----- Original Message ----- From: Mazin Qumsiyeh To: firstname.lastname@example.org Cc: Human Rights Newsletter Sent: Wednesday, March 11, 2009 7:17 AM Subject: [HumanRights] Come to Palestine
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Below is a listing of excellent opportunities to visit Palestine where everyday here brings an experience that lasts a lifetime and in totality makes for a positive change in our life. Connecting us with our humanity while having fun is the true definition of the Buddhist mantra "having joyful participation in the sorrows of this world". Here is where we feel fully alive and fully connected with the best parts of ourselves. Come visit us. Here are videos to give you a preview of these trips
Please read the material below and come to Palestine..
Now is the time, Palestine is the place
Mazin Qumsiyeh, PhD
Palestine is the place to visit, learn, share, and be a witness
The Palestinian Summer Celebration 2009
14 June 2009 – 16 August 2009
June 14th – July 12th 2009 (first month) July 13th – August 16th 2009 (second month)
Come and celebrate Palestine ! The Palestinian Summer Celebration is a unique annual program that gives people from all over the world the chance to encounter the life, culture, and politics of Palestine . Learn Arabic and study Palestinian history at Bethlehem University , spend time with local families and volunteer with a community organization.
The Palestinian Summer Celebration 2009 will take place in Bethlehem from June 14th to August 16th. The program consists of two terms: June 14th to July 12 th , and July 13th to August 16th. Program participants can choose to stay for one or both terms. The celebration is organized by Siraj Center for Holy Land Studies in partnership with Bethlehem University (http://www.bethlehem.edu) and the U.S.-based Society for Biblical Studies (http://www.sbsedu.org). Program participants will have the opportunity to meet and learn with accomplished speakers, experts, activists, and officials. http://www.sirajcenter.org/index.php?opt...&id=16&Itemid=1
There is still some places available for the April 2009 Walk
Proudly Siraj Center for Holy Land Studies and the Alternative Tourism group (ATG) announce re inaugurating the Nativity Trail, from Nazareth to Bethlehem in 2009.
Now, 2000 years later, the modern-day city of Bethlehem - home of the Millennium - invites you to make a symbolic and historic journey by walking Palestine's Nativity Trail.
The carefully researched route-a 11-day journey is the first leg of the new Palestine Trail.
Meeting the People Walking the Nativity Trail will be an opportunity to meet a diverse range of people: Franciscan priests on Mount Tabor, Muslim clerics at village mosques, Greek Orthodox monks in desert monasteries, hillside farmers and their families, small-town shopkeepers and craftspeople, Bedouin shepherds watering their flocks at ancient cisterns, and many more interesting people.
The Nativity Trail is an opportunity to understand the Geopolitical situation in the Holy land by observing it while walking through the valleys and mountains of Palestine. It give participants the chance to have a first hand experience of the situation on the ground.
The Nativity trial, not just a journey, it is a journey of dialogue, openness and interaction with new people.
Participants will be able to understand the flora and Fauna of Palestine and the bible, and will be able to embrace the culture that lasted in Palestine for thousands of years.
23 Apr 2009 until 04 May 2009 08 Oct 2009 until 19 Oct 2009 29 Oct 2009 until 09 Nov 2009 12 Nov 2009 until 23 Nov 2009 13 Dec 2009 until 24 Dec 2009