TRIPS AND EVENTS:
Many organizations both internationally and within the USA lead groups of interested visitors to Palestine to provide opportunities to further solidarity, share information, witness realities on the ground firsthand, and/or brainstorm future action to support the people of Palestine.
The USA Palestine Mental Health Network and the UK Palestine Mental Health Network are co-sponsoring a trip in the spring of 2018 for mental health workers. The dates of the trip are March 25th through April 3rd, 2018.
life today for the Palestinians living under a brutal military occupation
trauma within families and how it affects women and children
violence against children, including imprisonment
perspectives from our Palestinian and Israeli counterparts
This ten-day tour follows the success of the UK-Palestine Mental Health Network’s study tours in 2016 and 2017. The aim is to develop close links of equality and solidarity with Palestinian mental health professionals to ensure that the work of the USA and UK Networks reflect their experiences and priorities.
During the 2018 mental health study tour, participants will have unique opportunities to meet with their colleagues and other key organisations and institutions that focus on Palestinian heritage, dignity, and culture. Participants will be provided with understanding and analysis about the political realities created by Israeli government policies and how they affect Palestinians who live in the occupied territory as well as within the state of Israel. A broad range of perspectives is gained, with the focus on the agencies of peace in both societies grounded in universal human rights and international law. Tour participants will also hear stories from local people who share their experiences, hopes and aspirations for the future.
The tour is being facilitated by a small UK company with nearly twenty years of experience in providing alternative tours to the Occupied Palestine Territory (OPT) and Israel. Hotels used will be in Bethlehem and Nazareth and field trips will extend into the surrounding areas such as Jerusalem, Hebron, Ramallah, Nablus, Jaffa/Tel Aviv and Haifa. Visiting the different geographical regions of the deserts, plains, mountains, and the Mediterranean coast add additional interest to the tour itinerary. Travel will be in a private comfortable coach with an expert local driver from a licensed bus company. The group will be kept to a maximum of 18 participants and debriefing sessions will be held most evenings.
The cost of $1400 per person includes the full tour programme staying at good three-star hotels at half-board (bed, breakfast and evening meal), sharing a twin-bedded room with ensuite facilities, guidance from the tour leader, other day-guides and tips. Flights, lunches and travel insurance are not included. The cost for those requiring single room accommodation is $1700. The tour price includes a non-refundable registration fee of $300. All interested parties should be in good health and able to climb steps and walk over rough terrain. An application form must be completed and a reference will be obtained. When places are confirmed, participants are given a detailed information pack which covers all aspects of the tour including the itinerary. Personal guidance is available to answer any questions and to help participants make the most of this unique opportunity. As places are limited, don’t delay. We invite those in North America, Central America, and South America to contact USpalmhn@gmail.com for an application form. Those elsewhere internationally are invited to contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
“Thank you for an extraordinary and valuable experience. There is no other way I could have got access to such a range of people and organisations or seen so much in such a short period of time. I highly recommend this tour for anyone who is interested in knowing the facts behind the political rhetoric.”
S Farrant, spring 2017
“The tour provided a superb mix of in-depth encounters with mental health practitioners and overviews of the political and social conditions within which mental health services operate and – without which it would be impossible to understand their dilemmas, struggles and triumphs.”
G Daniel, spring 2016
Other organizations offering tours in Palestine:
Green Olive Tours http://www.toursinenglish.com/
Interfaith Peace Builders http://www.ifpb.org/delegations/upcoming.html
Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions USA http://www.icahdusa.org/
Tree of Life Educational Fund http://www.tolef.org/journeys/journey-march-2017/
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