About

Tourism in Palestine has been gaining a prominent interest among young Europeans. However, most of them have an inconsistent knowledge of the reality on the ground. In this context, the Franco-German Cultural Center has initiated in 2014 this online travel & urban guide to Palestinian cities with the support of the Franco-German Cultural Fund.

The project’s objective is to bring a contemporary, unique and alternative approach to visiting Palestine, primarily destined for the youth. It illustrates also the will of France and Germany to strengthen their cultural cooperation in Palestine.

Young professional journalists from France, Germany and Palestine have come together and formed the editorial committee of www.paltrips.ps. They traveled through Palestinian cities and landscapes, met people, heard stories and shared experiences and visions. Meet the team (below)!

The website – meant to be a collaborative platform – is the result of this work: it invites to discover Palestine through written, video, audio and visual contributions of 10 main cities: Bethlehem, Gaza, Hebron, Jenin, Jericho, Jerusalem, Nablus, Qalqilia, Ramallah and Tulkarm.

Local partner institutions and experts in all cities have greatly contributed to the success of this project.

The Franco-German Cultural Center in Ramallah supports the continuation and development of www.paltrips.ps and invites individuals or institutions to contribute and engage into the process.

For more information on how to join the project, please get in touch with our team via the contact form.

 

Team

Victoria Dabdoub
Victoria Dabdoub

Born in Palestine in 1987, Victoria is the project manager for paltrips. She joined the Franco-German Cultural Center in 2014. An architect by profession, Victoria is currently working on different cultural projects in Palestine.

Aurélie Darbouret
Aurélie Darbouret

Aurélie is a 28 years old French journalist working for the magazine NEON. She loves writing stories about young people. She is also the auteur of a book, Generation végétale, gathering portraits of young activists involved environmental issues.

Isabelle Mayault
Isabelle Mayault

French editor and writer, Isabelle has lived in Lebanon, worked in Syria, Turkey, Morocco, Algeria, and is currently based in Cairo. Her writing involves revolutions, coups d’états, travel stories, literature. She is one of the editors of the Egyptian literary magazine Rowayat and the author of the memoir Quiet Days in Cairo (éditions Riveneuve, February 2015).

Jamal Saad
Jamal Saad

Jamal, born in 1989, lives in Ramallah and works as a media coordinator for PARC NGO in the West Bank and Gaza Strip. He is also a freelance journalist with DW channel in the West bank.

Lissy Kaufmann
Lissy Kaufmann

Lissy, born in 1986, is a German reporter covering the Middle East. She lives in Tel Aviv and reports from Israel and Palestine. Humans and their lifestories, society and the influence of political and economic decisions on people are the focus of her stories which she tells both, on the radio (Deutschlandradio) and in print (Der Tagesspiegel). Lissy graduated from the German Journalist School in Munich and was a fellow of the "Trialogue of Cultues" fellowship of the Herbert Quandt Stiftung.

Claire Boubé
Claire Boubé

Claire is a French journalist. She started as a reporter and editor for the Radio Broadcast in Paris. She always had a passion for movie-making. As a field reporter interested in covering international news, she moved to the Middle-East in 2014 and started a freelancing experience, and corresponds for French and international media.

Jean Morizot
Jean Morizot

Born in 1988, Jean has graduated in journalism in 2013. He has worked for several French newspapers (Le Monde, Le Parisien, and VSD). Deputy editor of the French magazine RUKH, The Spirit of New Arab World, Jean has visited Palestine and now has one obsession: « Go back there! Go back there! »

Omar Zeyadeh
Omar Zeyadeh

Omar is a Palestinian journalist specialized in poetic and journal writing. He has studied English language and Literature and is currently preparing for an MA in Applied Linguistics and Translation in An-Najah University (Palestine).

Cédric Dolanc
Cédric Dolanc

Half-French, half-German, Cedric was born in Saarbrücken in 1987. He currently lives in Brussels where he spends most of his time working on European external border policies while also studying drums. He first came to Palestine as a Student of the Strasbourg journalism school back in 2012 to work on the role and situation of women in Palestinian society. He was a chief editor for the web-documentary Ruhr conversions and has been published by several news agencies.

Eva Lindner
Eva Lindner

Eva, 31, is a German freelancing journalist in Berlin. She writes for several newspapers and magazines such as Die Zeit, taz-Die Tageszeitung, Brigitte and hosts a literature-show on a regional TV-channel in Potsdam. As a journalist and blogger she offers training in "writing for social media".

Qais Assali
Qais Assali

Qais is a Palestinian graphic design instructor at Al-Ummah Government College and a visual art student. He is a distinguished holder of highest scores in graduation project in Graphic Design that led to receiving the opportunity to work as a member of teaching faculty and a research assistant at his university’s department. His current plans include further career development and obtaining the master’s degree in Visual Arts.

We would like to thank the Palestinian and international organizations who have supported and contributed to our project and all those who have enriched it with their significant input:

Miral Aama, Shadi A. Baker, Yara Kayyali Abbas, Xavier Abu Eid, Sajed Abu-Urbi, Nichola Akel, Anne Hertzum Alling, Yousef Anastas, Elias Anastas, Jackie Antoun, Michael Atyeah, Khaldun Bshara, Nadin Burqan, Michele Cantoni, Scarlett Coten, Chantal Abu Eisheh, Dalia Dabdoub, Ahmad Daraghmeh, Mariam Fares, Canaan Ghoul, Hachémi Ghozali, Joseph Goric, Gridism, Haneen, Issa Hantash, Ramzi Hazboun, Ingolv Helland, Sayel Jarrar, Saed Karzoun, Fadi Kattan, Karim Kattan, Doctor Khader, Alaa Khanger, Abu Qosai, Ibrahim Marazka, May Marei, Xavier Marquet, Suhail Matar, Abdullah Milhem, Firas Mukarker, Ayman Nasri, Alex Nicholas Khan, Mayya Papaya, staff of Area D, staff of the Franco-German Cultural Center in Ramallah, Nabil Rishmawi, Nicolas Ropert, Angel Saba, Tarek Salfity, Maha Shihadeh, Alex Shams, Ala‘ Shweiki, Nora Schweitzer, Chef Fadi Siniora, Jonatan Stanczak, Tewfik Tabouche, Amina Tamimi, Margaux Thuillier, David Turjman, Shady Zaqtan.