EXTENDED STUDY TOURS

November 2024

 

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



  • ICAHD-recommended issue-based study tours

  • Grounded in ICAHD analysis

  • Visit both the Occupied Palestinian Territory and Israel

  • A total of around 30 encounters

  • Daily debriefing sessions

  • Hotel accommodation in Bethlehem and Nazareth



“This tour was an experience that I will never forget. Being able to learn from people on the ground, activists, and those who work tirelessly to resist the occupation was a privilege. I don’t believe that I could have learnt as much in any other way. I now feel far more rooted in my stance to take action and support their resistance and efforts to survive.” 

(Aisha Docrat - May 2024)

“I strongly recommend this tour. I have visited Palestine many times over the years but my visits have tended to concentrate on one issue each time. The ICAHD tour gave me a coherent picture of the whole. Sadly the situation gets worse for the Palestinians each time I visit but the tour is a good spur for action.”

(Clare Short, former MP and Secretary of State for International Development – Nov 2022)



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

These tours offer unique time with Jeff Halper, ICAHD’s Co-Founder and Head, who sets the scene by describing the current reality in Palestine/Israel within its historical and political context and near the end of the tour there is also a debriefing session with Jeff.

Participants 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 and the environment
  • 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 and colonisation, both politically and “on the ground.” And you will explore elements required for a just, workable and creative future for both people groups thus enabling you to return home as a strong advocate for peace in your own community.”

These itineraries are individual, developed over 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 through different areas in the West Bank including the Jordan Valley, go north into the Galilee, south into the Negev and along the Mediterranean coastline in Israel. The itinerary includes walking over rough terrain therefore participants should be reasonably fit.

Transportation during the tour 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 20 participants.

Security – Throughout the tour the safety and security of tour participants is paramount. We only work with the best of those on the ground who are highly experienced and trustworthy. We do not engage in any acts of resistance during the study tours. Should there be any suggestion of risk in visiting a location, we are prepared and able to change the itinerary, even at short notice, with another equally informative and powerful experience provided.

The cost of the November 2024 tour is £1,400 which 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, information pack and tips. An online briefing meeting will be scheduled before the tour commences.

Not included are flights, independent travel from the airport to our meeting place in Jerusalem, lunches, and travel insurance. An additional supplement of £300 is available for single room accommodation by request. Previous study tour participants have engaged in fund-raising for some of the organisations met and this has proved to be a way to gain interest from friends and family.

To join, an application form must be completed electronically and an interview will be arranged. When participation is confirmed, a detailed booking form is completed, and £300 non-refundable deposit is payable at this time. We advise that travel insurance is obtained when this happens. A comprehensive information folder for the tour is provided by email which includes the full itinerary and details about all aspects of the tour. Personal pre-departure guidance is provided for each study tour participant.


“We were promised that we’d hear a variety of voices on the tour – and we did! I have lived and volunteered in the West Bank a few times and am very aware of the oppression the Palestinians suffer. However, my knowledge was simultaneously widened and  deepened by listening to people giving different views both  in Palestine and Israel.  The tour group itself came from contrasting backgrounds and had different experiences of the Occupation but we all benefited from our tour leader’s skilled management so we could learn from each other. . Each of us returned  motivated to do more for the Palestinians in their  search for human rights and self-determination.” 

(Gill Knight – Nov 2022)



May 2024 Study Tour – We went there and you can too!

Photo: Banksy’s dove of peace in Bethlehem

 

Seventeen internationals participated in the latest ICAHD study tour to Palestine/Israel that was done in conjunction with the UK Palestine Mental Health Network.  The group consisted of several professionals from the fields of mental health and social work and others came with backgrounds in law, academia, social enterprise, business and with the youngest participant a university student. They went to witness the situation on the ground and to grow in understanding of the many elements of Israel’s settler colonial and apartheid policies. Their presence demonstrated their solidarity for this most moral cause at this dark time in history and each participant returned home determined to play their part in aiding the desperately needed change required for peace with justice to finally be achieved in this much contested part of the world.

 

It is safe to visit

The tour group was safe the entire time and other than some delays at checkpoints, they were able to complete their itinerary with 30 encounters over twelve days. Everywhere they went, they were eagerly welcomed by Palestinians and critical Jewish Israelis who since 7th October have mourned the loss of life and the horror of Israel’s war on Gaza thus the overall mood is sombre.

 

Daily trauma

Palestinians do not suffer from PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder). This is the wrong diagnosis because the trauma continues day by day and has only intensified over the last eight months. The constant trauma also affects children, so they don’t have a normal childhood. Most Palestinians have friends or family in Gaza and their thoughts are constantly with them.

Many Palestinians are in daily survival mode due to Israel’s intensified apartheid policies imposed on them. They can be arrested simply for circulating messages of sympathy for what is happening in Gaza. Hundreds of Palestinians who live within the state of Israel have lost their jobs or places at universities. Division between people groups has increased and trust lost. Right-wing Jewish settler lawlessness terrorises Palestinians, so they live in constant fear.

Palestinians are astounded by the complicity of western governments, especially the US and the UK, who are not enforcing international law. What gives them hope are the millions of people from civil society who are marching in the streets and involved in university encampments. Their message to internationals is don’t stop; civil society must rise up!

 

The political nature of the study tour

During the tour, many issues were addressed and a vision for the future was presented. ICAHD’s call is to resist apartheid and build a shared democracy. Information was presented by a variety of speakers, including from the final speaker, Awad Abdelfattah, who spoke to the group from his home in the Galilee. Awad leads the One Democratic State Campaign. Many discussions are currently happening, especially amongst intellectuals who understand that the future is one state, and the creation of an apartheid Palestinian state must be avoided.

 

Palestinians need our visits so please do all that you can to find a way to get there. Stay in Bethlehem as this tour group did to help boost its economy. Seventy percent of Bethlehem’s income is from tourism and with the town empty, increased international presence will bring hope as you demonstrate that they are not forgotten.


Read reports and view short videos from a few of the locations that the participants visited via these links: