Due to its rich history and heritage, Jerusalem is a top tourist destination. Millions of people visit the Holy City every year, especially for religious reasons. ِAccording to Israeli statistics, during 2015-2016 Jerusalem saw inbound tourism grow by 47%. Some 78% of the record-breaking 3.6 million tourists who visited “Israel” in 2017 toured Jerusalem.
Nonetheless, most of these tourists rarely get to see all of Jerusalem. This is not because the city is too big, but because one part of it is systematically “hidden” from these visitors by the occupation authorities. This is done through the use of a strategic propaganda that intentionally leaves out the Palestinian existence, history and heritage in Jerusalem, while at the same time marketing it as the “capital of Israel.”