Learn with us in Israel-Palestine
“Intensive, Balanced, Horizon-Broadening”
Extend’s immersive programs and Israel group trips introduce you to today’s leading human rights, civil society, and political leaders in Israel-Palestine. Extend has been featured in Haaretz, Slate, and at the United Nations, and called “the most thought-provoking three days of my year.” Learn with us in Israel-Palestine and expand your understanding.
The West Bank: Occupation 101
Palestinians in the West Bank live under Israeli military law, without the right to vote or protest, due process or freedom of movement. Extend programs highlight Palestinians and Israelis across civil society, academia, the arts, business, and diplomacy working to end the occupation and advocate for human rights. Our programs lend particular emphasis to leaders in the Palestinian movement for transformative nonviolent civil disobedience, including internationally recognized activists such as Iyad Burnat (5 Broken Cameras) and Issa Amro (UN Human Rights Defender of the Year).
Palestinian Citizens of Israel
More than one in five Israeli citizens are Palestinian. Often referred to as ‘Israeli Arabs,’ Palestinian citizens of Israel have reshaped Israel’s political and cultural landscape through a decades-long struggle for communal self-determination and civil rights. Extend programs include in-depth conversation with Palestinian citizens of Israel in politics, activism, media, and the arts about both political challenges and cultural identity.
Jerusalem: West & East
Jerusalem is a city at once shared and divided, with two-thirds of its population Jewish-Israeli and one-third Palestinian. Extend programs introduce participants to history, culture, and politics in both Jewish West Jerusalem and Palestinian East Jerusalem. Programs put significant focus on the legal inequities between the two communities. Palestinians in Jerusalem are permanent residents of Israel, but not citizens. Extend programs highlight inequities in housing, education, policing, and civil rights that follow from these different legal statuses. Our programs also focus on a shared vision for the city’s future.
Israeli Civil Society
Extend programs include conversations with Israeli academics, journalists, politicians, and artists. Our partnerships emphasize initiatives to strengthen democratic norms and civil rights within Israel and to end the occupation of the Palestinian territories. Extend participants will meet leaders from organizations such as Breaking the Silence, B’Tselem, Peace Now, Standing Together, Rabbis for Human Rights, Haaretz, and +972.
“Before joining Extend, I had met many policymakers and/or ‘experts’ who felt informed enough to write and speak extensively on the conflict though they had never spent more than a day in Ramallah. Extend quietly smashes so many of the stereotypes that dominate ‘expert’ opinion, instead creating a more balanced perspective that empowers young agents of change.”
—Jai, Assistant to U.S. Secretary of Defense
“For years I’ve wanted to have a serious conversation with other rabbis about Israel. On Extend, our conversations were open, probing, and deep. I came away from the trip more energized to continue working for peace and committed to taking the small steps that will make a difference on the ground today. There is no substitute for being physically present and engaging in face to face conversation with people who live and work there if one wants to increase their understanding of the conflict and be an advocate for change.”
—Rabbi Andrea London, J Street Rabbinic Cabinet Co-Chair
“Extend is the only program that does not enter with an explicit agenda, instead openly struggling to hold all of the relevant complexities together: Zionism, Palestinian statehood, civil rights, history, and more. Extend demonstrates enormous intellectual integrity by choosing the much more difficult middle path.”
—Noah, Jewish Organizing Institute and Network for Justice
“My program guide made group discussions feel easy, open, and positive. Everyone had an equal opportunity to say what they wanted and when dialogue became diatribe, conflicting views were welcomed. My guide was excellent at making sure everyone had their fair chance to speak and finish their thoughts, checking in on people to make sure they were alright.”
—Anya, McGill University
Extend introduces you to today’s leading human rights, civil society, and political actors in Israel-Palestine. On our one, three, or five-day programs, you will spend time in Israel, East Jerusalem, and the West Bank, broadening your understanding of the Israeli and Palestinian past, present, and future. Our programs emphasize both the range and nuance of the region’s history, as well as visions for a shared future. Our key partners include leading organizations working to end the occupation and create a future of mutual freedom for Palestinians and Israelis.
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