Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, these tours are currently suspended
Knowledgable guides, a grounded approach to the politics of Occupation, and an insight into the difficulties of Palestinian life.
Having provided tens of thousands of people from around the world with top-quality political and critical tours since 1997, the Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions (ICAHD) is widely known for its knowledgeable tour guides, its grounded approach to the politics of Occupation, and providing an insight into the difficulties of Palestinian life.
We offer half day tours as detailed on this page, and extended study tours - details of which are available here.
On our tours you will see how Israel’s settlement project has created irreversible “facts on the ground”. You will better appreciate what a truly just and lasting peace would entail. If you wish, you can meet Palestinian families suffering under Israeli policies of separation and home demolitions. ICAHD believes that first-hand learning is the only way to grasp the social, cultural, political, and historical issues that underlie the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
ICAHD tour guides provide tours in English and Hebrew.
For groups of at least 5 participants we arrange any tailor-made tour or transport. All tours can also be arranged as a private tours (i.e., with no other participants), either because you simply prefer it this way or in cases where there are not enough other participants to go on a particular tour on a particular date. Prices will change accordingly.
Our Half Day Tours
Jerusalem’s Old City
A three hour walking tour in Jerusalem’s Old City allows us to present the complex historical and political situation of the area in a way that weaves together ancient history and culture with modern life and politics. We walk through various quarters of the Old City, see numerous Palestinian homes that were expropriated by Israeli settlers and the Israeli government, see the difference in the living conditions of Palestinians and Israeli settlers, and learn about the systematic and ongoing oppression of Palestinians living in the Old City.
Length of tour: 3 hours Contact us
The tour of East Jerusalem begins with an in-depth briefing about the historical and political background of the area. We then drive through Palestinian neighbourhoods such as Jabel Mukaber, Silwan, Sheikh Jarrah and Ras Al-mod to witness first-hand the reality of the Israeli settlements, all illegal under international law, that have been established in occupied East Jerusalem. Participants witness the disparity of services provided for the Palestinians compared to the quality of life enjoyed by the illegal Jewish settlers and the conflict arising from Israel’s settlement policy is discussed. Participants see the ruins of demolished Palestinian homes, the eight-metre high Separation Wall that divides Palestinian neighbourhoods, and the new Israeli highways that connect the settlements. Subjects such as education and the shortage of classrooms, systematic arrests, family reunification challenges, zoning and planning discrimination and other important issues are presented to bring understanding about why life is increasingly difficult for the more than 300,000 Palestinians squeezed in to the small area of land available for them in East Jerusalem.
Length of tour: 3 hours Contact us
Greater Jerusalem Tour – ‘Matrix of Control’
The ‘Matrix of Control’ tour of Greater Jerusalem presents a critical Israeli view of the Occupation and Israel’s long-term policies and political intentions. The tour exposes the conflict that is so clearly embodied in the Israeli Zionist concept of 'Greater Jerusalem' created when the post-1967 government officials and army bureaucrats expanded Jerusalem’s municipality borders to include as much agricultural and ‘open land’ as possible while leaving out the Palestinian towns and villages that rely on the land for their income and livelihood.
The ‘Matrix of Control’ tour begins with the East Jerusalem tour but continues through the settlement of Pisgat Ze’ev, the largest residential neighborhood in Jerusalem with a population of over 50,000, to access more of the settlement enterprise. An explanation is given about the historical and political significance of Judaizing the West Bank in order to forestall any viable Palestinian state. We take Highway No.1 to Ma’ale Adumin, the third largest settlement block in the West Bank. Set in the Judean Desert it boasts Olympic-sized swimming pools, water parks and an irrigation system where lawns are kept green and flower beds explode with colour even in the height of the summer while the deprived Bedouin communities in the valleys below suffer from water shortages. Learn about the continued expropriation of land, the threat of forced displacement to the Bedouin communities and plans for Israeli development of this land area referred to as E1 which will connect Maale Adumin to Jerusalem.
* The tour may also include the settlement of Har-Homa/Gil
Length of tour: 4 hours Contact us