A program for Civil International Solidarity with Palestinians
8th - 17th February, 2014
The JAI together with the Alternative Tourism Group (ATG) are organizing the 7th Olive Planting Program - February 2014, as part of the ongoing JAI Keep Hope Alive - Olive Tree Campaign.
Besides olive planting, the program features introductory presentations about the current situation in Palestine and the effects of the Apartheid Wall, tours in the old city of Jerusalem, Hebron, Bethlehem, as well as Ramallah, in addition to cultural events and social gatherings.
Proposed daily schedule (subjected to minor changes):
- Saturday, Feb 8, Day 1: Arrival to the airport and travel to Bethlehem to meet representatives from the organizing institutions for an overview and discussion of the program, and briefing about the JAI and ATG. Dinner.
- Sunday, Feb 9, Day 2: Guided tour in Bethlehem: site-seeing, introduction to the town, Wall, Refugee camp tour, Bethlehem old city, Church of Nativity.
- Monday, Feb 10, Day 3: Half day planting trees at selected field, followed by lunch. Afternoon presentation and discussion with BADIL Resource Center for Palestinian Residency and Refugees' Rights.
- Tuesday, Feb 11, Day 4: Visiting East Jerusalem: A tour in the old city of Jerusalem to visit the main sites in the city. Lunch. In the afternoon there will be a guided tour to witness settlements, house demolition and beduins in Jerusalem with Israeli group/activists.
- Wednesday, Feb 12, Day 5: Half day planting trees at selected field, followed by lunch. Meeting with the Applied Research Institute Jerusalem (ARIJ) for a presentation on the Israeli Apartheid Wall and land expropriation by Israeli authorities.
- Thursday, Feb 13, Day 6: Hebron Day: A tour in the old city of Hebron to visit the Ibrahimi Mosque, es-souq (the market), and to see the Israeli division of Hebron and the Israeli settlers who occupy the center of the city. Visit Scarfs (Koufiyyeh) and Glass factories.
- Friday, Feb 14 Day 7: Half day planting treesat selected field, followed by lunch. Afternoon visit to an olive wood carving factory/workshop. Late afternoon advocacy and future work session with the Joint Advocacy Initiative.
- Saturday, Feb 15, Day 8: Day in Ramallah: visit Birzeit University, Right-to-Education Campaign, visit to and meeting with the public committee in Bili'n village. Free time in Ramallah. Back to Beit Sahour. Dinner and free time.
- Sunday, Feb 16, Day 9: Half day planting trees at selected field, followed by lunch. Afternoon general comments and evaluation session, followed by a musical evening and farewell with staff members and volunteers. Overnight in Bethlehem.
- Monday, Feb 17, Day 10: Departure
It is our pleasure that people are taking part in our mission in Keeping Hope Alive together and to learn more about daily Palestinian life under a merciless military occupation.
- The cost of the program including accommodation in a double room, meals, guides, local transportation and other relevant expenses is $700.
- Accommodation can be arranged at a hotel or with a local family.
- A tour guide will be present with the group at all times for facilitation purposes.
- Travel from and to the airport is not included in the cost but can be arranged for groups.
For any other information, questions, concerns, or to request a registration form, please contact:
- Muhannad Al-Qaisy, YMCA-YWCA Joint Advocacy Initiative (JAI) Olive Tree Campaign officer, via email at: email@example.com or by phone at (+970) 2 2774540.
- Jawad Musleh, Alternative Tourism Group, program coordinator, via email at: firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at (+970) 2 2772151
We hope to have you with us!