Palestinian Oktoberfest: tourists flock to West Bank for Taybeh beer festival near Ramallah
Germany's Oktoberfest is well under way with millions enjoying the annual beer festival, but it's not only Munich that is hosting a special beer festival. In the tiny Palestinian village of Taybeh near Ramallah in the West Bank, thousands of locals and visitors have enjoyed their own German inspired Oktoberfest and descended on the village which claims to produce the only Palestinian beer. The Taybeh festival, which began in 2005, is a world away from the nearby Gaza Strip, the other area Palestinians want for their future state, where the Islamic Militant group Hamas has forbidden alcohol and imposed severe rules for men and women in public. Today many Palestinians see the Taybeh Festival as an opportunity to boost the sagging local economy and many go to enjoy Palestinian music and dance troupes and quite a few more simply want to quaff the local ale.