Breathing Land - Jenin

Jenin

The heart of historic Palestine
he Grand Mosque of Fatima Khatun
the Saray
Sibat and the Balamah Tunnel
Ein Neiny
Ein Al-Sharif
Ein Al-Hajar and Ein Al-Safsafeh

The city of Jenin is 108 km north of Jerusalem and 43 km north of Nablus. It is the northern most cities in the West Bank, 5 km only from the internationally accepted border (the Green Line) between the Palestinian areas and Israel. The governorate of Jenin is surrounded by the governorates of Tulkarem to southwest, Nablus to the south, and Tubas to the east. But the region is in fact in the heart of historic Palestine. It is situated at the northern end of the Nablus Mountains, and commands the plain of Marj Ibn Amer. This distinguished location endowed the region with immense natural resources as well as significant relevance in history. The region enjoys three environments: mountains, plains and valleys, and is also at the intersection of major trade routes. It is the center for incoming traffic from Nablus, Haifa, Nazareth, and Bisan and has always been a preferred passage for travelers between these important cities and regions.

Despite Jenin's turbulent recent past the area still has great tourist potential. Besides its pleasant atmosphere and beautiful landscape, the region bustles with villages and cities that bear exquisite historical monuments such as Tell Tannaek, Tell Dothan, Burqin and its ancient church fourth or fifth oldest and holiest church in the world, Jaba', Sanur, Arraba, and many others. The city of Jenin is also rich with its cultural resources; the Grand Mosque of Fatima Khatun, the Saray, Sibat and the Balamah Tunnel are only a few examples of this rich heritage. The city houses two universities, the Arab American University and the Jerusalem Open University and many unique popular cultural institutions including the Cinema Jenin Project, the freedom Theatre, Kamanjati Musical Center, Hakura, and others. The region is also endowed with numerous natural landmarks including Ein Neiny, Ein Al-Sharif, Ein Al-Hajar and Ein Al-Safsafeh which are tributaries of Al-Muqatta'a River. It has about 217,850 dunums of green forests including Um Al-Rihan forests, 17 km south east of Jenin. Um Al-Rihan is the largest natural reserve in Palestine, and is characterized by its picturesque location and wildlife such as hyenas, swines, deers, hares, foxes and other common wildlife. Near the Reserve are interesting archaeological ruins dating to the Roman period. Jenin also has some world class tourist facilities including hotels, restaurants and parks. Hopes is presently soaring that Jenin will soon be able to capitalize on it rich cultural heritage and the friendliness and simplicity of its people.

The governorate of Jenin is embarking on an ambitious plan to promote internal and international tourism to Jenin. First and for most it has insured the security and stability in the region, which resulted in a remarkable increase in shopping and site seeing activities in the city and the region for both local and international tourists. Several projects are being considered right now to further develop the tourism sector including Al-Swetat Park project funded by the Palestine Telecommunications Company PALTEL, the Jenin Zoo project, the safe environmental thoroughfare for sightseers and students, promotion of hotel investments, traditional handicrafts, culture and art, and the establishment of a national museum to exhibit the rich folkloric and archaeological treasures of the region.

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