This important delegation will examine the affects that Israeli occupation has on the Environment of the Palestinian Territories and thus the livelihood of Palestinians. The group will explore the issues of Freedom of Access to water and Sanitation in the West Bank, the impact of the on going occupation on the Eco System in the Jordan valley and the issues of deforestation in relation to Israeli practices and the on going drought that has plagued the Middle East for more than five years now.
The delegation will take place during Palestinian Land Day (March 30th). Land Day marks events in 1976 where Palestinians organized as a national collective in response to Israeli occupation over thousands of dunams of land. Land Day is remembered annually by Palestinians across the world.
The trip will also delve into the relation between the Israeli settlements, and pollution in the West Bank in addition to the free access of building Sanitation networks. Meetings will be had with groups working from the grassroots level, politicians, experts on Water and Environment, as well as Palestinians and Israelis.
*Please note March 21nd and March 31st are travel days*
- Advocacy Task Force for the Emergency Water, Sanitation/Hygiene in the West Bank and Gaza.
- Observe the Wall confiscating large amounts of Agricultural lands and water resources and visit local farmers who are impacted by this
- Observe illegal settlement expansion and learn about the on going crisis of Settlement Sanitation and sewage water discharged on local Palestinian village lands
- Visit the city of Jericho and learn about the crisis of the falling water levels of the Dead Sea.
- Visit the famous Artas water spring and learn about permaculture projects in the village.
- Visit the south Hebron hills and learn about the environmental crisis in the villages and communities
- POSSIBLE MEETINGS WITH:
- B'tselem and learn about their environment reports
- UN Office for Humanitarian Coordination OCHA
- Palestine Water Authority
- Association of Civil Rights in Israel
- Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions (ICAHD)
- Meet with Israeli officials to discuss the groups experience
- Visit "green" organizations in Israel to hear about their environmental initiatives
- Please note that there will be no participation in direct actions during this delegation
- Double room accommodations
- 2 meals/day (lunch usually excluded)
- In country transportation
- All program activities
- Honoraria to all host speakers, organizations and communities
- Local English speaking guide/translator
- Reading materials
- International airfare, tips and personal expenses are NOT included
- Single room supplement - $400
We must receive your application and a non-refundable deposit of $400 two months before departure. Payments by Mastercard, Visa and Discover are welcome.
This trip will be as diverse as possible in terms of race, age and life experiences. We strongly urge people of color to apply. In some cases, a limited number of partial scholarships are available for low-income applicants.