- Post: 07 August 2013
A group of 13 people from all over the world came to cycle around Palestine – from Nazareth to Haifa,Jenin, Nablus, Qalqilya, Bil'in, Ramallah, Bethlehem and Hebron. The group came not just to enjoy our wonderful landscapes, but to understand more about the history of this place, to listen to some of the personal stories of the occupation, and to learn how to campaign more effectively for justice in Palestine.
NEPTO – the Network of Experiential Palestinian Tour Operators – hosted a group of 10 tour operators from Germany, who came to learn more about experiential tourism in Palestine and to help promote this growing movement. The tour was supported by the German development agency, GIZ.
The group toured Jerusalem, Hebron and Ramallah, as well as Bethlehem, where they met with Palestine’s Minister of Tourism. They also had a chance to walk around Jericho and enjoy the atmosphere, and to take a dip in the Dead Sea. Many useful ideas and connections were exchanged during this trip. On behalf of all our colleagues at NEPTO we warmly welcome our German friends to return to Palestine.
The Siraj Center was one of three finalists at the Tourism for Tomorrow awards in Abu Dhabi. The keynote speaker at the awards was President Bill Clinton. Siraj was selected from more than 130 applicants worldwide, and was recognized for its outstanding work in bringing the benefits of tourism to local communities throughout Palestine.
A multi-national group cycled all the way from Jenin to Jerusalem, passing through Nablus, Taybeh, Jericho, Bethlehem, and Hebron before then they finished their tour in the Old City.
An American delegation from the US, 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.
A group of American students from Boston College came to learn more about the
social and political challenges facing Palestine. The visited major towns including Jerusalem, Bethlehem, Hebron, Ramallah, Nazareth and Jaffa, as well as touring the Negev desert.