One of the best ways to understand the people of Palestine and their struggle for justice is to go there yourself. With knowledgeable leadership and guidance, you can see both Holy Land sites and meet and talk with Palestinians and Israelis who oppose the occupation and are working for justice for the Palestinian people. MennoPIN recommends the following tours taking place in the upcoming months. Go to Palestine, expand your knowledge of the Palestine-Israeli conflict and hear from those working on the ground for justice and peace in the Holy Land.
Christian Peacemaker Teams Delegations to Palestine/Israel. Three more CPT delegations will occur in 2019
- October 22 – November 5 (Harvest Delegation)
- November 30 – December 14
Delegates will meet with Palestinian and Israeli human rights representatives and peace workers in Jerusalem and Bethlehem. They will visit Palestinian families whose home and livelihoods are threatened by expanding Israeli settlements. They will travel to the city of Al Khalil (Hebron) and the village of At-Tuwani in the South Hebron Hills and experience firsthand CPT’s work alongside Israeli and Palestinian partners. They will challenge the structural violence of the Occupation through nonviolent public witness. For more information and how to apply, click here.
Eyewitness Palestine Delegations. One more delegation is planned for 2019:
- Autumn 2019 – “Environmental Justice and Olive Harvest” visits Palestine during the olive harvest season – a culturally rich and important time. Hear from farmers and learn of the importance of agriculture to the economy and culture. Learn about threats to the environment, the exploitation of natural resources, and the struggle of Palestinian communities to maintain access to land and water. Deadline is September 1, 2019. For more information and how to apply, click here.
E3Collective: Nazareth and Bethlehem. May 8-May 25, 2020, led by Dorothy Jean Weaver, Professor Emerita, Eastern Mennonite Seminary and Craig Maven, Lead Pastor, Harrisonburg Mennonite Church. This trip offers a unique, hands-on opportunity to encounter the land of Jesus’ earthly ministry and relive the stories of Jesus as we together meet, work, and pray with Palestinian Christians. And the rhythm of our time together will be a daily rhythm of encounter, work, and prayer. In the midst of our activities and during our times of relaxation, we will meet the Christians of Nazareth and Bethlehem “up close and personal.” And we will learn firsthand about their life and faith and the challenges they face as followers of Jesus within the troubled context of present-day Israel/Palestine. Application Deadline is December 31, 2019. For further information and how to apply, click here.
Sabeel Solidarity Visit. October 13-October 21, led by Naim Ateek, co-founder of Sabeel, the Sabeel Ecumenical Liberation Theology Center.
- Worship with Palestinian Christians
- Meet and reflect with Palestinian Christians and Muslims as well as with Jewish Israelis and internationals who partner with Sabeel in non-violent resistance against the violation of international and humanitarian law
- Experience the realities of the Palestinian community living under Israeli Occupation: the Wall, settlements, checkpoints, confiscated land and demolished homes, refugee camps, and environmental degradation
- Act in solidarity with the Palestinian community.
- Learn about the loss of civil and property rights of Arab Israeli citizens
For more information and how to apply, click here.