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Palestinian Land Day Tour

Palestinian Land Day Tour

March 24th - April 1st 2018

Land Day is an annual commemoration of the 1976 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.

 What are we going to do?

During the Land Day Tour in Palestine we will work alongside a few Palestinian families in their effort to remain on their land by planting olive trees on their land. We will also learn about the ongoing policies of land confiscation and the expulsion of Palestinians.

Why should we come?

The Land Day Tour provides you with a unique opportunity to explore the different ways and methods Palestinians use to confront Israeli oppression. Included will be visits to Palestinian towns in the West Bank such as Bethlehem, Jerusalem, Hebron, Ramallah, Bil'in, Nablus and Jericho.

Land confiscation has been part of state policy since before the formation of the state of Israel in 1948, and continues to this day in both the Occupied Palestinian Territories and the state of Israel. Today, a few of the numerous examples of land confiscation and ethnic cleansing, can be seen in the process by Israel of confiscating an additional 250.000 dunums (62.000 acres) of land from 35 Palestinian Bedouin communities inside Israel as well as Palestinian communities in East Jerusalem and the Jordan Valley.

In the occupied West Bank, the state of Israel is actively confiscating Palestinian property within Area C, which comprises 60% of the West Bank.  Methods include confiscation for military purposes, for public (Israeli only) needs, declaring Palestinian land State Property, and applying the Absentee Property law. These methods result in Palestinian land owners, residents of the West Bank, being denied access to their properties. Particularly good examples of this are the difficulties farmers experience in accessing their land and crops.  

What should we bring to wear?

Palestine is a beautiful country and in spring is no exception -- full of wild flowers and greening hills and valleys (called wadis).  Come prepared with shoes appropriate for unpaved agriculture land and walking tours in towns and cities.

Suggested Schedule (Please not that the program might have minor changes due to circumstances)

Please note that on Friday 23rd of March is the Palestine Right to Movement marathon! A good reason to come a day earlier.

Day One March 24th Arrival and meet the To Be There guides and other participants; introduction to the program
Day Two March 25th A tour of Bethlehem old city and the Church of the Nativity, Israel’s wall around Bethlehem, Israeli Settlements, Bypass Roads and Palestinian refugee camps
Day Three March 26th Visit Hebron, one of the oldest continuously inhabited towns in the world, with evidence of habitation dating back to 4.500 BC. In the Old City of Hebron you will see one of the most glaring examples of life for the Palestinians under Israeli military occupation, learn about the city and the Israeli settlements inside it. Includes a visit to the Ibrahimi mosque and the glass factory.
Day Four March 27th A guided tour in the Old City of Jerusalem focused on the political situation and occupation. A visit to Lifta, a village that was attached and depopulated in 1948 by zionist militias, to learn more about the events that occurred during the Nakba, the catastrophe, when Palestine was ethnically cleansed in order to create the State of Israel.
Day Five March 28th In Ramallah we will visit some human rights organisations, we will visit the tomb of Arafat and the museum. In Bil'in we will see how popular resistance works in daily practice.
Day Six March 29th A trip to the Jordan Valley and Jericho, the oldest continuously inhabited city in the world 
Day Seven March 30th Palestinian Land Day. Planting olive trees together with a Palestinian family.
Day Eight March 31st A visit to the city of Nablus in the north of the Westbank where we will see the olive soap factory, small workshops, herbs and spices shop and of course we will eat knafeh, a famous Middle Eastern dessert that Nablus is especially famous for.
Day Nine April 1st 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.

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