A very clear picture of the occupation | Machsomwatch
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A very clear picture of the occupation

Wednesday, 15 April, 2015

On behalf of Nurit and myself, I want to thank you very much for the Mahsomwatch Tour that was so well organised and informative that I have only good things to say, so I hope the positive feedback is useful.

One of the best aspects of the tour was the kind of variety of experiences:  seeing the wall and its impact on the Palestinian communities, observing an active checkpoint and seeing how it works, the lecture in Nebi Elias gave us a very clear picture of how the policy towards the Palestinians (security zones, settlements, bypass roads) can close in on a community and destroy the livelihood of people, the visit to Kafr Kaddum and the lone house at the end gave us insight into how the Occupation and arbitrary decisions make life so difficult for people, and the driving tour through the heart of the West Bank enabled us to actually see the places we so often hear about in the news and to see the reality on the ground with our own eyes.  

IN any case, exposure to this very broad “sample” of the Occupation was more than I expected and very informative - as well as very disturbing.

The explanations you gave on the bus were also very interesting and useful.  You did an excellent job.  We also appreciated your honesty and precise description of your positions and those of MahsomWatch.

The organisations was excellent.  Things were on time and we went according to schedule.  The bus was comfortable.  We felt secure.

We are happy to recommend the tour to our Israeli friends and to visitors from abroad.

Please let us know if there are ways to be involved.  We’re both fluent in Hebrew and English and I speak a passable Arabic.

Nurit and Victor Friedman