About

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Our mission is to increase understanding about the situations for Palestinians by organising visits.  We are a not-for-profit company who provide cost price but high value visits for political party members.

We’ve taken over 400 people. We can organise visits for Labour, Conservative, Liberal Democrat or other political groups.

Of those who’ve visited with us, 92% said their visit was ‘better than expected’ and 98% were extremely or very likely to recommend our visits to others.

View our video to find out what delegates from one of our Labour2Palestine groups say:

What people say

‘I think Labour2Palestine is the perfect way for Labour Party members to make a visit, as the trips are well planned out, include a broad selection of meetings, visits and briefings and you are supported by a team of great people with experience and knowledge.’ Cat Smith MP

On our tour we were constantly surrounded by the friendship and kindness of a people so dignified in the face of total oppression” former MP Sandra Osborne

“This was a trip of a life-time, It is one thing to read about a political situation, another to experience it first hand. Meeting activists, Political Leaders in the company of other Labour Party Members is an experience not to be missed.” Councillor Nana Asante

Travel2Palestine organises trips to Israel, Jerusalem and the West Bank. Our aim is to help educate, inform and engage on the conflict in Israel and Palestine.

Visiting Palestine and seeing the impact of the occupation on Palestinian life is the best way to motivate you as a political party member – whether you are a party officer, a local Councillor, a student, or an MP – to dedicate some of your political energies into helping to pressure the international community to helping to resolve this ongoing tragedy.

  • Guided visits to Jerusalem & the West Bank
  • See life under Occupation
  • Hear from Palestinians and Israelis
  • Great experience at a low cost

Visits include:

  • witnessing first hand the situation in places such as Jerusalem, Hebron and Bethlehem
  • briefings from experts such as the UN, NGOs and the UN Consulate
  • meetings and tours with politicians and activists
  • meetings with Israeli and Palestinian organisations
  • a chance to see some of the important religious and historical sites

Please contact Martin on info@t2ptravel.com about your visit.

If you want to help support our work, please donate today.

 

 


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FAQs

Why visit with Travel2Palestine?

We believe that the best way – possibly the only way – to grasp what is happening in Palestine is to go there and see the checkpoints, the wall, the refugee camps, the settlements, and talk to Palestinians and Israelis. It’s not just a humanitarian crisis that can be solved by providing volunteers and international aid.  It’s a political problem that can only be solved when people involved in politics go there to see for themselves and to understand what needs to be done.

We started Travel2Palestine to give people an opportunity to travel around Palestine in a way that would be extremely difficult to do as a lone traveller. It is also a chance to make new friends – Palestinian, Israeli and other political party members and learn from expert organisers and Palestinian and Israeli guides.

It is a political tour in several ways:

  • Firstly, seeing and learning about the political situation in Palestine and Israel.
  • Secondly, meeting politicians, particularly national and regional politicians.
  • Thirdly, travelling with fellow politicians and people involved in politics so you can discuss together what the political response should be and how we should respond, developing and deepening your understanding throughout the trip. 

What will I see?

Over 400 people have visited with us and we around a 98% approval rating for our visits from past delegates.

During the visit you will:

  • See and visit checkpoints and the Wall
  • Meet with Palestinian and Israeli politicians at national and regional level
  • Discuss life with Palestinians whose lives are affected by the occupation
  • See the impact of settlements on Palestinian businesses, farms and homes
  • Hear from experts such as the UN, Defence of Children International and the Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions

How much will it cost?

The cost will be the price of your plane journey (we usually fly Easy Jet to Tel Aviv) plus the costs of the visit. This depends on the length of time (visits vary between 4 and 8 days), but this is usually in the region of £590-800.

Included in the Cost: 

  • Accommodation for 5 nights
  • Transportation for the official programme
  • Transportation to and from the airport (at a specific time as advised – at other times it is not covered)
  • Breakfast
  • One dinner
  • Palestinian and Israeli guides for programme

Not included:

  • International airfare;
  • Lunch (around £30 for the week) and dinner (from £15 to £90 for the week  depending on choice – street food or restaurant food)
  • Transportation in the evenings or off-programme (for example, taxis to restaurants)
  • Postage costs (normally around £15)
  • Health or travel insurance. All participants must ensure that they have health and travel insurance in advance.
  • Some visitors like to give donations to organisations that they meet. If you wish to do so, please bring personal funds

How much spending money should I take?

Most of your costs – such as hotel bed and breakfast and travel during the visit – are included. You will need some money for lunches and dinners, though we are sometimes provided with lunch or dinner by host Palestinians. When we do go out to eat, you can choose between a falafel at a stall for 80 pence or a restaurant meal for around £10. Most people take about £100 worth of spending money but often find they don’t spend it all.  If you want to buy presents there are many lovely gifts and it is worth taking extra.

Where do you stay?

We stay in Ramallah, with one night spent in Jerusalem. This allows you to experience life inside Palestine (including the night-life if you like) and helps to keep your costs lower, as hotels are generally cheaper in Ramallah than Jerusalem.

How do you travel?

We are driven by private bus by Palestinians from East Jerusalem. The travel costs are covered for the visit. If you want to take taxis during the evening, that will be an additional (small) cost, but we often walk to restaurants in the evening too.

Can I drink alcohol?

In Ramallah and Jerusalem many restaurants serve wine and beer and a number of bars that cater particularly for the NGO Europeans. Some shops sell alcohol too. You’ll not be surprised to learn there is not a ‘heavy drinking’ culture though.

What should I wear?

Dress code is pretty relaxed in Palestinian areas. Generally you will feel comfortable in shirts with a sleeve and you should avoid tops that show your chest area and upper arms (neither men nor women should wear vest tops). Knee length or below skirts and trousers are very suitable. Women may wish to take a shawl to cover their heads when visiting religious sites.

In some orthodox Jewish areas of Jerusalem, such as Mea She’arim, women are required to wear long sleeved shirts and skirts. Men are also expected to dress modestly. We don’t usually travel to these areas in our visits, but you may wish to visit on your additional days.

You should take smart casual clothes for meeting with politicians. You won’t be expected to wear formal suits.

Is it safe?

Although no guarantee can be given, we have never experienced any major security problems during any of our delegations in the West Bank.  Of course when you are in the West Bank and East Jerusalem, you are in an occupied territory and there are clearly many tensions between soldiers, settlers and locals.  But generally speaking, there are low numbers of incidents affecting internationals.  The group most at risk are Palestinians. We travel with guides and drivers who are Palestinian or Israeli and know the area well and understand all the security issues. Please do follow their advice and the advice of our organisers all the time. The vast majority of our visitors have commented afterwards that they felt safe all the time.

You can read the safety advice from the Foreign Office here>

There are inherent dangers in attending demonstrations due to the tear gas, rubber bullets, sometimes live ammunition used by the Israeli Army. If you attend a demonstration you do so at your own risk. But we can offer advice on how to minimize that risk.

It is worth adding that street crime is very low.

What if anything goes wrong?

We will do our best to ensure that you have an interesting and enjoyable stay. We don’t expect anything to go wrong but if it does we will do our very best to help. But we can not cover the costs if you incur unexpected problems, for example missing a flight or becoming ill. Everyone who comes on our visits must take out travel insurance. Most insurance companies seem to cover the occupied Palestinian territory, but do double-check directly with the insurer before you buy.

Some insurance companies you could consider (although we are not in a position to recommend them)

www.worldnomads.com – recommended by Lonely Planet and partnered by Rough Guides

www.annualtravelinsurance.com

www.letsgoinsure.co.uk – judging by Which? reports may offer better pricing for older travellers

Are your visits ethical?

We do follow the Palestinians code of conduct when travelling.

It is very important to ensure that – whatever the nature of your visit – you make sure it is ethical and considerate. Read the Palestinians’ code of conduct for travellers and the travel business>

The official website on tourism in Palestine>

I’m young and/or Arab/Asian – will I be able to visit?

There is no doubt that Israeli airport security do employ ethnic and age profiling techniques, and if you are young, Asian, Arab and/or Muslim you are more likely to be asked questions than someone older/white/Christian or Jewish – though still not very likely. On the whole this will not prevent you visiting and will be an inconvenience rather than a barrier.

Most Muslim members of our delegations have entered without being questioned. A very small number of people are refused entry, but this remains rare.

We offer extensive advice on how to make your visit– including your entry into Israel and Palestine – as easy as possible.

 I’m an older person – is the visit suitable for me?

We’ve had delegates ranging from 18 years old to early 80s. There is no doubt that it is a very intensive experience, physically and emotionally. Most people find the visit enormously rewarding …. and exhausting. We try our best to balance the wish to ensure you have a comprehensive overview with all of our needs for breaks and relief.Many of the visits are on foot and the terrain is not always flat. If you would like to discuss whether you will be able to cope, or whether you want a visit slightly tailored to you or to a group, then please email director@t2ptravel.com

Is Travel2Palestine a charity?

We aren’t a charity but we are a not-for-profit company, limited by guarantee. We submit our accounts to Companies House.

We make no profit from the visits. In fact our Directors and other donors make regular financial contributions to the running of the organization.

There are currently no paid staff, but we cover the incurred costs of volunteers and organisers.

Sounds great! What now?

Please contact director@t2ptravel.com with your phone number and he will be able to answer  any further questions and start organising your visit!

You can also join our mailing list  – sign up to our emails about visits

Top 10 tips

1. So I’ve landed and customs here are a little more stringent

A common problem for travelers wishing to visit not only Israel but also the Palestinian territories is what to say on arrival at Tel Aviv airport. It’s a matter of record that the Israeli authorities look dimly upon any expression of intention to visit Palestine and you’ll be booking yourself into a private chat with Israeli immigration officials if you do. It is best to avoid mention of any intention to visit Palestine. Jerusalem is OK but it’s best if you can name a hotel.

2. I’m in Palestine and these hotpants seem to be attracting attention.

No surprises there. You will find Palestinians expect a degree of modesty of themselves and of visitors. In Jerusalem you will find this is true of many communities (from all three Abrahamic faiths – Islam, Christianity and Judaism), particularly – but not exclusively – when entering a religious site. Women should avoid low-cut or sleeveless tops, shorts and above-the-knee dresses. Keeping a long scarf or wrap handy for entering religious sites is a good idea. Men should also dress conservatively.

3. The art of the taxi

Although the vast majority of taxis in the Palestinian territories do – despite appearances – have meters, these are rarely used. Talk over a price with your driver before you get in the car and agree it. Be aware that as a tourist, you are fair game for excessive taxi charges. A little Arabic and a confident poker face and you’ll soon be flying around Palestine on Palestinian charges.

4. The art of the servee

How we get around whenever we’re lucky enough to be in Palestine, a servee is essentially a shared taxi that sets off when it becomes full. The entire West Bank is well served by service taxis with major stops in Ramallah, Hebron and Nablus. There are also various stops throughout serving the villages and towns of the area. There is almost always an English speaker making himself useful at the stations and it is by far the cheapest and most immersive way of getting around.

5. Learn your plates

Learning to distinguish different types of car number plate enables you to tell whether a car is driven by an Israeli Palestinian, a diplomat, a government official or a West Banker. That can be important should you wish to catch a taxi or rent a car. Those green plates? They’re not much good if you want to grab a taxi from Ramallah to Jerusalem.

6. You want HOW MUCH?!

The Israeli shekel is around five to the pound, so you’ll be paying 12 NIS for a newspaper and 500 NIS equals just £100. Bear this in mind when you’re shopping for souvenirs anywhere in Palestine or Israel. Israeli stores will often be price-tagged but Palestinian stores are more anarchic. Don’t worry if you haven’t the time to do all the legwork in looking for good quality stuff at reasonable prices – we’ve compiled an extensive list available in our fact sheet.

7. I’ve got some fantastic pictures of Palestine on my camera!

Congratulations!  You’ve got yourself a whole library of memories to show family and friends. Why wouldn’t you? Well, Israeli customs officials can and sometimes look through the picture on your camera on your way back out, so if you’ve got images you think might raise eyebrows, find another means of getting them home. Nowadays you can send them by email or upload them on a website.

8. What is this number on my passport?

If you get a sticker at passport control starting with the number 6 while your friends got a number starting with 2 or 3 you’ll have a pretty good idea what the numbers mean because you will be more stringently searched. Tel Aviv Ben Gurion is the most secure and safest airports in the world and there is a clear reason for this. We haven’t found a short cut around the security questions. What we do know is that a mention of Palestine will get a 6 stuck on your sticker and a date with a friendly official quicker than lightning.

9. Learn a few key phrases

They’ll stand you in good stead, both Palestinians and Israelis are a very friendly people with a love for chatting. You’re not going to ingratiate yourself with either wandering around assuming everyone wishes to speak English (which almost everyone can, but this is immaterial) we’ve drawn up a few phrase sheets so wherever you are in Israel or Palestine, you can talk the talk, at least a little.

10. Where should I visit?

Where shouldn’t you? Both Israel and Palestine are easily traversed by car within a day which leaves both countries your oyster. We’ve drawn up 5 big hitters which you can find on our website but hit up our factsheet for the tourist hot spots and a few lesser known must-sees.

Contact

We are a not-for-profit company that provides cost price but high value visits to occupied Palestine and Israel for politicians and those interested in political visits. 

If you would like to join one of our visits please get in touch.

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