The Let Our People Know Trip

We need to stop the erasure of Palestinians on organized trips to Israel.

J Street U organized a one-time model trip to Israel and the Palestinian territory during the summer of 2019. The trip provided an in-depth and nuanced educational experience that reflected our progressive values and our commitment to human dignity for Palestinians and Israelis alike. Participants walked away from the trip with a deep 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 Let Our People Know trips per year for students visiting or living in Israel to join.

2019 Itinerary

Day 1: Welcome to Israel!

Arrival at Ben Gurion airport and bus ride to Galilee
Evening: Icebreakers and setting expectations
Overnight: Galilee

Day 2: Jewish Peoplehood and Identity

Morning: Hiking at Tel Dan in the North
Afternoon: Tsfat
Evening: Group discussion on Jewish identity

Day 3: The Zionist Dream and Dilemmas

Morning: Exploring the early Socialist Zionist movement at Hatzar Kinneret and in Tiberius
Afternoon: Israel’s Minority Communities — Building Shared Society with the mayor of Sakhnin
Evening: Party on the Kinneret

Day 4: 20th and 21st Century Judaism

Morning: A “brief” history of Jerusalem at Mt. of Olives and Yad VaShem
Afternoon: Views on Jewish Practice and Pluralism
Evening: Kabbalat Shabbat at First Station and Shabbat meals with friends of J Street

Day 5: Many Faces of Jerusalem

Morning: Old City — Jewish, Christian, and Muslim Quarters
Afternoon: East Jerusalem walking tour and panel discussion with activists
Evening: Free night in Jerusalem

Day 6: The Israeli-Palestinian Conflict and the Occupation 101

Morning: Settlement Watch Tour and the Palestinian village of Susya
Afternoon: Hebron
Evening: Group conversation of the conflict and occupation

Day 7: Israel and Palestinian Perspectives Over the Green Line

Morning: Ramallah — Palestinian self-rule under occupation. Walking tour with Bashar Azzeh
Afternoon: Conversation with Settlers at Psagot
Evening: Communing with Israeli and Palestinian Peace Activists

Day 8: The Dead Sea and the Gaza Envelope Region

Morning: Dead Sea
Afternoon: Touring the Western Negev and visiting Netiv Ha’asara
Evening: Arriving in Ashkelon
Overnight: Tel Aviv

Day 9: Tel Aviv-Yafo and Looking Forward

Morning: Tour of Jaffa with System Ali
Afternoon: Exploring Tel Aviv
Evening: Political Organizing Panel with Israeli activists