Yanoun- Nabi Nun Shrine

Yanoun is 15 kilometers southeast from the city of Nablus. It lies in an ancient village nestled between the great mountains and hills common to the area. Very close to Aqraba. The village took its name from its Caanite name Ya Nuha, which means ‘calm and serenity.’ Its Roman name was Yano.

Nun Shrine was considered one of the major shrines for Palestinians after nabi Musa.

Most of the land of Yanoun has been confiscated for the nearby Jewish settlement of Itamar, and villagers continued to endure beatings and shootings until the village became as deserted except of its everlasting olive trees . Yanoun reflects the destructiveness of Colonialism in a microcosm.

New settlements are starting on the close hilltops .


  1. Yanun, my beloved first home in Palestine… It was a glory and a pain -like it always is in Palestine- to live in the community of Upper Yanun, and moving around in that troubled area because of the violent neighboring colonies, for 3 months… and to come back every time i visited the country. Most of the olive trees there are literally thousands years old, as proved by experts on the matter…

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