Hebron & Settlement Tour

Every Wednesday
Length of tour: 8 hours
Departure time: 8.30am
Return: 4.30pm (16.30)
Pickup from: YMCA, King David Street, Jerusalem - see map
Cost: 295 Shekels
Lunch not included - 35 shekels direct to the family
Passports needed • Modest clothes

Kiryat Arba Settlement • Baruch Goldstein's grave • Abraham's Tomb • Jewish Museum • Palestinian organization • Lunch with Palestinian family

This tour is modeled on the tour conducted by BtS: 'Breaking the Silence'*(see below), an organization of veteran combatants of the Israeli Defence Forces (IDF). Most of the activity of BtS is directed towards Israeli society and therefore most of their tours are for Hebrew speakers. Independent travellers seeking an English tour to Hebron with with BtS may have difficulties finding free spots. Green Olive Tours has developed this tour in cooperation with BtS as another option for interested visitors.

All of the guides for this tour are Jewish Israelis who have a progressive and critical position regarding Israel's ongoing occupation of the West Bank. Our ‘other’ tour of Hebron is with a Palestinian Arab guide.
Abraham's Tomb
Hebron is the only city in the West Bank that has a large part of it (20%) still under direct Israeli control, and is the only urban Palestinian area with Jewish settlements in its old city center. In Hebron live some 170,000 Palestinians and over 600 settlers. Hundreds of soldiers and policemen are in charge of protecting the settlers, and enforcing an odd mix of Israeli and military law. As a result, Hebron is one of the epicenters of the Occupation.

A briefing about the history of the conflict and Hebron in particular will be given by your guide on the way from Jerusalem. The tour will enter the settlement of Kiryat Arba, on the edge of Hebron. The visit will include Baruch Goldstein's tomb, part of the Meir Kahana tourism park in Kiryat Arba. Baruch Goldstein was an Israeli (Jewish) physician who in 1994 murdered 29 Muslims and wounded 125 during prayer in the Issac Hall at Abraham's Tomb. Kiriyat Arba is a rapidly growing settlement suburb of Hebron with about 8,000 Jewish residents.

In Hebron you'll visit the Abraham’s Tomb ("Me'arat Hamachpela / Al-haram Al-Ibrahimi), and have the opportunity to enter both the Mosque on the Muslim side, and the synagogue on the Jewish side. The site has been divided since the Goldstein massacre.

Lunch will be with a Muslim family in the market. Payment of lunch is direct to the family (35 shekels each person).

Shuhada Street
You'll take a walk down Shuhada street and the old city market, with its shuttered shops, welded-shut doorways and deserted roads. This was an outcome of IDF restrictions, as part of the principle of segregation and separation, which guides Israeli security perception in the city. You'll see the settlers' compounds and the military base and checkpoints along the route connecting them. You'll transfer to a Palestinian guide for an hour in order to enter the Palestinian market area. Your Israeli guide may not enter since Israeli Jews are forbidden by the IDF from entering the market.

You’ll also visit the settlers' museum of the Jewish community in Hebron, and have an opportunity to have a discussion with one of the settlers who lives there.

The final visit will be with an organization at Tel Rumeida, Youth Against Settlements, to learn first-hand the experiences of the local Palestinians with the settlers, and their non-violent struggle against the
settlers and Israeli security forces.

Hebron is a religious city, and we ask you to respect it by dressing appropriately. The rule of thumb is that the only skin that should be showing is the face, lower arms, and hands.  Basically no shorts for men or women - trousers (pants) are best for men and women - shirts closed to the neck and over the shoulders –

* Breaking the Silence (BtS) was founded in 2004, and is an organisation of veteran combatants who have served in the IDF since the start of the Second Intifada. Their primary goal is to expose the Israeli public to the reality of everyday life in the Occupied Territories. While this reality is known to Israeli soldiers and commanders, Israeli society either ignores, or denies, what is done in its name, or justifies it in the name of security. BtS endeavours to stimulate public debate about the moral price paid for the reality of the Occupation

BtS has collected and published more than 700 testimonies from soldiers who have served in the Occupied Palestinian Territories since 2000. They hold lectures and public events which bring to light the reality in the Territories through the voice of former combatants. They also conduct tours in Hebron and the South-Hebron Hills, with the aim of giving the Israeli public access to the reality which exists minutes from their own homes, yet is rarely portrayed in the media.

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