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Sabeel Colorado Fact-Finding Trip, June 2-16, 2012

Conference Start Date: 
Saturday, June 2, 2012 to Saturday, June 16, 2012

Seeking Understanding in Israel/Palestine

A Two-Week Fact Finding Trip


June 2-16, 2012
Organized by Friends of Sabeel-Colorado


TRIP BROCHURE (PDF FILE)

Trip Highlights

• We will stay in the walled Old City of Jerusalem within easy walking distance of the Western Wall, the Church of the Holy Sepulcher,
   and the Dom of the Rock.
• Explore the holy sites and bazaars of the Old City of Jerusalem.
• Tour the settlements of East Jerusalem and come to understand the political forces at play.
• Stand with the Women in Black on a Friday at noon.
• Visit the Sabeel Ecumenical Liberation Theology Center in Jerusalem
• Tour the Old City of Bethlehem and visit the Church of the Nativity.
• Visit a refugee camp and take a tour of the separation wall around Bethlehem, and witness checkpoints and roadblocks.
• Visit in the homes of Palestinian Christians in the Beit Jala area, with the option of staying overnight with a family.
• Meet with Breaking the Silence, Israeli soldiers now working for peace.
• Visit Christian ministries in Bethlehem to see an example of how local churches are empowering people living under occupation.
• Travel to The Galilee to visit Nazareth, the Mount of Beatitudes, Capernaum, Tiberius, and spend two nights by the Sea of Galilee.
• Take a boat ride on the Sea of Galilee.
• Meet with the women of Machsom Watch, Israeli Jewish women who stand at the checkpoints to monitor solider behavior and assist
Palestinians in crossing through.
• Swim in the Dead Sea and visit Masada and see the caves at Qumran.
• Have the option of visiting Tent of the Nations, a working Palestinian farm surrounded by settlements, now also a center for
  peace activities.
• Meet with the Christian Peace-maker Team in Hebron and visit the Mosque of Ibrihim, honored by Jews and Muslims as the burial
  place of Abraham.
• Visit Augusta Victoria Hospital and learn how institutions of mercy struggle under the occupation to fulfill their ministries.
• Visit Nablus in the heart of the West Bank, meet with city officials, and tour the holy sites.
• Visit an “unrecognized village” and learn the struggles of Arab Israeli citizens.
• Have the option of visiting Tent of the Nations, a working Palestinian farm surrounded by settlements, now also a center for peace   activities.
• Meet with the Christian Peace-maker Team in Hebron and visit the Mosque of Ibrihim, honored by Jews and Muslims as the burial
  place of Abraham.
• Visit Augusta Victoria Hospital and learn how institutions of mercy struggle under the occupation to fulfill their ministries.
• Visit Nablus in the heart of the West Bank, meet with city officials, and tour the holy sites.
• Visit an “unrecognized village” and learn the struggles of Arab Israeli citizens.
 

Tour Leaders

Joy Lapp teaches religion at Iowa Wesleyan College in Mt. Pleasant, Iowa.  Joy spent three years in the Middle East working with the Mennonite Central Committee, and she is on the Steering Committee of Friends of Sabeel-North America.

Arnie Voigt is a Lutheran minister who has visited Israel/Palestine many times leading groups, servant events, study, and independent travel.  He is co-administrator of Friends of Sabeel-Colorado.  This the sixth trip Joy and Arnie have organized together.

 

Cost Summary

Tentative cost is $2,300.00 (to be finalized in January, 2012).  This includes hotels, two meals per day, tour guide, entrance fees, ground transportation, and tips.  This price does not include airfare, lunch, souvenirs, personal expenses, or travel insurance.  Prices are based on double occupancy with $620 as a single room supplement.  Prices are based on a minimum of 20 travelers, and subject to changes beyond our control.  Travelers will arrange their own flights and must have a passport valid six months beyond the date of reentry into the US.  Joy and Arnie will assist in coordinating flights to and from Israel/ Palestine. 

Confirmation and $100 payment is needed by April 1, 2012.

 

For more information please contact:

Joy – 319.219.9171  lappj@earthlink.net
Arnie – 303.798.7887 arnievoigt@msn.com
http://sabeelcolorado.org