Palestinian Heritage Trail (PH Trail) is a non-profit community-based tourism organization (union) that delineates and develops a hiking trail in Palestine. The trail runs through Palestinian green highland villages of Jenin in the North, down to the deserts in the Jerusalem Wilderness and South to the amazing landscapes of Hebron. (see map)
Walking the trail, takes travelers down the Palestinian cultural heritage lane and gives a taste of the local’s identity that is believed to be preserved in the soil and earth walked on. Such experience invites voyagers to discover the simple, yet warm, life of the local communities, and the traditional hospitality from the heart of the Palestinian people.
The Palestine Heritage Trail’s vision and mission are:
Vision: Creating a vibrant Palestinian community in a sustainable environment, by emphasize on the enticing experience of Palestine’s identity and its historical cultural heritage alongside the Palestine Heritage Trail.
Mission: Developing and promoting community-based tourism through the Palestine Heritage Trail.
Yet, in the process of fulfilling its mission, the Palestine Heritage Trail also contributes to:
- Empower women, youth and households and diversify their livelihood opportunities.
- Build bridges between Palestinian communities along the trail, other Palestinian communities and guests from abroad.
- Create awareness, among Palestinians and guests from abroad, about Palestinian identity, history and ways of living.
Palestinian Heritage Trail chose a broader logo to resemble our growing work. The logo consists of:
The poppy flower (Hanoun in Arabic), which is the national flower of Palestine, and can be seen by hikers all over Palestine in spring time. The Hanoun flower symbolizes development and reflects the enriched variety of wildlife and landscape in our nation.
The Green, red and black colors in the flower are the Palestinian’s flag colors, which reflects the enriched Palestinian identity deeply rooted in history.
the stones underneath the flower represent our rich heritage, that is alive and practiced until today since thousands of years ago. The stones are mostly seen in ancient Palestinian houses and alongside the trail as an old Palestinian protection method of any dirt drifts. The stones in the logo come convenient to PH Trail since it aims for cultural preservation, as we literally work on renovating and rehabilitating some ancient Palestinian homes alongside the trail as guest house for local and international tourists to stay in. In summary, PH Trail’s logo is identity and heritage.
Palestinian Heritage Trail works closely and jointly with many local communities to develop their cultural diversify resources, capacities, traditions, and emphasize on their heritage by encouraging friendships based on the adventure of human values and the preservation of the surrounding environment for local communities’ better life.
The Palestinian Heritage Trail partners and brings together the efforts, work and achievements of three organizations working in unison with: