Saturday, September 28, 2013

Walking Palestine & The Abraham Path... a creative space for stories that highlight the unique culture, heritage and hospitality of the region

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 Check out the new online guidebook: The Abraham Path is a long-distance walking trail across the Middle East.

The mission of the Abraham Path Initiative is to support local partners to develop the path as:
• a catalyst for socio-economic development and sustainable tourism
• a place of meeting and connection between people from the Middle East and people around the world.
• a creative space for stories that highlight the unique culture, heritage and hospitality of the region
The Abraham Path Initiative is an international organization cultivating the development of the path with local and international partner organizations. The initiative is a non-profit, non-religious and non-political organization. 
THIS WEEK IN PALESTINE: Walking Palestine is a simple website intended to be a virtual companion to a book by the same title. The book, written by Stefan Szepesi, documents 25 walking journeys in Palestine and serves as a guide, exposing the natural and cultural aspects of the country. Walking Palestine is available in English with a brief description in Arabic.

The site has background images from natural Palestinian scenery....
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With the images of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict so dominant in our minds, walking for leisure is the one activity probably least associated with the West Bank region. But Walking Palestine wanders well off the beaten track of Palestine as only a synonym for occupation and strife, exploring its inspiring natural and cultural landscape, its intriguing past and present, and the hospitality of its people.
The book takes first-time walkers and experienced hikers, as well as armchair explorers, through Palestine's steep desert gorges, along its tiny herders' trails and over its quiet dirt roads running past silver green olive groves. With side stories and anecdotes on heritage, history, culture and daily life in the West Bank, the book ventures into the traits and character of Palestine today. Beyond the 250 km of walking trails described and mapped in detail throughout the book,Walking Palestine offers a wealth of practical walking tips, including references to local guides, the West Bank's best leisure spots and countryside restaurants, and the most charming places to spend the night. 

“...graceful and evocative...Stefan Szepesi does us the great service of introducing us to the art of walking in the surprisingly safe, beautiful, and welcoming countryside of the West Bank.”
 —William Ury, co-founder of Abraham’s Path, and Senior Fellow at the Harvard Negotiation Project

1 comment:

  1. Abraham Path Initiative An ambitious initiative aimed at helping to shrink a divide between the Middle East and the rest of the world has deep roots in the heart of the U.S. Midwest.

    The Abraham Path Initiative was founded in 2007 by the Chicago-born Harvard Negotiation Project senior fellow William Ury to create a cross-cultural, long-distance tourism route along the approximate path once walked by Abraham, the shared patriarch of Judaism, Christianity and Islam.

    In the six years since the initiative began, about 250 miles of the path have been developed, connecting 40 Middle Eastern communities and offering visitors the chance to walk the trail with the help of local families, who host them as well as optional walking guides.

    The path, which has been compared to the Camino de Santiago pilgrimage route, has been walked by about 4,000 people....READ MORE Abraham Path Initiative In Middle East Chases Lofty Goal From Midwestern U.S. Roots