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Dual Perspective Tour of Hebron & West Bank from Jerusalem

1. Dual Perspective Tour of Hebron & West Bank from Jerusalem

Take a full-day tour to explore Hebron, the largest city in the West Bank, and the most contested. See the sites and meet people from both sides of the Old City, Israeli and Palestinian, both within "H2", the Israeli controlled side of Hebron. Starts with a guided tour of the Jewish "settler" neighborhoods of Hebron, beginning at the hilltop Tel Rumeida, with a Bronze Age archeological site, army base, and tomb of the Biblical Ruth and Jesse. From there we will visit the Beit Hadassah museum about Jewish life in Hebron until the riots of 1929, the "Shavei Hevron Yeshiva" in Beit Romano and the Avraham Avinu quarter and restored synagogue. Visit the Israeli/Jewish side of the divided Tomb of the Patriarchs, known as Maarat (the Cave of) HaMachpela with the symbolic tombs of Abraham, Sarah, Jacob and Leah, all said to be buried in the cave beneath. Crossing over into the Palestinian side, start at the Muslim side of the Tomb of the Patriarchs, known as Ibrahimi (Abraham's) mosque, led by a Palestinian guide. Inside, discover the Mameluke era mosque and minbar- raised wood platform, and tombs of Abraham, Sarah, Isaac and Rebecca. Then, walk through the colorful Old City "Casbah" market and have a home-cooked lunch with a Palestinian family. Climbing on top of a family home for a rooftop view, learn about the difficult conditions of Palestinian residents and shop owners living in close proximity to the nearby settlements. Going through the busy city center, cross a checkpoint and end the tour back at the top of the closed "Shuhada" street. 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.

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Overall rating

4.3 / 5

based on 31 reviews

Can recommend the trip. You see both sides of Hebron and have the opportunity to speak to Jews as well as to Palestinians. The Jewish guide was very competent and had a wide knowledge. Not everything was accurate with the Palestinian guide and a Palestinian who told something during the welcome round. On the one hand, the massacres of 1929 affected by the Jews were presented as newly emigrated people who had been provocative with their way of life. This is wrong; the 67 victims were almost exclusively the "old Yishuf", i.e. Jews who had lived side by side with the Arabs for centuries. Also, the Hebron Supplementary Protocol was not some sort of backdoor invention by the Israelis, but a joint understanding - also jointly signed - with the PLO. If you have no prior knowledge of the subject and believe everything - difficult! Other than that, I didn't see anything wrong with the Palestinian narrative.

Very professional guides who were very knowledgeable about their subject matters and what they wanted to say! Would recommend to see the complexity of the relationships in Hebron

Extremely interesting, you have a chance to see both parts of the divided city of Hebron - Jewish and Palestinian. If you are into history and politics, this is the trip for you.

So good to hear both sides of the Isreli/Palestinian story. Noth Eric and the Palistonisn guide were good. I would recommend this tour for everyone.

The excursion provides a deep insight into the problems of the region.