Lasted from the 30th of June to the 8th of July, the JAI-organized youth Journey for Justice in Palestine took place with the participation of 21 internationals (from Denmark, Argentina, Norway, Zimbabwe, Sweden, South Africa and Ireland), together with 5 Palestinian youth.
The Journey included guided tours in Bethlehem old city and area where they witnessed the wall-settlements-settlers bypass roads, and later a half a day they helped Palestinian farmers at their threatened fields. In Hebron, a guided tour was made in the old city with the Shuhada street, and on another day with Jerusalem old city and ICAHD (Israeli Committee Against House Demolition) tour around Jerusalem (to witness Israeli settlements and plans – with reflections of Israeli activist), and in Ramallah into Nabi Saleh village were they met Tamimi family and got briefed about the Palestinian popular resistance.
The Palestinian youth participants joined the international ones during the program, shared their stories, experience, life under occupation, and reflected on various related questions and topics. The week also included meetings and chatting with refugee youth at Lajee center in Aida camp, who introduced to the participants their life in the camp and took them in tours inside it. At Bethlehem University the participants toured inside and chatted with some students, and got introduced to their students life and challenges.
A briefing to the participants was made on the EJ YMCA Rehabilitation Program and Trauma counseling, by the program director, and later in Jericho on the YWCA center and Food Production Unit. Presentations were also made on the JAI work and its Olive Tree Campaign, on the Boycott-Divestment-Sanctions (BDS) Campaign by Omar Barghouthi in Ramallah, at Badil Center for residency and refugee rights on the ongoing displacement of Palestinians and the right of return, then in Hebron at the TIPH (Temporality International Presence in Hebron) on the history of the conflict in the city and TIPH role.
The Journey also included visits and guided tours into main religious and historic sites including the Church of Nativity in Bethlehem, the Dome of the Rock, Al-Aqsa Mosque and Sepulcher Church in Jerusalem, Ibrahimi Mosque in Hebron, Mount of Temptation, Baptism site at Jordan River and Sycamore tree in Jericho.
At the end of the Journey, an advocacy and future planning session was organized, where participants discussed mechanisms / activities / campaigns they will join and organize in their respective countries / communities / movement.