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J Street’s ‘Birthright’: Yad Vashem, Ramallah and visiting a settlement

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Published: 5 July 2019

Last updated: 4 March 2024

Inaugural 10-day tour, designed as an alternative o Birthright, titled ‘Let Our People Know,’ begins on Tuesday and features meetings with settlers and peace activists

A FIRST-OF-ITS-KIND “alternative Birthright” tour aimed at progressive-minded young American Jews kicks off in Israel on Tuesday.

Forty participants are set to take part in the 10-day inaugural trip, titled “Let Our People Know,” which is sponsored and financed by J Street.

The tour includes visits to the West Bank cities of Hebron and Ramallah, as well as meetings with Jewish settlers from the Binyamin Regional Council.

J Street, a movement that describes itself as being “pro-Israel” and “pro-peace,” contends that Birthright — a 20-year-old program that has brought more than 600,000 young Jewish adults from around the world on free 10-day trips to Israel — does not provide participants with a balanced view of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict as it ignores the Palestinian narrative.

Except on rare occasions, Birthright participants do not visit the West Bank.

FULL STORY Yad Vashem, Ramallah and Swimming in a Settlement: J Street Launches Its ‘Birthright’ Alternative (Haaretz)

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