From the Bridge crossing, the group was transferred to Jericho, where they visited the Mt. of Temptation, overlooking the Jordan Valley. In Bethlehem, they had a walking tour of the Old City, prayed at the Nativity Church, as well as at the Christmas Lutheran Church, where they enjoyed coffee and meeting Pastor Raheb and the congregation.
The group began its cycling in the northern West Bank town of Jenin where the participants cycled towards the ancient Greco-Roman city of Sebastia which is situated on a hill top. They cycled through the rural areas of Zebabdeh, Sanur and Beit Imrin where beautiful landscape was seen.
A human rights delegation made up of thirteen members of the Unitarian Universalist denomination from the United States visited Palestine/Israel from July 26, 2015 to August 6. The delegation was organized by Unitarian Universalists for Justice in the Middle East (see UUJME.org). UUJME is dedicated to achieving a just peace in the Middle East with equal rights for all peoples in Palestine/Israel. UUJME works both within and without the Unitarian Universalist denomination.
“Abraham’s Children” had life changing experiences meeting the people of Palestine and Israel in July 2015. After arriving in Tel Aviv, we traveled across Israel and Palestine from Jerusalem to Bethlehem, Masada and the Dead Sea, Hebron, Ramallah, Nablus, the Druze village of Majdal Shams in the Golan Heights, Banyas, Nazareth, and Haifa before returning to the US and Canada.
During the Summer Celebration Program, students have the choice of taking part in either a one-month or two-month stay in Palestine. Participants are able to take part in summer afternoon walks in nature which are organized by the Masar Ibrahim al Khalil and the Siraj Center. Also, they participate in tours of Palestinian cities like Bethlehem, Jerusalem and Hebron, which allows them to learn about the political situation, while experiencing authentic Palestinian hospitality. Students enjoy the unique landscape and traditional Palestinian hospitality in homes or Bedouin tents. They learn about and explore ancient cities, such as Sebastia and Jericho, which are host to a number of sites of archaeological importance.
11 – 24 June 2014
June 11th - Our first morning in Tel Aviv, we headed to the neighborhood of Shapira, which has long been a poor and ethnically diverse area of the city. With a local resident of Shapira we walked around the streets, met people from the Mizrahi Jewish and African migrant communities.
14 – 22 March 2015
A delegation of 96 graduate students from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government along with four organizers visited Palestine. The 8-day educational tour was organized by the Palestine Caucus at that school.