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Pool of Arches- We will row boats inside the ancient water tower of Ramla, a Jewish town (not to be confused with Ramallah) built by the infamous Al Rashid in 789.
Nitzana Gush Katif memorial visitor's center- The Gaza Strip used to have a thriving Jewish community, where most of the world's Kosher vegetables (i.e. completely bug free) came from here. In 2005, the Israeli government forcibly removed the Jewish residents from their homes, fields and property, effectively handing the Gaza Strip to Hamas without any concessions (which ultimately led to three wars). The Jewish residents were promised full compensation and homes. As of 2016, they have still not received much, going from wealthly farmers to extremely high rates of unemployment and many living in Caravans. We will "go back in time" to experience what life was like in these strong communities and even speak to a Jewish "refugee" of Gush Katif.
Nitzana community-Many of the settlers from Gush Katif ended up here. We will see their current living situation and how they are attempting to rebuild their lives.
View into Gaza-very safe from a distance but close enough to get a good idea of challenges Israel faces
Sderot-A city near the border with Gaza which has been suffering from Hama’s occupation of Gaza since Israel unilaterally pulled out in 2005. We will tour the following:
a) Police Station-All Kasam Rockets which are fired into this area end up here. We can touch and told the weapons
b) Playground made out of re-enforced concrete for the safety of the kids
c) Bus stopwhich doubles up as a bomb shelter
d) The commercial area of Sderot (with the chance to shop in their stores in solidarity)
Salad Trail- Israel is known as Start Up Nation. Here you can see with a hands on experience how Israel grows things in the desert, with next to nothing & little water, in a way that is unique to this country. Many countries (both developers and third world) have benefitted from Israel's innovative techniques.This is the best place to experience Israel’s economic miracle.
Return to hotel
Tour package options:
* Full day tour includes your private tour guide, personalized itinerary, and having us take care of your logistics. Admission & car rental is extra (for no extra charge, we can take care of those logistics for you). Bring as many participants as you would like for only $375.
** Full day tour includes your private tour guide, private driver, gas, vehicle, pickup/drop off at your door, personalized itinerary, and us taking care of your logistics. Starts at $695 (dependent on size of vehicle needed). Admission to sites which have them are extra (but minimal).
*** If you book several tours, I can offer you an all-inclusive package at a reduced rate.
Jewish Gaza Belt & Northern Negev Area
For the safety of our tourists, this tour does NOT enter the Gaza strip or into unsafe areas.