On 24th December, 15 young Israeli leaders including student and rights activists, news editors, community leaders, and nonprofit staff members participated in a tour of East Jerusalem to gain a first-hand understanding of the history and narratives surrounding the city. The tour was guided by both an Israeli and Palestinian Jerusalemite who discussed the political, legal, religious, and ideological complexities that structure the city.
Starting at Jabel Mukaber/Armon Havetziv and then traveling to Sheikh Jarrah, participants were informed about the history of boundary, demographic, and social changes within East Jerusalem and the personal experiences of Palestinian and Israeli residents there. The group met with both a member of the Al Kurd family and Rabbi Elhanan Miller to hear their personal experiences and their perspectives on the conflict surrounding Sheikh Jarrah, the Temple Mount, and Jerusalem as a whole.
Tour participants left with a greater urgency regarding the need for peace , a stronger desire to learn more about its issues, and a more nuanced understanding of the complexities that both Israeli and Palestinian citizens face as residents of Jerusalem.