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Two Palestinian travel bloggers promote local Palestinian tourism in the West Bank in defiance of the Israeli occupation. Israel cites security concerns for checkpoints in a volatile area it calls Judea and Samaria by its biblical names. Hoping to allay Palestinians’ fears of avoiding visiting remote locations, Malak Hasan and Bisan Alhajhasan created “Ahlan Falasteen” – meaning “Hello Palestine” – a blog and Instagram page with travel destinations and advice. “The idea of two young Palestinian women visiting places that people think are too far away, or that may be closed or scared because of settlers or Israeli soldiers, we go there to show them we are Places shouldn’t be left, “he told Alhajhasan, 32.