March 28th - April 5th 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.
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 property. 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, Hebron, East Jerusalem and Nablus, as well as Palestinian towns inside Israel such as Sakhnin.
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.
|Day One||March 28th||Arrival and meet the To Be There guides and other participants; introduction to the programme|
|Day Two||March 29th||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. The day will include a lecture on the geopolitical reality of the West Bank under Israeli military occupation.|
|Day Three||March 30th||Work alongside some Palestinian families in planting olive trees. The day will include a lecture on the ongoing displacement of Palestinians|
|Day Four||March 31st||Free day. You can sign up for The 2017 Palestine Marathon https://www.palestinemarathon.org/
|Day Five||April 1st||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; meet survivors of the 1994 Ibrahimi Mosque Massacre by an Israeli soldier and other families living inside Hebron’s Old City.|
|Day Six||April 2nd||Visit the City of Jerusalem, and tour the Old City including its Holy sites. This will be followed by a tour of an Israeli settlement and areas of greater Jerusalem where Israeli policies of annexation of those areas can be witnessed. Learn about restrictions imposed on the Palestinian population of Jerusalem.|
|Day Seven||April 3rd||Visit the town of Nablus, a vibrant market city founded in 72 BC by Flavian Roman Emperors, and learn about the history, the present situation and planned future of one of the oldest cities in Palestine.|
|Day Eight||April 4th||Optional hike in the valleys around Battir, an ancient village 6.4 km from Bethlehem and home to a unique irrigation system operating from man-made terraces. FOR THOSE NOT WISHING TO HIKE…..IS PLANNED. An evaluation of the programme will follow and end with a farewell event.|
|Day Nine||April 5th||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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