In 2019 J Street U launched our “Let Our People Know” campaign with the direct goal of highlighting the omission and erasure of Palestinian voices on organized Jewish trips to Israel. We asked university students from across the country to sign a pledge and re-consider joining organized trips to Israel that intentionally exclude Palestinian narratives from their trip itineraries.
Creating the Change
In the summer of 2019, we set out to show what organized trips to Israel can and should look like. Our model trip provided an in-depth and nuanced educational experience that reflected our commitment to human dignity for Palestinians and Israelis alike. Participants walked away from the trip with a deeper understanding and meaningful connection to Israel as the democratic homeland for the Jewish people.
As part of a follow-up to our model trip, J Street currently runs a series of one-day LOPK trips per year for students visiting or living in Israel to join.