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The Israel you see on TV isn’t Israel. And well, you just don’t see Palestine on TV at all. We’re here to peel back the layers.
On Israel’s surface, we see bustling metropolises, busy farmland, the absurdly rich, and the overly destitute. We see everything you might see in any snapshot of Canada or the U.S. But then you peel back a layer.
Wedged in between the newly constructed buildings, we see remnants of a different time. We see ancient tombs, caverns, and craters beside shopping malls, restaurants, and theaters. Smells of rich spices and freshly baked bread waft out of the shuk (marketplace) and into high-rise condos. Our feet tread on ancient cobblestone paths as taxis and cars zoom past us. We are in a land of walking contradictions.
Israel’s history is long, complex, and disputed at every turn. History looms over this country heavily and for the people of Israel–regardless of religion, race, or ethnicity– the future of the state is always in question.
Then there’s Palestine, a place rarely seen in the media. And when it is, they’re calling it Gaza or the West Bank. But the Palestine that we know is rich with culture and hospitality, yet tinged with sadness and despair. From the outside, it might seem like more of the latter two. But then you peel back a layer.
Palestine has its own set of contradictions – the fight between radical and moderate, religious and secular, old and new. Villages surrounded by olive groves bustle around marketplaces where donkeys and cars vie for a piece of the street. Store owners will try and up-sell their merchandise to you, but after five minutes of chit-chat they are offering to take you to meet their family over dinner. All the while, the threat of displacement or disenfranchisement leaves the Palestinian people in a state of perpetual uncertainty.
But don’t take it from us – come hear the stories yourself.