© Qais Assali
A tale of two cities

A traveler who wishes to go to Hebron will probably hear more warnings than encouragements. What is sure is that the city will probably be one of the most unforgettable stops of his trip. Hebron is not the first city in history to be split in half but it is the only city in the West Bank whose old city was turned into a no man’s land. The tourist will be through the looking-glass: guided by one of the local associations, the traveller will discover the empty streets of the center; he will visit the Patriarch’s Tomb – the bone of contention – half-synagogue, half-mosque; and he will be able to shop for glass, blown by descendants of a dynasty of glass blowers of Venetian origin.