Jenin is situated in the north of the West Bank and is surrounded by hills, valleys, and ancient villages. Its population is around 250 000 people. The city has been historically significant, particularly since the start of the Israeli occupation of the West Bank.

There are many historic sites in and around Jenin, such as the Bronze Era Khirbet Belameh, Jenin refugee camp, the Roman city of Sebastia, and a near by village, Burquin with inviting hills laced with olive trees and the site of a miracle by Jesus. In fact some believe that Jesus with his disciples regularly traveled between Nazareth, just 35 km to the north, and Jerusalem, about 60 km south.

Jenin was an important centre of the first and second intifadas, and has suffered a lot from Israeli retaliation. In 2002 the Jenin refugee camp was heavily bombed and a large part of it destroyed, in what has been called “the Battle of Jenin”.

The city also hosts the famous Freedom Theatre and the Cinema Jenin, two cultural institutions which have helped to pin-point Jenin as the centre of “cultural resistence” towards a peaceful solution to the conflict.

Shared taxis (service, pronounced serveece) travel regularly and cheaply between most parts of the West Bank. For holders of international passports, travel is relatively simple between Jenin and Israel.

The City of Jenin

Jenin Refugee Camp

Important & Historical Sites


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