Study tour in Israel-Palestine
Le Monde Diplomatique Voyage Studies in Israel-Palestine ↑
The National Assembly and Senate have called, on 2 and 11 December 2014 the French government to recognize the state of Palestine. Beyond this symbolic recognition, peace has never been so far in this region since the Oslo agreements. Continuation of colonization that makes it almost impossible territorial contiguity of a future Palestinian state, challenging the status quo on the Temple Mount, bombing of Gaza and new attacks in Jerusalem and the West Bank. Yet Israeli companies as Palestinian are not uniform. If it appears weakened, the peace camp in Israel still exists and continues to fight for a just and lasting settlement. On the Palestinian side, a new generation of political leaders and civil society question the strategy of their elders of the PLO. This study tour is not to judge, but to discover the reality of the situation in the occupied territories and the contradictions of Israeli society and to bear witness.
Saturday, October 22, 2016
We leave Paris Saturday, October 22 in the afternoon. A bus will be waiting for the transfer to the hotel.
Sunday, October 23, 2016
9.00-10.30: Meeting with Michel Warschawski.
Michel Warschawski is a journalist and an Israeli anti-colonialist militant (French). He is co-founder of the Alternative Information Center in Jerusalem and we will present a short introduction on the state of the conflict to begin our trip.
11.00-12.30: discussion and exchange with a representative of OCHA (Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs). Established in 1998, OCHA is the UN agency responsible for supporting the Secretary General to coordinate humanitarian action in emergency situations. The Office of Jerusalem occupies the occupied Palestinian territories.
14h00-17h00: Visit Yad Vashem memorial.
The memorial, created in memory of the victims of the Holocaust, is located atop a hill west of Jerusalem, a little away from the city. It is reached by a road topped a monumental portico remembering those who were at the entrance of the camps.
We will leave the evening free to enjoy later full of atmosphere both magical and strange the city of Jerusalem. We advise you to leave you walking around the old city and enjoy its various Jewish neighborhoods, Muslim and Christian while enjoying the delicious dishes that offers the market (souk) inside the old city.
Monday, October 24, 2016
9.00-12.00: departure for a tour of the Old City of Jerusalem.
We leave the hotel to the Old City of Jerusalem and enjoy a guided tour to understand why it is a must. Every corner is full of historical facts, the diversity that you will encounter in this city is unique. The heart of the Old City of Jerusalem has a history that goes back more than 3000 years.
14h00-16h00: Visit Jerusalem and preview of the wall and surrounding settlements and explanations of the issues with Michel Warschawski. Annexed in 1967, East Jerusalem and made the subject of an intensive policy of Judaization. This requires the expulsion of part of its Palestinian population, including more than 2,000 homes were destroyed, but mainly by the installation of Jewish settlers, whose numbers - 200,000 - now equal that of the Arab inhabitants .
16.30-18.00: Meeting with Elie Barnavi.
Historian and Israeli ambassador to Paris from 2000 to 2002, he signed in the fall of 2014 a call 800 Israeli personalities in the French Parliament that it invites the Government to recognize the State of Palestine.
Overnight in Jerusalem.
Tuesday, October 25, 2016
9.30-11.15: Visit the colonized part of Hebron and meeting with Yehuda Shaul, a former Israeli officer.
Yehuda Shaul notably founded and directs the organization Breaking the Silence, an organization that collects and publishes the testimonies of soldiers who "control" of Palestinians from the West Bank.
11.30-12.30: Meeting with Anwar Abu Eishé, former Minister of Culture and representative of France Hebron, Palestinian association that advocates for cultural exchange between France and Hebron. On this occasion, we will visit the Palestinian town, but we will also see the part occupied by settlers.
14h00-19h30: Departure by bus to Bethlehem.
We offer a tour of the city of Bethlehem in the West Bank city located about 10 km south of Jerusalem. It has about 30,000 inhabitants, mostly Muslim Palestinians now: Christians have massively left the town and the wider Palestine.
We return for the evening bus to our hotel in Jerusalem.
Wednesday, October 26, 2016
9h30-14h00 Meeting with Charles Enderlin, journalist, reporter and French author who is the Jerusalem correspondent for France 2. For him, the establishment of a Palestinian state alongside Israel is no longer possible.
11h00-12h00: Jacques Bendelac will shed light on the current economy of Israel and Palestine as an economist and social scientist at Jerusalem. He will explain why, in his opinion, the "two-state solution" remains viable.
14h00-15h30: The afternoon will be devoted to meetings with activists of movements of the Israeli left with the group Anarchists against the Wall (AATW), a collective of activists fighting against all forms of segregation, apartheid, d social and political incarceration specially denaturing democratic values respecting the rights of minorities and self-determination of peoples.
15h30-17h00: Presentation by Gadi Algazi, professor (French) history at the University of Tel Aviv and representative of the anticolonial movement Palestinian and Jewish Israeli Tarabut-Hithabrut, "Jewish-Arab movement for social and political change ".
17.30-19.00: Meeting with a representative of the Consulate General of France in Jerusalem and exchanges around the French cooperation in Palestine.
Overnight in Jerusalem.
Thursday, October 27, 2016
9.30-11.30: Meeting with the Palestinian Authority, the Foreign Ministry and the Negotiation Support Unit.
Bamya Majed, who welcome us, with the Department of Foreign Affairs, having assisted Leila Shahid in Brussels. It was part of the Palestinian delegation at the last General Assembly of the UN.
14h00-15h30: The afternoon will focus exclusively on Palestinian issues. We begin with the issue of water with a representative of the Palestinian Hydrology Group, which will explain its prerogatives. The group is responsible among other things to raise awareness on water supply.
16.00-17.30: We then meet feminist organizations that address issues of gender and place of women in Palestine and the popular movement. We then conclude with the issue of prisoners with the Addameer Association, Palestinian NGO which campaigns for the rights of Palestinian prisoners held in Israeli and Palestinian prisons.
We spend the evening and night in Ramallah.
Friday, October 28, 2016
9.30-12.00: We will stay in Ramallah for the morning when Ziyad Mehdouk, head of the French department of the Al-Aqsa University in Gaza and representative of the French Cultural Center in Gaza will give us a briefing on the city and will explain the twists for the creation of this cultural center.
While in 2006, the Palestinian Authority has given France a land of 2000 m2 in the heart of the city to build a new cultural center, a few hundred meters from the old building has been done immediately because of political differences between Hamas and Israel. But our host above all testify to what happened in Gaza in the summer of 2014.
Then we will visit the Muqata and the mausoleum of Yasser Arafat.
13.00: return to Jerusalem to meet with Israeli political parties.
14h30-15h30: intervention by Avraham Burg, former Knesset Speaker and former president of the World Zionist Organization, which campaigns for self-determination of the Palestinian people.
15.30-16.30: Haneen Zoabi, the Arab party Balad MP at the Knesset (Israeli Parliament) since 2009.
17h00-18h00: Zehava Gal-On, who was member of the Meretz left Zionist party in the Knesset.
18h00-19h00: Finally, Dov Khenin, a doctor of political science and director of the Israeli Communist Party, Member of Knesset since the 2006 elections.
Overnight in Tel Aviv or Haifa.
Saturday, October 29, 2016
9.30-11.30: Discovery of a kibbutz and meeting with its inhabitants who will explain their choices and the history of this lifestyle.
11h00-12h00: Drive to Haifa, Israel flagship city known for its great diversity and the historical presence of the Palestinian community, we meet the Adalah NGO which campaigns for the rights of "Israeli Arabs".
12h00-14h00: Lunch in Acre and visit the old town with Johayna Saifi who will talk about the issue of Israeli towns, "mixed cities", and especially Acre, where large number of Palestinians who face the Judaization of the city. Saifi is Johayna activist of Tarabut-Hithabrut association.
14h30-16h00: departure for Tel Aviv.
16.30-18.00: meeting with Shlomo Sand.
Shlomo Sand is an Israeli historian specializing in contemporary history. It is part of the "new Israeli historians" and has written "The Invention of the Jewish People" which is controversial in the Israeli intelligentsia.
Dinner in Jaffa.
Trip flight from Tel Aviv to Paris.
Journalist and historian, the Middle East and particularly the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Former deputy editor of Le Monde Diplomatique, he co since 2009 the annual publication of The State of the World (Discovery) with Bertrand Badie.