"The Perspectives Tour presented many different standpoints of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. It was such a needed educational experience, and through meeting the different people from both Israel and Palestine, it really helped me get an understanding of the complexities of the conflict by seeing it first hand."
- Alondra Esquivel Garcia, SF State, ASI-Sophomore Rep.
Who did we meet?
We heard so many different perspectives, including:
Mohammed Almasri, Senior party official of Fatah (Palestinian controlling authority in West Bank)
Palestinian students in Ramallah
Residents of Israeli kibbutz of Netiv HaAsara, along border with Gaza
Residents of Aida Palestinian refugee camp in Bethlehem
Oded Reviv, Mayor of Efrat, the original West Bank settlement bloc
Miri Eisen, Israeli peace negotiator who took part in peace talks with the Palestinian Authority
Khaled Abu Toameh, Arab Israeli Journalist
Small business owners in East Jerusalem
Ihab Balha, peace activist, and founder of nursery for Jewish and Muslim children
Students at Kids4Peace grassroots interfaith movement
African refugees activists
"The trip was a great combination of tourism, education and just a fun overall experience with my peers. We were presented with several different perspectives and were allowed to speak freely about our opinions. I left [the trip] with a lot of information and memories that will last a lifetime." - Laura Okugbe, SF State, member of African Student Union
Where did we go?
We went all over! Sites included:
Religious sites including the Temple Mount/Haram esh-Sharif, the Western Wall, Church of the Holy Sepulcher, Via Dolorosa,
Yad Vashem, the World Holocaust Remembrance Center
Light rail tour to East Jerusalem
Mahane Yehuda market
Aida Palestinian Refugee Camp
Banksy grafitti at Separation Barrier/wall
Church of the Nativity
Mukata'a, Headquarters of the Palestinian Authority and burial site of Yasser Arafat
Brief stop in Al-Amari Palestinian refugee camp
Tybeh Brewery (in Christian Palestinian village outside Ramallah)
Dead Sea and Judean Desert
Floating in Dead Sea
Jordan River Valley
Mount of Beatitude
Aguda - LGBTQ activist group
Save a Child's Heart
Peres Center for Peace & Innovation
Orchard of Abraham's Children
Off-Road Jeep Tour
Border with Lebanon
"I gained a unique experience of traveling to the Holy Land and seeing and hearing the Israeli and Palestinian narratives. Not only did I learn more about the conflict, but more importantly I felt the humanity and resiliency both the Israelis and Palestinians share that bring hope to a peaceful coexistence.." - Gian Carlo Baldonado, SF State, member of Filipino Student Union
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