Ramallah Business tour

Special Tour and Traveling Seminar
East of Jerusalem & Ramallah
Private Tours only
Cost: $275 per person - minimum 3 people

departing from your hotel
(Groups of 10 or more contact the Director for special pricing)
Includes: transportation, guiding, briefings, meetings, lunch and dinner

alcoholic beverages not included
Sam Bahour (Ramallah) - profile
Fred Schlomka (Tel Aviv) - profile

This tour is hosted by two colleagues, one Palestinian and one Israeli. It is designed for businesspeople, journalists, diplomats and researchers seeking to further their understanding of the Palestinian economy and the challenges involved in doing business 'across the Green Line'. Foreign executives in Israel on business will find this event to be a good opportunity for networking and setting the stage for building relationships. Contacts and introductions can be made for specific industries on request.

Doing business with Palestinians requires an understanding of the West Bank economy, the social and business dynamics of Palestinian society, and the political relationship between the Palestinian Authority and Israel. This tour is designed to give you an overview of the situation on the ground, and an opportunity to meet with some of Palestine's business leaders in Ramallah for in-depth discussions.

The tour is hosted from Tel Aviv and Jerusalem by Fred Schlomka, Director of Green Olive Tours and in Ramallah by businessman Sam Bahour.

You will travel through the area east of Jerusalem to explore the complexities of the situation on the ground. There will be coffee break during which Mr. Schlomka will give a presentation, illustrated with maps, that will give you an comprehensive picture of the history and current status of the geo-political situation.

You'll see sections of the Separation Barrier that restrict entry for Palestinians to Jerusalem; the segregated roads that limit transportation and contiguity between Palestinian areas; and the rapidly growing settlements that are eating up the available land. We will discuss the implications of these developments and their impact on possibilities for a Palestinian state.

Then you will travel to Ramallah for lunch with Sam Bahour, a Palestinian businessman who participated in establishing PalTel, the first private Palestinian telecommunications company, is the developer of Ramallah's first modern shopping mall, a Board Member of the Arab-Islamic Bank and a Trustee at Birzeit University. Mr. Bahour will give a presentation on the current status of the Palestinian economy and the complexities of doing business in the West Bank. There will be ample opportunity for questions and discussion during lunch.

Business tour in Ramallah
Mr. Bahour will then lead a tour of Ramallah, illustrating on the ground many of the points raised during the presentation and discussion. Ramallah today is the only city in Palestine experiencing economic growth. You will see real estate development sites, industrial areas, and the thriving commercial center. There will also be a brief visit to Yasser Arafat's tomb. Participants with particular interests should make them known prior to the tour and every effort will be made to accommodate them.

After the tour of Ramallah we will retire to a comfortable restaurant for refreshments and further discussion. One or two of Mr. Bahour's business colleagues will join us for more insights into the Palestinian economy. A dinner will be served of traditional Palestinian foods.

For more information or to schedule a private tour contact Fred Schlomka

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A briefing with one of our experts can help demystify the relationships between Palestinian and Israelis, and break down the complexities of the issues into understandable concepts. Each briefing is tailored to your needs and can include a number of different areas.
  • Cultural aspects of interacting with Palestinians and Israelis
  • Defining the various religious and political groups
  • History of Zionism
  • History of Palestinian nationalism
  • Roots of the conflict
  • Occupation 101
  • Understanding 1948 and 1967
  • The Oslo Agreements
  • Camp David 2000
  • The Intifada
  • Settlements
  • Analysis of the current situation
  • Analysis of the current business climate
Any combination of these topics can be condensed into a 1-2 hour briefing accompanied by maps, fact sheets or powerpoint presentations. A briefing can be a a personal ono-on-one encounter for small or large groups. Briefings can be extended into a seminar of 3-8 hours where the material can be covered in more depth, and more than one presenter can be scheduled on request.

Each briefing is unique, depending on the interests and goals of the client. An scholar researching for a book will want a different approach than a corporate executive intent on establishing a branch office. Each of our Team members has cross disciplinary knowledge and cross cultural experience enabling them to communicate effectively to help you meet your goals.

Briefings can take place in any Israeli or Palestinian location, or overseas. However some of the Palestinian experts can only meet in the Palestinian Territories due to Israeli travel restrictions.

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Get to the heart of the Peace-Process
October 16-25

This October we have an exceptional tour that takes you to the heart of the Israel/Palestine issues. The ten day tour is led by Gershon Baskin and Dahlia Scheindlin, two of the region's best know political analysts and experts.

The tour is designed for people who really want to get to grips with the issues on both sides. It includes meetings with senior Palestinian and Israeli politicians as well expertise from leading journalists and leading think tanks. You'll also get to meet families on all side and see the issues affecting ordinary people in their daily lives. 

The journey takes you through Jerusalem, Ramallah, Hebron, Israeli settlements in the West Bank, Bethlehem, Nazareth, Haifa and Tel Aviv. The tour is all inclusive and includes stays in 3-4 star hotels. All transport, and main meals are included in the price.

More About the Tour Leaders
Dahlia-ScheindlinGershon Baskin was the founder of IPCRI, the joint Israeli Palestinian think tank. He also involved in the Oslo Accords and has spoken frequently on the failure of the peace process. 

Dahlia Scheindlin is a leading public opinion analyst and strategic consultant. She has worked on public opinion strategies in many countries and consults with political groups and NGO's in Israel and Palestine. 

Gershon leads the first half of the tour and Dahlia the second. As well as having access to some of the region's key political players, they will be on hand to guide and analyse issues throughout the tour. 

Speakers and Contributors

We have a packed itinerary, with some of the region’s best known commentators and political figures. They include the following:

Amira Hass is a renowned Israeli columnist for Haaretz. She lives in Ramallah and is a widely recognized expert on the Palestinian Authority. She is a vocal critic of the Israeli occupation of the West Bank.

Khalida Jarrar is a member of Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine and member of the Palestinian National Council. She is also the Palestinian representative at the Council of Europe. She has been banned from travelling outside the West Bank since 1998.

Dr. Saad Nimr from Birzeit University is an expert on right to return of refugees and campaigner for release of political prisoners who has spent a total of 8 years in Israeli prisons.

Mazin Qumsiyeh is a professor at Bethlehem University and chairman of the Board for the Palestinian Center for Rapprochement Between People. He recently published a new book; Popular Resistance in Palestine: A history of Hope and Empowerment.

Miri Eisin was a member of the Israeli intelligence community and former government  spokesman. She retired from her intelligence role with the rank of full colonel in 2004 and was deputy head of the combat intelligence corps. She was the Israeli government's spokesman during the second Lebanon war. She then became the international media advisor to the Prime Minister. 


Day One Jerusalem 
We start in the evening for dinner in Jerusalem with a briefing and introduction to the peace-process.

Day Two Ramallah
The group heads to Ramallah to learn how the Palestinian Authority works and see how Israel's security apparatus has a stranglehold on the region. We meet with leading Palestinian politicians as well as Amira Hass, one of Israel's best known journalists who lives in Ramallah.

Day Three Ramallah
We head to Nablus. Tour of Balata refugee camp to meet local families. We then look at the settlements that Engulf Nablus., including Burin a village constantly attacked by surrounding settlers. With local activist group International Solidarity Movement (ISM) speaking about the ongoing struggle in Nablus and the role of checkpoints in the region. Overnight in Ramallah

Day Four Bethlehem
In the morning we Bedouin in Wadi Faqin and then head to Hebron and learn about its historical background and its importance to both the Islam and Judaism, with tour from Palestinian activist Badee Dwaik of the old city and its struggle. (Including visiting the Ibrahimi Mosque and Bab al Zawiyahh city. First hand exploration of H2 area and Tel Rumeida settlement. Meetings with Youth Against Settlments, International Solidarity Movement. Overnight in Bethleham 

Day Five Bethlehem
We head south through the West Bank and meet with a range of settler communities. They include outposts as well as more established ones such as Gush Etzion and Efrat that have been "incorporated" into the Jerusalem area. A visit to Masada if followed by a stop at the Dead Sea. Return to Bethlehem for dinner.

Day Six JerusalemThis morning we come face to face with Israel’s separation barrier, as we leave the West Bank, and enter Jerusalem. Meetings with diplomats and journalists for their take on the peace process. Options to visit Jerusalem’s Old City, visiting all three major holy sites: theChurch of the Holy Sepulchre, the Haram al-Sharif (Al-Aqsa Mosque and Dome of the Rock) and the Western Wall. Overnight West Jerusalem.

Day Seven Jerusalem & NarazethThis morning we explore Jerusalem outside the Old City walls, using Israel’s controversial tram line to pass between the Palestinian east and Jewish west of the city, learning more about Jerusalem’s expansion. After lunch, we drive north to the largest Arab city inside Israel,Nazareth has both a long history and a densely complex modern existence, shared between Muslim and Christian Palestinians within the city centre and Jewish Israelis in the separate town of Upper Nazareth nearby. We then proceed to port city of Haifa overlooking the Mediterranean. Overnight Haifa.

Day Eight Haifa and Tel AvivIn Haifa, we look at Palestinian-Israeli coexistence as well as the city’s role in Israel’s industrial development during the 20th century. Haifa is home to a strong tradition of unionisation and left-leaning politics. After lunch we proceed down the Mediterranean coast to Israel’s bustling commercial capital Tel Aviv. At dinner we begin to review the weeks events. Overnight Tel Aviv.

Day Nine Tel AvivTel Aviv is home to some of Israel’s most important political think tanks, academics and human rights groups. We use this final day to both review the tour and examine the range of political forces with in Israel. Is there any hope of renewed commitment to the peace- process? Farewell dinner and overnight Tel Aviv.

Day Ten
Overview of the tour at breakfast. Departure