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Accommodation – checked!

Posted: February 6, 2014 in Tips&Tricks


The flights are already booked, accommodation sorted and our excitement is increasing with each day that passes. On 21st, late at night we will land in Tel Aviv and meet friends from The Alternative Tourist Group (ATG) that have been more than helpful in organising our trip.

ATG is an tourist organisation, working since 1995 with specific aims in helping people understand a culture, history and significant events from a nation that has been forgotten from the global narrative.  Money is far from being their aim, but establishing human-oriented tourism, encourage instructive and authentic meetings with Palestinian people or volunteer work. In less words, they aim is “get to know through personal experience” 

With their help we have booked accommodation in a 2 bedroom house with a Palestinian single woman, who for 22£ per night will host us and cook 2 means per day. Nathan and Jay will share a room, and I will be the privileged one with a single bedroom. We are going to arrive very late at night and the lovely people from ATG have invited us to share a cup of tea with them and discuss our plan. They can easily organise any sort of pilgrims(historical, religious, political) and direct you to the right places. 

Have a look at their website, and get in touch any time you need extra information

We will keep you up to date with our experience as soon as we get there.


Antonia D Hruscovschi 



Flight Tickets for 3 Please

Posted: February 6, 2014 in Tips&Tricks


After a long group discussion and deciding who will go to Palestine we have finally made up our minds that three of us will travel to the Middle East. Of course not everyone will be able to make this trip due to various circumstances and responsibilities, however we believe three people minimum must travel in order for this trip to happen for safety reasons. The individuals who are flying out are myself, Antonia and Nathan. This is a diverse mix of ethnicity and religion which hopefully will be an advantage for us on this trip. We have a mix of Asian, Black and Eastern European ethnicity with Muslim and Christian beliefs. Our cultural baggage will play a vital role on our experience on this trip. The advantage of this being is we can hopefully use it to our benefit and see how the country and culture makes us each feel not just that but we can do experiments and see to see how we are treated due to our skin colour.

There were many obstacles in our way one of the greatest was the financial factor. Although we were applying for funding the maximum we would receive is £250 which just about covered three quarters of the cost of our flight tickets. The total of our trip cost including food, accommodation and travel is approximately £550. Considering we are students this is fairly costly well of course it would be.

Everything we have booked for this trip had to be cheap and cheerful so that there is enough money to last us to the end of the trip. The airline that we booked our tickets with is Swiss Airline. The airline will travel from Birmingham International to Tel Aviv Airport in Israel but before landing in Tel Aviv it will stop at Zurich, Switzerland. The length of this flight is estimated to take 8 hours including a 1 hour stop at Zurich airport.

The six group members who will be helping us from the UK have agreed to support the team of three flying out by contributing £30 each which totals up to  £180. This is a massive help for me, Antonia and Nathan. This will cover the cost of our transportation from Tel Aviv (Israel) Airport to our accommodation in Palestine and vise versa when we leave. The transportation company have quoted us £150 which is 864 Shekels. As we are landing in Israel at 3:30 in the morning majority of the services will be closed therefore it is vital we can get to our accommodation immediately when landing so we can prepare ourselves for the next day ready to kick start our research. This is our best option for transport to our accommodation as not many services such as buses etc. travel into Palestinian territory. However fortunately for us we will be driven to door step of our destination hopefully without any hassle at the boarder checkpoint of Palestine and Israel. Along with this majority of shops, businesses, offices, and other services are closed on Saturday in Israel because this day is the observance of Shabbat the sacred day for the Jewish community. Hiring the transportation service is a massive advantage for us because it saves us time searching specially on the day we return it will bring us to the airport in a safe time range for check in. It is an great contribution by the group.


Writen by: Jay Alom

Our Aims and Methodology

Posted: January 28, 2014 in Tips&Tricks


This project is dealing with the right of return for Palestinian refugees, the problem of the Palestinian refugees was always from the main problems in the twentieth century, and the most tragic and complicated issue in the entire world.
Both of sides of this issue “Palestine and Israel” have presented their points of view to the world through the mass media and each of them has offered solutions for this issue, but what it is clear to the eye that all the mass media of Palestine are under Israeli blockade, and that situation will already put some limitations and restriction on the freedom of the Palestinian media.
In addition, the Palestinian media has just one Act since 25 of June 1995 which intend to organize the work of Palestinian Media, but this Act has not been applied on all the media institutions in Palestine.
As a result of all of the above mentioned, we have found that we should conduct this project to find out the truth about the right of return for Palestinian refugees, and we already have started to launch investigations about the historical, political and sociological concepts of Palestine, and we have analysed it in relation with of power, spectacle and memory within contemporary mediated culture, which were the first steps of us toward this project.
This project is considered as a Basic/Applied Research, which we are aiming through this project to improve the knowledge about the right of return for Palestinian refugees, the project’s methodology is combined with many methods, but it is mainly depend on Field Trip method, which is very important and opportunity to us to collect data and to enhance our cultural experience about Palestine, also our project will involve Semi-Structured Interviews method, that we will arrange a list of questions about our area of interest for this project, anyway this will not prevent us from changing these questions depending on the situation. In addition to the methodology, we will try to use the Oral history Methodology, we can get benefit from using this methodology that we can get some important stories about our issue which cannot be found in printed sources.

written by : fatma bensalem