This political tour explores the breadth of al-Quds (Jerusalem) as it exposes visitors to the current realities and resistance of Palestinian communities.
What to Expect
The tour begins in the neighborhood of Karm il-Khalili with a 45 minute narrative explaining the historical context of Jerusalem. Next, is a 3 hour tour of the city that includes six stops across the Jerusalem District. It explores issues such as the economy, legal status of residents, education, health, home demolitions and settlement building.
The first stop in Karm il-Khalili provides a clear example of Israel's Zionisation policies. This area was renamed Rockefeller Park by Israeli authorities following the 1967 Naksa. A neighboring building, originally the Palestine Archaeological Museum during the British Mandate/Colonisation Period, was renamed Rockefeller Museum. It also now serves as the offices of the “Israel Antiquities Authority.”
The second stop, the Jabal al-Mukaber Overlook is well-liked for its view of the whole city. From this southern point you will be able to see the intentional underdevelopment of Palestinian neighborhoods. Your tour guide will highlight particular aspects that illustrate the information given during the briefing.
The third stop is in Ras al-Amud at Ma’ale ha-Zeitim colony, an Israeli colony located on the Mount of Olives within the neighbourhood of Fas al-’Amud. The colony is surrounded by fences and gates and guarded 24 hours a day. One of the buildings in the complex used to be a police station that was given by the Israeli government to the “Bukharan Community Committee” which then gave it to settler organisations.
The fourth stop is at the Annexation Wall which was constructed around the center of Jerusalem and has had grave impacts on the livelihoods of its residents. Former neighbors have become separated, and residents beyond the wall must now go to great lengths to gain access to their city and daily life services.
The fifth stop is at a demolished home in the neighborhood of a-Tur. Due to the lack of master plans for Palestinian neighborhoods, as well as other challenges to obtaining construction permits, many Palestinians must build their homes without permits. This leads to a constant threat of the demolition of their homes. The partly demolished house visited on the tour remains as a testament to this process.
The final stop is at an overlook in a-Tur from which the colony of Ma’ale Adumim and its planned expansion, the area called E1, can be seen. The realization of the E1 plan would sever the West Bank into two and entirely isolate Jerusalem from its surroundings.
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