פרד שלומקה - מדריך תיירים, מדריך טיולים, מורה-דרך

פרד שלומקה

מדריך תיירים, מדריך טיולים, מורה-דרך

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Nablus - Samaritan Village - Jewish Settlements

Most Israeli tour guides will tell you that Nablus is too dangerous to visit. However we embed you within the community though our relationships with local guides. A Palestinian guide treats you as a guest, and within the Arab world a guest is honored and respected.

Nablus is deep inside the West Bank, and during the trip you will see and learn about the Jewish settlements, ongoing land confiscations, the Separation Barrier, and the separate 'Jewish only' and 'Palestinian only' road system that is currently being completed.

Whether you want to take a scheduled day-tour, a private tour, or spend a few days in a Nablus hotel, we are are at your disposal to help and organize your trip.

Nablus and the Central West Bank

So you're interested in traveling to Nablus. Well you have come to the right place.

We are the only Israeli tour company currently offering a safe and informative tour through the Central West Bank into Nablus. But this is no ordinary tour. It's more like a traveling seminar on life under Occupation.

If you are interested in the Nablus Old City, historical sights and Samaritan village - you'll see them. But you will also visit a refugee camp and hear a narrative from a local Palestinian Guide who was born and raised under Israel's Occupation of the West Bank.

Contact Birthright Alternatives

We can offer one or more regularly scheduled day trips to different West Bank areas.

Some tours cover wide areas of the West Bank without entering Palestinian cities, and others tour cities in Area 'A' under the control of the Palestinian Authority such as Bethlehem, Hebron, and Nablus.

Another option is to gather a group from your birthright tour and reserve a private tour with us. These tours can be custom designed to fit with your schedule and interests.

Take the plunge. contact us for more information.

First Birthright - Then the real tour

So you are still interested.
Good.

Think for a moment why you want to come to Israel. It might be just for the free trip. You may want to explore your Jewish identity and Zionism. This country has become a giant Jewish theme park and you are welcome to take a look. But there's much more here than meets the eye.

Your Birthright tour will be carefully crafted to funnel you into a Jewish/Zionist/Israeli Ethos. But what of the 'other', the millions of Palestinian Muslims and Christians who live here who are outside that ethos, who are under Occupation. It is possible to spend time here and never talk to an Arab, never learn about their narrative, their pain, and their aspirations! Is that what you want?

Are you ready to learn about the impact of the Separation barrier on Palestinian lives? Do you want to visit a refugee camp and talk with the residents. Do you want to visit Muslim Hebron and learn see first hand the impact of the Jewish settlers there? Do you want to learn, or just have a free trip?

ToursInEnglish.com is here to assist you in making a decision that could change your life.

Birthright Alternatives

Do you really expect Birthright to give you an unbiased tour of Israel?


Probably not.

Do you think Birthright will take you to the West Bank for an overview of the Occupation and its ongoing impact on the Palestinians?

Definitely not. It says so on their web site.

However if you want to take advantage of the free Birthright trip to Israel, by all means check out their tours - then after the tour, explore the real Israel and Palestine with us.

We can offer you tours that dig deep into the realities of Israel's Occupation and provide critical analysis. Some of our guides are Israeli activists, others are Palestinians who can put you in touch with their life under Occupation in the West Bank.

You are guaranteed an eye-opener! Our tours of Nablus, Hebron, and the wider West Bank will give you much food for thought.

If you want the standard Birthright tour then return home, you might as well move on now.

Or continue and Learn More.

Tamer's Guest House Reservations

Prices include breakfast
Single Room: Shekels NIS 150
Double Room: Shekels NIS 280
Per meal (lunch or dinner): Shekels NIS 30

Private car from Jerusalem: Shekels NIS 120
Private car from Tel Aviv: Shekels NIS 350
Private car from Airport: Shekels NIS 300
public buses are available from East Jerusalem. Details will be in the confirmation email

Private Tours with Tamer:
Shekels NIS 500  per day plus transportation cost
Shekels NIS 300  per half-day plus transportation cost



Tamer's Guest House

East Jerusalem
Prices include breakfast                                   Make a Reservation
Single Room: Shekels NIS 150
Double Room: Shekels NIS 280
Per meal (lunch or dinner): Shekels NIS 30
Tamer's guest house is the top floor of the Halaseh Family home in East Sawahreh, on the outer fringe of East Jerusalem where Tamer lives with his parents. The family are longtime residents of the community, and are Muslim but with a secular lifestyle.  The guest area of their home has been recently renovated with three rooms, a modern bathroom and kitchen. You can opt to cook for yourselves, or have meals with the family. The basic cost covers the accommodations and breakfast.

If you arrive by public transport, Tamer will meet you at the border of the Ma'ale Adumim settlement and the Palestinian Jerusalem suburb of Azariyah, just a 20-minute bus ride from downtown Jerusalem. After you make a reservation you will be emailed more information and will be able to telephone or email Tamer directly. Private car pickup is also available from the airport or anywhere in Israel or the West Bank.

East Sawahreh is on the Palestinian side of the Separation Barrier, near Jabel al-Mukaber, Abu Dis, Bethany, and Al Quds University. In addition to soaking up the local culture, you'll be able to visit the unfinished Palestinian Parliament building, Lazarus Tomb, the church at Bethany, and the Mount of Olives terminal - the only legal way for local Palestinians with permits to enter Jerusalem. Special arrangements can be made with Tamer for local tours and transportation to join other tours detailed on this website.

The area is a traditional community and modest dress should be worn at all times. This usually means 'village dress'. Both men and women should be fully covered at all times. This includes a high neckline on a shirt and dress, shoulders and upper arms covered, and dresses or skirts below the knees. Trousers (pants) are common for both men and women. No shorts. Respecting the local mores will enable you to blend in and communicate comfortably with local people.

Please contact us if you have any questions before making a reservation. Enjoy your stay.


Jews for Justice for Palestinians

Jews for Justice for Palestinians is a network of Jews who are British or live in Britain, practising and secular, Zionist and not. We oppose Israeli policies that undermine the livelihoods, human, civil and political rights of the Palestinian people.

We support the right of Israelis to live in freedom and security within Israel’s 1967 borders.
As well as organising to ensure that Jewish opinions critical of Israeli policy are heard in Britain, we extend support to Palestinians trapped in the spiral of violence and repression. We believe that such actions are important in countering antisemitism and the claim that opposition to Israel’s destructive policies is itself antisemitic.

We cooperate with other organisations on specific issues without necessarily endorsing everything they do. We work to build world-wide Jewish opposition to the Israeli Occupation, with like-minded groups around the world and are a founding member of European Jews for a Just Peace, a federation of Jewish groups in ten European countries whose principles include:

  • condemnation of all violence against civilians in the conflict, no matter by whom it is carried out.
  • recognition of Israel’s 1967 ‘green line’ borders;
  • commitment to the Palestinians’ right to a state in the territories currently occupied by Israel in the West Bank, East Jerusalem and Gaza;
  • calling on Israel to acknowledge its part in the creation of the Palestinian refugee problem and its obligation to negotiate a just, fair and practical resolution of the issue.

What we do

“Jews for Justice for Palestinians is concerned for justice for them—and us!
Without justice for Palestinians, there is no hope for Israel.”
RABBI JEFFREY NEWMAN
We support Israeli peace and human-rights organizations morally and financially including:
Bat Shalom (Women for Peace), Breaking the Silence, Courage to Refuse, Gush Shalom (Peace Bloc), the Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions (ICAHD), Machsom (Checkpoint) Watch, Physicians for Human Rights, Rabbis for Human Rights, Ta’ayush (Arab-Jewish Partnership), Yesh Gvul (There is a Limit) and Zochrot (Remembrance).


We organise meetings across the UK and produce information on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict—both printed and web-based at www.jfjfp.org

We assist Palestinian peace and humanitarian organisations including the International Solidarity Movement, United Medical Relief Committees and the Gaza Community Mental Health Programme.
We channel humanitarian aid through the British Shalom Salaam Trust, an independent grant-giving charity.

We provide practical support to the Palestinian economy: planting olive trees, supporting Zaytoun, a fair-trade organisation marketing Palestinian olive oil and encouraging fact-finding trips to the area.
We are helping to build a broad-based End the Occupation campaign in the UK and worldwide.
We lobby on issues relating to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, often in association with Palestinians.


P.O.Box 46081, London W9 2ZF jfjfp@jfjfp.org
View our list of signatories
Add your name here

“That which is hateful to you, do not do to your neighbour. That is the whole Torah, the rest is commentary.”
RABBI HILLEL

DO YOU BELIEVE THAT…

  • Peace in the Middle East will only come about with mutual recognition and respect and must be seen as just by both sides.
  • Peace requires the end of illegal occupation and settlement.
  • Violence against civilians is unacceptable.
  • Israel’s policies in the West Bank and Gaza are breeding hatred and resentment.
  • It is crucial that Jews speak out for Palestinians’ human rights.
  • The values of Israeli society have been corrupted by the Israeli State’s human-rights abuses.
  • A lasting peace must be seen as just by both sides.
  • Britain, the EU, the USA, Russia and the UN must be persuaded to implement UN resolutions on Palestine.
IF YOUR ANSWER IS ‘YES’ then link up with over one thousand five hundred other Jews in Britain who make up Jews for Justice for Palestinians
The Torah teaches: ‘Justice, justice, you shall pursue’ (Deuteronomy 16:20).
To secure a lasting settlement to the conflict between Palestinians
and Israelis so they can live in peace and security, thrive side by side, and co-operate together, Jews today are obligated to pursue justice on behalf of both peoples.”
RABBI ELIZABETH TIKVAH SARAH

“Israel must withdraw from all the settlements and dismantlethe wall within Palestinian territory.
Then, perhaps, we may at last see some justice for Palestinians.”
MIRIAM KARLIN OBE
In spring 2009, our over one thousand five hundred signatories included six rabbis; 105 professors (including five Fellows of the Royal Society and two fellows of the British Academy); 126 medical and academic doctors; several OBEs, CBEs and MBEs, five knights and one Member of Parliament.
The list includes Helen Bamber,Geoffrey Bindman, Anthony Caro, Jenny Diski, Stephen Fry, Eric Hobsbawm, Nicholas Hytner, Miriam Karlin, Nicolas Kent, Mike Leigh, Miriam Margolyes, Jonathan Miller, Susie Orbach, Jacqueline Rose, Alexei Sayle, Antony Sher, Avi Shlaim, Gillian Slovo, Tom Stoppard, Janel Suzman and Zoë Wanamaker.
“Sharon cannot be allowed to speak for British Jews — he does not speak in our name.
Jews for Justice for Palestinians gives expression to the many alternative views within the community.”
MICHAEL ROSEN
All our signatories can be found here.

The work that Jews for Justice for Palestinians has done over the last few years is of profound importance for the human rights of Palestinians and Israelis and for reaffirming the long association between Jewish people and the struggle for human rights everywhere.”
FRANCESCA KLUG OBE

HOW YOU CAN HELP

  • Encourage Jewish friends, relatives and colleagues to join our growing list of signatories.
  • Get involved with other signatories where you live.
  • Write letters to the local and national press – JfJfP can help.
  • Participate in fundraising for humanitarian and campaigning activities.
  • Help distribute leaflets and posters about our activities and events and issues in Israel-Palestine.
  • Get involved in organising meetings in your synagogue or area –JfJfP can supply speakers.
  • Lobby your MP to speak out against the Occupation.
For further information visit jfjfp.com e-mail info@jfjfp.org or write to JFJFP, PO Box 46081, London W9 2ZF
Students can contact the student group at students@jfjfp.org

Organisation

Everyone who joins as an individual is added to the general e-mail list and receives mailouts about once a week – but ask if you don’t want to receive them. If you are not on email, please send us 5 stamped SAEs for our monthly postal mailouts.
There is no membership fee, but donations to support our work will be gratefully received. We hold regular meetings in London and Manchester and work with others in Scotland and in Liverpool, Leicester, Norfolk and elsewhere. JfJfP is a national network; you can be a signatory as well as a member of one of these other groupings.
Some contact details:
Scottish Jews for a Just Peaceinfo@sjjp.org.uk
Manchester JfJfP – mjfjfp@tiscali.co.uk
Merseyside Jews for Peace and Justice – via info@jfjfp.org
Just Peace Leicester – via info@jfjfp.org
Norfolk Jewish Peace Group – via info@jfjfp.org
JfJfP In the Community
JfJfP signatories include Jews from across the religious and political spectrum. We value contributions to the struggle for justice for Palestinians by Jews from every background, in Britain, Israel, and across the world.
It is sometimes difficult for us to make our voices heard within formal Jewish structures. Too often we are misrepresented as ‘traitors’, ‘self-hating Jews’, or worse. Yet among JfJfP signatories, and those who share our vision of justice for Palestinians, are Jews who play an active role in numerous synagogues and other Jewish groups. They know that their views do not compromise their identity, but enrich their commitment to Jewish life. This is true for Jews from all traditions: secular and religious, Ashkenazi and Sephardi, identifying with any or none of the denominational groups.
Despite the claims of some communal figures, there is no consensus among British Jews about the political situation in Israel and Palestine. The last authoritative research on the subject, undertaken by the UJIA in 2004, showed that 22% supported the policies of the then government of Ariel Sharon, and 28% opposed them. The views of the remaining 50% were ‘not sure’ or’ mixed’. Furthermore, 31% of British Jews described themselves as ‘often very critical’ of Israeli government policies.
For JfJfP signatories and sympathizers, honest discussion about Israel and Palestine often risks painful disagreements with family, friends and colleagues. That is why JfJfP has launched a series of grassroots initiatives designed to help British Jews who want to express their commitment to justice for Palestinians within their own communities.
If you want to know more about this work, or to discuss how you can make your voice heard within your community, please contact community@jfjfp.org

Neveh Shalom/Wahat al Salam Hotel

Central Israel
Location-Google Map                Directions                  MAKE A RESERVATION

Bed & Breakfast - per room per night
Regular Season  1st Sept-30th June except holidays and Christmas
Double - $110 - 3rd & 4th bed $50 each
Single - $85
Child in parent's room - $30

High Season  1st July - 31st Aug. and Jewish Holidays, Christmas & special events
Double - $140 - 3rd & 4th bed $60 each
Single - $110
Child in parent's room - $35


This comfortable hotel is nestled in the foothills between Tel Aviv and Jerusalem, situated in Neve Shalom/Wahat al Salam, the only cooperative village of Jews and Palestinian Arabs of Israeli citizenship who have chosen to live side-by-side in a reality of peace. The community serves as a beacon of light to the rest of the country.

Staying at the village hotel provides guests with the opportunity to learn about the development of the village and the challenges involved in maintaining this unique community.

The hotel is ideally situated in an area of natural beauty, in the heartland of Israel, within easy access of the Ben Gurion International Airport, Jerusalem, the coastal plain and scenic and historical sites.

The 39-room hotel offers comfortable accommodations, single-story air-conditioned rooms, each with separate entrance, private balcony, shower, telephone and radio. Internet access is also available. Facilities include a large outdoor swimming pool (open in summer), a restaurant, catering facilities, conference halls, seminar rooms, and other unique functions such as the "House of Silence."

Neve Shalom/Wahat al-Salam was founded in 1970 on land leased (and later given) to it by the adjacent Monastery of Latroun. In 1977 the first family came to reside here. By 2006, about 52 families were settled in the village. The members of Neve Shalom/Wahat al-Salam are demonstrating the possibility of coexistence between Jews and Palestinians by developing a community based on mutual acceptance, respect and cooperation.

Democratically governed and owned by its members, the community is not affiliated with any political party or movement. Neve Shalom/Wahat al-Salam gives practical expression to its vision through its various branches.

In addition to accommodation for the individual traveller and groups, the hotel offers a wide range of group programs, including brief introductions to the work of the village, seminars on peace and conflict-resolution work and alternative tourism. Individuals or families can also join ongoing programs when available,  or just come and enjoy the setting and the people.

Contact ToursInEnglish.com for more information about programs or day-trips to Neveh Shalom/Wahat al-Salam.           MAKE A RESERVATION

Sebastiya Guest House Reservations

Bed & Breakfast
$50 per person (regardless of room or number of people)
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Fauzi Azar Inn & Hostel




Sebastiya Guest House

Bed & Breakfast
$50 per person (regardless of room or number of people) Contact the administrator for groups larger than 10 people.

Red Room
Double bedroom
Max 2 people
1 bathroom
Blue room
Double bedroom
Max 2 people
1 bathroom
Crusader room
Four single beds + chair-bed + camp bed
Max 6 people
2 bathroom
Channel room
Three single beds + camp bed
Max 4 people
1 bathroom


Sebastiya is perhaps best known for its well preserved Roman ruins including an amphitheater and temple.  There is also a Byzantine church at the location where John the Baptist is reputed to be buried.

However just down the hill from the ancient ruins the modern village of Sebastiya contains little known gems including a restored buildings dating back to the crusader era.



For several years the Italian organisation, Associazione di Terra Santa (ATS), has been working with the municipality to conserve the rich cultural heritage and has funded building restoration.

Over the years a huge complex of buildings dating back to the Crusader period emerged from hundreds of cubic meters of rubble, including the structure that is now a guest house.



The charming guest house in the heart of the village currently has several rooms with a choice of single or double beds. Please indicate on the reservation form which room you prefer.  For large groups there are also families in the village that host overnight guests. Contact the administrator for details. the village is a great base to explore the roman ruins and surrounding area. The villagers are very friendly and run various shops and restaurants.

Sebastiya is situated about 15 kilometres north-west of Nablus. Public and private transportation is available to Sebastiya from Tel Aviv or Jerusalem. If you are going direct from the airport, special arrangements can be made. All the details regarding public and private transport options will be sent via email after you make a reservation.

Neve Shalom/Wahat al Salam Reservations

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Directions to the Hotel, by car, taxi, or public transport

Bed & Breakfast - per room per night
Regular Season  1st Sept-30th June except holidays and Christmas
Double - $110 - 3rd & 4th bed $50 each
Single - $85
Child in parent's room - $30

High Season  1st July - 31st Aug. and Jewish Holidays, Christmas & special events
Double - $140 - 3rd & 4th bed $60 each
Single - $110
Child in parent's room - $35

Meals
Lunch or dinner - adult $14 - child $9
Special reductions are available for youth groups. Contact for details

Fauzi Azar Inn & hostel

TheFauziAzarInn 
TheFauziAzarInnFrom $20-$60 per night per person
Shared Dormatory to private suite

The Fauzi Azar Inn
is a 200 year-old Arab mansion turned guest house, offering both dorm beds and private rooms in a unique ‘old-world’ atmosphere.  Hailed by Lonely Planet in 2007 as “one of the highlights of a stay in the Galilee” and “a great base for touring major sites of the Galilee,” the Fauzi’s style is both intimate yet laid back, with a warm atmosphere where guests and staff can meet, both to swap travel tips and share their stories.

The inn itself is located in the heart of the Souq (Market) Quarter of the Old City.  Just one minute by foot from the vegetable market, and only a few minutes from a host of restaurants and coffee shops, you are never far from anywhere. All of Nazareth’s major attractions, including The Basilica of the Annunciation, the White Mosque and St. Gabriel’s Church are only minutes by foot from the Fauzi.  Wandering through the narrow streets of the Old City is a delight in itself and both the Fauzi and other vantage points nearby afford wonderful panoramic views of Nazareth.

Historically, the Fauzi was an inn owned by the Azar family, reknown as one of the richest and most powerful families in the Galilee.   Built in stone, in the 18th-century, today the Fauzi is a three-storey building, incorporating several impressive features including a six-metre high, hand-painted ceiling, a Turkish marble floor, a magnificent main living area with panoramic views, and a courtyard decorated with stone arches.

TheFauziAzarInnExperience ‘off the beaten track’ Nazareth with a city tour, led each morning at 10:00 am by our own guides, all of whom are happy to share their  historical knowledge and personal reflections of Nazareth’s rich past to the group.  Back at the inn, feel at home with a cup of Arabic coffee and a slice of home-made cake (baked daily by our own staff).  Relax in the spacious living area, enjoying breathtaking views of the city, or bask in the sun on our elegant terrace.  We also have a small library and a range of board games, which you are welcome to borrow.

Finally, with our free wireless internet facility, you can always be in touch with friends and family. Consider the Fauzi Azar Inn your home away from home…and welcome to Nazareth.

From $20-$60 per night per person
Shared Dormatory to private suite


We believe in giving our customers the high standards we enjoy so much while traveling. High quality at an affordable price is our motto.
Your stay at the Fauzi Azar includes:
  • Free Internet
  • Free WiFi
  • Free hot drinks and cold milk
  • Use of a fully-stocked kitchen
  • Self-guided tour of Nazareth
  • Clean linens and towels
  • Excellent travel information
  • Breakfast: $10
  • 40 person capacity dining room
Rooms
The Fauzi Azar Inn consists of ten rooms and can accommodate up to sixty people.
No two rooms in this 200-year-old Arab mansion are alike!
Each room has its own unique style and character.
Every room is very comfortable and thoroughly clean.
All rooms except 1, 2, 3, & 7 include a private shower and toilet.

Rooms 1, 2, 3
These three rooms are right off of the main lobby and similar in structure. With six-meter high ceilings and numerous windows, the rooms feel very open and spacious. Rooms 1 and 2 contain gorgeously hand-painted ceilings dating back to 1880. These magnificently designed rooms are ideal for families or small groups. Comfortably accommodates four to six people.

Room 4
This beautiful room is ideal for four people. It is conveniently located right next to the front balcony, kitchen, and main lobby.

Room 5
This room has a small entryway, which makes it charming and quaint. Wonderful for couples.

Room 6
The wooden floor and ceiling make this room very cozy. The lovely maroon curtains add a perfect touch of eloquence. Absolutely perfect for couples.

Room 7
This six to eight bed mixed dormitory is definitely one of a kind. The uniquely painted floor with its vibrant colors makes the room come alive. The dorm is quite spacious and has excellent lighting.

Rooms 8,9,10
These three beautiful rooms are situated between the courtyard and the hall. They are newer, very roomy, and feel just like home. Excellent for small groups looking for a suite or for three couples wanting more privacy.

Beit Ummar Hostel

$20 per person per night - self catering
Breakfast - $5
Lunch or dinner - $10

When you submit this form you will be offered the opportunity to pay the $5 deposit per person per night with your international credit card or PayPal account. Balance due in cash at the hostel.

If you do not have a credit card please fill out the form, then make other arrangements to pay the deposit by contacting the administrator. Reservations cannot be confirmed without a deposit. 

Bedouin Home Stay Reservations


Available Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights only.
1, 2, or 3 nights
Cost per person per night: shekels NIS 295
Including full board; dinner, breakfast, and lunch.
Earliest Arrival: 15.00 (3pm) on Thursday
Latest Departure: after breakfast on Sunday  
Transportation: If you are coming from Jerusalem or Tel Aviv you can take a bus or train, then by bus or taxi from Be'er Sheva. Public transport details, and directions by car will be sent in your conformation email. You will also be emailed your host's phone number for direct communication.
  
On Saturdays there is often a scheduled tour to the local Bedouin market in the town of Kseifa. Check the listings to find out when the tours are scheduled. 
Scheduled Tour:  Shekels NIS 50 per person (You will join the group that will arrive from Jerusalem or Tel Aviv and will be returned to the village when the tour is over.)
Private Tours with Khalil: Shekels NIS 100 per hour (up to three people) Your host, Khalil, may have time to give you a private tour if no public tour is scheduled. Please remember that you are paying for accommodations only and Khalil needs to be compensated for his time if he gives you a tour outside the village. He may be reluctant to take additional fees from you but please insist.



Jerusalem Claridge Hotel

Abu Ramzi and his son Ramzi are the proprietors of the family owned Jerusalem Claridge Hotel. Their easy informal style quickly helps guests become comfortable and at-home, enjoying traditional Arab hospitality and cuisine.

The hotel is nestled in a quiet residential street in the Jerusalem neighborhood of Beit Hanina, about halfway between the center of Jerusalem and Ramallah, with easy access by taxi or bus to both cities. This makes the hotel an ideal base for exploring the centers of Israeli and Palestinian societies, and a good starting point for tours of the West Bank.

The 30 spacious rooms each have a private bathroom and balcony, complete with phone, radio & television, air conditioning and heating. The dining room offers a variety of local and international cuisine, and the flower garden is a great place to relax after a day's touring. There are private meeting facilities for groups, conferences, or workshops.

Perhaps the most attractive aspect of the Claridge Hotel is it's location, which is ideal for visitors wishing to embed themselves in a Palestinian community, while retaining easy access to Jerusalem.

Rates & Reservations

Golden Gate Inn Jerusalem

The Golden Gate Inn is a family run hostel and guest house conveniently located just a ten-minute walk from Damascus Gate in Jerusalem's Old City.

Your hosts, all members of the Sandoka family, ensure a comfortable visit in a secure and quiet location. The family has roots in Jerusalem dating back to 1155.

The guest house is situated just off the famous Souk Khan Al Zeit, a market street which bustles during the day and is quiet in the evening.

In the Souk you will have a marvelous time browsing the many spice and coffee shops, cafes and restaurants, arts and crafts shops.

The guest house offers private rooms and dormitories, all kept meticulously clean and tidy. Breakfast is served every morning. There is wireless internet and a nice outdoor patio to relax after a busy day. Just outside the front door there is an elderly gentleman who maintains a tiny tea and coffee kiosk. Try one of his sweet mint teas and enjoy the ambiance.

Contact details:
Telephone: +972-2-628-4317
Email: goldengate442000@yahoo.com

Bedouin Family Home Stay - Negev Desert

Available Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights only           Reservations
1, 2, or 3 nights
Cost per person per night: shekels NIS 295
Including full board; dinner, breakfast, and lunch.
Earliest Arrival: 15.00 (3pm) on Thursday
Latest Departure:
after breakfast on Sunday
  
Transportation: If you are coming from Jerusalem or Tel Aviv you can take a bus or train, then by bus or taxi from Be'er Sheva. Public transport details, and directions by car will be sent in your conformation email. You will also be emailed your host's phone number for direct communication.

To be invited into the home of Khalil Alamour and his family is a privilege. Khalil is a warm and modest man, a high school teacher, and a member of the village council.

This experience is not like the 'Bedouin Camps' that are advertised elsewhere. There are no tourist facilities; no shops, no cafes, no restaurants, just ordinary families going about their daily business in a very challenging enviroment. No-one speaks English except your host.

The Alamour family home is situated in the Bedouin village of Alsera about 15 kilometers east of Be'er Sheva in the Negev Desert. Two rooms are available for up to four people per night. This is a traditional community so unmarried men and women must sleep in separate rooms. The family has a modern bathroom and serves traditional home cooked meals using their own olives, oil, and home made pitta bread.

The house has solar powered electricity supplemented by a community generator that runs for four hours each evening. For those of you with laptops, there is wireless internet ingeniously obtained via microwave transmission from a nearby town. There are no telephone land lines but the village is within range of cel phone networks.
Lonely Planet Author Amelia Thomas
with one of Khalil's children.
Your host is not a typical villager. Khalil has a Bachelor's Degree in Mathematics and Education, has also completed courses in computer science, and community leadership, and holds a Master's Degree in Educational Administration. 

He is a teacher and member of his village's local council, and in that role has helped to initiate several local initiatives such as procuring a daycare for the village and afterschool programs for youth. Khalil has been instrumental in providing the village with piped water for which he and other villagers laid over two kilometers of pipe to the nearest main supply. He speaks Arabic, Hebrew, English, and limited Spanish.

Alsera is typical of the 45 'unrecognized' Bedouin villages in the Negev. Over 65,000 people live in these villages without basic services such as electricity, water, schools or health clinics. The Israeli government continues to 'encourage' them to leave their traditional lands through demolishing their homes, sometimes entire villages, poisoning their crops, and expropriating their land for new Jewish farms or communities.

The Bedouin are citizens of the state of Israel.

Guests should understand that they will be entering a very traditional society and should dress modestly. Both men and women need to be covered up. Shirts and dresses should be close to the neck, shoulders and arms covered, and long skirts or trousers (pants) for both men and women. It helps if the women have a light scarf to thow over their heads when walking around the village. 
Reservations

Hope Flowers Guest House Reservations

Bed & Breakfast
Single room: Shekels NIS 180
Double room
: Shekels NIS 235
Lunch & dinner: Shekels NIS 40 per meal





Home Stays Beit Sahour, Bethlehem - Reservations

$45 per person per night - double occupancy
$50 Single person per night
includes dinner and breakfast  

Confirmation, transportation and contact information will be sent to you via email after you make the reservation. All homes stays are organized through the office in Beit Sahour where you will make final payments and be taken to your host family. The address of the office will also be sent in the confirmation email. If you request a private pickup there will be an additional fee which will be quoted in advance by the office.

All reservations must be accompanied by a $10 deposit per night per person.  You can pay the deposit with your credit card or PayPal account.

The balance of your payment will be due in cash to the office of the Alternative Tourism Group in Beit Sahour. The address and direct contact information of the office will be sent in the confirmation email

If you do not have a credit card or PayPal account then contact the administrator for deposit options.


Bustan Qaraaqa Permacuture Farm & Guest House

Beit Sahour, Bethlehem

NO LONGER AVAILABLE

Bustan Qaraaqa is a permaculture farm with guest house dorm-room accommodation in an old farm house in Wadi Hana Saad, Beit Sahour near Bethlehem. Wadi Hana Saad is green valley 5 minutes (or 20 min on foot) to the East of Bethlehem. Relaxing on the farm you can enjoy a wealth of wildlife including tortoises, eagles and sunbirds. The farm's orchards play host to a wealth of migratory birds often in huge numbers. As your hosts we are eager to help you to be involved in local community activities, and to participate in the life of the farm so learning about permaculture and sustainable living.

The dorm room is comfortable and we are fully equipped with sheets, blankets etc.. for your comfort, so you can leave your sleeping bag behind. If you have a hammock you may wish to hang it in a cave or on a roof. we provide a home cooked breakfast in the morning and free wireless internet. There are plenty of areas to relax, both indoors and outdoors.

As we are a farm we, of course, have animals. There are cats in the house but they do not enter the bedrooms. We try to live as sustainably as possible, for example we use a composting toilet and wash the dishes with lemon and ash.

There are plenty of balconies, roofs and terraces to smoke on so stepping outside is no inconvenience.

Bustan Qaraaqa is a great base from which to explore the beautiful Palestinian countryside in safety on foot. Within walking distance of the farm are: the historic old towns of Beit Sahour and Bethlehem; the monasteries of Deir Theodosius and Deir Mar Saba (spectacularly located on the precipice of the Jordan Valley above the Dead Sea); Mount Herodion (King Herod's fortified place and tomb on the summit of a volcano-like mountain with views to the Mountains of Jordan, the Dead Sea, Jerusalem and Bethlehem and Bustan Qaraaqa nestled in a green valley to the north). Using the regular and cheap public transport, day trips to Wadi Qelt, Jerico, Hebron, Jerusalem, the Dead Sea shore, Ramallah, Nablus and Ein Gedi National Reserve are among many memorable ways to spend the day.

As part of the project we encourage people to integrate with the local community and to explore Palestine's natural treasures and wildlife. We enjoy showing our guests around and organising ecotourism excursions in the deserts and mountains.

We are a very new project, funded almost solely through the revenues we can raise from our guest house. So all the money you pay will go back into the running the project and thus into the local community.                                                                        Make a Reservation


Beit Sahour Hostel Reservations

per person per night: Shekels NIS 150    
includes breakfast, lunch and dinner
Contact information for the guest house and transportation details will be sent in the confirmation email.

Beit Ummar Hostel

$20 per person per night - self catering
Breakfast - $5
Lunch or dinner - $10

Beit Ummar is a Palestinian Muslim village just south of Bethlehem in the middle of Israel's Gush Etzion settlement bloc. Your host Musa runs the hostel in part of a house owned by his family. There are dormitory accommodations, modern bathrooms, and a kitchen where you can make your own meals with food purchased at the village shops. Home-cooked meals can also be provided. The property has comfortable lounge areas, a balcony and outdoor space, and wireless internet throughout - so you can sit under an olive tree while getting your email.

Beit Ummar is a wonderful place to relax, learn about Palestinian life under occupation, or involve yourself in volunteer activities.

This is a very unique environment. Beit Ummar has a population of about 17,000 and the main road from Jerusalem to Hebron runs through the edge of the village. The villagers have lost huge amounts of land over the years, expropriated for settlement construction and is now surrounded on three sides by settlements. However they remain steadfast, Samoud in Arabic, in their hope that one day justice will come to the land.

Please remember that this a conservative community. Both men and women should be fully covered at all times. This includes a high neckline on a shirt and dress, shoulders and upper arms covered, and dresses or skirts below the knees. Trousers (pants) are common for both men and women. No shorts. Respecting the local mores will enable you to blend in and communicate comfortably with local people.

Getting There - You have a few options

Private Transport - The most expensive option is to be picked up at your hostel or hotel in Tel Aviv or Jerusalem, or from the airport and take you directly to the hostel. This will take the least amount of time and allow you more flexibility. The cost is 450 shekels from Jerusalem - 650 from Tel Aviv or the airport.

By Taxi - Take taxi direct from East Jerusalem (with an Arab driver), or Bethlehem. When you make a reservation a confirmation email will be sent to you with Musa's celphone number. Just have the taxi driver call him and you'll be all set. Then call Musa again when entering the village and the driver will be directed to the hostel. The cost of the taxi is about 200-240 shekels from Jerusalem  and about 150 shekels from Bethlehem. However you may have to bargain. 


By Bus - You can also get there by bus. From the bus station near Damascus Gate in Jerusalem, take a bus to Bethlehem. At the Bethlehem bus station switch to a bus or shared taxi going to Hebron. However make sure you tell the driver that you need to get off at Beit Ummar. Ask the driver or another passenger to call Musa for you and give an estimated time of arrival. Musa will meet you.You'll spend less than 50 shekels on bus fares but the trip will take two hours or more from Jerusalem.



Your host Musa, together with his wife and others from the village, run a project called the Palestine Solidarity Project. They have developed a strategy of non-violent resistance to the Occupation and organize a variety of activities. These include accompanying farmers to their land when there is a danger of settler violence, replanting destroyed trees, and resisting home demolitions. They also have established a women's embroidery cooperative. You will have an opportunity to learn about these activities.

Hope Flowers Guest House

Bed & Breakfast
Single room: Shekels NIS 180
Double room
: Shekels NIS 235

Lunch & dinner: Shekels NIS 40 per meal

The guesthouse is situated on the third floor of the Hope Flowers School, with panoramic views of the surrounding countryside.

All single and double rooms have en suite facilities and the location is just a ten-minute walk from Solomon's Pools which are surrounded by a wooded area convenient for relaxing or a picnic.

The staff will make your visit comfortable and they are full of knowledge and information about the surrounding area.

The guesthouse is easily accessible by car or taxi,  just a few minutes drive off route 60, the main road south from Jerusalem. It can also be reached by taxi or bus from downtown Bethlehem. Transportation can be arranged in order for you to join the scheduled tours, or use the location to go off exploring on your own.

The school was founded in Bethlehem in 1984 by the late Hussein Issa, a former Palestinian refugee, social visionary and educator. Hope Flowers is now run by members of his family and a dedicated team of teachers, staff and volunteers.

It has over 250 students aged 4-13. This has reduced since 1999, when it had 500 students aged 4-16, mainly due to difficult economic conditions during the intifada and Israeli re-occupation, and it is now increasing again annually.

Hope Flowers is an independent school with no state or institutional backing, supported by modest school fees, the guest house, local initiatives such as sales from the school mini-farm, and the generosity of people, trusts and institutions worldwide. It runs a scholarships fund for poorer students in need.

The school's guiding principles, its high educational standards and our response to the pressures arising from the acute situation in Palestine make Hope Flowers a leader in the field of peace-building and democratic education worldwide.

Children are given a progressive education based on Montessori methods and the Palestinian Authority curriculum, with an added intercultural, interfaith, conflict-resolution with a democratic emphasis, and extra-curricular programs.

The school runs trauma-recovery programs for children and their families ('Listen to My Voice') and community programs. This is a key element in Hope Flowers' approach to peace and democracy education, and as far as we know it is unique worldwide.

On the fourth floor of the Hope Flowers School are the Hussein Dialogue Conference Facilities. Two facilities are available, one suitable for up to 200 participants and one suitable for up to 30 participants. Both of these facilities are spacious, well ventilated and with good lighting. For more information on the conference facilities please contact the administrator.