Since 2006, Siraj Center has organized no less than 19 West Bank study tours from Ireland, bringing more than 500 citizens of the Emerald Isle to Palestine. These groups have traditionally been organized through voluntary efforts and non-profit making capacity. This past September 2018 a group of 28 Irish came to Palestine, and had a great opportunity to visit unique historical sites. They came with expectations to see and experience the reality of Palestine/Israel issues and hear informed points of view from all sides. We were told from program participants that the experience exceeded their most optimistic expectations, and was an excellent means of building a platform for Irish activism for Palestine, with many who come on the trips becoming Palestinian activists on their return home.  Last but not least, friendships were formed on this program, and a genuine link made between the Irish and Palestinian people. We hope to greet Irish Group #20 and beyond in the coming year! 


Friday, 21 December 2018 09:10

Walking the Palestinian Heritage Trail

In early December, Siraj Center organized a five-day of the Palestinian Heritage Trail for a private hiking group of seven adventurers who traveled all the way from America, Australiaa, Canadian and Sweden to experience Palestine through its nature, cultlure and hospitality. l

Hidden Treasures, a travel series prepared by Trio Orange, a Canadian company based in Montreal, Quebec, recently completed a Palestine-themed program, with Siraj Center providing logistical support as well as other on-site expertise. 


Hidden Treasures is focused on promoting Middle East countries and everything they have to offer, from well-known tourist attractions to "hidden treasures,"  with the programs focus on the rich history, people and must-see attractions of each nation. The film production crew

filmed scenes in places such as the old city of Jericho, Nativity Church in Bethlehem , Arafat's Tomb in Ramallah, the Muslim pilgrimage shrine of Nebi Musa, and much more; often using off-road jeeps in the Jerusalem Wilderness and also among the Bedouin communities within the Dead Sea region. The series will be broadcasted on the Canadian channel Evasion in Fall 2019 - stay tuned and let us know what you think of the program!

Wednesday, 22 August 2018 20:05

"Abraham's Children" Visit the Holy Land

This past July, Siraj was pleased to host an educational program entitled Abraham's Children: Searching for Justice in Israel & Palestine.

This intensive 14 day tour was led by Ann Fortin and Paul Parker, and focused on exploring many of the most important socio-political questions of the region through meetings, discussions and site visits.

Some of the organizations that "Abraham's Children" met with included the Educational Bookshop, Rabbis for Human Rights, Zokrot, Sabeel, WIAM, Tent of Nations, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, the Edward Said Conservatory, and many more. And as with all of our programs, the participants were able to encounter everyday people and gain an on-the-ground perspective from the local "children of Abraham."  

Wednesday, 22 August 2018 20:00

"Cousins Tour" Returns Home to Palestine

We love all of our programs, but it's a special labor of love for Siraj staff to help Palestinians living or born abroad reconnect with their homeland through a heritage tour.

This July, Siraj worked with two Palestinian families from the United States to make use of a family trip to their hometown of Ramallah to visit such places as the historic Palestinian cities of Akko, Haifa and Nazareth as well as many of the key religious, cultural and historical sites of Jerusalem and the West Bank.

We hope the tour sparked a desire of the participants to return as often as possible and to encourage other Palestinians in "Amreeka" to take their own "Cousins Tour" with us.

Wednesday, 22 August 2018 19:55

Cambridge University Palestine Trek

Once again, Siraj was able to work with Cambridge University for another in-depth journey for its students through Palestine.

Their 8-day program brought them across the region, meeting with a range of local Palestinian civil society leaders in Jerusalem, the West Bank, and historic pre-1948 Palestinian communities in Israel.

Some of the highlights included meetings with diplomat and negotiator Dr. Sa'eb Erekat and Hanan Ashrawi, visits to the Old City of Jerusalem and the Samaritan community of Nablus, and even organizing Skype calls with Palestinian youth in Gaza. In the words of the program leader:

"The Cambridge University Palestine Trek facilitated by the Siraj Center brought 22 students on an unforgettable trip--getting to meet with and learn from everyone from local artists to politicians, journalists, top businessmen, and of course, talented young Dabkeh dancers! The group was so glad Siraj could take care of so many details for the trip they designed and only dreamed of!"

Have you thought of joining one of our Bike Palestine programs, but just have never found the right time to do so? Now is the time!

Our friend George Snow, filmmaker, teacher and enthusiast of all things Palestine and cycling, is returning once again to Palestine for an 8 Day, 7 Night cycling excursion through Palestine.

The program will begin in Jenin and end in Jerusalem, passing through the heart of the West Bank from big cities such as Nablus, Jericho and Bethlehem to small villages as Aqraba, Duma, Taybeh and more.

Along the way there's plenty of picturesque views, places of cultural and historical interest, and opportunities to experience the local cuisine, culture and hospitality.

We are in need of at least three more cyclists to join this program, with possibilities for more to join.  Interested?  Contact George Snow at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit