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Sabeel, Ecumenical Liberation Theology Center

Sabeel, Ecumenical Liberation Theology Center
Working for Justice, Peace and Reconcilation in Palestine - Israel
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Spring Witness Visit
May 10, 2016


May 10th May 18th 2016

This trip is led by Rev. Naim Ateek- co-founder of Sabeel


Kathy Bergen and Joy Lapp
Living Together An Interfaith Mosaic - A Window
into the Religious Communities Living in The Land of The Holy One. 

Sabeel Ecumenical Liberation Theology Center invites you to join us for 9 nights to experience the reality of life in todays Holy Land:

         Worship with Palestinian Christians

         Meet and reflect with Palestinian Christians and Muslims as well as with Jewish Israelis and internationals who partner with Sabeel in non-violent resistance against the violation of international and humanitarian law

         Experience the realities of the Palestinian community living under Israeli Occupation:  the Wall, settlements, checkpoints,
confiscated land and demolished homes, refugee camps, and environmental degradation

         Learn about the loss of civil and property rights of Arab Israeli citizens

WHEN: May10th - May 18th 2016 inclusive (9 nights)

NOTE: the program will begin on the morning of May 11 th. (Check-in time at the hotel will be 2:00 p.m. on the May 10th- check out will be 1:00 p.m. on the May 19th)   We advise arriving some time in advance, to get acclimated before the program begins.

Nights in Bethlehem, Jerusalem and Nazareth with side visits to other sites
including the West Bank and to the Galilee holy sites

COST:  $1600 per person in a double room

            $1900 per person in a single room

This cost includes a non-refundable registration fee of $300, all accommodations and meals for 9 nights, all transportation and honoraria during the visit.  It does NOT include airfare, transportation to and from the airport, personal expenses and souvenirs, or travel insurance.


Extended Program: Witness and then Work for a Just Peace

 led by Kathy Bergen & Joy Lapp

We are offering three additional days to the Sabeel Witness trip focused on advocacy and meeting with Palestinian and Israelis activists to specifically look at what can be done when you return to your respective countries.  This will include one day in Jerusalem and two days based in Ramallah.  Possible visits will include:  Jerusalem Coalition, B'tselem, Sam Bahour, Omar Barghouti, Amira Hass, Zochrot, Coexistence Forum, Al-Haq, Women's Coalition for Peace, as people are available.  An additional $550 (extra cost for a single room) will cover these three days, including accommodation, food, honoraria and transportation,

An additional 100$ for registration after the 20th
of March 2016

Register here


For more information please email World@sabeel.org : +972 2 5327136

Sabeel Witness Visit trips provide participants with the unique opportunity to experience the reality of Palestinians living under Israeli Occupation. This includes, but is not limited to, visiting: the Separation Wall, illegal settlements, checkpoints, confiscated and demolished homes, and refugee camps. Participants will be able to learn firsthand about the loss of civil and property rights of Arab Israeli citizens, as well as see for themselves both the past and present violations of international and humanitarian law.

Participants will have the ability to worship, meet, and reflect with local individuals and families living in the Holy Land. This includes Palestinian Christians and Muslims, Jewish Israelis, and also internationals who partner with Sabeel to non-violently resist the illegal occupation.

Each Witness Visit trip is unique: themed delegations will have lectures and experiences pertaining to a specific theme, which will amount to about 20% of the overall trip content. The primary emphasis of each trip is to explore the social and political realities in the region, which are dynamic and evolve on a daily basis. Delegates will also discuss how the conflict affects Israeli society, and will hear from local Israelis on this subject.

All of this experiential learning is intended to motivate participants to become agents of change when they return home. Therefore, Sabeel also provides materials, support, and mentoring to help returning delegates make connections to their local communities and to share what they have learned while here.


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