The Palestinian culture and heritage are remarkably rich. In modern times, Palestine was the subject of interest to world powers. And historically, Palestine was home to many civilizations whose traces are a testament to Palestine’s diverse heritage. Located in a geographically strategic area, Palestine was en route for caravans passing through Asia into Northern Africa, inviting great interest in the area and cultivating a historic pool of knowledge and culture. Throughout the times of rule by external powers, Palestinian natives remained committed to their land, and contributed to their society.
Today, Palestinian culture and heritage remain diverse and vibrant. Bethlehem, home of major Christian sites, is also home to many Christian denominations. And East Jerusalem’s Islamic sites continue to connect Muslims from all walks of life. Additionally, folk music and dances continue to paint a colorful mosaic of our diverse traditions.
Beyond the history of our culture and heritage roots, Palestine is home to a great natural heritage because of its strategic location and proximity to the three continents of Africa, Asia and Europe, and its location on the Mediterranean Sea. As a result, Palestinian natural heritage includes over 2700 species of plants belonging to some 126 families; considerably a large number when noting the relatively small size of the area.