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Tuesday, 10 November 2015 10:16

Sister Paulette Group

In Bethlehem, Sister Paulette’s group prayed at the Nativity Church, walked through the Old City, met with the Anstas Family, members of the Holy Land Trust, and learned about Kairos Palestine.  The participants had a tour near the settlement and Wall surrounding Bethlehem and the Aida Refugee Camp, where they also visited the inspiring Alrowad Theater. 

Tuesday, 10 November 2015 10:15

Mission Trip 2015

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. 

Tuesday, 10 November 2015 10:14

Bike Palestine September 2015

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.

Saturday, 07 November 2015 07:52

Abraham’s Children 2015

“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.

Saturday, 07 November 2015 07:50

Summer Celebration Program 2015

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.

Sunday, 06 September 2015 09:51

Leeds Met Volunteer Journey

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.

Saturday, 05 September 2015 20:22

Harvard

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.

Saturday, 05 September 2015 20:01

Westtown High School

14 – 27 March 2015
The Siraj Center arranged for a delegation of 14 high-school students from Westtown School in the USA to travel through Palestine.

Saturday, 05 September 2015 19:41

Westtown High School

1 – 14 March 2014

Quotes from the participants of the Westtown Senior Project

“The narrow and labyrinth like streets in the Old City had merchants along the sides selling candy, fresh fruit, clothes,

Friday, 04 September 2015 22:12

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.

Friday, 04 September 2015 20:01

Illinois University

20 – 29 May 2015
An American delegation from Illinois University composed of 7 participants visited Palestine for nine days. The delegation started its day with a visit in Jerusalem where

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.

The graduate students came to Palestine to improve their understanding of the situation on the ground.

 Some 14 different nationalities were represented, including Americans, Canadians, Indians, Pakistanis, Australians, French and Nepalese.

Thursday, 11 June 2015 06:42

Illinois group, 20/5/2015-29/5/2015

An American delegation composed of 7 participants visited Palestine for 9 days . The delegation started its day with a visit in Jerusalem, where the participants had meetings to hear about the political situation.  Later on they visited Hebron, Bethlehem, Auja, Ramallah, Nablus and ended their tour in Jaffa.

Thursday, 11 June 2015 06:38

Westtown group, 14\03\2015 - 27\03\2015

The Siraj Center arranged for a delegation of 14 adults from Westtown School in the USA to travel through Palestine.

The group stayed with local Palestinian families, helping them to get a real sense of everyday life and culture in the West Bank. 

An international group of eight 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.

A delegation of 22 Americans, led by Pastor Jeff Wright and his wife Janet, visited Palestine again this year. The group met with Israelis and Palestinians, Jews, Muslims and Christians to engage in dialogue and to hear different perspectives on the conflict.

The delegation visited some of the holy places in Bethlehem, Beit Sahour, Jerusalem and Nazareth, and also had a chance to explore Hebron, Jericho and Ramallah.

Monday, 08 December 2014 07:20

Irish group13th- 20th Sep. 2014

It was a very interesting trip, and I got a better insight into the way people have to live in Palestine.  We arrived in Bethlehem at 5am, but as I could not sleep, I went walking in the town on Saturday morning.  I was very taken with the liveliness of the streets, and the friendliness of the people in a part of the world I had never visited before.  We had a tour of Bethlehem and its surroundings with Dr. Qumsiyeh.  We saw settlements, demolished buildings, walls of course and Israeli checkpoints.  The size of some of the walls came as a shock.  I  am interested in the environment and I found  Dr. Qumsiyeh's  work in this regard interesting. 

Monday, 08 December 2014 07:15

Come and See Tour, 1st – 14th Nov. 2014

Once again, the Siraj Center helped organize a memorable tour of Occupied Palestine and Israel territories for eight Canadian citizens of different backgrounds. The group had the opportunity to visit unique historical sights. They came with expectations to see and experience the reality of the Palestine/Israel issues and hear informed points of view from all sides. The packed two week schedule certainly met and exceeded their most optimistic expectations.

Monday, 04 August 2014 07:14

Abraham's Children Listening Tour

The participants of the Abraham Children’s Tour listened to and interacted with many diverse people within the Holy Land.  They heard their stories, experienced local traditions, traveled to unique sites and gained an in-depth understanding of the realities that the people in this disputed land live on.

 Below are testimonies of two of the group’s participants.

 “This has been the most eye-opening experiences of my life. For my entire life, I have lived in America protected from what threatens other nations, but also isolated and ignorant of other people. I am so grateful for this tour. At my age, it is about time to have a life changing experience.” She is 68 years old!