Update on the trip to Palestine

Visit PalestineIf you want any more information or are thinking about going, get in touch with Matthew at edinburghsjp [AT] gmail.com

We can take a maximum of 25-30 people, so make sure you get in touch soon to let us know you’re interested. It promises to be a great trip!

  • the actual date has yet to be decided, but it will be around end May
  • if you are from the EU you won’t need a Visa, but otherwise you will need to get in touch with your consulate (/embassy) and check this out
  • you can ask Israeli officials not to stamp your passport, but there is no guarantee that it won’t be stamped. If you have an Israeli stamp on your passport you may have trouble getting in to some countries (eg Syria?) but otherwise it shouldn’t be a problem
  • Cost: between £190 and £250 (hopefully on the lower end of the scale – this is still under negotiation). This includes accommodation, the tours etc, breakfast, not other meals
  • Flights need to be booked individually – we can’t do a group booking as this may cause problems when arriving in Israel and justifying visit to Israeli authorities. Fly to Ben Gurion airport – easyjet from London the cheapest?
  • We will be hosted by Birzeit University
  • Check out the itinerary below, and look up www.patg.org for more information on the tourism group that will be showing us around

Alternative Tourism Group

Day One: Arrival to Ben Gurion Airport- transfer to Bethlehem- meet with ATG for orientation of program- dinner and overnight at your hotel or guest house.

Day Two: Bethlehem area: this day will include a meeting with ARIJ (applied research Institute, Jerusalem) for an introduction on settlement activities, wall, and other issues in the Occupied Palestinian areas- then you will have a tour to explore settlement activities and the wall in the area- visit to a refugee camp and meeting with refugees- then possible visit to the Church of the Nativity and Shepherd’s Field- dinner and overnight.

Day Three: AM: visit to Al Quds Open University- then drive to Hebron to visit the old city and some settlements in the old town- Lunch in Hebron- then possible meeting with the Hebron Rehabilitation Center for an introduction on the situation in Hebron- back to Bethlehem- Evening: live music at Jadal Cultural center- dinner and overnight.

Day Four: Jerusalem: AM: an alternative tour of the old city of Jerusalem with Nidal Center- lunch- PM: a tour with the Israeli Committee against house demolitions to explore settlement activities in the city of Jerusalem- back to Beit Sahour- Evening: possible meeting with a Palestinian official- dinner and overnight.

Day Five: Drive to Ramallah through the Palestinian Road -Visit to Bir zeit University and meet with PR and students- lunch in Ramallah- Possible visit to Arafat Tomb, then drive to   Taibeh Village for a visit to the Brewery- Continue to Nablus for dinner and overnight at a local hotel.

Day Six AM: visit to old town of Nablus and a refugee camp- possible visit to Al Najah University- OM: drive to Jenin and meet with Hakoura center and visit the camp. Drive back to Bethlehem for dinner and overnight.

Day Seven: AM: drive to Wadi Qelt for a hike (the hike lasts for around 4 hours, very beautiful place)- then drive to Dead Sea for a swimming adventure- back to Bethlehem- a farewell dinner at local restaurant- overnight.

Day Eight: Free morning then transfer to airport for departure.