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Introduction

Located in the northern part of Palestine, Jenin lies on the border of the Samarian Hills. It served as a transit station on the trade road. Jenin is the ancient En-gannim of the Bible and os the same village referred to as Ginaea. The Romans were the first to name the city of Jenin in the 16th century. The name was derived from Ein Ganim, meaning the spring of Ganim and referring the region’s plentiful springs. It was 4 kilometres from Jenin, at eh village of Burqin, where Jesus cured 10 lepers residing in a cave at the edge of the village. Jenin was occupied by the Crusaders in 1103 and then liberated by the Muslim leader Salah Din Al- Ayyoubi in 1187 during the famous battle of Hitteen.

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Sights and Activities

  • Burqin Church - The village of Burqin is located 3 kilometres west of Jenin. The church lies on the northern slope of the hill overlooking Wadi Burqin. The church is still used by Christian Greek Orthodox community of the village. Tradition suggests that Jesus, on his way to Jerusalem, passed by the village and miraculously healed the lepers there. This delightful small church has been restored several times through the centuries. The first church was in the cave where the miracle took place, while during the 6th – 9th century it was extended in front of the cave. The church was then rebuilt during the 12th century and enclosed by a wall. The present church comprises the cave and the new hall and have built during the 18th century .
  • Khirbet Belameh - Located at the northwestern entrance to Jenin, lies the site of Belameh which dates back to the Bronze Age. In 1996, MOTA began excavations on a tunnel shaft, the most elaborate feature in Belameh. Through support from the UNDP, around 150 metres of tunnel is being transformed into an archeological park which will feature an educational sound and light show.
  • Zababdeh - Dating back to Roman times the village has still remains of mosaics and vestiges from the Byzantine period. From these discoveries Zababdeh proves to have been a very famous Christian center influencing the whole area. Destroyed in the 7th century due to recurring religious wars, the village remained unpopulated and undiscovered for over 10 centuries. It wasn’t until the 17th century until the new Zababdeh was founded.
  • Umm Al Rihan Forest - Umm Al Rihan forest is located at the extreme northwest of Jenin. It consists of a series of dense forests which are estimated to be ca. 60,000 dunums. The forest areas around Jenin are considered to be the largest woodlands in the West Bank forming approximately 86% of the forests. The area of Umm Al Rihan is state owned and part of the area is proposed as a natural reserve.
  • Ottoman Railway Station (at the northern border of the Refugee Camp). Built by the Turks in 1908 with the help of the German allies. Used until 1932 for civilian purposes and afterwards, until 1941, for military ones. Unfortunately, the building is slowly falling apart and not taken care of.
  • German Memorial. Since Germans were stationed here to construct an airport north of Jenin to help the Turkish troops, this memorial is in honour of the German pilots who died in air battles with England and France in World War I.
  • The Saray (Fatima Khatun Schoold) (opposite the Great Mosque). it is unclear whether this building is open to the public. Built in 1882 and used as administrative headquarter during Ottoman and British times, the building was renamed and converted into a school in 1987. Plans are to create a museum here, but the realisation has not yet begun.

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Getting There

The Jenin Bus Station is right in the centre.

The most logical way to enter would be to fly into Ben Gurion International Airport in Israel, take a taxi or mini-bus to Damascus Gate in Jerusalem, from there at one of Arab bus stations take bus 18 to Ramallah (₪6.50, less than an hour), cross into Ramallah and take a shared taxi from the central bus station to Jenin (₪35, 1.5-2 h).

From Nablus one can take a service (shared) taxi for ₪15 or a bus for ₪10.

To the Israeli side of the border, taxis from Nazareth cost ₪150 and from Afula ₪40-50. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Nazareth to Afula for ₪10.90. From Afula there another bus (#52) to the border for ₪7.40. You then cross on foot and take a (shared) taxi or hitchhike the rest of the distance.

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Getting Around

Walking is a practical mode of getting around, taxis can be hired as needed, especially when visiting the interesting sights of the West Bank around.

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Eat

There is plenty of Middle Eastern cuisine available; falafel, shawarma, hummus, the works. There are a couple of excellent places near the bus station where the food is made on the spot.

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Drink

There are many coffee vendors and you can find alcoholic drinks in Zababdeh village near the city.

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Sleep

  • Cinema Jenin Guesthouse, Azzaytoon Street No. 1 (central bus station), ☏ +972 599-317-968, ✉ info@cinemajenin.org. One of the best and interesting guest houses/hostels in the West Bank. It is cosy and clean, and has an interesting history due to its related cinema. Five dormitories of 8-10 beds each, including 2 women-only dormitories. ₪75/175/250 dorm/single/double.
  • North Gate Hotel, Palestine Street, ☏ +972 4 2435700, ✉ info@northgate-hotel.com. Check-in: before 18:00, check-out: before 12:00. Has air conditioning, free internet, restaurant and meeting rooms. From ₪200.
  • Haddad Tourism Village (3km south-east of Jenin), ☏ +972 4 2417010, +970 568 556639, ✉ info@haddad.com. This tourist village has a hotel, gardens, a pool, and even a large amusement park located on the hotel's grounds.

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Keep Connected

Phone

See also International Telephone Calls

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