As Israel approaches its 70th birthday, a solution to the conflict which has plagued the region from before the moment of its birth seems as far away as ever. This active study tour will present the narratives of both sides, examine possible solutions, and introduce players on opposing sides of the divide.

 

Program highlights:

  • Encounters with Israeli and Palestinian activists
  • Dual narrative tours of Hebron and East Jerusalem
  • Meet with Settlers and Human Rights groups
  • Security briefings on Israel’s borders
  • Discussions on Coexistence and Minority Rights

 

What’s included:

  • 7 nights’ accommodation in five-star properties, plus late check-out
  • Welcome reception
  • Daily breakfast at hotels
  • 3 lunches
  • 7 dinners
  • Full guiding services of an expert tour educator
  • Site visits
  • Speakers
  • Airport transfers for participants arriving and departing at suggested times
  • Transportation in an air-conditioned coach

 

Day One: Arrive in Tel Aviv and opening session: The Israeli Perspective

Day Two:  Security issues and the Gaza border, tour communities on the front lines

Day Three: Coexistence in the Galilee and Druze cooking workshop

Day Four: The Northern borders, geopolitical security briefing, and meeting with IDF soldiers

Day Five: Jerusalem from Left and Right, touring the city through different eyes

Day Six: The view from Palestine in Ramallah and Rawabi

Day Seven: Settlements in Gush Etzion and the complexities of Hebron

Day Eight: Effects of the Conflict- Summary

 

Day 1, Monday – Introduction to the Issues 

  • Individual arrivals at Ben Gurion airport and transfer to Tel Aviv hotel
  • Cocktails and dinner with Tal Becker, principal deputy legal adviser at the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Tal will speak on “Israel in a Volatile Middle East“: An in-depth analysis of Israel’s strategic landscape, and the challenges and opportunities for Israel in a volatile and rapidly changing Middle East. The lecture surveys Israel’s relations, interests and considerations with respect to the full range of countries across the Middle East including: Iran, Syria, Lebanon, Egypt, Jordan, Turkey and the Gulf States.

Overnight: Tel Aviv

 


Day 2, Tuesday – Encounters with Gaza and its Environs 

  • After breakfast, meet with Col. (Ret.) Miri Eisin, former IDF Spokesperson and authority on the security issues facing Israel.
  • Proceed south towards the Gaza border: overview and briefing from the Black Arrow Memorial overlooking the Gaza Strip.
  • Tour Sderot, a town which has borne the brunt of rocket attacks from Gaza.  Concrete bomb shelters are situated throughout the town because of the minimal 15-seconds of warning time given from incoming rockers and mortars.
  • Lunch in town at one of the region’s best hummus restaurants.
  • Meet with residents at Moshav Netiv Ha’Asara to discuss life on the border and share the fears and hopes for a different reality.
  • Return to Tel Aviv and meet with the European Union Ambassador to Israel, Lars Faaborg-Andersen, who will speak about perceptions of Israel abroad (Europe in particular), from both a political and a societal standpoint (subject to availability).
  • Dinner with members of the “Breaking the Silence” movement.

Overnight: Tel Aviv

 


Day 3, Wednesday – Coexistence in the Galilee

  • Travel north and visit the Arab-Israeli town of Baka El Garbiyah. Meet with Dr. Dalia Fadila, Director of Al-Qasemi College for Science and Engineering and a tireless promoter of Arab society in Israel, leadership, and specifically women’s leadership.
  • Visit the Green Carpet Association in the Arab-Israeli city of Umm El Fahm, established by local residents to promote local tourism and environmental projects in and around the town.
  • Continue to Haifa, Israel’s third-largest city and home to both Jews and Muslims. The shared society can be best experienced at the Technion, Israel’s leading technical research institute where researchers from all faiths and ethnicities work side by side.
  • Next, partake in a Culinary workshop and early dinner at the home of Druze residents in the village of Julis. The Druze community has preserved its traditions and secret beliefs for centuries, in spite of being cut off from fellow believers in Syria and Lebanon. Their sons serve in the Israeli army.

Overnight: Nazareth

 


Day 4, Thursday – On the border of Lebanon and Syria

  • Meet with IDF soldiers manning the outposts at Kibbutz Malkiye, on the border with Lebanon.
  • Drive along the border to Metulla, Israel’s northernmost town, to meet with Col. (Ret.) Kobi Marom, former IDF commander in the region and local resident. Col. Marom will outline the current security concerns of the IDF facing Hezbollah forces in Lebanon and the civil war in Syria.
  • Board jeeps for an off-road ride through the foothills of the Golan Heights, through the battle fields of the Yom Kippur War and to the bunkers at Mount Bental, situated mere meters across the border from the Syrian town of Quneitra.
  • Drive south along the Jordan Valley towards Jerusalem, pausing at the Old Bridge at Gesher to walk down to experience the No Man’s Land on the Jordanian Border.      
  • Evening arrival in Jerusalem, with a panoramic view of the city from the Mount of Olives. 
  • Dinner with Khaled Abu Toameh, Arab Affairs Correspondent of the Jerusalem Post.

Overnight: Jerusalem                                                           

 


Day 5, Friday – Different Perspectives of Jerusalem

  • Tour the city accompanied by guides from the far right Ateret Cohanim movement and afterwards, by representatives of the left leaning Ir Amim organization.
  • Visit the Western Wall as the Sabbath commences, joining the thousands of worshippers on site.
  • Shabbat Dinner with Yossi Klein Halevi, a senior fellow at the Shalom Hartman Institute in Jerusalem. Together with Imam Abdullah Antepli of Duke University, he co-directs the Institute’s Muslim Leadership Initiative.

Overnight: Jerusalem

 


Day 6, Saturday – The view from Palestine

  • For a window into the reality of Palestinian life, we accompany Rami Nafez Nazzal, a Palestinian resident of East Jerusalem, through the difficult political and emotional terrain of both Palestine and Israel. The tour will include a visits to a refugee camp, to the new Palestinian city of Rawabi, as well as meetings with Palestinian officials in Ramallah.
  • Return to Jerusalem for a free evening.

Overnight: Jerusalem

  


Day 7, Sunday – The Settlement Issue

  • Meet with settlers in Gush Etzion, one of the largest settlement blocs in the West Bank, and an area which by Israeli consensus will not be relinquished in any future political settlement. The tour will end with an overview of the southern West Bank from Kfar Daniel.
  • Meet with “Shorashim (“Roots”), an NGO active in promoting Jewish-Arab coexistence, dialogue and eventually trust between Israelis and Palestinian as a path to peace.
  • Dual narratives in Hebron: Visit the city accompanied by representatives of the EAPPI organization and by David Wilder, leader of Israeli settlers and the spokesman for The Committee of the Jewish Community of Hebron.
  • Return to Jerusalem and dinner with MK Ofer Shelach of the Yesh Atid Party (subject to availability)

Overnight: Jerusalem

  


Day 8, Monday – The Human Cost of the Conflict

  • Join an early morning Machsom Watch “patrol” at one of the checkpoints between Israel and the West Bank areas, ensuring that proper procedures are followed when allowing Palestinian workers into Israel.
  • Return to the hotel for breakfast and a session with Dr. Reuven Hazan, of the Department of Political Science at the Hebrew University: How the Conflict affects the Business of Governing
  • Meet with the co-general managers of the Parents Circle-Families Forum (PCFF), a grassroots organization of Palestinian and Israeli families who have lost immediate family members due to the conflict. The PCFF operates under the principle that a process of reconciliation is a prerequisite for achieving a sustained peace.
  • Free time in Jerusalem
  • Check-out of the hotel
  • Dinner and summary session at a local restaurant.
  • Transfer to the airport for return flight.

 

*Itinerary is subject to change pending circumstances beyond our control*

 

From: USD 3639 per person sharing a twin room, land package.

Supplement for single room USD 1202.

Based on a minimum of 15 paying participants per group.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dr. Tal Becker

Dr. Becker has been a senior fellow at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, senior policy advisor to Israel’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, a lead negotiator and drafter in the Annapolis peace talks, director of the international law department at the Israeli Foreign Ministry, counsel to Israel’s UN Mission in New York, and an international law expert for the Israel Defense Forces.

He is the author of Terrorism and the State, which won the Guggenheim Prize for best international law book, and has served, among numerous positions, as the Vice-Chairman of the United Nations General Assembly’s Legal Committee, the first Israeli to hold a position of this stature in over 40 years.

 


Col. (Ret.) Miri Eisen

Miri Eisin began her career in the IDF as part of the Israeli intelligence community. For over twenty years she served as the head of the combat intelligence corps, the assistant to the director of Military Intelligence, and as the Intel officer in combat units and research departments. After retiring from the military, Miri was appointed as the Israeli Prime Minister’s International Advisor and played an important role in the Annapolis Conference. Currently, Miri is one of Israel’s main presenters that sheds light on regional geopolitics, security related issues in the global media, and the different narratives within the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

 


Khaled Abu Toameh

Khaled Abu Toameh was born in the West Bank city of Tulkarem to an Israeli Arab father and a Palestinian Arab mother, and grew up in the Arab-Israeli town Baqa al-Gharbiyye. He received a B.A. in English literature from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and currently lives in Jerusalem. Abu Toameh started working at the official Palestinian daily Al-Fajr where he eventually became one of the editors. Since 2002, Abu Toameh reports on Arab affairs for the Jerusalem Post. Since 1989 he has been a producer and consultant for NBC News and has produced several documentaries on the Palestinians for the BBC, Channel 4, Australian, Danish and 4 Swedish television. Abu Toameh has served as a lecturer with the University of Minnesota – School of Journalism and other distinguished institutes.

 


Professor Reuven Hazan

Professor Reuven Hazan is the Chair of the Department of Political Science at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem.  His expertise centers on the historical and current analysis of democratic institutions, specifically placing Israeli democracy in perspective.  Professor Hazan was closely involved in reforming Israel’s electoral system and continues to advise Israel’s leading politicians on the restructuring of its legislative branch.  He collaborates with Israel’s top think tanks, serves as a consultant for several political parties, is often called upon to testify in the Israeli parliament, and has served on the Presidential Commission on the Structure of Government in Israel.  He recently returned to Jerusalem from a sabbatical year as a visiting professor in the Government Department at Harvard University.

Professor Hazan is a frequent commentator on CNN, FOX, BBC, NPR and other networks, providing insight into the latest developments in Israeli politics.   He has been quoted in magazines such as Time and Newsweek and in newspapers across North America from the Los Angeles Times to the Wall Street Journal.

 


Ali Abu Awwad

Mr. Ali Abu Awwad is a Palestinian activist and pacifist. He is the founder of Al Tariq (The Way), which teaches the principles of nonviolent resistance to Palestinian men, women, and children.

Ali is also a member of the Bereaved Families Forum, and tours the world together with Robi Damelin, a Jewish woman whose son was killed by a Palestinian sniper, to encourage dialogue and reconciliation between Palestinians and Israelis.

Ali’s life and work has been featured in two award-winning films, “Encounter Point” and “Forbidden Childhood”. He lives in Beit Ummar, near Hebron.

At the start of 2014, together with Rabbi Hanan Schlesinger and others, Awwad formed “Roots”, a group based in the West Bank area of Gush Etzion to promote dialog and eventually trust between Israelis and Palestinian as a path to peace. More recently he co-founded Tagyheer, the first Palestinian nonviolence movement.

 


Shaul Judelman

Shaul Judelman is a Jewish Israeli, husband, father and teacher living in Gush Etzion. He has been to his share of funerals, and seeks to address the anger and fear of the local communities.  “There is so much in common and to be discovered between our two peoples, and as I have started to walk across the borders I have started to see hope in the face of challenge.  To start from the spiritual anchors that guide so many of our people is crucial in working towards a peace that will be genuine for those currently in conflict.”  Together with Ali Abu Awwad, Shaul is involved with “Roots”, a group based in the West Bank area of Gush Etzion to promote dialog and eventually trust between Israelis and Palestinian as a path to peace. 

 


Dr. Muhammad Shtayyah

Dr. Muhammad Shtayyeh is a Minister in charge of the Palestinian Economic Council for Development and Reconstruction, PECDAR, a member of the Palestinian Negotiations team and the Central Committee of Fateh. He has been involved in the Peace Process since 1991.

 

 

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