Hebron is one of the oldest continuously inhabited towns in the world and its Arabic name, Khalil al-Rahman, means “The Friend of God.” Yet, it is also one of the most volatile areas in the West Bank, with its streets emptied of their original Palestinian residents to make way for some, 500 Israeli settlers, and the Ibrahimi Mosque that has been split in two: one side for Muslims and the other now a synagogue for Jews.
This tour is run in conjunction with our partner ActionAid, an international NGO. ActionAid is a global movement of people working together to find sustainable solutions to end poverty and injustice around the world. The organisation takes sides with the poorest and most marginalised people, and supports them to claim power, and to take action to overcome the underlying causes of poverty.
ActionAid Palestine believes that an end to poverty and oppression of the Palestinian people will be achieved through sustained collective and individual action, supported by people worldwide.
Ayman Fakhori, a youth activist in Hebron, will lead your tour. His background is in IT but he is passionate about voluntary work, especially in the old city of Hebron, where he has been guiding tourists and guests for a few years and is considered an expert in this field.
Your Hebron tour will start at Singer Café in Beit Sahour, and from there we’ll drive to Hebron past Taqoa’, Joret Shama’a, and Gush Etzion Junction. Once we reach the Abu Reesh checkpoint in the heart of Hebron, we’ll leave the vehicle behind and go for a walking tour through the old city. We’ll start off with a stop at Ibrahimi Mosque, also known as the Cave of the Patriarchs, to visit one of the most sacred sites claimed by both Muslims and Jews. The mosque was also sadly the site of a bloody massacre of Palestinians over 20 years ago, during the Jewish holiday of Purim and the Muslim holiday of Ramadan.
We’ll then visit Ibrahimi Tkiyyeh, a place where food is cooked and distributed to poor people year round, and you’ll get a taste of the daily, holy Ibrahimi soup.
Leaving Tkiyyeh, we’ll wander the maze-like alleys of the old city toward the traditional local market, where you can see the remains of what was once one of the most active local trade markets in Palestine. The market (souq) has striking arched roofs and a maze of alleys and shops and stalls selling everything from pottery, olivewood, and blown glass to a wide array of aromatic spices and dried fruits.
As we explore, you’ll learn how the presence of Israeli settlers — illegal under international law — has impacted local Palestinians in Hebron. We’ll also visit Shuhada Street, which has been forcibly cleared of all its Palestinian inhabitants. We’ll visit a Palestinian family and have lunch with them, a traditional dish called mujadarah, made with either rice and lentils or burghol (cracked wheat) and lentils (depending on the region).
Your tour of Hebron will end at two notable factories: the Keffiyeh factory, to see how the traditional Palestinian scarves are being made, and the traditional glass and ceramic factory that is one of the most famous industries in Hebron.
Your driver will then take you back to Singer Café, where you will be dropped off and are free to explore more on your own.
Please note that if you require transportation from Jerusalem to Beit Sahour, we also offer the option for pick-up in Jerusalem, for an additional fee. Please book our Hebron Divided (departing from Jerusalem) option instead. However, please note that these tours do not include your return fare to Jerusalem. Your guide will help you to arrange your return to Jerusalem, but due to varying group sizes, we cannot offer a flat rate for return.
Inclusions: Local English-speaking guide, transportation to, from, and around Hebron, lunch.
Exclusions: Additional food and drinks, souvenirs and personal shopping, tips/gratuities for your guide, transportation from/to Jerusalem from Beit Sahour.
Dress standard: Hebron city is a conservative community and we will visit a mosque, so please wear modest clothing. Both men and women should wear long sleeves and long pants. Women will also be given a scarf to wear in the mosque that covers your head.
Your Trip: For your Urban Adventure you will be in a small group of a maximum of 12 people.
Confirmation of booking: If you have your voucher, your booking is confirmed. We'll see you at the start point. Get in touch if you have any concerns or require more information via the email address or phone number (business hours only) on your voucher.
Additional Information: The tour will include passing checkpoints monitored by the Israeli army, so you must keep your official documents (passport, etc.) on you during the trip.
Closure of sites: If the main tour locations are not accessible, we will inform you in advance and offer an alternative tour around the old city of Hebron.
Child Policy: Travellers under 12 years of age are not permitted to join this tour.