Friday, 09 August 2013 09:30

Wild Frontiers Group

This British group had a walking tour that started from Nablus, Awarta, Duma, Taybeh, Jericho, Mar Saba, and ended in Jerusalem.

During their journey the group stayed with local families and learned a lot about Palestine’s culture and everyday life, and enjoyed the local food and landscape.

Friday, 09 August 2013 09:27

April Bike Tour

A multi-national group cycled all the way from Jenin to Jerusalem, passing through Nablus, Taybeh, Jericho, Bethlehem, and Hebron before finishing their tour in the Old City.

The group cycled through a variety of landscapes, visiting historic sites along the way and enjoying Palestine's food, hospitality, and culture.

Friday, 09 August 2013 09:26

Anderas Reizen Group

This Belgian group had a hiking tour that started from Jerusalem and passed through Nablus, Jericho, and ended in Bethlehem. They walked in Awarta village and enjoyed the landscape.

DUring their tour they met with locals and politicians to hear more about the social and political issues.

Siraj Center arranged for them a farewell dinner and dabka dance in a local restaurant.        

Friday, 09 August 2013 09:24

Mark Higgins Group

The couples from America had a tour from Nablus to Jericho,and Siraj gave them a good opportunity to live the Palestinian life; they stayed with local families shared their food and homes.                                                    

The group enjoyed a walking tour from Nablus to Huwara and then to Duma, KufurMalek to AinSamia, AinSamia to Auja and their last walk was from Auja to Jericho. Along this way they enjoyed a variety of landscapes and they visited important historical sites.                                                                                                                  

Friday, 09 August 2013 09:18

Sister Paulette Group

The group from America consists of 9 people,they visited Palestine to experience the daily life of the Palestinian people; they shared their homes, their food, their traditions and they made a tour of the Separation Wall to know more about the political situation of Palestine.

The group started their tour by enjoying volunteer work at the Tent of Nations, and afterward they stayed in Bil'in.Next was a tour in the old city of Hebron, and from there they moved to Jericho and ended their tour in Jerusalem where they met with organizations like OCHA and ICHAD to hear more about the situation.

Wednesday, 07 August 2013 09:13

Sao Paulo comes to Palestine

In a Palestinian village north-east of Ramallah, on a warm Ramadan night, an animated conversation is taking place outside a family home. Not in Arabic, but in Brazilian Portuguese.

 The home belongs to a lady called Umm Qussai, who organizes home-stays for the hiking groups that pass through her village, Kufr Malek. Around her are seven Brazilian girls, all students at Brazil’s FAAP University in Sao Paolo, who have come here as part of a 10-day cultural exploration of Palestine and Israel. To the delight of the students, Umm Qussai has invited her parents-in-law – Palestinians who spent more than 30 years living in Brazil, returning to their village only in retirement – to come over and speak with the girls in their own language.

 Over tea and qatayef, the typical sweets baked for Ramadan, the group talks about life in Brazil and in Palestine, about the similarities and differences in culture and temperament. Later the girls switch to English so they can talk with Umm Qussai’s 15-year-old daughter, Nour, charmed by the girl’s obvious intelligence and quick sense of humour. Brazilians and Palestinian teenagers, it turns out, are equally fluent at typing Facebook details into smartphones with their thumbs. The girls do not stop laughing until past 1am in the morning.

 The night in Kufr Malek exemplified the kind of exchange and learning that lies at the heart of our work here in Palestine. Later, we receive this letter from one of the Brazilian girls, Julia Padrao:

 "This journey was definitely one of the most enriching experiences I’ve ever had in my life. All the places that we passed through were filled with history, beauty and an amazing energy that touched us all. Even not being religious, visiting places that were important for different religions and understanding them was really fascinating. At last, but not least, what made our journey especial was the people we met there: all of them so kind, receptive and open hearted that I can easily say that they made a difference in my life and in the way I see it. If there's something I can ever say to people is that it is a journey worth making."

 The students of FAAP in Bethlehem(L to R): Maria Fernanda, Julia, Aline, Fernanda, Vanessa, Aline, and Leticia.

Wednesday, 07 August 2013 09:08

Nativity Trail 09 May

A multi-national group hiked the Nativity trial from Nazareth to Bethlehem.The walk took them from Faqua’a through Zababdeh, Fara’a camp, Nablus, Duma, Ain Auja, Jericho, Nabi Musa and Mar Saba. During their journey the group stayed with local families and learneda lot about Palestine’s culture and everyday life, and enjoyed the local food and landscape.

Wednesday, 07 August 2013 09:06

Swedish Group

A group from Sweden toured Palestine in early May, meeting with local people and organizations along the way.They stayed with local Palestinian families and enjoyed sharing food and friendship and everyday life with their hosts.