First the incredible Hisham’s Palace restoration. The painstaking care and commitment to the restoration of Caliph Hisham bin Abd el-Malik 743 A.D. winter resort was joy to behold. The pride and thorough understanding of this archeological prize was confide by our Palestinian guide as we walked among the vast 30x30m great bath with 38 colorful mosaic carpet. Then riding pass lust green row of date palms, wine grapes vines, banana and citrus tree we could discern the richness of the land. But we also learned this was confiscated land by Zionists settlers. On the other hand the Palestinians rummaged through dry, stoned and debris filled land. The water sources beneath the ground can not be accessed by these farmers without permits from the Israelis who choose not to grant them. They monitor by plane the occupied territory and demolish homes of any Palestinian trying to “illegally” provide water to their family. Over a 1000 people where living with limited access to water for daily use. Each settler has daily access to the amount of water given to an Palestinian in a year. Let me say
that again, Each settler gets daily as much water as a Palestinian gets in a year! Essentially the water was taken taken by the settlers and now they charge the Palestinians three times the price to have access to their confiscated water. Just a reminder Jericho is in a desert range!