Green Olive Tours: Newsletter - Summer 2011
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3 Days in a Village - Be embedded in a Palestinian village. Meet farmers, learn about the issues.
4 Days - Stay with a family in Bethlehem. visit 4 cities in the West Bank.
7 Days - Combination of village and family home-stay with touring to cities.
10 days - Village experience, plus touring 4 cities, plus 3 days volunteer work in village.

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Summer 2011

Dear friends,

Some of you have written to me with concerns about entering Israel/Palestine in the wake of the 'Right to Entry' protest at Ben Gurion Airport by visiting activists. As I write this, some of the activists are still in Israeli jails awaiting deportation. However ordinary tourists are still coming in droves, and among them are a good number of people who are here to travel in the Occupied Territories. The Israeli government is only barring entry to foreigners whose explicit purpose is to participate in solidarity activites with Palestinians.

Please don't let all this foolishness by my government dissuade you from another visit to Israel/Palestine. My colleagues and I will make you very welcome.
All the best,
Fred Schlomka, Director

NEW - Pilgrimage Study Tours

AshokaOur first 7-day Pilgrimage Study Tours are now online and available for reservations. We will soon be adding 10-day and 14-day tours, available on a scheduled basis and also private tours for individuals, families and groups.
These tours combine visits to the important religious sites, with an in-depth look at the status of Christianity in the Holy Land today, and the modern dynamic between the local Christians, their clerics and institutions, and the governments of Israel and the Palestinian Authority.
Participants will explore the roots of Christianity at the source of the faith, and be challenged by social and political analysis presented by the guides and by Palestinian Christians. Our guests will also have the opportunity to hold discussions with believers of other faiths, Palestinians and Israelis who are struggling for social and political justice in a difficult environment. Explore this new tour.

What's New on the Green Olive Blog?

Mark Thomas's new book is out, 'Extreme Rambling'. Read his Guardian article with details about his hiking adventures with Fred, Itamar, and other colleagues from Green Olive Tours. Mark spent several months walking the entire length of the Separation Barrier, meeting people on both sides.

We are always looking for guest blog posts. If you have been to Israel/Palestine and have an interesting story to tell then send it on to us.

It can be published with your name attached, or anonymously. The best blog posts are usually only 3 or 4 paragraphs. Photographs welcome.
Send your blog posts to us here.

New Staff Member

AshokaYahav Zohar has joined the staff as Senior Tour Guide at Green Olive Tours. After many years of working closely with the organization as a tour guide, Yahav is assuming more responsibilities including the translation of the newly launched Spanish language website, and the development of the new Pilgrim Study Tours.
Yahav was born in Jerusalem and has lived in the city all his life. He has been a journalist, a translator, a political activist and a spokesperson for human rights and a sustainable political solution in Israel-Palestine. He has worked as a guide throughout Israel, combining historical and religious knowledge  with a firm grasp of the political situation, gained through years of involvement with Combatants For Peace, the Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions and other peace and human rights initiatives.
Read Yahav's Profile.

Spanish Website

AshokaOur Spanish language website has been launched and is online. Developed in-house, the site is aimed at the growing number of visitors from Spain and South America. Our team of Spanish-speaking guides, including Yahav Zohar and Itamar Shapira, will enable the organization to further our reach and bring the beauty, culture and politics of the country to a whole new audience. . . . Take a look at the site.

Partner Profile - Beit Ummar Hostel

Among our closest relationships are our colleagues in Beit Ummar, a Palestinian village between Bethlehem and Hebron. The hostel is attached to the home of Mousa and Bekah abu-Maria, and was recently upgraded.

Two new rooms have been added together with bunk beds accommodating up to 16 people. There is a self-catering kitchen and modern bathroom facilities.

The farmland of Beit Ummar villagers continues to be confiscated by nearby Israeli settlements, and staying in the village is an excellent opportunity to view first-hand the impact of the Occupation in the West Bank.
More information and reservations.

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