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Christmas in Palestine

Christmas in Palestine

December 22nd - December 30th 2017

During the Christmas season, Bethlehem in Palestine welcomes Christian worshipers from all denominations from all over the world. An estimated 10,000 were in the Square on Christmas Eve last year!  It is an exciting, colorful and lively time during which a message of hope is broadcast around the world by the large number of media agencies covering Manger Square in which the Church of the Nativity is found.

What will we do?

You are invited to take part in this unique experience with To Be There. We have a well-planned a program providing you with opportunities to enjoy the Christmas season as well as gain an understanding of ancient and recent history, and how the occupation affects the lives and the future of Palestine and its people.  Topics which will be covered during your visit include Palestinian refugees, their  legal status and the hardships they face; Israeli settlement colonies which contribute to the forcible displacement of Palestinians and land theft; the treatment by Israel of Palestinian children and the documented violations of their rights; Palestinian political prisoners and their treatment under military law; the Israeli infrastructure of occupation and apartheid – walls, security zones, check points and much more.

Why should we come?

Palestinians enjoy welcoming foreign guests to participate in the procession to the Church lead by Palestinian scout groups from all over Palestine and Israel accompanied by the music of horns, bagpipes and drums. However, Christmas is experienced differently Bethlehem, providing an example of how Palestinians enjoy such occasions while  living under the Israeli military occupation which imposes sever hardships on the people, restricting their freedom of movement, their livelihoods and economic and social well-being.  Sadly, the occupation and its policies have turned Bethlehem in to a ghetto around which Israel continues to tighten the noose with its encroachment and development of settler colonies, ‘Jewish only’ restricted roads and security zones, checkpoints and military installations.  In fact, Israeli controls 90% of tourism into Bethlehem.  Christmas in Palestine is an opportunity to visit Palestine, to make a contribution to this vibrant community during the Holiday Season, and witness the reality of occupation.

 

What should we bring to wear?

Winter in Palestine can be cold and sometimes wet so bring appropriate warm clothing and coats.  Bring appropriate shoes for comfortable walking.  For all those joining us on the olive tree planting day, come prepared for rain and wet earth with shoes appropriate for unpaved agriculture land.

Suggested Schedule (please not that minor changes to schedule are possible due to circumstances)

Day One December 22nd Arrival
Day two December 23rd Introduction tour in Bethlehem including the Wall, settlements, checkpoints, refugee camp and Church of Nativity
Day Three December 24th Join the Christmas festivities in Star Street and in the Nativity Square in Bethlehem, Christmas eve dinner
Day Four December 25th Visit to Shepherds Fields in Beit Sahour, tbe Marsaba Monastery a visit to Ramallah and Jifna village
Day Five December 26th Visit the City of Hebron city and the town of Beit Ummar
Day Six December 27th Spending the day planting olive trees with some Palestinian families and meeting at Badil Center for a lecture about ongoing displacement
Day Seven December 28th Visit the old city of Jerusalem with a guide (history and religion) and after lunch a political tour including East Jerusalem
Day Eight December 29th A trip to Jericho and the Dead Sea
Day Nine December 30th Departure

 

We will have several lectures during afternoons or evenings regarding the political situation and human rights focused on the Palestinian case.

The fee for this visit is $1,000 (US Dollars) per person.

Fees will cover

  • Accommodation in a hotel on twin bases (you can request for a single room for an additional price) 
  • 3 meals a day
  • Guides present at all times
  • Fees for lecturers and guest speakers
  • Transportation inside the West Bank and on the days designated for visits to Jerusalem and Hebron
  • A portion of the fees will be used for the purchase of sapling trees we will be planting

Fees will not cover – please note:

  • Fees do not cover the airport transfer or transportation from and to the Jordan boarder. You can either organize it yourself or request us for help. We can advice you on public transportation or arrange a private taxi for you to pick you up and take you straight to the hotel.
  • Fees do not cover any travel or medical insurance. You will be responsible for organizing your own insurance coverage for the trip and the duration of your stay.
  • Fees do not cover your travel and activities on free days and periods with the exception of breakfast and dinner provided by the hotel.
  • Fees do not cover any personal items, gifts or souvenirs you may wish to buy.

If you have any questions about the fees and what is covered, please contact us.  We are happy to provide any guidance or information you may need to ensure your experience with To Be There meets your expectations.


CONTACT US FOR MORE INFORMATION AND REGISTRATION. We will send you a link to an online registration form.
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