Solidarity Visit to Palestine

Solidarity Visit to Palestine

Tour of the West Bank

The land of Abraham and Mohammed, a promised land for some, acquired for others, and now divided. Amongst all this there are those however, from all spiritual families, who seek peace and work together to establish it. It is in the stable and secure West Bank surroundings that we invite you to better understand the tragic conflict between the Israelis and Palestinians. We stand with the Palestinian people – with their cultural and artistic activities – and support the continuation of their traditions amid the austere regime of the occupation which is both intrusive and oppressive, often coupled with humiliation. This trip is not intended to pressurise the visitor to adopt a certain viewpoint; it aims instead to open our eyes to a terribly complex situation resulting from some of the West’s least glorious moments in history. An essential visit to better understand the future of the Middle East and its protagonists.

Itinerary

(7 days – 6 nights)

Day 1:

Reception and transfer to hotel in Bethlehem.

Day 2: Bethlehem – Jerusalem – Bethlehem

After breakfast, the day will be spent visiting Jerusalem, a city holy to three great monotheistic religions. This ancient city has experienced centuries of bloodshed, twenty times destroyed yet still standing. You will have the opportunity to visit important places in the Old City, the Holy Sepulchre, the Wailing Wall and the Temple Mount with the Dome of the Rock and the Al-Aqsa. Visit the Alternative Information Center (AIC) was established  by Palestinian and Israeli  as a binational organisation to promote the human rights and a just peace for Palestinians and Israelis. Dinner and overnight at the hotel in Bethlehem.

Day 3: Bethlehem

After breakfast, you will visit the historical centre of Bethlehem and the Church of the Nativity. Then you will tour a local refugee camp called Deheishe and meet with residents. After this you will explore the pools of Solomon and the village of Artas and its folk museum. There will be a meeting with an official of the city of Bethlehem Peace Centre. You will also see a show of oriental music provided by a local youth association. Dinner and overnight at the hotel in Bethlehem

Day 4: Bethlehem – Jericho – The Dead Sea

After breakfast, you will travel to the green oasis near the Dead Sea, Jericho, the lowest city in the world at 240 metres below sea level. From here you will go on foot into the canyon of Wadi Qelt to admire the beautiful monastery of St. George which is situated against the ochre cliffs of the mountain. After this you will return to Jericho, back to the green oasis near the Dead Sea where there are two sites of particular interest: Tell es-Sultan, which are the ruins of one of the oldest cities in the world (7000 BC) and the Qasr Hisham, north of the oasis, where the Umayyads built a palace that houses beautiful mosaic floors. You will also see the Mount of Quarantine, which overlooks the oases. Then, you will arrive at the Dead Sea, where you can enjoy the unique experience of floating on the sea. Dinner and overnight in Bethlehem

Day 5: Bethlehem – Qalqilya – Ramallah – Bethlehem

After breakfast, you will travel to the town of Qalqilya where there are multiple visits and meetings planned, including one with the mayor who will explain the reality and catastrophic consequences of the Wall on the lives of people. You will then travel to the city of Ramallah, the place currently acting as the capital of the Palestinian Authority. You will proceed to Bir Zeit University, just outside the city. Dinner and overnight at the hotel in Bethlehem.

Day 6: Bethlehem – Hebron – Bethlehem

You will travel to Hebron, the city built by the Canaanites around 4000 BC. Here you will visit the Tomb of the Patriarchs which contains the tombs of Abraham, Isaac, Jacob and their wives. There will be a guided tour of the city with a local association. After this you will visit the famous, ancient glass factory located in the Kasbah of the city. On return to Bethlehem you will stop at the village of Wadi Foukin and meet members of the association “Friends of the Earth” which brings Palestinians and Israelis together to campaign against settlements in the West Bank and the separation wall. You will hear about the problems caused by the settlements and its negative impact on population, water and agriculture. Dinner and overnight at the hotel in Bethlehem.

Day 7: Transfer to the airport in Tel Aviv for the return flight.

All our programmes are subject to modification at any time. Each programme may, upon request, be adapted to the wishes and needs of your association, movement, organisation, …

 

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