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.
The hike took them through Wadi Qelt toward the Sea Level Bedouin Community, (Al-Jahalin Tribe) Tent, located between Jerusalem and Jericho. The community, facing a threat of eviction from its current location, is originally from Tel Arad region of the Naqab. Today, Al-Jahalin Tribe is the largest refugee tribe in Palestine.
Both men and women of various ages participated in the event; some already physically active and some interested in becoming more active.
The 220 participants were divided into smaller groups. Each group was led by an experienced trekking guide to insure that all safety precautions were taken.
“The route was very interesting, the plan of the trip was well prepared, and I want to emphasize on the great job done by the guides,” said – George Zeidan, Co-Founder of Right to Movement.
With the support of Masar Ibrahim Al-Khalil, Right to Movement organized the event to enable the participants to explore their country on foot, create for them an entertaining and relaxing sport activity in a natural setting, and provide an opportunity to meet with local communities.
The Right to Movement hikers ended their walk at the Sea Level Bedouin Community, where they had a chance to learn about Al-Jahalin tribe Bedouins as they enjoyed a meal together.
“The Bedouin experience was a great conclusion for the trip, it was such a nice way to socialize together after the hike and talk about the different experiences. We learned about challenges facing Bedouins and we are happy to contribute towards their sustainability,” said – George Zeidan, Co-Founder of Right to Movement.
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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:
Travelers 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.