Masar Ibrahim retraces the cultural memory of Ibrahim and his family in the lands where the path passes through, and it celebrates their story of hospitality and kindness to travelers walking through the path. Thus, the idea behind the Masar is more cultural and community based than religious based, however, it encompasses many spiritual aspects taking into consideration the many ancient archeological and historical places that have a spiritual nature.
The MIAK stakeholders are any party that influence and get influenced from the Masar Ibrahim project, such as the various local authorities in the different areas along the path, the donors of the project, youth, women, Masar Ibrahim al Khalil partners (Siraj Center, Palestine Wildlife Society, Rozana Association, and Bethlehem University), and any other individual or group who influence the MIAK project.
Community-based tourism is what MIAK offers: Community based tourism aims at benefiting the local community in general and the fragile rural comminutes in particular through inviting tourists to visit these communities, walk and hike in small groups in rural Palestine, having the opportunity to discover unspoiled nature, history, cultural heritage, cuisine, and to develop lasting friendships with local Palestinians by experiencing the taste of the cultures diversity, and having the privilege of using or overnight in the communities’ accommodations.
• The Masar Ibrahim Trail is a long-distance community-based walking trail across the West Bank. • MIAK is a non-governmental organization that aims to help local communities and partners to develop the path across the region.
No, it is not a tour operator, nor does it have a donor role. On the contrary, financial support for MIAK comes from the Abraham Path Initiative in the USA, the World Bank project, and the French project (Afrat and Tetraktys).
• Masar Ibrahim Al Khalil is a long distance walking trail of community-based tourism which follows the footsteps of Ibrahim through Palestine. The Masar Ibrahim al Khalil presently consists of over 321 km of trail throughout the West Bank from the northern village of Rummana to Hebron in the southern West Bank. • The Masar is appropriate for different ages and various levels of experience from beginners to experienced hikers. Depending on the stage, walks are rated as easy, moderate or difficult in terms of both trail difficulty and physical challenge. Information about each walk is listed on the website and can also be obtained by contacting us for more detailed guidance in choosing the most suitable hike for you.
• No, it does not. The focus of the path is on individual walkers and on the small local communities that the path crosses. The path is a platform for learning more about the people and cultural heritage of Palestine. It does not associate itself with any political agenda in or outside the region. • The organization respects all religious traditions but does not belong to any religious group or agenda.
• The Masar Ibrahim al Khalil Palestine promotes a prosperous rural Palestine, where cultural diversity, tradition, and human values are honored and environmental awareness is raised.
• The mission of the Masar Ibrahim al Khalil is to empower local communities socially and economically through a cultural walking route that traverses rural Palestine, and that highlights the history, heritage, biodiversity, and landscape of this area.
• The Masar Ibrahim al-Khalil encourages exchange and friendship that connects travelers from Palestine and from around the world. It also creates partnerships across all sectors of society and facilitates cooperation between individuals and communities.
MIAK is a Palestinian nonprofit union of organizations that is developing the Masar Ibrahim in the West Bank as a community-based tourism project. The organization promotes cultural diversity, tradition, human values and environmental awareness. Partners and communities are actively involved in all levels of the development of the Masar in Palestine, ranging from strategic decision making to the implementation of various hospitality and tourism services, the delineation of the route and the hosting travelers. This approach ensures local ownership and consistency with the Masar’s values.
1. to put the spirit of friendship and hospitality exemplified by Ibrahim at the heart of all our efforts, and 2. to develop the Masar in partnership with the communities who live along the path and with other Palestinian partners who share our values and vision.