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.
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:
Click here for information, itinerary, and registration info.
Early registration deadline: June 30.
Last day to register: Sept 15.
To register, please download the form for the trip you want, print it, fill it in, and mail to Joan with a check for the registration fee of $500 per person (or $450 before the early registration deadline).
Join us to meet peacemakers, see the situations in which they live and work, and express our solidarity. Registrants will be accepted until 4 weeks before the trip.
Contact Joan Deming for more info: email@example.com.
In the Footsteps of Jesus:
Alternative Tours to Palestine and Israel
Hosted by Jeff and Janet Wright
Two Pilgrimages in 2020:
January 6-17 and January 24-February 4
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/
The Holy Land from a Woman’s Perspective
Led by Kathy Bergen
September 24 – October 4, 2019
Optional extension: October 4-7 in Ramallah, West Bank
Get a different view of the Holy Land as you hear the stories and visit significant sites connected to women in the Bible such as Deborah, Mary the mother of Jesus, and Mary Magdalene. Reflect on the life of Jesus in Nazareth, Jerusalem, Bethlehem, on the Sea of Galilee and many other places where he lived and taught. Visit with staff from NGOs working for peace. Also enjoy the natural beauty of the land at the Banias Nature Reserve and the oasis of En Gedi. On this tour you will meet the “Stones” that tell the stories and form the basis of our faith. You will also meet the “Living Stones”, the people who live in the Holy Land today–Jewish Israelis, Palestinian Christians and Muslims.
Since 1982, Kathy Bergen has belonged to a variety of organizations working for peace and justice in the Middle East. She spent 16 years living in Israel/Palestine and organized study tours in Gaza, the West Bank, and Israel for groups from universities, seminaries, colleges, and churches from around the world. Shirley Redekop, the president of Mennonite Women Canada, is an experienced tour leader who will act as logistics manager.
Watch a recording of a webinar about the tour, see the itinerary and learn more:
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
Summer 2019: Community Arts & Resilience Delegation
Specific dates provided after applying to join this delegation
Application deadline – extended: June 15, 2019
Apply here: https://eyewitnesspalestine.org/delegation69
Join this delegation to explore the creative ways Palestinian communities employ arts and curlture as a means of resilience and resistance. Meet Palestinians and Israelis making and using visual art, performance art, and more. And learn about the importance of other creative tools for community resilience, such as farming, technology, and education.
Autumn 2019: Environmental Justice & Olive Harvest Delegation
Specific dates provided after applying to join this delegation
Application deadline: August 1, 2019
Apply here: https://eyewitnesspalestine.org/delegation70
This delegation is your opportunity to visit Palestine during the olive harvest season – a culturally rich and important time. Hear from farmers and learn of the importance of agriculture to the economy and culture. Learn about threats to the environment, the exploitation of natural resources, and the struggle of Palestinian communities to maintain access to land and water.
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
Christian Peacemaker Teams
CPT Delegations in 2019:
May 7 – 12, 2019 (Nakba Day Delegation)
August 6 – 20, 2019 (Multifaith Delegation)
October 22 – November 5, 2019 (Harvest Delegation)
November 30 – December 14, 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
JAI Journey for Justice
July 27 – August 4, 2019
For Youths and Young Adults between 17 and 30
See this trip and Register at the JAI website:
For more information, contact Ibrahim Hannouneh, Media Officer / Exchange Programs Coordinator : firstname.lastname@example.org
Deadline for applications submission is mid-July 2019.
It is our pleasure to invite international youth worldwide to the Journey for Justice in Palestine. Youth between 17 and 30, from all over the world, in any background, religion or membership are welcomed to participate. The Journey includes guided tours and visits into various areas and sites to witness life in Palestine with its heritage and culture. This is besides professional presentations and discussions on key conflict issues, while interacting and living together with Palestinian youth participants, to hear their stories & experiences of daily life, and dreams for the future.
Palestinian youth participants will be selected by the JAI.
Participants ages should be between 17 and 25 (up to 30 could be allowed for special cases). The JAI covers some portion of the program costs, while participation still need to pay the fees of $750 USD per participant, excluding: VISA fees (to Israel, if needed in advance), air-tickets and transportation from and to airport / boarder crossing to the YMCA Beit Sahour (the JAI can arrange, but the participant(s) need to pay extra for if requested).
The participation fees cover local transportation during the program, accommodation, meals, and all extra (not JAI team) guiding and entrance fees during the Journey. This amount is to be paid in advance by a money transfer, or in cash soon as the participant arrives.
Each participant, or his/her respective movement or sending organization, covers his/her air ticket. Tickets should be reserved so as to arrive on the 27th of July (preferred around noon time) and departure on the 4th of August (also preferred around noon time) 2019. Extra days and arrangements outside the scope of the Journey is on the participant(s) own responsibility to arrange and cover the cost of. Participants of nationalities that need a VISA to Israel in advance, they, or their respective movement or sending organization, are responsible for obtaining and managing their TOURIST VISAs on their own, while the JAI, EJ YMCA or YWCA of Palestine are, unfortunately, unable to help in this matter.
Just a few details from the Itinerary:
– Guided tour at the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem, visits to the old city and market, Kairos Palestine, and Bethlehem University.
– Guided tour to the Apartheid Wall, colonies, settlers’ bypass roads, confiscated lands.
– Visits with organizations such as ICAHD: Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions
– Presentation on the BDS Campaign in Ramallah, free time to explore, lunch in Nabi Saleh village (Tamimi family – popular resistance, evening movie screening)
There is much more included in this trip! Click to see the full itinerary here