Tiyul 2022 Blog / Day 8: May 4, 2022 | West Bank, Geopolitical Bus Tour, Mount Herzl and Yom HaAtzmaut
West Bank Experience/Geopolitical Bus Tour
Wednesday morning, we put on our serious faces as we crossed from the Israeli side of the border, into a “gray area” between Israel and the West Bank. The reason I describe it as a “gray area” is because there are humongous walls on all sides, leaving us in an area that’s a little weird. After we walked and learned about the tension in this area, we went into the tomb of Rachel, one of the holiest sites for Jews, where we were separated by men and women. We saw extremely religious Jews praying at Rachel’s tomb, where we learned religious Jews go to pray for something special and want to make sure their prayer is heard. While we were here, we learned about the conflict between the Arabs and the Israelis, about the history that happened to lead up to the situation that takes place in Jerusalem, and about the people who protect the Israeli citizens and do their best to keep everyone safe. We also heard from a resident of the Gush, in the West Bank, that what we see on the news doesn’t accurately reflect the positive relationships and friendships Arabs and Jews have with each other. In this area, they live peacefully and is a good reminder to talk to others about their story.
Yom HaZikaron/Yom Ha’atzmaut