Siraj News (77)
22nd – 25th May 2016
The twelve member delegation from Canada’s Wilfrid Laurier University traveled for the first time to Palestine for a diverse educational experience. Students and staff were able to visit major cities, as well as rural villages in the West Bank, being welcomed by people from each local community, learning about the day-to-day lives and challenges faced.
9th - April 2016
Twenty-one British cyclists took part in Bike Palestine where they cycled approximately 200 km across the West Bank, starting from the northern city of Jenin cycling southwards through the ancient city of Sebastia, the old city of Nablus before reaching Taybeh. It wasn’t only hard cycling through dramatic landscapes, but also relaxing moments enjoying the easy rides in Bethlehem and Jericho, and even the unique experience of floating on the Dead Sea – the lowest point on Earth.
The Siraj Center arranged for a delegation of 18 high-school seniors and 6 staff from Westtown School, a Quaker boarding and day school near Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA, to travel through Palestine and Israel from 5th – 18th March 2016.
An international group of four hikers completed a four day hike along the northern part of the Masar Al Khalil starting 21 till the 24\3\2016. They began their journey in Nablus, exploring the old city, the olive oil soap factory, the Greek Orthodox Church of Jacob’s Well and Tel Balata. They hiked southwards to the village of Awarta, where they enjoyed a traditional Palestinian meal, and stayed overnight with local families.
A delegation of 96 graduate students from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government along with four organizers visited Palestine. The 8-day educational tour was organized by the Palestine Caucus at that school.
The graduate students came to Palestine to improve their understanding of the situation on the ground.
Some 14 different nationalities were represented, including Americans, Canadians, Indians, Pakistanis, Australians, French and Nepalese.
An American delegation composed of 7 participants visited Palestine for 9 days . The delegation started its day with a visit in Jerusalem, where the participants had meetings to hear about the political situation. Later on they visited Hebron, Bethlehem, Auja, Ramallah, Nablus and ended their tour in Jaffa.
The Siraj Center arranged for a delegation of 14 adults from Westtown School in the USA to travel through Palestine.
The group stayed with local Palestinian families, helping them to get a real sense of everyday life and culture in the West Bank.
A delegation of 22 Americans, led by Pastor Jeff Wright and his wife Janet, visited Palestine again this year. The group met with Israelis and Palestinians, Jews, Muslims and Christians to engage in dialogue and to hear different perspectives on the conflict.
The delegation visited some of the holy places in Bethlehem, Beit Sahour, Jerusalem and Nazareth, and also had a chance to explore Hebron, Jericho and Ramallah.