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.
A Peacemaker’s Pilgrimage to the Holy Land. January 16-27, 2019. Led by Richard Blackburn, Executive Director of Lombard Mennonite Peace Center, the three-center pilgrimage will include Jerusalem (Mount of Olives, Mount Zion, the Old City, Yad Vashem, Sabeel Ecumenical Liberation Theology Center); Bethlehem (Church of the Nativity, Shepherd’s Fields, Christian Peacemaker Teams in Hebron, Diyar Consortium, Wi’am Palestinian Conflict Resolution Center) and Galilee (Nazareth, Cana, Church of the Beatitudes and a boat ride on the Sea of Galilee). The Pilgrimage will also include visits to various peacemaking ministries led by Palestinian Christians working for peace. Teaching sessions on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, biblical peacemaking and conflict transformation are central parts of the tour as well. For more information on the tour and how to register, click here.
Christian Peacemaker Teams Delegations to Palestine/Israel. Five CPT delegations will occur in 2019:
- February 18 – March 4 (Open Shuhada Street Delegation)
- May 7 – 21 (Nakba Day Delegation)
- August 6 – 20 (Multi-faith Delegation)
- 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, click here
Come and See Solidarity Tour: Palestine & Israel. May 13-25, 2019. Led by Michael Spath of the Indiana Center for Middle East Peace, the tour includes visits to Bethlehem, Jerusalem, Judean Desert, Galilee, Ramallah and Hebron. Along the way, the tour will meet with numerous Palestinian and Israeli peacemakers and peacemaking organizations. For more details and to register, email Lmichaelspath@gmail.com.
Come and See Israel/Palestine Witness Trip. June 12-25, 2019. Led by Arnie Voigt (Lutheran minister) and Joy Lapp (Professor of Religion and Ethics at Iowa Wesleyan University). Visit the holy sites in the Old City of Jerusalem and two nights in Galilee, including Nazareth, Mount of the Beatitudes and the Sea of Galilee. Meet with Sabeel Ecumenical Liberation Theology Center in Jerusalem. Hear from numerous Palestinian and Israeli human rights groups. Travel to the Negev Desert and visit a Bedouin village and hear of their struggle. In Hebron, visit the Ibrahimi Mosque, honored by Jews and Muslims as their burial place of Abraham and Sarah. For more information and registration, contact Arnie Voigt: 303-218-8122, email@example.com or Joy Lapp: 720-201-3697, firstname.lastname@example.org.