Experience Travel Tours
Two issue-based tours for autumn 2013 (and for the 2013 Rebuilding camp see below)
Meet with key leaders and experts in their field on both sides of the divide – Jews, Christians & Muslims
Receive analysis from the Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions (ICAHD), one of the leading peace and human rights organisations, and other respected organisations at the forefront
Hear personal stories from local people and learn about their hopes for the future
Witness the situation in different geographical areas in the Occupied Palestine Territory & Israel
Examine several aspects of life today and how they affect the wider region & beyond
Help strengthen the voice of the international community that seeks peace with justice
No amount of reading, attending lectures or watching films can convey an accurate understanding of the ‘facts on the ground’, which are crucial to any program of advocacy.
Seven-Day Study Tour 9 – 15 November 2013
This tour provides a general overview of some of the main issues facing a population living under occupation – house demolitions, displacement, education, refugees, water, lack of freedom of movement, women’s issues – as well as discrimination within the state of Israel. Price – £665, single supplement £140
Eleven-Day Study Tour 18 – 28 November 2013
This tour provides the opportunity to go into further depth as the main issues are examined through meetings with over twenty organisations and engagement with local individuals. Time is also spent in the Galilee.
Price – £880, single supplement £195
Cost per person includes the full tour programme and staying at good three star hotels at half board (bed, breakfast and evening meal), sharing a twin-bedded room with ensuite facilities, tour leader, tour bus, guides and tips inclusive. Not included are: flights, travel insurance, lunches. Tour groups are kept small in size.
Information about the appointments and practical information covering all aspects of the visit are provided. Since ETT’s founding in 1999, hundreds of people from around the world have joined these tours and many recommendations are available. The tours provide unique access for discussion and ongoing involvement with key people and organisations that would be difficult to meet when travelling on one’s own. For many the tour has proved life-changing.
“I thought I knew a lot about the conflict, but the tour changed some of my views quite a bit. If you care for peace and human rights for Palestinians and Israelis this tour is an absolute must to deepen your understanding.” C Walischewski, Bremen, Germany – Nov 2012
For more information and the full itineraries email email@example.com
or phone (0044) 01235 764 754
Experience Travel Tours
Stablehayes, Five Oaks Road, Horsham RH13 0SX, England
ICAHD ANNOUNCES THE 2013 REBUILDING CAMP
11 – 26 AUGUST 2013
ICAHD invites international volunteers to join in solidarity during the 2013 ICAHD summer rebuilding camp. For the past decade hundreds of activists have participated in the camp, working side by side with Palestinians and Israelis to rebuild Palestinian homes demolished by Israel as political acts of resistance.
This year the camp will be held between 11 August – 26 August 2013. In this two-week period we will reconstruct an entire home from the rubble, give the keys to the family and help them move in – a truly moving and meaningful experience of resistance and solidarity. Over the course of the camp friendships are struck up among participants, Palestinian builders, local residents and activists.
Besides the rebuilding, participants will be taken on field trips throughout the Occupied Territory and Israel in order to expand their understanding of the Occupation and the sources of the conflict. In the evening meetings will be held with local activists, films screened, political analysis provided and wide-ranging discussions among participants held.
Accommodation at the camp is basic but a wonderful group spirit makes it all comfortable and functioning. Participants will sleep in tents on the site of Beit Arabiya, served by portable toilets and shower blocks. In the communal area where group meetings are held traditional home-cooked Palestinian food will be provided by Arabiya Shawamreh, as she and her husband Salim host the camp’s guests along with ICAHD staff. For a sense of what the camp is like, visit the Icahd website; don’t miss the 4-minute time-lapse of last year’s rebuilding.
The fee for the 2013 camp is $1750 USA per person ($1250 for university students or young people whose applications demonstrate a willingness to represent ICAHD on campus). The fee, which is used to cover the purchase of construction materials and the expenses of the camp, includes:
- Three full meals a day and beverages between meals (except during three free evenings)
- All field trips and the educational programme
- ICAHD materials/resources
Not included in the fee are:
- Airfare and transfer to and from Jerusalem before the start of the camp and return to the airport at the end of the camp
- Meals during free time
- Personal spending money
If you feel too old or tired or busy to participate (though we have had 80 year olds leading the way), you are welcome to provide a “scholarship” that will permit a young person, or someone with limited means, to join.
If you’re interested in joining us this summer, or want additional information, please contact:
For the USA and Canada: Salena Tramel
For the UK and European countries
For Norway: Silje Ryvold
For Finland: Bruno Jantti
For the rest of the world