A City with an Envelope and a Political Tour without Politics
You have probably heard about the physical obstacle Israel built that goes by many names – the Separation Fence, the Separation Wall and the Security Fence. The section of the barrier around Jerusalem is known as the “Jerusalem Envelope.”
This fascinating tour uses a bus to move around. At different spots we get off to enjoy impressive and informative views. Each participant receives two maps that accompany the explanations.
The tour lasts 6-7 hours. Lunch can be included.
This is one of the most informative and impressive tours of Jerusalem and touches on some of the hottest issues facing the city, around the theme of the Separation Barrier. The tour gives the visitor some hints for the political future solutions of the city, yet we are not about to discuss these solutions.
I call this experience “a political tour without politics” for a reason. I will present you with facts and figures. What is the barrier and where exactly was it built? We will tour sections of the barrier and learn about its social, economic, and security ramifications. But we will also look at broader aspects of the reality in the city; including Jerusalem’s ever-changing demographics and the ways Jews and Arabs live next to each other.
Anyone who wants to understand Jerusalem’s present or its future will appreciate the explanation of the complex relationships between the two communities. As we cross Arab and Jewish neighborhoods, we will come to appreciate the differences between the two parts of the city. We will stop at strategic vantage points along the route of the barrier that offer views of the surrounding areas of Judea and Samaria, including Abu Dis, the Palestinian Parliament, the edge of the Judean Desert, the city of Ma’ale Adumim, and other landmarks.
If time permits we will learn fascinating stories about the Shua'fat Palestinian Refugees Camp and the East Jerusalem Electric Company (E.J.E.C.).