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Pilgrimage for Peace

December 28th 2020- January 10th 2021

Nativity ChurchThe Christmas Pilgrimage for Peace is an annual program that gives people from all over the world the opportunity to experience oriental Christmas in Bethlehem, and to celebrate it with the most hospitable families in the Holy Land. In addition to visiting all key religious sites—including the Church of the Nativity, Shepherd’s Field, Jerusalem, and the Sea of Galilee—program participants will also learn about the current movement for peace and justice in Palestine, by meeting with human rights activists and political officials. The Christmas Pilgrimage for Peace will provide all comers a rich encounter with the culture of our land, in a place unlike any other: the place where Christ was born. 



Day 1: Mon Dec 28th, 2020– Arrival
• Night: Orientation and geopolitical presentation

Day 2: Tue Dec 29th , 2020 – Jerusalem
• Mt. of Olives, Chapel of the Ascension, Pater Noster church, Dominus Flevit, Gethsemane, Church of Agony
• Old city – Via Dolorosa , Western Wall, Dome of the Rock, Aqsa Mosque
• Sepulcher Church
• Meet with religious leaders

Day 3: Wed Dec 30th, 2020 – Jerusalem
• B' Tselem, Israeli Human Rights Organization
• Palestinian women organizations in Jerusalem
• Tour and meeting with Israeli Committee against House Demolition
• Evening: Dabkeh Night

Day 4: Thu Dec 31st , 2020– Jericho
• Hisham’s Palace
• Mt. Temptation
• Tel Sultan, ancient city of Jericho
• Dead Sea
• Evening: New Year festivals and party with locals

Day 5: Fri Jan 1st, 2021 – Free Day

Day 6: Sat Jan 2nd, 2021 – Jaffa, Haifa
• Zochrot, meeting and tour of Jaffa
• Lunch at Ein Hod - unrecognized village
• Haifa – Mt. Carmel
• Bahi’ Gardens
• ITIJAH organization – Haifa
• Overnight in Tiberius

Day 7: Sun Jan 3rd, 2021– Tiberius
• Sea of Galilee – boat ride, Tagha, Capernaum, Jordan River, Mt. Beatitudes
• Evening: walking tour and markets

Day 8: Mon Jan 4th, 2021 – Golan Hights
• Nazareth – Annunciation Church, St. Joseph Church, and Mary’s Well
• Visit Majdal Shams and meet with local organizations
• O/N Tiberius

Day 9: Tue Jan 5th, 2021– Nablus
• Refugee Camp
• Old city walking tour, handmade Olive Oil Soap Factory
• Turkish Bath
• Al- Najah University

Day 10: Wed Jan 6th, 2021– Bethlehem, Christmas evening celebration and annual patriarch procession
• Shepherd’s Field
• Old City walking tour Bethlehem
• Nativity Church & Milk Grotto
• Optional: Evening: Christmas eve – participate midnight Christmas service

Day 11: Thu Jan 7th, 2021– Hebron
• Morning: Christmas day with the local families and lunch
• Old city walking tour
• Tomb of Patriarchs
• Ibrahimi Mosque
• Glass Handicraft Factory
• Evening: party with local families

Day 12: Fri Jan 8th, 2021 – Ramallah
• Bilin Society – wall resistance, meeting with popular committee
• Beirzeit University
• Meeting with political leaders

Day 13: Sat Jan 9th, 2021– Culture of Bethlehem

• Palestinian Cuisine Class
• Evening: Palestinian show performance

Day 14: Sat Jan 10th, 2021 – Departure


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