Palestine Portal has posted the trips we know of 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 trips that we do not have here, please let us know: email@example.com
The trips on this page are not listed in chronological order; they are grouped by tour organizers.
Pilgrims of Ibillin Pilgrimage
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.
Living Stones Pilgrimages in 2019:
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Early registration deadline: Feb. 28.
Last day to register: April 15.
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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 for more info: firstname.lastname@example.org.
“Come and See”
Israel/Palestine Witness Trip
Organized by Friends of Sabeel-Colorado, led by Arnie Voigt and Joy Lapp
June 12-25, 2019
Disciples/UCC Global Ministries Mission Co-Workers Jeff and Janet Wright will host their twelfth annual pilgrimage to the Holy Land. 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.
- Visit the holy sites in the Old City of Jerusalem.
Experience the realities of 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.
- Meet with Palestinian groups such as Tent of Nations, Badil Center for Refugee Rights, the Alrowwad Theater in the Aida Refugee Camp, Stop the Wall, Al-Haq Human Rights Center.
- Meet with Israeli groups like B’Tselem, the Israeli Information Center for Human Rights in the Occupied Territories, and Zochrot which raises awareness of the villages destroyed in 1948.
- Visit the site of a destroyed Palestinian village in Israel 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.
- Tour the Galilee including Nazareth, the Mount of Beatitudes, and the Sea of Galilee.
- Tour Nablus in the heart of the West Bank including the Old City 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 and Sarah.
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 : email@example.com
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