Posted on February 14, 2020, by & filed under News.


Visit Palestine/Israel on an Extended Study Tour that will change your life

2-12 November 2020

 

With the option of extending your stay by 2 or 5 days to help rebuild a small home for a family in collaboration with the Good Shepherd Collective - details here

Jeff Halper explains Israel's Matrix of Control over the Palestinians

No amount of reading, attending lectures or watching films can convey a genuine understanding of the facts on the ground compared to being there.

ICAHD and the international chapters in the UK, USA, Finland and Germany recommend these study tours that are grounded in ICAHD analysis. They offer unique time with Dr Jeff Halper, ICAHD’s Founder, who sets the scene by describing the current reality in Palestine/Israel within its historical and political context.

Participants will visit Palestinians dealing with all the constraints and the suffering brought about from living under Israel’s Occupation and Apartheid policies:

  • the demolition of their homes and loss of lands
  • deliberate impoverishment,
  • the inability to move freely
  • issues of water discrimination
  • child imprisonment
  • the psychological impact of generations existing under violent military occupation
  • as well as issues of women’s rights, traumatised families and refugees.

As Jeff Halper explains, “The tour is not merely a litany of suffering; it is inspiring. You will meet people who refuse to give in, Palestinians who are sumud -steadfast- and who resist their oppression in a myriad of ways. You will also meet their Israeli partners working to end the Occupation, both politically and “on the ground.” And you will explore ways to resolve the conflict that are just, workable and creative, enabling you to return home as a strong advocate for peace in your own community.”

These itineraries are individual, developed over nearly twenty years and come with hundreds of recommendations from people world-wide. The tours provide engagement with inspiring Palestinians and Israelis and meeting them will change your life. Travel south into the Negev, through different areas in the West Bank, north into the Galilee and along the Mediterranean coastline.

Accommodation is in Bethlehem and Nazareth. Travel is by our own private comfortable coach with an expert local driver from a licensed bus company. The group is kept to a maximum of 18 participants.

The cost of the tour includes the full tour programme staying at good three-star hotels at half-board (bed, breakfast and evening meal), sharing a twin-bedded room with ensuite facilities, guidance from the tour leader, other day-guides and tips. Flights, lunches and travel insurance are not included. An additional supplement is available for single room accommodation by request. An application form must be completed, and a reference is sought. When participation is confirmed, a £300 non-refundable deposit is required. A comprehensive information packet for the tour is provided which includes the full itinerary and details about all aspects of the tour. Personal guidance is provided for each study tour participant.

2-12 November 2020 - £1230 +£290 for those requiring the single supplement

For information and an application form contact extendedtours@icahd.org


Following the tour, we would like to invite you to extend your stay to do something 'hands-on' - please consider returning to the South Hebron Hills, an area visited during the study tour, for between two and five days to stand alongside Palestinians and Israelis who refuse to be enemies by helping to rebuild a one-room home for a young family in collaboration with the Good Shepherd Collective. Further details are available here.


Comments from some of those who participated in the Extended Study Tours in 2019

The tour was packed full of interesting groups to visit and share with.  All the speakers were articulate, measured and knowledgeable. Our tour leader was so good at filling in details while we were travelling – every opportunity to learn more was appreciated. I really looked forward to the evening feed-back sessions.  An opportunity to clarify and share and answers to questions raised earlier in the day were always given.

A Eggboro, UK

 

I will never forget the number of resilient, courageous, articulate, passionate, rational and thoughtful people we encountered. I could have added even more adjectives.

J Garrett, UK

 

A brilliantly organised study tour that helped me to understand more about the justice of the Palestinian cause. I came back more determined than ever to fight for the rights of the Palestinian people.

G Bash, UK

I have organized talks, gone to demonstrations, and read widely about Israel/Palestine but I never really understood what was happening until I went on this tour and saw Palestine with my own eyes. I saw courage, grit, and sadly, cruelty beyond what I thought humanly possible. This was a life-changing experience and I am indebted to our tour leader whose knowledge and warmth made it possible.

D Kappel, USA

For a further reflection on the November 2019 study tour, please see this personal letter from tour participant Kathleen Zimak, who has given us permission to share her thoughts.

For information and an application form contact extendedtours@icahd.org