Most trips to Israel and
the Holy Land open to Americans involve travel in Israel, with very
short and sanitized trips to "Holy Sites" like the Church of the
Nativity in Bethlehem and The Tomb of the Patriarchs in Hebron.
do American travelers actually observe the lives of Palestinians in the
West Bank under Israeli Military Occupation, or observe the disruptive
nature of Israeli settlements in the West Bank and the "Israeli Only"
roads that link these settlements to the State of israel. The
Neighbors East and West trip of 2011, described elsewhere would be labeled
as an "alternative tour", since it included visits to many
places in the West Bank and in Israel that are not on a typical agenda,
and meetings and experiences that demonstrated more fully the plight of
the Palestinians under Israeli occupation.
NEW does not have a similar trip "in the works", but we recommend that
anyone traveling to the "Holy Land" take a similar alternative tour.
Sabeel, a Christian organization in East Jerusalem maintains a list of such tours, that can be found at this link
Pilgrims of Ibillin
, is sponsoring a program, October 14 - 27, to Israel and parts
of the West Bank. This trip uses the Mar Elias College as a base for
travel in Galilee. For a pdf description of this program click here
. This program will be led by Joan Deming. She can be reached at 608-‐241-‐92
or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Infromation on this trip may also be
gleaned from Pilgrims of Ibillin
Links to many other alternative travel programs, catalogued by AFSC,
can be found here.