The village of Nabi Samwil is surrounded by Israeli neighborhoods and a national park which makes it impossible for Muslims to expand and build. The Muslim residents are closely monitored by Israel in order to protect the Jews from more Muslim attacks.
Because they are on the Israeli side of the wall in Jerusalem, they must pass through Israeli military checkpoints to get to Ramallah and are restricted as to which products they can bring back into Israel. They are only allowed in when an Israeli liaison gives them permission Because of this, they consider their life a tragedy, especially as more and more Jews move into the area. Imagine that, more and more Jews moving into the Israeli capital of Israel – Jerusalem. Here’s an idea, cupcake, go move to Gaza or one of the other 56 Muslim majority nations if you don’t like it.
Commonly known as “the oldest city in the world,” Jericho is an important historical, cultural, and political center located northwest of the Dead Sea. The Jericho Synagogue in the Royal Maccabean winter palace dates from 70-50 BC.
The city is perhaps best known from the Biblical story of a great victory over its Canaanite citizens by the Israelite leader Joshua. In the story, the walls of the heavily fortified city were destroyed with divine assistance during the year 1400 b.c. The site of ancient Jericho, known today as Tell es-Sultan, has been the focus of several archaeological excavations to investigate the Biblical story. The original settlement was built on a hill, or “tell”. The results of these excavations suggest that the walls of Tell es-Sultan have been built and rebuilt many times, due mainly to collapse caused by earthquakes, which are common in the region.