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Ramallah, Palestine: Cultural Capital


The city of Ramallah is the de facto capital
of Palestine. While most Palestinians
consider Jerusalem their rightful capital,
so do Israelis, and sharing Jerusalem seems unlikely for now,
so that leaves Ramallah to host
the Palestinian government and international agencies. Adjacent the president’s
headquarters stands the tomb of
Yasser Arafat. While he certainly has
plenty of detractors, this Palestinian statesman, who led the PLO
from 1969 until 2004, is without a doubt the father
of modern Palestine. Call him what you like,
people here celebrate Arafat as the man who did more
than anyone else to raise awareness of
the Palestinian struggle for independence. Nearby,
at Birzeit University, with its beautiful campus and 10,000 students, you can feel the energy of a younger generation
working hard for a stable
and prosperous future. A stroll through the campus gives me a chance
to connect with students and learn a bit
about their culture. In a university like this, are there more men
or more women studying? Women, I believe,
women, yes. What is it like for
a woman in Palestine? They live freely,
like womens in the world. Yes, we can do everything. We can go out together,
and no judgmental, nothing. So what is the hope for —
for the future? Of course to live in peace,
to have peace and to be — To have all your family around,
to go abroad whenever you want. I hope to live in peace,
to live freely. STEVES: Free women
with a good future. -Yes.
-Insha’Allah. Insha’Allah, insha’Allah. The city of Ramallah
is filled with the same youthful and positive energy
I felt at its university. Whether coming together
at the Square of the Lions or browsing along
a stylish shopping street, Ramallah helps me envision
a future with a peaceful and prosperous Palestine.

Jean Kelley

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  1. OneBagTravel Posted on April 9, 2015 at 2:12 am

    [Generic religious statement]

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  2. Mohammed Ali Posted on April 18, 2015 at 1:15 pm

    Dear Steves, you are doing a pious work ……..

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  3. Besan Al-Sheikh Posted on July 7, 2015 at 10:49 pm

    Nice video keep on the hard work

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  4. Jakirullah Ansari Posted on July 14, 2015 at 5:07 am

    Ya Allah please save your Human world. How I tell you what happening in the world. Your Created human have created atomic, chemical, and billion of thousand of dangerous weapon to destroy your mankind.

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  5. ExVeritateLibertas Posted on July 20, 2015 at 7:33 pm

    Rick Steves is a better US ambassador than the entire US State Department — a den of pathological liars and apologists for war, misery and oppression under the name of "freedom."

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  6. Akki Meme Posted on July 31, 2015 at 12:37 am

    Sorry pro I disliked this vid bcz u said that Ramallah is Palestine capital city , am from Ramallah but its Jerusalem the capital 🙂

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  7. Reverie Posted on April 23, 2016 at 6:18 pm

    this is so lovely 🙂

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  8. bitcoin news канал BBC Posted on May 25, 2016 at 11:12 pm

    hamas beed for palistain

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  9. Santo Yusuf Posted on July 30, 2016 at 8:26 am

    I love yoy palstina from indonesia

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  10. Mansur Orucov Posted on August 30, 2016 at 7:06 pm

    Slava- cto ono est y nas

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  11. Daughter of Jerusalem Posted on September 8, 2016 at 6:28 am

    Jerusalem is ancient Capitol of Israel.
    Ramah is the birthplace of our prophet Samuel.
    It's Ramah in the Bible.

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  12. Daughter of Jerusalem Posted on September 8, 2016 at 6:38 am

    Ramah, is the Name of the city in the Bible
    First Book of Samuel 7:15
    And Samuel judged in Israel all of the days of his life; in Beit Eland Gilgal and
    Mitzpa and his return was to Ramah; for there was his home

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  13. Solo12313 Posted on September 19, 2016 at 6:53 pm

    I wish Israel and Palestine can just both get along.

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  14. Jordan Poyer Posted on October 12, 2016 at 2:21 pm

    I love you Palestine from France ❤❤

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  15. Maliek Jackson Posted on November 13, 2016 at 5:45 pm

    The dude who got the corner store around the corner is from here.

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  16. Juan Cuatepotzo Posted on January 24, 2017 at 7:16 am

    I love you Palestine from Mexico!

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  17. Ilyas khan Posted on January 31, 2017 at 12:28 pm

    I love u palestini peoples and palestine country

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  18. anonymouse Posted on April 23, 2017 at 7:00 pm

    Great work Mr Steves. However, "Most Palestinians consider Jerusalem as its capital" is inaccurate.. ALL Palestinians do…Thanks for visiting and welcome back anytime..

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  19. Saiful Islam Posted on May 4, 2017 at 11:27 am

    wel come Palestinian

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  20. DŽEMFIXX axn Posted on May 6, 2017 at 7:41 pm

    Free Palestine 🇵🇸 🇵🇸 🇵🇸 🇵🇸 🇵🇸 🇵🇸 🇵🇸 🇵🇸 🇵🇸 🇵🇸 🇵🇸 🇵🇸 🇵🇸 🇵🇸 🇵🇸 🇵🇸 🇵🇸 🇵🇸 🇵🇸 🇵🇸 🇵🇸 🇵🇸 🇵🇸 🇵🇸 🇵🇸 🇵🇸, May Allah Always protect Palestine 🇵🇸 🇵🇸 🇵🇸 🇵🇸 🇵🇸 🇵🇸 🇵🇸 🇵🇸

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  21. Ibrahim Khan Posted on June 10, 2017 at 5:41 am

    Wayn a Ramallah

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  22. mo Bader Posted on July 20, 2017 at 4:20 am

    tank you I'm form ramallah

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  23. Straight Path Posted on July 27, 2017 at 10:13 am

    Bet the ppl who gave a 👎🏼 r Zionist Israelis, land grabbers

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  24. Alex Kaplan Posted on October 25, 2017 at 6:17 pm

    What happened to Zionists? Where is all the destruction? Where is Israeli army? Where is the checkpoints? Thank you for bringing the real video not like propaganda from Palestine TV

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  25. ytbrtzg Posted on November 30, 2017 at 2:32 pm

    Palestinians can have independence without further struggle if they would come to the peace table with Israel and make peace. A better life for all will be when Palestinians will "give peace a chance". Make peace, not war. Stop the hate.

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  26. Mohammad Edaily Posted on December 8, 2017 at 9:57 am

    Welcome back anytime in Palestine ❤️

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  27. Candar Nonk Posted on December 26, 2017 at 6:06 am

    Good and Beautifull

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  28. Comrade SF Posted on January 11, 2018 at 5:45 am

    What a lovely people !!!

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  29. N. Faza Posted on March 29, 2018 at 1:43 pm

    Ramallah is actually a quite Liberal city. You can smoke weed there.

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  30. Shaindy Weiss Posted on April 13, 2018 at 9:14 pm

    Who was the first king of “Palestinian “?

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  31. نابلسي ابـن أكابــر Posted on April 15, 2018 at 6:40 am

    Love palestaine .. "

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  32. نابلسي ابـن أكابــر Posted on April 15, 2018 at 6:41 am

    We love palestaine "

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  33. نابلسي ابـن أكابــر Posted on April 15, 2018 at 6:42 am

    We .. love .. palestaine "

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  34. Jck lim Posted on May 18, 2018 at 2:12 am

    Jerusalem is Palestine's capital.

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  35. Maha Dewata Posted on May 25, 2018 at 8:51 am

    Beautiful girl , asalamualaikum from INDONESIAN .

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  36. sa'ad m Posted on May 30, 2018 at 1:21 am

    love palestine from New Zealand

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  37. Mitch Paul Posted on June 23, 2018 at 2:48 am

    Enslaved women..mostly married to cousins

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  38. Just Sul Posted on July 14, 2018 at 2:17 pm

    What about Jerusalem

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  39. Aj03 Ds Posted on July 24, 2018 at 8:23 pm

    Long Live Israel.

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  40. ankit saxena Posted on August 13, 2018 at 12:23 am

    long live israel

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  41. Puji Ati Posted on August 14, 2018 at 9:39 am

    I love Palestinian

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  42. ashif anees Posted on September 3, 2018 at 12:49 am

    I love palesthine. Frm india

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  43. Norm Macdonald Posted on October 7, 2018 at 4:46 am

    Are these descendants of the Philistines?

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  44. Chidaniro Arull Posted on November 5, 2018 at 9:36 am

    Love Palestine 🇵🇸 from Indonesia.

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  45. acf xcvv Posted on November 8, 2018 at 11:55 pm

    I love Palestine 😍🇵🇸💕 free Palestine

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  46. acf xcvv Posted on November 9, 2018 at 12:02 am

    Jerusalem is the capital of Palestine 🇵🇸

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  47. Stranger 1985 Posted on November 9, 2018 at 8:00 pm

    Free Palestine! Viva Palestine from your friends in the Philippines!

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  48. 10Million Views Posted on November 18, 2018 at 1:14 pm

    free Palestine

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  49. firdaus_wheremyreturn Posted on November 30, 2018 at 12:24 pm

    I love Palestine 😘 from Indonesia

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  50. Riad Bayaa Posted on December 21, 2018 at 1:23 pm

    AlQuds is the capital of palastine and will always be 🇵🇸🇵🇸🇵🇸🇵🇸🇵🇸🇵🇸🇵🇸🇵🇸🇵🇸🇵🇸🇵🇸love palastine from canada

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  51. RISHAD COLOR LAB Posted on January 7, 2019 at 9:38 am

    i love Palestine people

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  52. Reaction Girls Posted on January 19, 2019 at 8:08 am

    The capital of Palestine is Jerusalem we hate u Israel

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  53. MyMaitetxu Posted on February 19, 2019 at 9:34 am

    Amazing this women feel perfectly free as woman and we in the west feel still opressed…I don´t get it…

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  54. all in one 2.0 Posted on February 20, 2019 at 9:55 pm

    Love u Palestine from india

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  55. Felix Dunkel Posted on February 23, 2019 at 2:32 am

    Looks like life is good in Ramallah, the capital of the Palestinian Territories.

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  56. Tejasv eliya Posted on February 24, 2019 at 5:08 pm

    Dami Palestini

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  57. Firoj Miya Posted on February 26, 2019 at 1:41 pm

    Love you palestine from Nepal

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  58. areeb sajid Posted on February 26, 2019 at 2:06 pm

    Palestine you are in my heart and always will although I have never visited you yet I love you more than my home country and I promise you Palestine one just one day there will be peace

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  59. From the Pilgrim's Notebook Posted on March 3, 2019 at 11:28 am

    Yes Ramallah is the capital of Palestine and Jerusalem is the capital of Israel 🇮🇱👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻

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  60. Eddie Mongan Posted on March 19, 2019 at 6:36 pm

    I like turtles 🐢

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  61. HASHIMU ISMAIL Posted on April 4, 2019 at 3:43 pm

    I love paletine forever. From tanzania

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  62. Porkchop's Papi Posted on April 5, 2019 at 9:51 pm

    "Palestinian struggle for independence"? How is anyone stopping them from being independent, other than the Palestinian authority?

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  63. fundreamer1 Posted on April 6, 2019 at 11:14 pm

    What is a palestine?

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  64. ROMAMAFIA Posted on April 7, 2019 at 11:08 pm

    JUDEA SAMARIA ISRAEL.

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  65. The BlackHornet Posted on May 27, 2019 at 7:36 pm

    I Love you Palestine from Malaysia❤️❤️

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  66. teacher4all Posted on June 7, 2019 at 12:54 pm

    why cannot Palestinians speak Palestinian language

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  67. abdull ramadhanii Posted on June 16, 2019 at 12:53 pm

    Mashalaah

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  68. Alisha Khadka Posted on June 22, 2019 at 8:52 am

    Love Palestine from Nepal💖

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  69. Rebecca Posted on June 22, 2019 at 9:48 am

    Love Palestine from New Zealand

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  70. Amir Eshan Posted on June 25, 2019 at 3:35 pm

    i got here after watching Miss Universe Philippines..ahhahaha

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  71. Rakib khan titu Posted on July 5, 2019 at 1:32 pm

    I love Palestine from bangladesh.

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  72. I love noodles Posted on July 12, 2019 at 10:19 pm

    She just said that woman live freely and right after that when asked about the future of women then she said she wants them to live freely and in peace as if that is not already happening. Do not be deceived folks

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  73. Sima khawaja Posted on July 20, 2019 at 1:29 pm

    Jerusalem
    Is and always have been the capital of Palestine

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  74. Oscar Löfgren Posted on September 5, 2019 at 6:11 pm

    Israel shel zahav

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  75. Ma joo Tac Gen Tar Posted on September 15, 2019 at 6:06 pm

    Palestine….Paceba dane…Pasadena parameter…someday….*success red carbbet

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  76. Zeba Zahir Posted on September 22, 2019 at 10:45 am

    Jerusalem Palestine capital

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  77. Asian People Posted on October 23, 2019 at 10:31 am

    I love palestine

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  78. irshad Ali Posted on October 29, 2019 at 11:07 am

    From India
    I love Prophet's city 🇮🇱

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  79. ale sito Posted on October 29, 2019 at 11:37 pm

    Beautiful Palestine! 🇵🇸🇵🇸🇵🇸 and his Capital Jerusalem too!!!! Love from Argentina 🇦🇷🇦🇷🇦🇷🇦🇷🇦🇷✌✌✌✌✌

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  80. Serpil Demirbaş Posted on November 2, 2019 at 6:42 pm

    I love you Palestine from Turkey ❤

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  81. Crazy 1 Posted on November 19, 2019 at 8:06 pm

    Palestine is not country

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  82. Sultana Murad Posted on November 26, 2019 at 5:53 pm

    I Love you Palestine from Algeria

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  83. Amit Das Posted on November 28, 2019 at 1:02 pm

    I love Palestine country,

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  84. Amit Das Posted on November 28, 2019 at 1:02 pm

    I love Palestine country from India, kolkata,

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  85. iFreeze Rider Posted on December 12, 2019 at 9:09 pm

    I Love Israel ! From French… Shema israel😁

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  86. Mohammed Altamimi Posted on December 19, 2019 at 10:38 am

    Our capital is Jerusalem

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  87. Daoud Hamadani Posted on December 26, 2019 at 1:06 pm

    Jaffa and Jerusalem are the cultural capitals!!!!!!

    Reply
  88. darrenr Posted on January 9, 2020 at 10:39 am

    Beautiful people, hello from Britain.

    Reply
  89. Nesie Rewoh Posted on January 10, 2020 at 8:33 am

    U got all what u need, why war with israel?

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  90. Shayla Holloway Posted on January 16, 2020 at 2:38 am

    💖✌🇵🇸

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  91. Kyle Wit Posted on January 22, 2020 at 3:45 pm

    Went to Ramallah twice this past December and stayed a night. I noticed it has more people in Western style clothes than Hebron or Nablus, and more Western shops like pizza places, numerous cafes, and when I was there a grand Christmas tree in the city center. You can get delicious kebabs for a fraction of the price of Israel. And since there are only a handful of other tourist, you get a strong and friendly welcome wherever you go. But probably the most important thing I learned in Ramallah was that the understanding and image I had of the city, that it was dangerous and full of people I should fear, well that was wiped out and I realized people and life was basically the same and there was nothing out of ordinary to fear at all.

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  92. Vikram Chaudhary Posted on February 29, 2020 at 12:29 am

    Ur voice is fabulous
    Love from India

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  93. Faisal khan Posted on February 29, 2020 at 12:43 pm

    Love from india 🇮🇳

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  94. Emin Gasimzadeh Posted on March 21, 2020 at 11:44 am

    Ramallah,the capital of the Palestinian state.

    Reply
  95. Emin Gasimzadeh Posted on March 21, 2020 at 11:47 am

    Free Palestine

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