Too often, visitors to the Holy Land return home without having learned anything from the natives of the land. At Wi’am, we work to promote international citizen diplomacy through our Educational & Cultural Tours program. We organize both tours and workshops that introduce international visitors (both groups and individuals) to the complex cultural, historical, religious and sociopolitical atmosphere from the perspective of the people who live in Palestine. Our aim is to encourage people to travel to the Holy Land, participate in cultural exchanges and dialogue with the Palestinian people, and understand the human consequences of the conflict.
As part of our program, we offer guided tours to various communities in and around the Holy Land, visiting popular tourist sites as well as meeting with locals in order to appreciate the diversity in this land. These tours delve further into common religious and tourist sites; visitors not only learn about the history and religious aspects of these locations but also learn more about contemporary events, the politics of the area, how the occupation affects the land and the people, and how there can be hope for a future of justice, peace, and reconciliation.
We offer half-day, one-day, and extended (2-12 day) tours in the area. We welcome groups who are visiting for fact-finding, for pilgrimage, for solidarity, and for learning. A list of some of the sites we visit include: Bethlehem, Hebron, Ramallah, Tiberias, Galilee, Jerusalem, the Taiba village, Nablus, Jericho, Gaza, tours around illegal Israeli settlements, and Palestinian refugee camps.
As part of our Tours program, we also offer:
- Lectures on topics including: religious communities and leaders of the Holy Land, interfaith dialogue, the current political situation, the construction of illegal Jewish settlements, the Wall, and Palestinian refugees.
- Shared meals and overnight stays with families.
- Meetings with the people of the land in order to understand the socioeconomic and political situation.
- Visits to Palestinian organizations to become acquainted with the conflict and appreciate aspirations for a just future.
- Visits to Palestinian refugee camps.
- Hikes to Mount Tabor, the Beatitudes and the Church of the Transfiguration.
- Visits to communities in the South and the North, including the Negev and the Golan Heights.
- Trips to monasteries, mosques, and synagogues and meetings with people of faith to gain spiritual, social and political insights.
For more information on our Educational & Cultural Tours program, or to book a tour for your group, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org, or call us at +970-(0)2-2777333.