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From Tel Aviv: Gaza Border Reality Tour2 Reviews
Get a better understanding of the Gaza-Israel conflict. Understand the challenges and the possible solutions.
- See lookout points and historical sites along the northern Gaza-Israel border
- Meet Israeli residents in communities on the border and speak by video or phone with a Gaza resident
- Visit both an active Israeli Kibbutz, as well as a Palestinian village destroyed by the 1948 war
- View up-close a Gaza border crossing point
- Take part in a special art project happening on the Gaza border wall - the Paths to Peace project
DescriptionLeaving by train from Tel Aviv, you will head to the Gaza Border area along with a local Israeli guide. Meet up with the group from Jerusalem and start with a visit to the Erez border crossing, the only place where citizens of Gaza, for business or medical care, can enter Israel. You will talk with either a Gaza resident entering Israel, or one of their Bedouin drivers. Next you will drive along for an overview of the northern Gaza-Israel border region. See southern Israel, from Ashkelon to Sderot, and into northern Gaza - including the border, Beit Hanun, Beit Lahia, Jabalya, and Gaza City. You will then visit an Israeli border community, Kibbutz Sa’ad. Visit the synagogue there and have a short seminar about the Gaza-Israel conflict. Speak on video by Skype with Gaza City residents. Learn about the history of Gaza, the 1948 and 1967 wars, refugees, the Intifadas, the Oslo Accords, the Disengagement, the 2008, 2012, and 2014 wars, Hamas, Fatah, Egypt relations, the siege and suffering of Gaza’s population, ceasefire talks, and more. After lunch, drive through the agricultural fields around Nachal Oz, viewing the border and the Shejaiya neighborhood of Gaza City – where weekly ‘Great March of Return’ protests and clashes take place. At the site of the religious Kibbutz, Be’erot Yitzhak, which was destroyed in the 1948 war, you will learn about the Israeli narrative of settlement and sacrifice in the northern Negev. In Sderot, visit the police station with its display of fallen rockets and climb the rooftop of the Hesder Yeshiva to see the rocket sculptures. Visit a “rocket safe” playground and view up-close an Iron Dome rocket defense launcher. You will also visit the Palestinian village of Al-Najd, destroyed in the 1948 war and whose former residents fled to Gaza. Here you will discuss the Palestinian narrative of the 1948 war and the Nakba. The day will wrap up with a visit to Netiv Ha’asara, a ‘moshav’ village on the northern Gaza border, where a local resident will do a presentation about how their community lives with frequent rocket fire. Finally, you will partake in the Paths to Peace art project, placing ceramic tiles on the wall, transforming it from a defensive to a peace wall.
IncludesGuided tour Meet a local Israeli resident, as well as a Gaza resident via phone/video
- • Customers looking to take part in the tour will have to sign a waiver form prior to departure
Easy cancellationCancel up to 24 hours in advance for a full refund
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