Al-Eizariya is a large, bustling town which takes its name from the biblical Lazarus, whose tomb is located underneath a church here. It was here, in what was known as Bethany, that Jesus is said to have raised Lazarus back to life four days after his death. The tomb is now a traditional pilgrimage site, although this was made much harder by the separation barrier cutting it off from Jerusalem.
The pedestrianised side street and stone steps surrounding the tomb have seen the arrival of a series of souvenir shops, capitalising on the fact that this is a wonderful tourist destination. The Lazarus church has been beautifully renovated, while the adjacent mosque is also a fantastic sight to behold.
Al-Eizariya town itself hums with life, as people and cars fly up and down its main road, which is lined with hundreds of shops. This is one of the few places where Israeli settlers are allowed to come and shop, and as a result there is a certain level of respect from both parties. Al-Eizariya is also only 3km from Jerusalem.
Population: 17,606 (2007).