A multi-national delegation hiked along the Nativity trial beginning at Nazareth, where they toured the Church of the Annunciation and the House of Mary.
The hike took them from Faqua’a through Zababdeh, Fara’a camp, Nablus, Duma, AinAuja, Jericho, Nabi Musa and Mar Saba. 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A group of 13 people from all over the world came to cycle around Palestine – from Nazareth to Haifa,Jenin, Nablus, Qalqilya, Bil'in, Ramallah, Bethlehem and Hebron. The group came not just to enjoy our wonderful landscapes, but to understand more about the history of this place, to listen to some of the personal stories of the occupation, and to learn how to campaign more effectively for justice in Palestine.
NEPTO – the Network of Experiential Palestinian Tour Operators – hosted a group of 10 tour operators from Germany, who came to learn more about experiential tourism in Palestine and to help promote this growing movement. The tour was supported by the German development agency, GIZ.
The group toured Jerusalem, Hebron and Ramallah, as well as Bethlehem, where they met with Palestine’s Minister of Tourism. They also had a chance to walk around Jericho and enjoy the atmosphere, and to take a dip in the Dead Sea. Many useful ideas and connections were exchanged during this trip. On behalf of all our colleagues at NEPTO we warmly welcome our German friends to return to Palestine.
A group from the UK and the US walked the southern section of Abraham’s Path from Bethlehem to Hebron. They stayed with local families, including the Bedouin family of Abu Ismael at Rashaydeh in the desert – the highlight of their journey.
A Swedish group and an Italian group hiked the Nativity trial. The Swedes started in Nazareth, while the Italians set off from Jenin. Both groups stayed with local families along the way and learned about Palestine’s landscape and history.
A group of activists from Ireland visited Palestine, making a tour of the Separation Wall and spending some time volunteering in the Aida refugee camp. They also met with Palestinian politicians and joined the non-violent Friday demonstration in Bilin.
A Christian group from the US came to visit the sacred sites of Palestine. With Siraj’s help, the group was able to go beyond the ordinary pilgrimage itinerary, meeting with local people and learning about the political issues facing our country, as well as enjoying Palestinian food and hospitality.