The MEET Group visited Bethlehem and Ramallah. The Nativity Church was its first destination, then toured the historic town of Bethlehem. Following, the Group members visited Bethlehem University, the Shepherds Field, and had the experience of seeing the Separation Wall around the Bethelehem.
An American Group Called Telos Visited Siraj Center on June 11th, and at the end of the day, the group members spread out to different Palestine families to overnight with them, and to experience Palestinian life.
The Siraj Center’s Michel Awad made a presentation in Bonn on how hiking trails can become pilgrimage routes.
David Landis, the founder of Jesus Trail, walked the whole of Abraham’s Path in Palestine to map the trail, provide GPS for hikers, write the trail description, and take photos.
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A mixed American and Australian group also walked Abraham’s Path, taking in Nablus, Aqraba, Duma, Kufr Malek, and Taybeh. The walkers stayed with Palestinian host families or in small hotels along the way, and enjoyed learning about the landscape, culture, and food of rural Palestine.
An international group of six hikers completed a walk along part of Abraham’s Path in Palestine. They began their journey in Nablus, exploring the old city before staying overnight with local families in the village of Awarta, just to the south.
The Executive Director of the Siraj Center for Holy Land studies, Michel Awad, represented Siraj at the International Travel Fair (ITB) in Berlin, as part of the delegation organized by the Palestinian Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities.
A delegation of 14 high-school students from the United States visited Palestine as part of an international youth exchange program coordinated by the Sabeel organization.
A delegation of 10 people from Switzerland hiked along the Nativity Trail from Nazareth to Bethlehem. Along the way they explored the Sea of Galilee, Jenin, Nablus, Jerusalem, Jericho, and the monastery of Mar Saba