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Palestine, an online tour and city guide

Through portraits giving priority to the youth, contemporary and alternative culture and the arts, this tour guide, to go on line in December 2014, will show another side of Palestine, ever so urban and authentic.
The interest demonstrated by young Europeans in the Palestinian territories is as important as that demonstrated by young Palestinians in Europe. However, most of them hold a truly fragmented knowledge of everyday life and ‘‘in-the-field’’ representations, often turned into clichés.
At the Franco-German Cultural Center of Ramallah, the Institut français in Jerusalem and Goethe Institut of Palestinian territories, with the help of the Franco-German Cultural Fund, are setting up a project for a French-German-Palestinian guide, an online tourist and city guide dedicated to the youth in an effort to combat stereotypes.
The cities selected for this guide - Tulkarem, Qalqiliya, Jenin, Naplouse, Ramallah, East Jerusalem, Jericho, Bethlehem, Hebron and Gaza – are documented in an original manner, through portraits depicting the youth, contemporary and alternative culture and the arts, and portraying urban and authentic Palestine to which few people have access in France or Germany. The editorial committee is comprised of young professional French, German and Palestinian journalists, supported by experts from partner institutions such as the young magazine RUKH, Franco-German magazine NEON and Palestinian fanzine Filistin As-Shabab.
During the month of September 2014, young participants came together in Palestine to visit several cities and give thought to the editorial design of the future website. The latter will be available in December 2014, its launch to be accompanied by the publication of a booklet in paper format. The process, spread over several months, constitutes in itself professional “life-size’’ training. It also commits participants to further their interest and knowledge of others and hence transform their vision of the world for cultural exchanges between France, Germany and Palestine.

Photo : Palestinian village of Battir in the West Bank of Jordan, UNESCO world heritage city listed in June 2014.