• The Separation Wall
• Palestinian Neighborhoods
• Ma'aleh Adumim
|Monday and Thursday|
|Length of Tour:||3 Hours|
|Tel Aviv Departure*:||6.30 am - Hyarkon48 Hostel (map) (morning free in Jerusalem)|
|Jerusalem Departure||1.30pm - Rimon Cafe at Damascus Gate -(map)|
|Return||4.30pm in Jerusalem - 6pm to Tel Aviv|
|Cost:||From Jerusalem US$60
From Tel Aviv US$85
|Includes a cup of coffee or tea, or a bottle of water.
* Early departure - free morning in Jerusalem. Tour in Jerusalem starts at 1.30pm
You'll drive up the 'seam line' road that separates east and west Jerusalem, passing the settlement neighborhood of French Hill, turning onto Route 1 then along a segment of route 443, passing several settlements and the ghetto Palestinian neighborhood of Bir Naballah which is completely surrounded by a wall. Route 443 slices through the western side of the Palestinian Beit Hanina neighborhood where house demolitions are a common occurrence.
Passing the main checkpoint into Jerusalem the tour continues to pick up additional participants from Ramallah at the forbidding Kalandia Checkpoint, the only 'legal' way that Palestinians with permits can enter Jerusalem from the north. The adjacent 8-meter high concrete separation barrier divides the neighborhoods of Kufr Akab and Ar-Ram which are part of the Jerusalem municipality.
Ma'aleh Adumim, one of the largest settlements (pop. 35,000) in the West Bank, visit the outlying outposts of the town, and learn about the displacement of the local Jahalin Bedouin. There's a lookout point in Ma'ale Adumim where you'll have a panoramic view back to Jerusalem, and the 'E1' planning zone that is planned to be filled with new settlement neighborhoods and tourist hotels.
From there the tour returns towards Jerusalem on Route 1, which parallels the segregated Palestinian road that eventually will enable the Israeli government to deny access to the 'Israeli only' roads that connect the settlements to Jerusalem.
Throughout the tour your guide will give descriptions and analysis of the impact of the Jewish settlements on the nearby Palestinian neighborhoods, and place the discourse within the context of the re-framing briefing provided during the first part of the tour.
There will be opportunities for questions and discussion during the tour. Be prepared for many of your preconceptions about the conflict to be challenged.