Our next fact-finding trips to Israel and the West Bank:
- Yachad Youth Trip, 5-10 September 2020. More details here.
- Yachad Adult Trip, 15-19 November 2020. More details here.
Yachad provides the opportunity for supporters to take part in educational day tours and extended trips to Israel, East Jerusalem and the West Bank. These are delivered by Israeli partners on the ground. The purpose of these trips is to provide British Jews who spend time in Israel with a greater understanding of the conflict, the impact of an ongoing occupation on both Israelis and Palestinians, and to hear narratives they may not have been previously exposed to.
Yachad has clear guidelines in place in order to minimise any potential risk on organised trips to the West Bank, click here to read our guidelines.
Get in touch to register your interest for future Yachad trips.
Visit our partners’ websites for updates about tours in the region:
Breaking the silence
From Breaking the Silence’s website: “We collect and publish testimonies from soldiers who, like us, have served in the West Bank, Gaza and East Jerusalem since September 2000. To boost public awareness, we hold lectures, house meetings and other public events that bring to light the reality in the territories through the voices of former combatants. We also conduct tours in Hebron and the South Hebron Hills in the West Bank, with the aim of giving the Israeli public access to the reality that exists only minutes away from their own homes, yet is rarely portrayed in the media.”
For Breaking the silence tours click here.
From MachsomWatch’s website: “MachsomWatch is a volunteer organization of Israeli women who are peace activists from all sectors of society. We oppose the Israeli occupation in the area known as the West Bank, we oppose the appropriation of Palestinian land and the denial of Palestinian human rights. We support the right of Palestinians to move freely in their land and oppose the checkpoints which severely restrict Palestinian daily life.”
For Machsom Watch tours click here.
From Ir Amim’s website: “Ir Amim leads study tours of Jerusalem to introduce participants to the social, economic and political issues impacting life in the city for its multiple religious, cultural and national groups as well as Jerusalem’s role in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.”
For Ir Amim tours click here.
Peace Now is Israel’s longest-standing movement for public pressure for peace. Established in 1978, Peace Now’s current work focuses on preserving and promoting the two-state solution and assuring a viable Palestinian state with a functioning society, alongside Israel. In the early 1990s, after identifying settlements as one of the largest obstacles to the two-state solution, Peace Now began to focus its work in preventing settlement expansion and other settler-related violations of international humanitarian law and Palestinian human rights. Peace Now seeks to raise the issue of the conflict in general, and settlements in particular, to the public debate, to increase transparency of the government’s actions beyond the Green Line, and to increase pressure on decision-makers to assure they will be accountable for their actions. Peace Now’s Settlement Watch team offers field visits to the West to explore settlement trends and their impact on the viability of a two-state solution.
To book a Peace Now tour email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Green Olive Tours
From Green Olive Tours’ website: “The company is a cooperative of Israelis and Palestinians, and is a social enterprise focusing on cultural and people-to-people experiences in Palestine an Israel, visiting religious and historical sites, villages, refugee camps, and off-the–beaten track locations.”
For Green Olive Tours click here.
Trips to the West Bank
In order to minimise any potential risk on organised trips to the West Bank, Yachad will always comply with the following guidelines:
- Current Foreign and Commonwealth Office advice must allow us to travel to the location
- It cannot be a location where there are known risks e.g. a place where demonstrations regularly happen, and we are likely to be caught up in an event of this nature
- The partners who are working with us are recommended and known to us
- We are familiar with the area and ideally will have already conducted a recce trip to the location
- We are familiar with the issues we are likely to encounter in the specific area
- Travelling to the destination does not present a risk because of the route involved