Palestine Portal posts trips that incorporate responsible tourism in the Holy Land: not doing harm to the Palestinian people and learning about their struggle for freedom and justice. If you know of such trips that we do not have here, please let us know: firstname.lastname@example.org
The trips on this page are not listed in chronological order; they are grouped by tour organizers.
ON THIS PAGE:
• Pilgrims of Ibillin Pilgrimages
• In the Footsteps of Jesus: Tours led by Jeff and Janet Wright
• Eyewitness Palestine Delegations
• Sabeel Witness Trips
• Friends of Sabeel: FOSNA and CFOS
• United Methodist Church – Global Ministries
• Tree of Life Educational Fund trips
• Christian Peacemaker Team Delegations
• JAI Olive Planting
Pilgrims of Ibillin Pilgrimages
Led by Rev. Joan Deming, UMC
Looking for a way to engage with Peacemakers and go beyond traditional tourism to Israel/Palestine?
Pilgrims of Ibillin offers excellent listening/study tours. Join us to meet the peacemakers of today.
View a sample pilgrimage itinerary.
Upcoming Living Stones Pilgrimages:
One Pilgrimage for 2020 is already filled.
Join us for the Living Stones Pilgrimage
October 14-25, 2020.
Let us know if you are interested in securing a spot to see the Holy Lands and see peacemaking in action. Contact Brenda Mehos, Pilgrimage Director, email@example.com or Debbie Havrilak, Travel Agent, 425-775-1595 ext. 1030, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Save the Dates – May 2021
“Encountering Women Peacemakers of the Holy Land.”
This unique pilgrimage and study tour will focus on the essential contributions of women in the Bible and today. All are welcome and encouraged to come join us. Pilgrims of Ibillin Executive Director Rev. Laurie Lyter Bright and Dr. Monte Luker will co-teach this cross-cultural immersion experience through the auspices of the Jerusalem Center for Biblical Studies. Let us know your interest for this Spring 2021 tour: email@example.com
Read the blogs of previous participants and plan to join us on a future trip:
• Pilgrims board members, volunteers in Ibillin
• Living Stones Pilgrimage, May 13-26, 2019 Read blog in participants’ own words)
• Living Stones, Oct. 15-28, 2019 read October 2019 blog.
In the Footsteps of Jesus:
Alternative Tours to Palestine and Israel
Hosted by Jeff and Janet Wright
Two Pilgrimages in 2020:
6–17 January and 24 January – 4 February
Alternative (responsible) travel seeks to transform curious tourists into informed pilgrims by engaging the people who live in the land — and the history, culture and social realities that shape their lives.
The Wrights are hosting two pilgrimages in early 2020, one for Philips Theological Seminary and another for First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), Madisonville, Kentucky. Both tours are now open to other participants. The Philips tour will have a more theological emphasis, but both pilgrimages will spend about half the time visiting holy sites and half the time meeting with Jews, Muslims and Christians in the region.
As the tour title suggests, many of the first-century conditions that shaped Jesus’ life and ministry continue to shape the lives of Palestinians and Israelis today. In addition to exploring the holy stones — the historic places and sites that have defined our faith — participants will engage the Living Stones: Jews, Muslims and Christians who live in the land.
Experienced tour leaders Jeff & Janet Wright have served as short-term Mission Co-Workers to Israel/Palestine through the Disciples of Christ/UCC Global Ministries, having traveled there many times. Janet is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. Working near Bethlehem, she and colleagues created an all-Arab training team in EMDR. Jeff is recently retired as lead pastor of Heart of the Rockies Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) located in Fort Collins, Colorado. The tour will be accompanied by a professional, local guide.
To facilitate conversation, take advantage of unplanned opportunities and provide a more enriching experience, tour size is limited to around two dozen persons. Participants will: explore the holy sites of Bethlehem, Jerusalem and Nazareth (where Jesus was raised); visit the Abrahamic mosque and divided city of Hebron; tour Jericho, the Sea of Galilee, the Jordan River and more; learn from Global Ministries mission partners; meet and discuss differing perspectives on the current political situation with Muslim, Christian and Jewish leaders. Some meetings on the itinerary are subject to change due to speakers’ availability and other conditions; substitutions of similar interest and quality are made.
Travel arrangements have been made through the award winning Siraj Center for Holy Land Studies. Overnight accommodations are clean, comfortable and modest, booked to maximize our contact with the Living Stones and make the tour more affordable. Past tour participants have rated the tour experience very highly. Cost of the 2020 tour is $2,340 (based on twenty participants, double occupancy, and excluding airfare).
See details for the itineraries of these trips and register: http://www.footstepsofjesustour.com/
Eyewitness Palestine Trips
Is this the year for an unforgettable journey for justice?
Join Eyewitness Palestine on one our of our unique delegations to Palestine/Israel in 2019!
Your Eyewitness Palestine experience is rooted in the life stories of activists and organizers – not politicians or public relations experts. We connect you to peace-builders, resisters to oppression, and nonviolent activists. There’s only one way to truly understand the realities of Palestine/Israel – through the eyes of those who live there.
LEARN MORE: https://eyewitnesspalestine.org
About Eyewitness Palestine Delegations
For many, an Eyewitness Palestine delegation is a catalyst for activism. For others, the delegation provides the grounding on which to hinge a deeper understanding or renewed commitment to Palestinian freedom.
Most Eyewitness Palestine delegates remain active in the movement for Palestinian rights, extending the impact of each delegation far beyond the trip itself. When you join an Eyewitness Palestine delegation, you meet Palestinian and Israeli peace-builders, learn from community leaders, investigate current topics, and experience the reality of life in Palestine/Israel.
Each Eyewitness Palestine delegation itinerary is unique; however, many topics are regular features. Approximately 25% of every trip relates directly to the delegation theme; the rest is made up of meetings on a range of engaging and important topics.
LEARN MORE: https://eyewitnesspalestine.org
Sabeel Witness Trips
Sabeel Ecumenical Liberation Theology Center invites you to join us for 8 nights to experience the reality of life in today’s Holy Land:
• Worship with Palestinian Christians
• Meet and reflect with Palestinian Christians and Muslims as well as with Jewish Israelis and internationals who partner with Sabeel in non-violent resistance against the violation of international and humanitarian law
• Experience the realities of the Palestinian community living under Israeli Occupation: the Wall, settlements, checkpoints, confiscated land and demolished homes, refugee camps, and environmental degradation
• Act in solidarity with the Palestinian community.
• Learn about the loss of civil and property rights of Arab Israeli citizens
WHERE: Nights in Bethlehem, Jerusalem and Nazareth with side visits to other sites including the West Bank and to the Galilee holy sites
PLEASE NOTE THAT THESE ARE RIGOROUS TRIPS THAT INCLUDES CLIMBING OF STAIRS AND MUCH WALKING, SOMETIMES OVER ROUGH TERRAIN.
COST: $1600 per person in a double room; $1900 per person in a single room This cost includes a non-refundable registration fee of $300, all accommodations and meals for 8 nights, all transportation and honoraria during the visit. It does NOT include airfare, transportation to and from the airport, personal expenses and souvenirs, or travel insurance.
Website page: https://sabeel.org/witness-visits-2/
Download a Sample Program
For more information please email World@sabeel.org or call +972 2 5327136
UPCOMING SABEEL TRIPS
Fall Solidarity Visit: 13–21 October 2020 inclusive (8 nights)
This trip is led by Rev. Naim Ateek- co-founder of Sabeel
NOTE: the program will begin on the morning of October 13th. (Check-in time at the hotel will be 2:00 p.m. on the October 12th- check out will be 1:00 p.m. on the October 21st) We advise arriving some time in advance, to get acclimated before the program begins.
Spring Come & See: 16–24 March 2021
This trip is led by Rev. Naim Ateek- co-founder of Sabeel
NOTE: the program will begin on the morning of March 16th. (Check-in time at the hotel will be 2:00 p.m. on March 15th – check out will be 1:00 p.m. on the March 24th) We advise arriving some time in advance, to get acclimated before the program begins.
Fall Solidarity Visit: 5–13 October 2021 inclusive (8 nights)
NOTE: the program will begin on the morning of October 5th. (Check-in time at the hotel will be 2:00 p.m. on October 4th – check out will be 1:00 p.m. on the October 13th) We advise arriving some time in advance, to get acclimated before the program begins.
Spring Come & See: 13 – 20 May 2022
This trip is led by Rev. Naim Ateek- co-founder of Sabeel
NOTE: the program will begin on the morning of May 13th. (Check-in time at the hotel will be 2:00 p.m. on May 12th – check out will be 1:00 p.m. on the May 20th) We advise arriving some time in advance, to get acclimated before the program begins.
Fall Solidarity Visit: 25 October – 2 November 2022 inclusive (8 nights)
NOTE: the program will begin on the morning of October 25th. (Check-in time at the hotel will be 2:00 p.m. on October 24th – check out will be 1:00 p.m. on the November 2nd) We advise arriving some time in advance, to get acclimated before the program begins.
Friends of Sabeel North America (FOSNA)
and Canadian Friends of Sabeel
Come and See Israel/Palestine Witness Trip
Monday, June 1, 2020 – Sunday, June 14, 2020
Tour holy sites and experience the effect of the Israel occupation on Palestinians in Jerusalem and the West Bank. Your tour leaders are two women with strong connections to the region.
• Visit the holy sites in the Old City of Jerusalem — the Western Wall, the Church of the Holy Sepulcher, and the Dome of the Rock.
• Take an alternative tour of the Old City and see the political impact of Jewish settlements on the people living in the four Quarters of the Old City.
• Experience the realities of the Palestinian community living under Israeli occupation: the Wall, settlements, checkpoints, confiscated land and demolished homes, refugee camps, and environmental degradation.
• Visit the Sabeel Ecumenical Liberation Theology Center in Jerusalem and Nazareth and with Kairos Palestine in Bethlehem.
• Meet with Palestinian groups such as Wi’am, Al-Haq, and the Human Rights Association in Nazareth.
• Meet with Israeli groups like B’Tselem, the Israeli Information Center for Human Rights in the Occupied Territories, and Zochrot which works to raise awareness of the Palestinian villages destroyed in 1948.
• Visit the site of a destroyed Palestinian village and learn about the loss of civil and property rights currently experienced by Palestinians with Israeli citizenship.
• Travel to a Bedouin village in the Negev Desert and hear of their struggles.
• Spend two nights in the Galilee and visit Nazareth, the Mount of Beatitudes, and the Sea of Galilee.
• Tour Nablus in the heart of the West Bank including Balata Refugee Camp and Jacob’s well.
• Meet with the Christian Peacemaker Team in Hebron, and visit the Ibrahimi Mosque, honored by Jews and Muslims as the burial place of Abraham.
PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS IS A RIGOROUS TRIP THAT INCLUDES CLIMBING OF STAIRS AND MUCH WALKING, SOMETIMES OVER ROUGH TERRAIN.
Cost: $2,500; includes hotels, meals, ground transportation, honoraria for speakers and tips.
The cost does not include airfare and travel to Jerusalem.
Led by Kathy Bergen and Joy Lapp
Kathy Bergen has worked for Palestinian human rights and a just peace between Palestinians and Israelis since 1982. She lived in Jerusalem and Ramallah for 16 years. She is currently living in Waterloo, Ontario and is serving on the Canadian Friends of Sabeel board.
Joy Lapp teaches religion at Iowa Wesleyan University. She spent three years in the Middle East working with Mennonite Central Committee and was a founding member of the Mennonite Palestine Israel Network (MennoPIN).
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Experience the Holy Land:
Nazareth, Jerusalem and Bethlehem
8–19 September 2020
Registration Limits: Minimum of 20 persons, Maximum of 30 persons
Closing Date: 1 June 1 2020
Event Leadership: Janet Lahr Lewis, retired UM Missionary
and former Methodist Liaison in Palestine and Israel
Email: Jlahrlewis2@gmail.com Tel: 410-340-8756
[Please note: UMC PrimeTimer trips are planned with the physical requirements of older adults in mind. But this trip is not limited to that age range and all are encouraged to participate in this trip.]
An opportunity to participate in a unique experience by combining service projects with visits to holy sites, educational information and meetings with the indigenous Christian community in the land of Jesus. Participants will learn about the history, people and culture of the area, as well as experience firsthand the famous Middle Eastern hospitality.
Site visits will include Jerusalem Old City, Sea of Galilee, Capernaum, Bethlehem and more. There will be an opportunity to meet representatives from the three Abrahamic faith communities as well as United Methodist Advance Projects and partner organizations.
Participants will enrich their faith in the land of the Bible, worship with local Christian congregations and serve with United Methodist-sponsored projects.
Event Cost: The cost of $3,850 per person includes airfare from Dulles International Airport, near Washington, D.C.; accommodations; daily meals; local transportation; entrance fees; Licensed English Speaking Guide; tips for guide, driver, hotels; honoraria for guest speakers; donations toward work projects; and a $50 registration fee paid directly to Global Ministries. UMVIM insurance and personal expenses are not included.
Housing and Meals: Housing will be in tourist-class hotels. Cost is based on double-occupancy rooms. There will be an increase in cost of $800 for single rooms. Three daily meals are included in the total cost. Additional meals and snacks will be at the expense of the participant.
Transportation: Local transport will be by deluxe motor coach.
Estimated Physical Demands: There will be walking with hills and stairs on some days. Participants should be able to get in and out of vehicles and be able to walk on uneven and cobblestone walkways. Work projects will require minimal physical labor.
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Download the full booklet for Primetimers Trips in 2020
Tree of Life Educational Fund
A Journey Toward Hope
10-21 March 2020
Hope is the thing with feathers
That perches in the soul,
And sings the tune without the words,
And never stops at all.
~ Emily Dickinson
Our next Tree of Life journey will be a journey toward hope…[Read the full description and background on this trip at https://tolef.org/2019/05/13/journey-march-2020]. On this journey we will meet those who no matter their dire circumstances continue “to sing the tune without the words and never stop at all.”
We will meet Palestinian mothers and fathers who work and struggle in order to provide outstanding educations for their children. We will meet former Israeli soldiers who, despite being called traitors and liars, work hard to expose the human rights violations they have witnessed.
We will meet Palestinian farmers who, despite being tormented by Israeli settlers, still have a sign that says, “We Refuse to Be Enemies.” We will meet dreamers and visionaries who by what they say and do are helping to write a new and more promising script for the future of the Holy Land.
We will meet with those who teach Palestinian songs and dances to younger generations, resisting demoralization and defying hopelessness in spite of the harsh realities of the inhumane military occupation they are forced to live under. All of these voices of hope are apparent contradictions, and that’s exactly why we need to meet them.
On this Tree of Life journey, we will have the honor of meeting a number of those who exemplify what it means to be a contradiction to the violence and injustices of this world. By their example, we hope that we might join them in our collective effort to contradict the world as it is.
In this journey, by the example of courageous and hopeful Palestinians, Syrians and Israelis, we hope to be inspired by their example to become a part of that “group of people”, sometimes called, “the beloved community”, those who work to bring “felicity” into our human family.
See the Itinerary and Cost Details: https://tolef.org/2019/05/13/march-2020-itinerary
Christian Peacemaker Team Delegations
CPT Delegations in 2019:
22 October – 5 November 2019 (Harvest Delegation)
30 November – 14 December 2019
Road closures, home invasions, checkpoints, and the presence of militant Israeli settlers near Palestinian villages continue to threaten Palestinian human rights, and Israel’s separation barrier (much of it built on confiscated Palestinian land) continues to separate Palestinian communities from each other and ordinary Israelis and Palestinians seeking to come together for peace. CPT delegation members will gain a perspective on how these issues affect daily life, and will experience the power of Palestinian and Israeli citizens overcoming what seem to many to be permanent obstacles.
Delegates will meet with Palestinian and Israeli human rights representatives and peace workers in Jerusalem and Bethlehem. They will visit Palestinian families whose home and livelihoods are threatened by expanding Israeli settlements. They will travel to the city of Al Khalil (Hebron) and the village of At-Tuwani in the South Hebron Hills and experience firsthand CPT’s work alongside Israeli and Palestinian partners. They will challenge the structural violence of the Occupation through nonviolent public witness.
Delegates should be prepared for some physical rigors, such as hiking in rough, extremely hilly terrain, heat in the summer and damp cold in the winter, and generally long days. CPT has had a continuous presence in the West Bank since 1995. FUNDRAISING EXPECTATION: $3500 USD, which includes round-trip airfare from a designated U.S. or Canadian city. Those planning to travel from other countries, please contact the CPT office for more information.
About Christian Peacemaker Teams (CPT)
Building partnerships to transform violence and oppression.
A world of communities that together embrace the diversity of the human family and live justly and peaceably with all creation.
Christian Peacemaker Teams is committed to work and relationships that:
– Honor and reflect the presence of faith and spirituality
– Strengthen grassroots initiatives
– Transform structures of domination and oppression
– Embody creative non-violence and liberating love
Learn more about CPT at: https://www.cpt.org/about/mission
Keep Hope Alive: Olive Tree Planting
8-17 February 2020 •
West Bank, Palestine
A program for Civil International Solidarity with Palestinians
The JAI together with the Alternative Tourism Group (ATG) are organizing the 12th annual Olive Planting Program – February 2020, as part of the JAI ongoing Keep Hope Alive – Olive Tree Campaign, to help Palestinian farmers and their families plant olive trees in their threatened fields.
Besides olive planting, the program features introductory presentations about the current situation in Palestine and the effects of the Apartheid Wall, tours in the old city of Jerusalem, Hebron, Bethlehem, as well as Ramallah, in addition to cultural events and social gatherings.
It is our pleasure that people are taking part in our mission in Keeping Hope Alive together and to learn more about daily Palestinian life under a merciless military occupation.
• COST including accommodation in a double room, meals, guides, local transportation and other relevant expenses is $750. Requesting a single room at the hotel would cost the participant $200 Extra. Any extra night(s) accommodation (before the night of the 8th/9th of February, or after the night of the 16th/17th of February 2020) can be arranged with extra costs.
• Accommodation can be arranged at a hotel or with a local family.
• A tour guide will be present with the group at all times for facilitation purposes.
• Travel from and to the airport is NOT included in the cost but can be arranged for groups and individuals (100 USD per person for each drive, unless sharing).
See more details, the daily schedule, and contact information on the JAI website