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Sufi Beer Trail
August 16, 2011, 8:48 am
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J POST: Lamb blood is splattered all over the doorway of what was once a church as if someone had just dropped a leaky garbage bag filled with guts from the heavens.

“The local people continue to follow Old Testament practices. They sacrifice unto God,” explains Maria Khoury as she leads me through the ruins of the Byzantine-era St. George Church on the outskirts of her Palestinian village, Taybeh.

“This is blood here,” she says, pointing to the big red patch at the entry way. “Sometimes we might not have a sacrifice for six months and maybe in one week we might have three,” she adds. “It’s a cultural tradition. It has nothing to do anymore with religion.”

It’s a hot summer day in the Holy Land and we’re in search of the so-called “Sufi Trail,” which we are told links the Arab villages of the central West Bank. Even with the help of two tour guides, we never quite identify the trail’s entire route, but it doesn’t matter. We enjoy an enticing melange of historical sites and scenery straight out of the Bible.

The Sufi Trail is part of the Palestinian Authority’s campaign to get visitors to expand their itineraries beyond the traditional stops of Bethlehem, Jericho and Ramallah and to promote rural tourism.

Khoury is well known in these parts. Born in a stone house here, he followed the path of many of his fellow Taybeh residents and sought his fortune abroad. Educated in the US, he got hooked on making homemade beer while working in a liquor store in Boston. He was swept up in the peace fever after Israel and the Palestinians signed the Oslo accords in 1993 and like a prodigal son, returned to his village.

Together with his brother David, now the mayor, Khoury set up the Taybeh brewery. From 500 liters in 1995, today they produce 600,000 liters exported far and wide, but mostly in the West Bank and Israel.

To help us find the Sufi trail, we are joined by two young guides, Salma and Waffa, students at nearby Birzeit University.

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HAT TIP TO SHALOM

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[…] of his fellow Taybeh residents and sought his fortune abroad. Educated in the US, he got hooked on Making Homemade Beer while working in a liquor store in Boston. It’s a hot summer day in the Holy Land and […]

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