Israel Human Rights Trip

Introduction

For three years our Kol Nidre Appeal has benefited “Physicians for Human Rights — Israel” (PHR-I).  To find out more about their work, we had a visit last year from Miri Weingarten, who spoke to us at a chavurah supper.  After her presentation—disturbing and inspiring in equal measure—we asked what we ourselves could do about the situation in Israel/Palestine.  Her reply: “go and see for yourselves”.  In that spirit, I propose a Sukkat Shalom trip to Israel on which we will be hosted by PHR-I and other human-rights-oriented NGOs; they will show us what's going on, and we will learn from them directly.  And though I hope we would do more than merely visit, even by the act of going we would be helping—human rights organisations tell us that they take great strength from supportive visits such as this. Comments from our correspondents in Israel include

...a very interesting and important program
Wish you a great success for this important tour.
We are looking forward to having your group with us.
exceedingly encouraged that you wish to facilitate a trip for your community to visit Israel and the OPT 

itinerary (last update 9th May)

What it Will Cost 

Latest estimate (sent out by e-mail, 25th January) is from £750 plus meals and extras, from Edinburgh, depending on the standard of accommodation you prefer. Without travel, it will be about £400. The message is here.

Travel from Edinburgh

Everyone is making their own arrangements, of course. This is the cheapest way that I've found of getting from Edinburgh.

EJ = easyJet
A = Aegean Airlines

Outward, 16th-17th May

Edinburgh Athens Athens Tel Aviv Price at 25th January
EJ6965, dep 14:35 arr 20:40     £79.49
    A3928, dep 22:40 arr 00:30+1 €125

 

Return, 26th May

Tel Aviv Athens Athens Edinburgh Price at 25th January
A3929, dep 07:00 arr 09:00     €87
    EJ6966, dep 14:00 arr 16:20 £46.66

Accommodation

See my e-mail and the e-mail from House 57.