Travel suggestions for Israel-Palestine

لماذا غزة؟ Why Gaza?

An American friend recently told me she’s traveling to Israel soon for a well-deserved vacation. It’s very, very easy to visit Israel and never, ever catch a glimpse of Palestine or the occupation.  I suspect the Israeli government likes it that way.  Out of sight, out of mind.

Loss of Land

I asked her if she’d be interested in suggestions for seeing the “other side” and when she enthusiastically agreed, I compiled the following list, with one strong caveat. “Don’t mention your intention to visit the Occupied Palestinian Territories or any of these groups when you’re stopped and questioned at Ben Gurion Airport, which you surely will be.”

  1. Some tips on visiting Israel and Palestine prepared by Green Olive Collective — check the pdf here.   And here are some interesting tours in English that the Collective recommends, such as the Banksy tour to Bethlehem, the Gaza Border tour, and the Galilee and…

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