October 23rd October- 31st October 2017
Traditionally, the Olive Harvest is one of the main economic and cultural events in Palestine. Forty-five percent (45%) of the agricultural land in Occupied Palestine is planted with olive trees which have been a part of Palestine’s landscape for nearly 4.500 years
December 22nd – December 30th 2017
Throughout the world, Christmas is celebrated on three different dates depending on the Christian denomination. Palestine has a rich and diverse Christian fellowship estimated to be 50,000 out of a population in the West Bank of 2.73 million Palestinians. Palestinian followers of the Catholic and Protestant churches celebrate Christmas on the 25th of December; Palestinian followers of the Greek Orthodox Church celebrate it on the 6th of January; and Palestinian followers of the Armenian denomination celebrate Christmas on the 18th of January.
February 13th-February 21st 2017
The people of Palestine have been the care takers of olive trees for more than 4,500 years. Over the centuries, olive trees have become a prominent part of the landscape of Palestine and nature’s witnesses to the rise and fall of empires which have possessed and passed through the land.
March 28th - April 6th 2017
Land Day is an annual commemoration of the1976 massacre that took place in Sakhnin, a Palestinian village in Northern Israel, Lower Galilee, north of Nazareth. On this day, six Palestinian men and women were murdered and nearly 100 injured while protesting the confiscation by Israel of 20,000 dunums (5,000 acres) of land from families living in Sakhnin and Arrabba.
Media in Palestine (A ten day study programme)
Palestine has a rich and diverse history dating back thousands of years. It is an important place in the development of civilisation and religion because of its geographic location and its position between three major continents and the existence of ancient cultures and trading routes.
Excursions during Christmas time
(23 december – 29 december 2016)
During this week 'To Be There' organizes several excursions in the Westbank.
The tours depart from Singer Cafe in Beit Sahour. You can find a route description on www.singercafe.com/contact
Friday 23rd December BETHLEHEM geo-political tour with BAHA HILO
The tour covers several topics such as the Wall, checkpoints, settlements and colonization, land grab, natural resources, refugee camps and the Israeli control over Palestinians.
Start: 10.30 in Singer Cafe
Price: 150 shekel (including lunch)
Monday 26th December HEBRON tour with BAHA HILO and local guide
On the way to Hebron Baha will explain more about the geo-political situation. In Hebron you will see the occupation of the city by settlers and soldiers, you will visit the old market, the Ibrahimi mosque, the Shuhada street that is closed off for Palestinians and you will hear first hand from the local people. On the way back you can visit the glass factory.
Start: 10.30 from Singer Cafe
Price: 180 shekel (including lunch)
Sunday 25th December PLANTING OLIVE TREES with a local Palestinian family
Start: 9.30 from Singer Cafe
Price: 50 shekels contribution towards transportation and lunch
Bring good shoes
Wednesday 28th December NABLUS and SEBASTIA with BAHA HILO and local guide
On the way to Nablus Baha will explain more about the geo-political situation. In Nablus you will get an introduction about the history and the current situation. You will walk around the old city and discover small workshops, the soap factory, the spices store and of course the famous knefeh from Nablus! Before going back we will visit the Roman ruins in Sebastia.
Start: 8.00 from Singer Cafe
Price: 220 shekel
Thursday 29th December JERICHO and the DEAD SEA with BAHA HILO and local guide
On the way to Jericho Baha will explain you about the geo-political situation. In Jericho we will pass by the sycamore fig tree that Zacchaeus climbed to see Jesus above the crowds, we will visit the Mount of Temptation and the Tel e Sultan, a UNESCO site that’s the oldest town in the world, built far below sea level by a perennial spring. After lunch we will go to the Dead Sea throw one of the resorts. You can decide whether you want to float on the salty water or just have a view.
Start: 9.00 from Singer Cafe
Price: 200 shekel (including lunch and entrance to the Dead Sea)
Bring bathing suit and towel
For all tours: we work with local guides, Baha explains about the geo- political situation while on the road.
Write your name, number of participants, date of the tour you want to join and phone number.
Singer Cafe opens at 8.00 for breakfast or coffee.
Route description to Singer Cafe can be found on http://www.singercafe.com/contact/
From Jerusalem take bus 234 to Bethlehem checkpoint. Walk through the checkpoint and take taxi to Singer Cafe in Beit Sahour (across the Municipality). Taxi should cost not more than 25 shekel. If you want us to arrange direct taxi from Jerusalem to Singer, let us know, it will cost around 100 shekel.