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Palestine entry wins UN poster competition
Published Saturday 19/11/2011 (updated) 21/11/2011 19:00
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Palestine's entry depicts Jericho's
St. George Monastery in Wadi Qelt
BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Palestine has been selected as a winner in a poster competition conducted by the United Nations world tourism organization's biannual Vettor Giusti Prizes.

UNWTO's secretary-general Taleb Rifai announced Palestine's win over Saudi Arabia for the Mideast region during a session of the organization's General Assembly in late October.

The winning poster depicts Jericho's St. George Orthodox Monastery in Wadi Qelt, a West Bank oasis that is also home to one of the oldest synagogues. George is considered the patron saint of Palestine.

Palestinian Authority minister of tourism Khuloud Deibis said she was pleased with the achievement. She expressed hope it would shine a spotlight on tourism in Palestine and in Jericho in particular.

The posters competition is held every two years on the occasion of the sessions of the UNWTO General Assembly, to showcase the posters used to promote tourism around the world.

UN member countries submit one entry per region. In the Middle East, Palestine and Saudi Arabia submitted entries, according to a 2011 competition list on the Vettor Giusti Prizes website.
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1 ) Christopher / USA
20/11/2011 10:50
Go Palestine! That is a really nice poster.

2 ) Mel / USA
25/11/2011 19:31
Bravo Palestine! I hope tourists remember how Muslims built honorable shrines there,to Old-Testament prophets like al-Nabi Daniyal&Prophet Moses?The spiritual/historical tourist theme of cross,the hint of a crescent & the stalwart simple man on a donkey(both fleeing oppression then &now)is good. It'd B a good poster 2,with a crescent moon,intertwined with a cross&star of David under a guiding star,for all! It needs to appeal,historically/culturally to all montheistic faiths/historically,equally?
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