|Length of Tour:||4 Hours (people from Tel Aviv will have a free afternoon in Jerusalem before the return shuttle which departs the YMCA at 4.30pm)|
|Tel Aviv Departure:||6.30 am - Hyarkon48 Hostel (map)|
|Jerusalem Departure||8.30am - YMCA King David Street (map)|
|Return||12.30pm to Jerusalem • 6.00pm to Tel Aviv|
|Cost:||From Jerusalem 245 NIS/Shekels
From Tel Aviv 345 NIS/Shekels
|NO reservations can be accepted after 12.00 (noon) on Thursday for the following day.|
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The cluster of settlements includes Tekoa, Nokdim, where Israel's foreign minister Avigdor Liberman lives, and the adjacent neighbourhood, Kfar Eldad, where your host Bruce Brill, lives.
Bruce will pick you up from Jerusalem, and during the tour he'll talk about the history of the settlement, his motivation in moving there to raise his family, his views on Jewish/Arab relations and hopes for the future.
You'll also visit other settlers and have a chance to chat with them. Questions are welcome, but not aggressive arguments.
Some of the original founders were descendants of the Jews who settled the area during the early 20th Century under the British Mandate, and were driven out or killed by Arab forces in 1936, and again in 1947. Settlement of the area started very quickly after the Israeli victory in 1967 when it conquered the West Bank from the Jordanians.
Please be mindful that you will be a guest of the community, and although you may object to some of the political views presented, be respectful and look on it as a learning experience.
Tekoa is mentioned in the Old Testament (Tanach) books of Samuel and Amos. The modern community was established in 1977 and is home to about 1,600 people. Today's chief Rabbi of Tekoa, Manachem Froman, is very active in ecumenical dialog and holds discussions with Palestinian religious leaders across a wide spectrum.
Nokdim was established in 1982, is 8.2 kilometres from the Green Line (1949 Armistice Line), and currently has about 850 residents. Kfar Eldad
is an outpost about 500 meters north of Nokdim and houses an institute for troubled youth. About 40 young people and several staff members are in residence.
is an outpost approximately 650 meters south-east of Nokdim and was established in 2002. It houses only a handful of families and singles.
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