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2014 Palestine Olive Harvest Festival Day-Tour

Tour Highlights
• Drive through the Central & Northern West Bank•
• Food • Music • Dancing • Crafts • Olives •
Tour Details
Friday 7th November
Length of Tour: 8 Hours
Tel Aviv Departure: 11.00 am - - Hyarkon48 Hostel (map)
Jerusalem Departure: 12.30 pm -  - YMCA, King David Street (map)
Return: 8.00pm to Tel Aviv - 9.00pm to Jerusalem
Cost: 385 NIS/Shekels (includes entrance fee & lunch)

Detailed Description
The festival, or Jaru’a, is held in the village of Burqin, and is a traditional end of harvest celebration giving gratitude for another year of abundance. Sponsored by the Canaan Fair Trade Association, Farmers, women producers, fair trade distributors, and international visitors gather together to celebrate the fruit of the season.

You'll taste the delicious meal of Musakhan prepared by the local women cooperatives, enjoy the freshly baked Taboun bread with freshly pressed olive oil, and mint tea.

En-route from Jerusalem you'll travel up the spine of the West Bank to Nablus, viewing Israeli settlements and Palestinian villages along the way.

North of Nablus the mountains flatten out to the plains of the Northern West Bank, one of the most productive areas of agriculture in the country.

There is lots to do at the festival site. You'll have about 4 hours which is enough time to see the festival and and also explore the village.

The festival is in the village of Burqin, three kilometres west of Jenin, also the site of Saint George's Church, considered the third oldest church in the world.

According to Christian tradition, Jesus Christ passed through Burqin on his way to Jerusalem from Nazareth in the early days of Christianity. As he was passing by the village he heard the cries for help from 10 lepers who were imprisoned as a way of quarantine. He went to them and passed his hand on their faces and they were immediately cured. Since this miracle, the church became a station for many Christian pilgrims.

Excavations show that the church passed through 4 different historical periods. The first church was built over the cave where the miracle is said to have taken place, and which looks like a Roman cistern. The cave has an opening on top and it contains an altar and a stone wall at the entrance. A second construction was added to the church dating to a period between the 5th - 9th century. During the twelfth century, the church was rebuilt after a long period of abandonment whose reasons remain a mystery. After the 13th century the church was rebuilt and used as a school.