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The Challenge - Life in the Western Negev!

The Western Negev, or, as it is better known, the land bordering the Gaza strip,  (Gaza Proximity), is a wide area which includes magnificent sites of natural beauty, with verdant fields whose  produce is known throughout the country. There are great stories of Zionist settlement in the region – tower and stockade, the eleven points, immigrant settlements, absorption of the evacuees from Yamit, and, more recently, the establishment of three pioneering communities by evacuees from Gush Katif. 

As a region under constant threat and frequent wars, the communities there are responding in an unexpected manner; they are growing and becoming stronger, alongside impressive technological development in the realms of agriculture, environment and sustainability in the whole area.

How is it that during a decade of fighting the number of residents of the region has doubled?  Who has taken on the lepadership? Who is pushing the residents to continue to create?

Join us for the ‘Challenge’ tour, in which we will meet with individuals and communities who regard these settlements as the border of the State of Israel and the Jewish people; come down to the fields and touch the crops growing there; meet individuals, community leaders, those holding different roles, farmers, entrepreneurs, veteran and new settlers in the region, students and people responsible for security.

Be with us for a day when we learn about resilience, leadership, community, Zionist settlement and advanced agricultural entrepreneurship. We’ll process our experiences through a simulation game which will bring out the dilemmas, tackling the challenges like immigrants to the area and determining the participants’ personal values towards the different concepts.

‘Challenge’ Routes

  • A three hour tour of the local authority’s operation room, the view over the border with Gaza, a visit to a settlement close to the border and a meeting with one of the residents. A simulation game.
  • A five hour tour of the local authority’s operation room, the view over the border with Gaza, a visit to a settlement close to the border and a meeting with one of the residents. A simulation game, visit to pioneering settlements (of evacuees from Gush Katif) and an agricultural tour.
  • A two-day tour

Day one: A tour of the local authority’s operation room, the view over the border with Gaza, a visit to a settlement close to the border and a meeting with one of the residents. A simulation game, visit to pioneering settlements (of evacuees from Gush Katif) and an agricultural tour.

Day two: A trek down the Besor stream, learning about different periods of settlement in the region over the years, from the ancient settlements alongside the water, to the eleven points, the evacuations from Sinai and from Gush Katif.

The second part of the trip will concentrate on the topic of water and agriculture. We’ll learn about ancient methods of irrigation and get to know the route of the Besor as it crosses three geographical boundaries with its own political complexity.

“Challenge” Day is suitable for students of high school age and above, for people interested in checking out the values of the issues of leadership, Zionism, community and environment in the country’s periphery, through touring places and meeting people.

 

For details and reservations

0775020347