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Design Competition: Design a Stand for Masar Ibrahim al-Khalil Promotional Materials

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Memorandum of Understanding with The Holy Land Tour Operators Association

On December 16, 2016 – Masar Ibrahim Al-Khalil and The Holy Land Tour Operators Association signed Memorandum of Understanding: Board Directors Mr. Ra’ed Sa’adeh of Masar Ibrahim and Mr. Sami Khoury of the Tour Operators Association met at the gala dinner at the Orient Palace Hotel in Bethlehem and agreed to collaborate to promote and market Palestinian tourism through planned activities, sharing experiences, workshops, courses, and familiarization trips so as to expand and spread knowledge that contributes to enhancing and developing community-based tourism as well as finding sustainable ways to expand the circle of tourism’s beneficiaries in Palestine.

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Masar Ibrahim Al-Khalil Photo Exhibition in Hebron University 2017

Let this unique photo exhibition lead you along the path of history and be a window into to the Palestinian rural culture and traditions!

On Tuesday, 23rd of January 2017, Masar Ibrahim Al-Khalil Touring Photo Exhibition was launched at its first location – Hebron University, Yasser Arafat Building. Within three months, between February and April 2017, the photographs are planned to be exhibited in various universities and colleges in Bethlehem, Nablus, Birzeit, Jenin and return to Hebron.

The images captured on Masar Ibrahim Al-Khalil celebrate history, cultural heritage, and collective memory of Palestinian people. The exhibit documents, through captivating imagery, groups’ hikes along the cultural route that is rich in various Palestinian historical landmarks and iconic cultural sites. The photographs and informative panels give a lot of information about Palestine; its nature, landscapes, history, archeological, historical and religious sites. The photographs also show Palestinian hospitality and cultural exchange.

Through the exhibition Masar Ibrahim Al-Khalil organization (MIAK) would like to encourage its audience, with a focus on Palestinian youth, to experience their country on foot and spend their time in nature. On the opening days at each university or college, representatives of MIAK team will provide students and journalist with a detailed presentation and will be there for any questions.

The touring photo exhibition is one of the activities of the project supported by Tetraktys and Afrat – French organizations partnering with Masar Ibrahim Al-Khalil. The pictures were taken by Elias Halabi (link: https://www.facebook.com/EliasHalabiPhotography/) and Frits Meyst (https://www.facebook.com/meystphoto/).

Masar Ibrahim Al-Khalil Touring Photo Exhibition Program:

23.01.2017 – 26.01.2017 – Hebron University – Hebron
14.02.2017 – 16.02.2017 – Bethlehem University – Bethlehem
21.02.2017 – 23.02.2017 – Al-Najah University – Nablus
28.02.2017 – 02.03.2017 – Birzeit University – Birzeit
21.03.2017 – 23.03.2017 – Politehnic University – Hebron

06.03.2017 – 09.03.2017 – Al-Aroub College – Hebron
11.04.2017 – 13.04.2017 – American Arab College – Jenin

Masar Ibrahim Passport Launch

The 4th of March, 2017 will be a special day for Masar Ibrahim Al-Khalil: we will launch our special Masar Ibrahim Passport! 

At 2 pm, at Lamar Guesthouse in Hebron Old City we will hold a Launch Event, and it will be our pleasure to have you as our guest! The event is open for everyone and will also feature Women Cooperatives Market in partnership with Masar Ibrahim.

Join a Culinary Tour in Hebron on that day.

The participants of the tour will receive their passports at the beginning of the tour to start collecting their stamps along the way.

More about the Masar Ibrahim Passport:

Travellers often like to keep small mementos from their journey in addition to memories. Masar Ibrahim now offers a great way to record your hiking trip in Palestine. Masar Ibrahim hikers can collect stamps from different stops on the trail and add them to their hiking passport, and in this way create a beautiful reminder of their journey. The passport can also serve as a record of completing the official route of the trail, and can also be used on weekend day or two-long hikes along the Masar Ibrahim.

However, Masar Ibrahim Hiker Passport is much more than just a souvenir. We would like to encourage all the hikers to visit certain points along the way and collect stamps there as an opportunity to meet members of local communities located along the trail. Among various sites of interest, museums and cultural sites, we would like to give a special place for local women cooperatives, where visitors could learn about their activities and productions. Masar Ibrahim Al-Khalil wishes to empower these often marginalized communities along the trail by supporting  their efforts and thereby contribute to local economic development. Read more about the women cooperatives partnering with Masar Ibrahim http://masaribrahim.ps/en/local-communities/women-development

Passports will be available for purchase for a small fee of 5 NIS at Women Cooperatives and Tour Operators partnering with Masar Ibrahim Al-Khalil.

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A Hike from Wadi Qelt to Sea Level Community with Right to Movement

On February 10th, 2017, 220 people, including 20 internationals, participated in a Right to Movement hike along the Masar Ibrahim Al-Khalil. Right to Movement is a global running community running for the basic human right of freedom of movement.

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Masar Ibrahim al-Kahlil Organizes “Cultural Heritage in Hebron” Workshop

In coordination with the Palestinian Ministry of Tourism, the Masar Ibrahim Al-Khalil organized a two-day workshop entitled “Cultural Heritage in Hebron”. Beginning on December 21st, the workshop explored ways to develop and increase information and experiences about the cultural heritage of Hebron.

Many people are only familiar with the Ibrahimi Mosque, so the workshop aimed at increasing information and expanding the larger Palestinian narration for the local people and the guides. The workshop was attended by Dr. Ahmed Al Rajoub of the Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities, representatives from the Hebron Rehabilitation Committee (HRC), the ministry of Awqaf, tour guides and Masar Ibrahim staff.

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First in the Middle East Trekking Guides Graduate from Bethlehem University

Bethlehem, Palestine – On November 4th, 2016 The Community Trekking Tour Guide Program of Bethlehem University held its first graduation of eighteen trekking guides. The Community Trekking Tour Guide Program is the first of its kind in Palestine and the Middle East. Representatives from the Palestine Ministry of Tourism as well as Masar Ibrahim al-Khalil and its partner organizations were present at the ceremony. These organizations work to develop community based tourism in Palestine along the Masar Ibrahim.

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The Palestinian Women Hikers Club

The Palestinian Women Hikers Club has been created by Masar Ibrahim Al-Khalil to encourage women to break out from their daily routines and spend time in a more relaxing way experiencing the nature of Palestine.

The club is designed for women because there are few such activities for them. Many women are busy with daily responsibilities, often including motherhood and work, and rarely have a chance to leave their hometowns, which are usually noisy urban spaces. That is why, we would like to make the natural areas of Masar Ibrahim trail more accessible for women and their families. The togetherness of a group and shared cost aims to motivate the club members to take part in the excursions.

“For a long time, I have seen people joining hikes but I have never hiked. So I really wished to try it and I liked it a lot. Since today, I always want to hike and follow your events,” said Diana Hilal, the Palestinian Women Hikers Club member.

Would you like to enjoy a walk in nature with your best girlfriends or meet new people?

Join our Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/PalestinianWomenHikers/

Evaluation Meetings for the French Project

Masr Ibrahim Al-Khalil has recently held a series of evaluation meetings regarding the French project (Development of Rural Communities in Palestine) in Beit-Sahour and Jericho Municipality and in the Governorate of Hebron with the participation of Masar coordinators from different areas and village councils.

Palestine Fam Trip 2016

Masar Ibrahim Al Khalil and Siraj Center for the Holy Land Studies in partnership with the French organizations, Afrat and Tetraktys, have successfully organized and implemented a Fam Trip to the French and Palestinian Tour Operators from the 18th of March until the 24th of March, 2016