EXTENDED STUDY TOURS
18-27 October 2022 - for mental health professionals and social workers
7-17 November 2022 - general study tour
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
“These tours through their many and varied visits and opportunities to meet activists, provides an excellent opportunity for both beginners and more seasoned campaigners to extend their knowledge and understanding of the issues and priorities for campaigning back home.”
(A Mitchell, Mar 2017)
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 tour is £1230 and 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 £250 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.
Government coronavirus guidelines must be observed. Participants need to be fully vaccinated with a verified approved vaccine and any mandated Covid test requirements. Up to date information and other travel advice is available at https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/israel. Please be aware that government rules are subject to change and are out of our control. Should we be advised not to travel due to new enforced coronavirus restrictions, the tour will be cancelled, and a full refund will be available or alternatively the whole fee can be transferred to a future study tour. It is your responsibility to obtain any flight refund or ticket transfer directly with your airline as we are not in a position to take responsibility for communication with your airline. Our agent in Palestine will assist with making arrangements for quarantine should anyone test positive during the tour.
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.
Examples of what is witnessed by extended study tour participants
(Photos by Stephen Sizer)
The Separation Wall that snakes through Bethlehem
Vehicles attempting to pass through Qalandia Checkpoint between Ramallah and Jerusalem
Netting that catches trash from Jewish settlers falling on Palestinians in the street in Hebron
Shuhada Street in Hebron which is off limits to Palestinians and a clear example of Israel’s apartheid policy
Settlements within East Jerusalem and elsewhere
Settlers moving into Palestinian property in the Muslim Quarter of Jerusalem’s Old City
Unrecognized villages in the Negev/Naqab
Stunning architecture in Nazareth’s Old City
Breath-taking views in the Jordan Valley