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Nazareth and Vicinity, Palestine

Series: A photographic tour of Palestine narrated by quotes from my book, Fugitive Dreams: Chronicles of Occupation and Resistance.

Ramsey Hanhan 🇵🇸 🌍
5 min readFeb 20, 2024

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Façade of the Basilica of the Annunciation, Nazareth, Palestine (Photo by the author, Sep. 30, 2023).
Façade of the Basilica of the Annunciation, Nazareth, Palestine (Photo by the author, Sep. 30, 2023).

Enroute

“We bypassed Nablus and headed straight north to Jenin, the northernmost city in the West Bank, where we stopped at a small park for breakfast.”

Jenin from Nazareth, lighting the far hilltops; the circle of light on the left is Afula (Photo by the author, Sep. 30, 2023).
Jenin from Nazareth, lighting the far hilltops; the circle of light on the left is Afula (Photo by the author, Sep. 30, 2023).

“From there, we crossed the fertile Marj Ben ‘Amer (Jezreel Valley), one of the first nuclei of Zionist presence in Palestine, and supposed site of the Biblical “Armageddon”.”

Tel Majiddu (Megiddo), a mound burying the ruins of the Biblical Megiddo; opposite is the Megiddo Prison, one of the many places in which Israel holds its Palestinian hostages (Photos by the author, Oct. 1, 2023).

“Settlements were located strategically, spanning the most fertile areas of Palestine — the coastal plain and the plain of Marj Ben ‘Amer…”

Closeup of Afula, one of the earliest Zionist settlements in Palestine; and the “snake” — the winding climb to Nazareth (Photos by the author, Oct. 1, 2023).

“We preferred returning before nightfall, so we rarely lingered. I liked the steep, winding climb to Nazareth.”

Church in Kufur Qanna (Cana of Galilee) marking the site where Jesus turned water into wine; view of Nazareth (Photos by the author, Sep. 30, 2023).

Nazareth

“Its old city is reminiscent of Jerusalem’s, with covered streets and narrow thoroughfares.”

The covered suqs of Nazareth’s old city (Photo by the author, Sep. 30, 2023).
The covered suqs of Nazareth’s old city (Photo by the author, Sep. 30, 2023).

1990: “My last memory of Nazareth from that era was the one time we stayed late. I was surprised and excited to see stores still open after dark. Streets were crowded and brightly lit, and business was going on as usual — a far cry from the sleepy Ramallah of the Intifada.”

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Ramsey Hanhan 🇵🇸 🌍

Author. Tree spirit trapped in human form, I speak for the voiceless: children and the Earth, nature, justice, truth, freedom, love and Palestine. 🇵🇸 🌍