You who spend so much time and energy preparing yourself for Israel advocacy must know the facts on the ground in Judea and Samaria. If you think about it all of the core issues that Israel is being confronted on in the so-called Hasbara arena have to do with Israel's presence in this region. Your personal experience here will provide you with answers that you will never find in the classroom. Visit the so-called Jewish settlements and meet the people behind the headlines. You will come back with a real face to the story.
The Barkan on Industrial Park provides workplaces for over 7000 people more than half Arnon israeli-palestinian residents. This a reality might be very confusing to people who have been fed this information by the proponents of BDS who wish to close down all of these factories and cause the people who work here to become unemployed. A unique opportunity to enter this world to meet with Executives of the factories to hear why they decided to build these businesses in the West Bank and also to speak with Palestinian workers and hear their opinion on BDS who wish to send them to the breadlines of Hamas.
Elected officials around the world are constantly challenged to express an opinion regarding the growth of the Jewish communities in Judea and Samaria also known as the Westbank. But in truth very little is known about the reality on the ground. Influencers and decision-makers need to have the opportunity to see with their own eyes and to learn about the Jewish towns in this region. On a one-day Shomron personalized experience you'll get a chance to meet people who are making this all happen. You will get a perspective that you haven't been exposed to in the past and be able to relate to the issues based on facts.
The University of Ariel and the city around it are very different from the stereotype the media portrays of the Jewish settlers in the West Bank. Some 14 or 15 thousand students who learn here come from all walks of society in Israel. We should visit the Laboratories and research centers and meet some of the students some native Israelis men women but also immigrants some from the former Soviet Union and some from Ethiopia but also not a small amount of Israel minority Arab population.
Joseph Look Out point or Metzpeh Yosef on Mount Gerizim towering 880 meters above the city of Shannon also known as Nablus. From here we look down and see the ancient biblical city of Shechem. We can imagine the amazing events that occurred here as told about in the Bible. We can also see the refugee Balata just below. This is the closest we can come to Joseph's tomb and this might describe more than anything else the outcome of the Oslo agreement that closed off this area to Jewish people as it was classified area A.
Break bread with the families who live here. Enjoy the best home made meals and get to know the people in their homes.
Avraham the Jewish Shepherd walks in the fields around the town of Kfar Tapuach reading from the Torah. If you get a chance to meet him you will surely enjoy hearing his unique worldview and humble lifestyle. You might even want to become a Shepherd yourself.
© David Ha'ivri 2017