Welcome to Hebron
Sadly, the common thread of belief has done little to improve relations between Muslims and Jews in Hebron (Al Khalil in Arabic), and the city has frequently been marred by religious violence.
Today, Hebron is unique in the West Bank in that Israeli settlers live in the very heart of the city, rather than on its outskirts, metres away from Palestinian homes and behind blast walls, barbed wire and thousands of heavily armed Israeli soldiers.
Hebron has been famous since antiquity for the leather, blown glass and hand-painted pottery made by its craftsmen.
Most visitors come to Hebron on a guided tour, but travellers wanting to explore on their own will find it an easy day trip from Bethlehem.