Hebron: City of Abraham
From May 19 - Every Sunday and Wednesday
|START / END:
|| 8am - 6pm (approx.)
|| 280 NIS
|| two guides
|| Lunch, transportation to and from Hebron (9 NIS each way for bus, 13.2 NIS for tram)
|WHAT TO BRING:
|| Hat, water, modest clothes
Join us for an unforgettable tour to the ancient city of Hebron, located in the southern West Bank which is to the south of Jerusalem. Hebron is the site of the burial place of the Biblical Patriarchs and Matriarchs and is one of the four holy cities in both Judaism and Islam. Hebron is the largest city in the West Bank, and also the most contested, with the Old City divided between Palestinian and Israeli communities. This tour is unique in that we will get a chance to see the sites and hear from voices on both sides.
After traveling from Jerusalem to Hebron on a bullet proof settler bus, we will start with a visit to the divided Tomb of the Patriarchs. On the Jewish side are the symbolic tombs of Abraham, Sarah, Jacob, Leah, and Rebecca, all said to be buried in the cave underneath. Following this we will embark on a guided tour to the Jewish 'settler' neighborhoods of Hebron; Avraham Avinu quarter and restored synagogue and Beit Hadassah, where we will visit a museum about the Jewish history of Hebron until 1929. Then we leave to visit Tel Rumeida with an army base, a Bronze Age archeological site, the Tombs of Ruth and Jesse and an ancient Jewish cemetery.
At the top of the abandoned 'Shuhada' Street, we will cross over into Palestinian side of Hebron, where we will be met by a Palestinian guide before entering the busy city center, we will have a home cooked lunch in a Palestinian family house. Then we go up to see rooftop views from family homes in the Old City as well as the building of the Hebron Rehabilitation Committee. Also, we will visit the Ibrahimi Mosque, which is the "Muslim side" of the Tomb of the Patriarchs.
This is a unique tour: it will present two very different narratives of one ancient, very contested city, Hebron. This is the only tour with two guides, Israeli and Palestinian, each showing half of the divided old city. The tour is political but objective, with each participant free to form their own opinions
Note: This tour will take you into some religious Jewish and Muslim neighborhoods. In order to respect those who live there we ask that you dress modestly for this tour. Men should wear long trousers and avoid wearing shorts or tank tops, women should wear pants or skirts below the knees. Shirts or shawls which are see through or do not cover the shoulders and elbows fully are problematic and should be avoided as well.
Subject to terms and conditions.
This tour is not available for Israeli passport holders due to restrictions.