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European Stars and Stripes (Newspaper) - December 16, 1999, Darmstadt, HessePage 12 stars and stripes travel december is 1999 Page 13 in the footsteps of Maryland Joseph Nati Harnik the associated press when the hiking pilgrims arrived in Bethlehem they were greeted by dancers dressed in biblical style garb performing in Bethlehem s Manger Square near the Church of nativity background. It was part of the Kickoff ceremony of the palestinian millennial celebrations 4. Ruth Fremson the associated press after spending the night at the Muslim pilgrimage site Nebi Musa hikers Cross the Judean desert near the West Bank City of Jericho on dec. 3, As they retrace the journey believed to have been made by Mary and Joseph on their Way from Nazareth to Bethlehem. The group of americans europeans and palestinians hiked 10 Days arriving in Bethlehem on dec. 4, just As palestinian Leader Yasser Arafat lit the Christmas tree in Manger Square to launch millennium festivities. 10-Day hike lets pilgrims discover the holy land by Karin Laub the associated Pressa approaching from the parched slopes of the Judean wilderness 11 hikers headed for Bethle hem slowly descended into a can Yon on a Steep Donkey path. There was no sound except for the crunch of gravel under hiking boots and the faint gurgling of water in the River was a scene that has changed Little for 2,000 years since the biblical Mary and Joseph s trek through the Judean desert on foot and Donke Yback making their Way from Nazareth to Bethlehem 100miles to the South. The Modem Day hikers Ameri cans europeans and palestinians were the first to walk along the nativity Trail designated for Pilj in 64n d nature lovers As part Oft be Bethlehem too celebrations. This is a lot More authentic to me than touring in a bus. F j Berengere Parmly 20-year-old hiker the group hiked 10 Days arriving in Bethlehem on 4, just As palestinian Leader Yasser Arafat Little Christmas tree in Manger Square to launch millennium festivities they passed through Remot Christian and Muslim villages in the West Bank sleeping in bedouin tents and mud Brick houses eating Crisp Flat bread baked in outdoor ovens and drinking Strong mint Tea to fight the morning chill. / this the a lot move authentic to me than touring in a bus said hiker Berengere Parmly 20, of Washington d.c., who has been studying arabic at Bir Zeit University in the West Bank. Bible scholars say the route Mary and Joseph took is anyone s guess although tradition says Mary rested in the Oasis of Jericho in the Jordan Valley and again near biblical couple might have chosen the shortest Way South cutting through the heart of the West Bank or what was then Samaria or they might have trekked along the Kings Highway East of the Jordan Valley a More circuitous route but one that offered More Comfort and safety for travel ers in the absence of a Given route the nativity Trail was chosen to expose hikers to landscapes and ways of life that have changed Little since biblical times pilgrims can see the Way of life of people relate to what it May have been like said Trail scout Julie Gallegos 26, of Santa be . Hiker Brigitta Tazelaar 35, of Amsterdam said a highlight was the stay in the West Bank Village of Yanyun the traditional burial place of nun father of the biblical Mili tary Leader away in Hill country Yanyun is Home to three clans who still making a living from Olive Trees planted on Rock slept in an old House the villagers had cleaned for us with Arches from crusader times Taze Laar zab Abde a Christian Village in the predominantly Muslim Westbank the local priest Louis Hazboun celebrated mass for the hikers he presented us to his congregation a pilgrims representing the Seechik Ronpage 14 Eyal Warshavsky the associated press when the travellers arrived in Bethlehem they saw Sites such As this palestinian woman receiving the eucharist during sunday mass at the Church of nativity. After spending the night at the Muslim pilgrimage site Nebi Musa hikers Julie Gallegos 26, right and Abeer Musleh 23, left begin another Day of retracing the journey believed to have been made by Mary and Joseph on their Way from Nazareth to Bethle hem

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