Its center is a hive of activity, with stalls lining wide streets and carts piled high with fresh produce. it has seen an important deal of conflict, of course, and from the ashes have risen some astounding community projects, primarily the Freedom Theatre based in the heart of the area refugee camp.

This center teaches a lot of arts and drama as well as putting on regular shows at the cinema Jenin site. Also, there is an orchestra called  Strings of Freedom.

It is the main center (The heart of Jenin) of trade for the all towns and villages of the north, and the wider governorate is also home to the impressive Arab American University. It is an attractive city, built on the slopes of a hill and surrounded by orchards of fig and palm trees. There is a great visitor center to guide orientate and educate tourists, a beautiful Old City too, and some great attractions just a short drive out of the center.

It was the first city to be administratively transferred from Israeli side in November 1995 && was transferred to the Palestinian Authority under the Oslo Agreement.


Jenin is a city with a long and rich history, located in the northern part of the West Bank in present-day Palestine. The area has been inhabited since ancient times, and its history can be traced back thousands of years. Here is an overview of the key historical events and periods in the history of the city:

1. Ancient Times: The region around it was settled by various civilizations, including the Canaanites, during the Bronze Age. Archaeological excavations in the area have uncovered remains dating back to this era.

2. Roman and Byzantine Periods: During the Roman and Byzantine periods, Jenin was an important center along the trade routes that connected the Mediterranean coast to the interior of the Levant. It was known as “Ginae” during the Roman period and “Ginin” during the Byzantine era.

3. Islamic Era: With the advent of Islam in the 7th century, the city came under Muslim rule. It became an essential part of the Islamic Caliphate and was ruled by various Muslim dynasties over the centuries.

4. Crusader Period: In the 12th century, the region was conquered by the Crusaders, who established a Latin Kingdom in the area. The city was known as “Ginnum” during this time.

5. Ottoman Rule: In the early 16th century, the Ottoman Empire captured the city, and it became a part of the Ottoman province of Damascus. Jenin experienced relative stability and growth during the Ottoman era, becoming an important market town and a center of agriculture.

6. British Mandate and Aftermath: After the collapse of the Ottoman Empire in World War I, the British took control of the region and administered it under the League of Nations Mandate for Palestine. During this period, tensions between Jewish and Arab communities began to escalate, eventually leading to the Arab-Israeli conflict.

7. Modern Era: In 1948, after the end of the British Mandate, the city came under Jordanian control following the Arab-Israeli War. The West Bank was roughly equivalent to (but smaller than) one of the zones designated as an Arab state under the United Nations (UN) partition plan for Palestine in 1947 as it was defined by the Jordanian-Israeli ceasefire of 1949. (check United Nations Resolution 181). That strategy called for Jerusalem to be a zone of international cooperation. The city was split up into Israeli and Jordanian parts, respectively.

The West Bank was ruled as a part of Jordan from 1950 until it was invaded by Israel in the Six-Day War of 1967, despite being separated from the Jordanian people of the East Bank by the Jordan River. Both Palestinian mistrust of the Hashemite monarchy and West Bank Palestinians’ desire for an independent state contributed to the tense relationship between the East and West banks.

But throughout this time, the web of connections between the two half of Jordan developed, and by 1967, the West Bank accounted for around 30% of Jordan’s GDP and nearly 47% of the country’s total population.

Except for East Jerusalem, which it annexed into itself and extended Israeli citizenship, law, and civil administration to, Israel seized the West Bank during the 1967 war and erected a military administration there.

Throughout its history, this city has remained an important cultural and economic center for the Palestinians, and it continues to play a significant role in the broader context of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

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The most important place to start any visit to this area is at the visitor center, which is fairly modern and extremely informative. On the 2nd floor, there is a large map followed by eight detailed boards which pick out the must-see destinations in and around the city. A multitude of information leaflets is available, as well as a further small museum lined with various historical titbits.

The city itself is undoubtedly the buzzing market with all its smells, sounds, and color, and the quieter and more charming streets of the Old City. It is the hill that hosted the oldest settlement in the site , although little is visible today barring some extremely old and weathered stone houses.

You have not to be missed Jenin camp, although you need a local guide to help navigate the maze of streets and apartment blocks. Inside the camp, there are poignant monuments to fallen martyrs (many of whom died younger than 18) and a center called the ‘Not To Forget association’. It is so-called to remind the refugee families living in the camp that one day they will return to their homes.

The shining light of the camp is undoubtedly the Freedom Theatre, which has risen from the ashes to become a powerful, unifying force.
Outside the city center, Burqin’s pretty Christian church atop a hill and the Balama tunnel are two excellent trips.

The Most important areas to visit:

1. The Old City: The historic center of Jenin boasts narrow winding streets, traditional architecture, and a vibrant market atmosphere. Exploring the Old City allows you to immerse yourself in the local culture and get a glimpse of everyday life.

2. The Cultural Center: This center promotes arts and culture in the region, and it often hosts various events, exhibitions, and performances. It’s an excellent place to learn about local customs, traditions, and contemporary Palestinian art.

3. Freedom Theatre: The Freedom Theatre is a renowned cultural institution in the city, offering theater performances, workshops, and activities for the community. It focuses on using the arts to empower and inspire young people.

4. Governorate Building: Located in the heart of the city, the Governorate Building is an impressive structure with historical significance. It’s an example of the city’s architectural heritage.

5. St. George’s Church: This ancient Greek Orthodox Church is an important religious site in the city and features beautiful architecture and religious artifacts.

6. Arraba: Just outside the city, you’ll find the town of Arraba, known for its olive groves and traditional olive oil production. You can explore the olive oil presses and enjoy the serene countryside.

7. Mount Gerizim: Located nearby, Mount Gerizim is considered a holy site by the Samaritan community, and it offers breathtaking views of the surrounding landscape.

When visiting this city, it’s essential to be respectful of the local customs and political sensitivities. It’s advisable to consult with local tour guides or travel agencies for up-to-date information on the safest and most appropriate places to visit. As with any travel to politically sensitive regions, caution and awareness of the local situation are crucial.

jenin landmarks St.-Georges-Greek-Orthodox-Church

Where To Eat

Traditional dishes from This city are an essential component of the country’s history; each one has a fascinating backstory that is closely related to its culture. The traditional foods can be prepared in a variety of ways, resulting in variations in flavor from family to family using the same recipe. Each Palestinian city’s local cuisine has a distinct flavor that is only recognized for its restaurants and chefs.

Given Jenin’s popularity as a tourist destination, there are plenty of food alternatives there. Restaurants may be found all throughout Manger Square and its neighboring streets, as well as more traditional shawarma joints up in the Old City.

The market also features a section dedicated to fresh produce, which you should visit even if you have no intention of making a purchase just to take in the vibrant, disorganized piles of fruit and vegetables.

Where To Stay

This city is the place to go if you want to explore something fresh. The region around city includes lodging alternatives to suit every requirement.

In the city and its surroundings, you can find some small guesthouses or local hotels that cater to visitors. These options may offer a more authentic experience and a chance to interact with locals.

Homestays or Airbnb: Depending on the current situation, you may find locals offering homestay options or Airbnb rentals in and around the city. Staying with a local host can provide you with a unique and personal experience.

When looking for accommodations, it’s essential to consider the current political and security situation in the region. Additionally, make sure to check for any travel advisories or restrictions issued by your home country’s government regarding travel to the West Bank. Always prioritize safety and ensure you have proper information and arrangements before planning your stay in the city or any other location in the area. It’s also a good idea to consult with local travel agencies or contacts to get up-to-date information on the best places to stay and travel logistics.

Weather and Climate 

August and July are typically the warmest months , when the average temperature is 27°C. January and February are the coldest months, when the average temperature is 16°C. December and January are the months with the most rain. The height of city affects its moderate climate, which has pleasant, sunny summers and mild, dry winters (with chilly nights) (during which thunderstorms often break out).


Summers are long, lasting from May to September, with July and August being the hottest months. Temperatures range between 23-36° C (75-96° F) and you can expect 50-90% humidity.  The good news is that there is air-conditioning almost everywhere you go, from buses and taxis to malls and hotels. However, it is really important to prepare for these temperatures, especially when spending time outdoors. Buy good sun protection, wear long but cool clothes and make sure to drink plenty of water.


Autumn is, for the most part, a continuation of the summer weather. It does get a little cooler and the humidity drops, so it is more comfortable.  The season starts in September and at the end of November it starts getting cooler and we might see a little rain, but not too much.  September is usually as warm as summer, but the temperatures in autumn are similar to those of spring and range between 16-24° C (60-75° F).


Depending on where you come from you might not even consider the city weather “real winter weather”.  This is the wettest time of the year and temperatures range between 6-15° C (42-60° F). Israeli schools have a winter break for Channukah during December, this usually doesn’t affect accommodation but activities tend to get crowded. Also, tourists from nearby countries use their winter breaks to enjoy the warmer temperatures in this city.


Spring is between March and May and this is the ideal time to visit this city. You usually won’t see much rain and the temperatures are mild, ranging between 16-24° C (60-75° F), although the nights might still be chilly. Passover falls in April so if you are planning on visiting during this time keep in mind that prices of flights and accommodation will rise and tend to get booked early.

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