israelis have yellow plates. But, in fact, their Christian roots go all the way back to the time of Christ. Interfaith Peace-Builders fosters a network of informed and active individuals who understand the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and the United States' political, military, and economic role in it. Rick: So what is the hope for…for the future? Experiences like these are why we travel. One regret I had in producing "Rick Steves' The Holy Land: Israelis and Palestinians Today" was that a lot of fascinating material wound up on the cutting-room floor. Buy Season 1 HD $6.99. Here — at what's called the Western Wall — Jews mourn a horrible past, and pray for a better future. In Israel, we go from the venerable ramparts of Jerusalem to the vibrant modern skyline of Tel Aviv. Nearly all 18-year-olds do time in the military. While the state of Israel is young, the Jewish people have a history here going back 4,000 years. His B&B nightly rates are $50 per single and $100 per double. First student: It is like I don't see the whole of my country. What's it like to live in a little country where there's no airport and you don't even have control over your water supply? Rick: This feels so free and beautiful here, and you have such a future, but you're living behind a wall. There are a lot of Israelis who don't support the settlements. Woman in café: I don't know! Among the many refugee camps in the West Bank, the biggest — with over 20,000 people — is Balata, just outside of Nablus. This is Palestine. If you're going to go to the Holy Land, it's not a balanced experience without actually sleeping in Israel and actually sleeping in Palestine. Today, on the eve of a Muslim holiday, the market is particularly busy. At the same time, we didn't want to be clinically detached. Rick: That's my hope. For coronavirus (COVID-19) travel information, Kamal: Those settlements are making these, this, this idea of us building the states on that land impossible. That's when the patriarch (or prophet) Abraham had two sons: From Isaac came the Israelites, and Ismael spawned the Arabs. As a travel writer, that's what I do. But I'd had no personal experience there. They also believe in Mary; they worship her. This time we’re venturing beyond Europe…delving into the Muslim and Arab half of the Holy Land. And the 20th century has left reminders of a determined struggle that built today's modern Jewish state. Tour Account › Travel Forum › Home / Travel Forum / Beyond Europe / Holy Land Tour; Please sign in to post. Watch the interview. Season 1, Episode 1 TV-G CC SD CC HD. Much of Jerusalem's importance rests upon this holy site, which is both an inspiration and a flashpoint for the religions that share it. Watch the interview. Explore Europe with Rick Steves, best-selling travel author and host of public television's "Rick Steves' Europe" and public radio's "Travel with Rick Steves." Guides and tour companies interested in joining this list: Email webmaster@ricksteves.com with a brief description of your company and your web address. Etiquette? In this travel lecture, Rick Steves shares his personal experience traveling through Israel and Palestine and filming his one-hour TV special "Rick Steves' The Holy Land." We visited with students at Birzeit University, the leading university in Palestine, to discuss what it's like for a young person — particularly a young woman — to live in the West Bank. An expert political, interfaith, and religious Holy Land guide, he lives in Bethlehem and is the Palestinian guide for National Geographic expeditions. I can certainly understand Israel's need for security. And there's the wall — begun in 2003 by Israel to defend its border with the West Bank. For the Muslims, Jesus is their second important prophet. They did that at that time, and guess what? These planned and gated communities come with all the comforts. Kamal's mother: Bon appétit. It's made of bulgur and parsley and cucumbers. Amazon.fr - Achetez Rick Steves' The Holy Land: Director's Cut Edition à petit prix. Whew! We consider it a city. The settlements for sure they don't help. I'm not in politics; I'm a computer programmer. While most Palestinians consider Jerusalem their rightful capital, so do the Israelis — and sharing the city seems unlikely for now. It's Friday and Muslims have gathered to pray. Pilgrims come from around Christendom to retrace his steps. Rick: Really! There are many people in the United States who care deeply about Israel, and there are also a lot of people in the United States — Palestinian Americans especially — who care deeply about the challenges of the Palestinian people. In Palestine, by harvesting olives, making a home visit, and popping into a university, we'll get to know a land few travelers visit, and a point of view few people consider. Terms of Service | Privacy, Watch the Director's Cut without commentary, Bethlehem's Mix of Christians and Muslims, The Holy Land: Israelis and Palestinians Today. The dividing of the Holy Land hasn't been easy. We did not cover Gaza, which is run by or has been run by Hamas. Having traveled in the last year at length in Israel and Palestine, I am very enthusiastic about people traveling there. I'm Rick Steves. MTME offers customizable, boutique-size trips allowing participants to immerse themselves in a tapestry of sacred stories with the people whose passion binds them to the land. Woman: Yes. - Holy Land 4K Ultra HD Stock Video Footage Demo of best travel destinations . At the east end of the Mediterranean Sea, the region west of the Jordan River is split between Israel (predominately Jewish), and Palestine (predominately Muslim and Arab), which is made up of the West Bank and Gaza. In this Q&A, Rick talks about the reasons why he decided to produce the "Rick Steves' The Holy Land: Israelis and Palestinians Today" TV special, how he arrived at certain decisions he made, and what he learned from the experience. To get the most out of this opportunity to better understand Palestine, we're joined by local guide Kamal Mukarkar. Israelites were Jewish. Rick Steves' Europe. First student: I think more women, yes. Hi, I’m Rick Steves, back with more travels. Its venerable walls corral a tangle of many of this planet's holiest sites. Only now, the tents are gone, replaced by multi-story cinderblock tenements. Rick Steves' Europe. Holy Land. As these posters fade, I'm hoping that what seems to me like a new spirit of nonviolence to address the region's problems reflects a permanent shift in Palestinian strategy. And Jerusalem is the most contested city within this contested land. Old rusty keys are found in refugee camps throughout the West Bank. Woman: Some streets, not, not a lot. Abie: The Orthodox women are always dressed modestly. Traveling south, you'll see Waterford crystal created and climb aboard an authentic "famine ship." Rick: Two times for your health. Joining locals in an afternoon stroll down Ben Yehuda Street, in Jerusalem's New City, we appreciate this culture's compelling mix of east and west, secular and sacred, modern and traditional. What we wanted to do was to share the "eurekas" and discoveries that any thoughtful traveler will pick up when they go to a place like the Holy Land in person. I can't go to the — to the sea; I can'tsee the sea. Two times for your health. Here, the Church of the Nativity is built upon the spot believed to be where Jesus was born. Traveling here humanizes the Holy Land. The list below is intended to connect our travelers to tour organizers and independent guides who believe in the "dual narrative" approach to traveling in the Holy Land, and lead visiting groups in a spirit of understanding both perspectives. A stroll through the campus gives me a chance to connect with students, and learn a bit about both their culture and their aspirations. Road signs are in three languages and three scripts: Hebrew and Arabic for Jewish and Arab citizens of Israel, and English for visitors. Posted by mattkathleen on 09/29/14 05:59 PM. While the city is mostly Palestinian, a determined and well-protected community of several hundred Israeli settlers has staked out the high ground. Travel with a Mobile Device In this clip, we meet the director of a Palestinian refugee camp discussing the symbolic power of the key. One regret I had in producing "Rick Steves' The Holy Land: Israelis and Palestinians Today" was that a lot of fascinating material wound up on the cutting-room floor. It's enlivened with singing, studying, and praying among the tombs of their great patriarchs. The hour-long special “Rick Steves’ Holy Land: Israelis and Palestinians Today” weaves together both the Israeli and the Palestinian narratives to better understand a place that is, for a third of humanity, literally holy land. We love it here. Put it this way: They're spiritual stars, without the pop. We’re looking forward to your fair and balanced insight into Egypt and the Holy Land. When on the road, the more people I can talk to the better. Here are 10 different interviews with people I met in the Holy Land. Rick: Israelis I've heard would say, "Well, the land is unused anyway, it sits on the top of the hills." Portugal These people were very helpful. In historic Dublin you'll learn about the struggle for independence and have a close-up look at the famous Book of Kells. And I realize that hey, when you talk to people, they become less confusing and less scary. The focal point for both faiths is this: the tomb of Abraham. And then the fun challenge was to go back with the TV crew a few months later and actually share what I learned. Iceland There was a popular slogan back then: "A land without a people for a people without a land." Turnstiles and checkpoints are a way of life. My Account. Living in the US, chances are we are more likely to hear one narrative over the other. I came upon a young man celebrating the purchase of a new condo. We talked to three or four families in the settlements, but not with Israelis who disagree with them. As in any war, there are winners and there are losers. Israel adjusted the border to control the entire Dead Sea shoreline. But I'm a travel writer, and the beauty for me is to come here with an open mind and learn. It's famous as the place where Jesus did his three years of ministry, and where so many Bible stories were set — from loaves and fishes, and the Sermon on the Mount, to Christ walking on water. Everything that you see here is grown here locally. I'm thrilled that my Holy Land TV program is inspiring many people to ask about travel to the region. Second student: For all, for us to stick together. Man in café: You answer. We didn't intend to come home with any solutions. Every word is a potential minefield. Rick: Ah, so everybody who's wearing a yarmulke, it's a constant reminder the maker is up above. Thanks for traveling with me on this adventure here on my blog. Posted on October 2, 2014 by Rick Steves. Watch the interview. Along with all the market activity and commerce comes high security and tension. We're dropping by Kamal's place to meet his family and enjoy an evening together. Famed (or notorious) for its fighting spirit, the city has walls crusty with political posters. We didn't leave. Or at least enjoy the vicarious benefit of having traveled there with us so they can humanize the Holy Land and better understand that it's not as simple as black and white. see our FAQ. And we were hanging out with the kids and the families in the parks. Abie: Definitely. Husam: I'm hoping and that's part of the things I'm involved in, to create, plant seeds, hopefully maybe 10 years, 15 years from now people will realize the importance of living together and having one pluralistic democratic state. I was born and raised here. Woman in café: I don't know if they've learned. Retrouvez infos & avis sur une large sélection de DVD & Blu-ray neufs ou d'occasion. European Cruising 101 It's been a difficult mix. About 20 percent of the population are Arab citizens of Israel — generally Palestinians who never left after the formation of Israel. Much of this area was destroyed during the 1948 fighting, or under the ensuing period of Jordanian occupation. Woman: Yeah. Able: Definitely. I roamed the residential streets of a well-fortified, hill-capping, modern Israeli settlement in the West Bank, looking for a family to interview. This is clip #6 of a 10-part series of interviews I did while producing our public television special Rick Steves’ The Holy Land: Israelis and Palestinians Today.Considering the impact of American policies on the daily lives of both Israelis and Palestinians, this is my attempt to introduce you to some people in both camps whose voices might otherwise not be heard. Considering the impact of American policies on the daily lives of both Israelis and Palestinians, this is my attempt to introduce you to some people in both camps whose voices might otherwise not be heard. They were not only willing to talk with our camera rolling, but they were well-spoken and expert at articulating the Israeli case. After Israelis took control of Jerusalem in 1967, they rebuilt this quarter. Students: Yeah. Please sign in to post. They'll say, "No, we're not settlers." Rick: And what does that…? Around here, pride can come in little triumphs…and Mustafa is heading home with dinner for the family. Europe for Foodies That was inspirational, but it ignored the reality of the Palestinians who actually lived here and were displaced with the creation of Israel. I didn't want to politicize this show. Rick: Now, in a university like this, are there more men or more women studying? As in other democracies, there are disagreements over government policy, and many moderate Israelis oppose construction of settlements in the West Bank. I just love the opportunity to go over there and witness all the complexity and contradictions at close range. Woman: Yes, and you have to leave something on your plate, 'cause if you don't keep something in your plate — food — you'll get another kind food. I didn't have opinions set in place by years of familiarity. It was important for me to understand and share both narratives, and Benny was a big help in fairly presenting the Israeli point of view. Christians worship Jesus, a Jew who brought his own message. Man in café: Well the word ‘settlement' has all kinds of connotations. Much of Jaffa — historically an important Arab town — was destroyed in 1948 — in what Israelis call their "War of Independence.". As a visitor, traveling from Palestinian city to city on fine, modern freeways, it's easy to underestimate the complexity of the region and the extent of Israeli control. Rick Steves' The Holy Land: Israelis and Palestinians Today Season 1 (70) 2014 ALL. I wanted to talk about things that illustrated a certain point, but you could take any number of issues and start a very constructive debate on any of these. Further up the coast is the 12th-century Crusader town of Akko. Roughly half a million Israeli Jews now live in settlements in Palestine. Rick Steves' Europe. What kind of shoes are the most comfortable for a Holy Land Tour in June. Or what do you, how do you consider the name? Essentially Israeli towns, these controversial developments reach far into what Palestinians consider their territory. Mainly it is for life, no fightings, no killings, no explosions, no violence, to be good people. Abie: Uh, more than pop stars. In Israel, he travels from the venerable ramparts of Jerusalem to the vibrant modern skyline of Tel Aviv. Rick: Free women with a good future. Here we have eggplant with olive oil and tahini. We had a chance to talk with people in the university. Benny is an expert on both historical and cultural issues, and gifted at explaining the Israeli perspective on the region's troubles. Radiating out from Temple Mount is Jerusalem's Old City. I wanted to just surprise people on the streets and see if they'd be willing to talk to us. It's Israel; everything is Israel. Rick: Now you see a lot of Orthodox, even the little boys, with long ear locks. With its international professionals and university students, Ramallah has an almost cosmopolitan energy you feel nowhere else in Palestine. Exploring the market streets, I'm immersed in Palestinian life. 22:02 Our ears pop as we continue deeper into the desert and drop below sea level. Rick: L'chaim! The western foundation of this ancient temple complex survives. Kamal: You know that daily there are settlements [they] are building, there is, the wall is being built, and the Palestinians don't do anything about it. The land Israelis and Palestinians occupy is, for a third of humanity, literally holy land. Jews teach that here, Abraham, as a test of his faith, was asked to sacrifice his son. Our goal? Posted by pgroenenjr on 01/05/15 05:29 AM. Student: It's like I don't see the whole of my country; I don't know my country. What Israelis call a "security fence" Palestinians consider an affront to their dignity, and a land grab, as it often reaches over the internationally agreed-upon border and into Palestinian territory. Some of the most dramatic and evocative scenery here is in the vast and arid Judean Desert. For Muslims, this is from where Muhammad journeyed to heaven. Rick: What's the significance of the yarmulke? Here are 10 different interviews with people I met in the Holy Land. This is the Best of Israel. Rick: The reality is…? Through the Christian Quarter winds the Via Dolorosa — the route it's believed Jesus walked as he carried the cross. Just five miles from the Dome of the Rock is a checkpoint in the wall where I can walk from Jerusalem right into Bethlehem. You don't need a visa, the currency's the same as Israel, good guidebooks lead the way, and you certainly won't find any tourist crowds. It's a "fence" to an Israeli and a "wall" to a Palestinian. He's a knowledgable guide who knows Israel well (a former press relations officer with their military). If I had a biased perspective, it was that I knew a lot about Israel, and almost nothing about Palestine. But during a Muslim service in 1994, an Israeli settler entered here with his gun and killed 29 Palestinian worshippers. I mean, whenever you want to use it, you want to use it. With over 40 years of intercultural bridge-building and tourism experience, MEJDI was founded on the belief that travel should contribute to a more positive, interconnected world. In 1947, after the Holocaust and the end of World War II, the United Nations helped found the modern state of Israel. I'm a traveler going over there with a wide-eyed curiosity and a passion for doing my best, to just get a handle on what is the reality of the people of the Holy Land. Rick: Yeah, so this is your town. First man on balcony: Yeah, this is my country. How many pairs of shoes … Not at all. In Palestine, we also got a chance to talk to clerics in the mosque. "No, we're living in a city." Starring Rick Steves Subtitles English [CC] Audio languages English. Benny: Mortar shells, artillery, tank shells, machine-gun fire. There is some dispute in the world as to what this should be and what its status is…. Inside, you feel the history. Students: Yes. About 15 percent of Israeli Jews are Orthodox — very religious, and living conservative lifestyles that require them to be apart in many ways. This was a very exciting experience for me. Watch the interview. France There are no replies to this topic. And the commerce enlivening the main street of the camp is like that of a town. But after hearing both narratives, I can envision a peaceful and prosperous Holy Land — with a secure Israel and a free Palestine. , shows us the rick steves youtube holy land without even needing us to Haifa — prosperous... 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