Talking with him and his buddy, we learned of the special appeal of the Jordan Valley and how their community here is small and caring...like a big family. And if it's going to be possible now. Kobe: Beteavon. It's our right. 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 land Israelis and Palestinians occupy is, for a third of humanity, literally holy land. Sixty-five years later we are in refugee camp, still waiting for this return, which never happened. Nearby, at Birzeit University, with its beautiful campus and 9,000 students, you feel a younger generation, working hard and engaged. The Muslim Quarter, with over half of the Old City's population, is Arab. Israelis have yellow plates. Bethlehem, a leading Palestinian city, is the perfect first stop in the West Bank. This is especially evident in places of worship and in ultra-Orthodox neighborhoods. The Holy Land: Social activist and travel expert Rick Steves has returned from yet another exploration into the world, this time, his focus was Israel and Palestine. There was a history of violence during different struggles. At the same time, we didn't want to be clinically detached. As we filmed in the lounge of our Lutheran-run hotel in Bethlehem, Kamal shared with us his take on life — and tourism — in the West Bank. All my life, I've heard experts talking about the Holy Land. Land for Palestinians is a complicated and very human challenge that deserves a thoughtful response from American leaders. Rick: Yeah. More often than not I would say yes, I want to broach this. Kamal: Translated it's "cheers" — to your health — twice. We are planning a trip for the Middle East for May 2018. This was a very exciting experience for me. Here — at what's called the Western Wall — Jews mourn a horrible past, and pray for a better future. He's a young, modern, and well-educated Palestinian who believes in nonviolence and in dignity for Palestine. 'Cause the olive tree gives without taking. Is it separate or can you mix? Roughly half a million Israeli Jews now live in settlements in Palestine. We consider it a city. While all Palestinians are Arabs, not all Palestinians are Muslims. But after hearing both narratives, I can envision a peaceful and prosperous Holy Land — with a secure Israel and a free Palestine. In historic Dublin you'll learn about the struggle for independence and have a close-up look at the famous Book of Kells. A women's co-op provides training, and helps kick-start cottage industries run by traditional artisans. With everything that happens around us. They say it's actually a land grab, designed to hobble a Palestinian state. Rick: L'chaim! Rick Steves' The Holy Land: Israelis and Palestinians Today is Rick's newest public television special — filmed on location in 2013. But these islands of relative independence are surrounded by zones controlled by Israeli military. Above all we must maintain our security. Talking with a local Arab Israeli family we learned that, while problems persist, they consider this land their home. What kind of shoes are the most comfortable for a Holy Land Tour in June. 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." It shows the spirit of Zionism — that determination of those who came both as concentration-camp survivors and refugees from Europe to forge for themselves a state for the Jewish people. For a thousand years, there has been a mosque on Bethlehem's main square — commemorating the birthplace of Jesus (who is also an important figure in Islam). Student: It's like I don't see the whole of my country; I don't know my country. 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