Leaving Jerusalem, we’ll head south into the hills of Judea, arriving in ‘H2′, the Israeli controlled area of Hebron, the largest city in the West Bank in a bullet-proof settler bus. You’ll visit the divided Tomb of the Patriarchs, home to the symbolic tombs of Abraham, Sarah, Isaac, Rebecca, Jacob and Leah – even Adam and Eve –, all said to be buried in the cave beneath, before touring the Jewish ‘settler’ neighborhoods of the city, visiting the Avraham Avinu Quarter and restored synagogue, the Beit Hadassah museum about Jewish life in Hebron before the riots of 1929, and the ‘Shavei Hevron Yeshiva’ in Beit Romano. We’ll also visit the hilltop Tel Rumeida, site of a Bronze Age archaeological site, army base, and the tomb of Ruth and Jesse from the Bible.
Crossing over into the Palestinian area, we’ll be met by a Palestinian guide and enter the bustling city center. Enjoying an optional home cooked lunch with a Palestinian family, you’ll have the chance to speak with a variety of locals. After lunch, we’ll climb on top of a family home for a rooftop view of the city, learn about the difficult conditions of Palestinian residents and shop owners living in close proximity to the nearby settlements, and visit the Muslim side of the Tomb of the Patriarchs, known as the Ibrahimi (Abraham’s) Mosque.
This tour of Hebron is a unique tour in that it presents two very different narratives of one ancient, contested city. This is the only tour where you’ll have two guides, one Israeli, one Palestinian, each showing a different half and a different perspective of this city. The tour is political but objective, with each participant free to form their own opinions.