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.
|Day One||December 22nd||Arrival|
|Day two||December 23rd||Introduction to Bethlehem|
|Day Three||December 24th||Join the Christmas Festivities on Star St and in the Nativity Square in Bethlehem, Christmas eve dinner|
|Day Four||December 25th||a tour through Palestinian’s recent history, visit to destroyed Palestinian communities inside today’s Israel, visit Palestinian communities in the process of being destroyed near Jerusalem|
|Day Five||December 26th||Visit the City of Hebron|
|Day Six||December 27th||Spending the day planting olive trees with some Palestinian families|
|Day Seven||December 28th||Visit the city of Jerusalem|
|Day Eight||December 29th||Visit the City of Nablus and the old town of Sabastia|
|Day Nine||December 30th||Departure|
Fees will cover
- Accommodation in a hotel on a twin bases or with a local Palestinian family.
- 3 meals a day.
- Guides present at all times with the exception of free day and free periods.
- Fees for lecturers and guest speakers.
- Transportation inside the West Bank and on the days designated for travel as a part of the programme.
Fees will not cover – please note:
- Fees do not cover travel to and from Israel which you will be responsible for organising; or from the airport into the West Bank and vice versa. However, the To Be There team can help in the organisation of a taxi from Ben Gurion Airport.
- Fees do not cover any travel or medical insurance. You will be responsible for organising 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 or your host families.
- 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.
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