Boston College

December 2014 – January 2105
After studying the Palestinian-Israeli conflict from a human rights perspective, Boston College students make an annual immersion/study trip to the Holy Land over winter break.

The trip spends about half its time in Jerusalem, Tel Aviv- Jaffa, Nazareth, Haifa, Sea of Galilee and half in Bethlehem, Ramallah, Old Birzeit, Taybeh and Hebron. It includes meetings with human rights activists working on issues such as land, water, cultural survival, prisoners, women’s and children’s, economic development, and health care rights.

Our speakers come from the public and private sectors and from the United Nations offices in the area. The tour also includes visits to the main holy sites: the Church of the Annunciation, the Church of the Nativity, and the Church of the Holy Sepulcher, the Via Dolorosa, the Western Wall, the Dome of the Rock Mosque, and the Baha’i hanging gardens. The tour guides are generally community leaders in their own right who give us a fascinating insight into local life. We also do home stays with local families, learn a little dabkeh dancing, meet students at local universities, and enjoy many “shop opportunities” for local ceramic, glass, embroidery and cosmetics products.