The Jordan Valley Tour takes you to see the Matrix of Control laid over the Jordan Valley, the land and water apartheid that has brought about the de-facto annexation of the Jordan Valley, and the negation of a viable Palestinian state.
Departing Jerusalem, we will precede our tour with a briefing about Israeli policy in the West Bank. Our tour begins at the Khan al-Ahmar Jahalin school. It is the only school to provide primary education to children of the Arab al-Jahalin Bedouin tribe. Built in 2009 by Italian NGO Vento Di Terra (Wind of Earth), the eco-friendly school, providing schooling for over 70 students, is slated for demolition. Visiting the school provides an opportunity to compare and contrast the living conditions of Bedouin residents of unrecognized villages in the area, and Israeli settlers in the nearby settlement of Kfar Adomim.
From the Khan al-Ahmar school, we will continue to the Palestinian villages of Fasayil al-Wusta and Al-Jiftlik. There, we will speak to Palestinian residents whose homes and barns were illegally demolished to pave way for the neighboring settlement expansion. These Palestinians live under the constant threat of demolition, forced eviction, and encroachment by Israeli settlers, as do most Palestinians in the Jordan Valley.
We will observe the al-Hamra checkpoint while learning about restrictions on Palestinian movement in the Jordan Valley. While driving to the area, tour participants will learn about the disproportionate amount of water given to agricultural Israeli settlements in the Jordan Valley, compared to Palestinian residents and communities in the area. Participants will also observe Israeli appropriation of Palestinian land by declaring it “closed military zones” and “nature reserves”.
Optional : join Palestinian and international members of the Jordan Valley Solidarity Campaign for lunch. The house in which these dedicated activists live is made of mud bricks, and other environmentally sustainable materials. Members of this group will talk with us about the plight of Jordan Valley Palestinians, and solidarity work with the Palestinian community in the rebuilding efforts.
The tour will last approximately 5 hours, the cost is 250 ILS per person.