May 10 – 22, 2017: Come and See Israel/Palestine Witness Trip
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Learn about the impact of the Israeli occupation on Palestinian life and consider what is needed for a just peace:
• Take an alternative tour of the Old City of Jerusalem and see the political impact of Jewish settlements on the people living in the four Quarters of the Old City.
• Visit the Sabeel Ecumenical Liberation Theology Center in Jerusalem and Nazareth and with Kairos Palestine in Bethlehem.
• Meet with Palestinian groups such as the Palestinian Boycott Movement.
• 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 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.
Price: $2,200 (U.S.)
Includes: hotel, all meals, honoraria for speakers, entrance fees, ground transportation, and tips.
Does not include: airfare, travel from and to the Tel Aviv airport, souvenirs, personal expenses, or travel insurance.
The program begins with dinner at our hotel at 6 p.m. on May 10, followed by introductions and orientation. Each participant will arrange his/her own trip to Tel Aviv and return. Departure is on May 22. Prices are based on double occupancy. There will be a supplement for a single room. Prices are based on a minimum of 12 travelers, and
subject to changes due to circumstances beyond our control.
* By February 15, a confirmation of $300 (U.S.) will be asked from every participant.
**Travelers must have a passport that is valid six months beyond date of re-entry to the United States or Canada.
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 serves on the Steering Committee of the Mennonite Palestine Israel Network (MennoPIN).
JULY 14-23, 2017: Abraham’s Children Searching for Justice in Israel & Palestine
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This journey will introduce delegates to Palestinian and Israeli Jews, Muslims, Christians, and secularists who are working for inclusive justice and genuine peace. What’s going on? And what can be done to help move the situation toward an inclusive and just peace? Delegates will gain experience and understanding that will equip them to return home to work nonviolently for peace, justice, human rights, and international law in Israel, Palestine, at home, and throughout the world.
July 14: Individual departures from North America
July 15: Arrive in Tel Aviv and transfer to Jerusalem for on-site, group orientation
July 16-17, Jerusalem: Yad Vashem Holocaust Museum; Deir Yassin; B’Tselem; Association for Civil Rights in Israel; Zochrot & Canada Park; sociologist Dr. Bernard Sabella; Yusef Daher, executive secretary of Jerusalem Inter- Church Center; Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions; Dome of the Rock and Al Aqsa Mosque; Western Wall; Via Dolorosa and the Church of the Resurrection; Professor Mustafa Abusway of Al Quds University; Sabeel Ecumenical Liberation Theology Center
July 18-20, Bethlehem & Hebron: Church of the Nativity; Mosque of Omar; Bethlehem University; Hind Khoury of Kairos Palestine; Mitri Raheb; Applied Research Institute of Jerusalem; Bethlehem University; Hebron’s Old City;
Christian Peacemaker Teams; Ibrahimi Mosque; Tent of Nations; Dabkeh Dancing
July 21-22, Bethlehem & Ramallah: Mazin Qumsiyeh; Palestine Museum of Natural History; Aida Refugee Camp; Seraj Children’s Library; a member of the Palestine Legislative Council; Al Mukata’a; Al Haq: Human Rights in Palestine; Mustafa Barghouti; Palestinian Center for Human Rights; Sam Bahour; Addameer: Prisoner Support and Human Rights; Omar Barghouti; Dr. Estephan Salameh; Military Court Watch
July 23: Very early morning flight departures.
$1,540/person: 20 participants
$1,740/person: 16 participants
$2,040/person: 12 participants
For a single-occupancy room, add $320.
EARLY BIRD SPECIAL
Register and pay the deposit of $500 by February 17, 2017 and receive $100 off the price of the tour.
PRICE INCLUDES: *Accommodations in convents, guesthouses or tourist-class hotels *All ground transportation
*All meals *All entrance fees, service charges and local taxes and *One group transfer to and from the airport
*Background information *Tips for hotel staff, guides and drivers *Licensed guides fluent in English, Arabic and
Hebrew *Honoraria for speakers and organizations.
PRICE DOES NOT INCLUDE: *Airfare *Personal expenses *Travel insurance and *Passport.
Contact: Dr. Paul Parker, Elmhurst College at [email protected] or (630) 617-3559