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March 2020 Journey

Tree of Life Journey: March 2020 Itinerary

 

This is an itinerary sketch. Additional meetings with activists and voices of conscience to be announced as confirmed.


March 10 Tuesday. Departure from JFK.  Preferred flight:  Turkish Airlines – departure 2:20 PM – arrival in Tel Aviv at 11:20 AM on Wednesday March 11th. (via Istanbul)

March 11 Wednesday. Transfer to Jerusalem.  Walking tour of the Old City as time permits – Western Wall, Church of the Holy Sepulchre, Ramparts walk, etc. Orientation, dinner and overnight in Golden Walls Hotel (near Damascus Gate).

March 12 Thursday.  Morning tour of Al Aqsa for both Muslims and Non-Muslims.  Afternoon tour of east Jerusalem with Fayrouz Sharqawi, Grassroots Jerusalem.  Before or after dinner, meet with Jeff Halper, founder and former director of the Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions (ICAHD). Dinner and Overnight in Golden Walls Hotel

March 13 Friday. Free time in the Old City for non-Muslims. Prayers in Al Aqsa for Muslims. Afternoon meetings with Sahar Vardi, Coordinator at American Friends Service Committee Israel program in east Jerusalem, and Ivan Karakashian, Norwegian Refugee Council. Dinner and overnight in Golden Walls Hotel

March 14 Saturday. Bethlehem. Meet with Daoud Nassar, Tent of Nations.  Lunch at Tent of Nations.  Visit Dheisheh Refugee camp including dinner with refugee families at Shoruq organization community center.  Overnight at Manger Square Hotel near the Church of the Nativity and Omar Mosque.

March 15 Sunday. Tour Hebron in area H2 with Breaking the Silence.  Visit Palestinian family home Hebron/H1.  Meet with Mazin Qumsiyeh, Palestine Natural History Museum, Bethlehem.  Meet with Rami Elhanan and George Saadeh of Parents Circle. Overnight in Bethlehem at Manger Square Hotel.

March 16 Monday. After morning prayers at Omar Mosque and the Church of the Nativity, drive to Negev to meet with Khalil Alamour in Alsira and Amal Abu AlKhom, Bedouin Women for Themselves. Return to Bethlehem. Dinner with friends at Asparago Restaurant in Bethlehem or Tent Restaurant in Beit Sahour. Overnight in Bethlehem at Manger Square Hotel.

March 17 Tuesday. Morning visit to Shepherds Field School, Beit Sahour. Visit Bassem Tamimi family in Nabi Saleh.  Go to Ramallah to meet with Omar Barghouti, co-founder of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement (BDS) and/or Ruba Awadallah of Defense for Children International – Palestine (DCIP).  Dinner at a local restaurant.  Overnight in Ramallah at the Royal Court Hotel.

March 18 Wednesday. Early morning departure to meet with former TOLEF traveler, Susan Aboeid, who is currently teaching English in Nablus. Depart from Nablus for Golan Heights to tour destroyed villages and meet with human rights activists with Dr. Taiseer Maray.  Dinner with local Syrian families.  Overnight in Majdal Shams at the Narkis Hotel.

March 19 Thursday. Closing interfaith prayers and dedication of covenants at either the Mount of Beatitudes, Galilee, or Al Lababidi Mosque, Akka. Overnight in Jerusalem at the National Hotel. Closing dinner celebration in local Palestinian restaurant with friends.

March 20 Friday. Free time in the Old City and/or prayers at Al Aqsa mosque. Post-dinner departure for Ben Gurion airport for a 1:00 AM flight on March 21 to JFK (via Istanbul) to arrive at JFK at 12:40 PM

 

Estimated Cost – Land Expenses for Israel-Palestine Only

Adults, double occupancy – $2700

Adults with single room supplement – $3200

Student discounted rate (single room supplement not available for student rates) – $1717

The above would cover: buses, major tips (bus drivers and tour guides) 2 and sometimes 3 meals per day and all hotels. Does not cover transatlantic airfare. Airfare will be about $1000 (+/-)

 

Extension to Turkey

March 21 to 25 – itinerary and pricing TBD

 

Please check back later for further details on costs and application processes.  Be advised that we are expecting full enrollment, so to be considered for this journey and to receive updated information, please send a message with your name and contact information to:

Ann Perry, Executive Director

aperry@tolef.org

 

We look forward to hearing from you!