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For a long time I have watched, usually on Arabic/English Television, the effects that the Israeli occupation is having on the people of Palestine.

 

When the opportunity arose to visit various parts of the West Bank and East Jerusalem, I knew that I would have to go as I had not seen travel arrangements like these before.

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British cyclists take part in Siraj Cycle Ride across the West Bank to raise money for Palestinian medical projects

An intrepid group of British cyclists recently completed a five-day, 200km cycling challenge with Siraj Centre in support of UK charity Medical Aid for Palestinians (MAP).

The cyclists’ route took them from Nablus to Qalqilya, Ramallah, Bethlehem, through the divided city of Hebron and onto historic East Jerusalem. On the way, they passed the Separation Wall, and visited MAP’s mobile clinic serving the threatened Bedouin communities of the Jordan Valley.

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The participants from the  A la Calle Group were given a  Jerusalem Political Tour, and in Bethlehem a tour of Aida Refugee Camp and a visit to the Museum of Natural History in Bethlehem to witness how the occupation and building of illegal settlements affects the daily lives and environment of Palestine and its inhabitants.

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In Bethlehem, Sister Paulette’s group prayed at the Nativity Church, walked through the Old City, met with the Anstas Family, members of the Holy Land Trust, and learned about Kairos Palestine.  The participants had a tour near the settlement and Wall surrounding Bethlehem and the Aida Refugee Camp, where they also visited the inspiring Alrowad Theater. 

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From the Bridge crossing, the group was transferred to Jericho, where they visited the Mt. of Temptation, overlooking the Jordan Valley.   In Bethlehem, they had a walking tour of the Old City, prayed at the Nativity Church, as well as at the Christmas Lutheran Church, where they enjoyed coffee and meeting Pastor Raheb and the congregation. 

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The group began its cycling in the northern West Bank town of Jenin where the participants cycled towards the ancient Greco-Roman city of Sebastia which is situated on a hill top. They cycled through the rural areas of Zebabdeh, Sanur and Beit Imrin where beautiful landscape was seen.

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A human rights delegation made up of thirteen members of the Unitarian Universalist denomination from the United States visited Palestine/Israel from July 26, 2015 to August 6. The delegation was  organized by Unitarian Universalists for Justice in the Middle East (see UUJME.org). UUJME is dedicated to achieving a just peace in the Middle East with equal rights for all peoples in Palestine/Israel. UUJME works both within and without the Unitarian Universalist denomination.

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