Jerikos 10.000-års byjubileum er sjølvsagt viktig med tanke på å få fleire turistar til byen, som er godt kjent frå ulike tekstar i Bibelen.
Jeriko starta markeringa av jubileet 10.10.10 (sjå her).
Her er eit utdrag frå ein artikkel i The Christian Century som skriv om korleis palestinarane satsar i samband med jubileet.
World’s ‘lowest city’ Jericho celebrates 10,000 years
Jericho, made famous in the Bible and one the earth’s lowest and oldest inhabited cities, has begun a year-long celebration of its 10 000th anniversary.
The Palestinian Ministry of Tourism said it hoped to “solidify” Jericho as a key tourism destination by building on the city’s “ancient history, culture, religious heritage and unique geography”.
The Palestinian ministry says it is working in conjunction with the private sector and donors on the three-year “Jericho 10 000” project to develop the tourism infrastructure in Jericho and the Jordan Valley. Projects range from site restorations and developing new themed routes that would combine spiritual, cultural and nature activities.
Archaeologists have uncovered evidence of 20 consecutive settlements in Jericho, the first dating back to 9000 BC. They have also found urban fortifications dating back to 7000 BC. Archaeological remains in the area also include the winter palace of King Herod, who ruled in the area at the time of Jesus. There is the winter palace, dating from AD 743 and what Israeli archaeologists claim to be the world’s oldest Jewish synagogue dating back to 50-70 BC.