The first group of the 2019 political-vegan tours in Palestine happened from the 4th to the 11th of February. Unfortunately, we started the tour with sad news. One of the Brazilian participants was deported at Ben Gurion Airport. Israeli security went on her Facebook and saw a photo of her in an anti-fascist protest in Brazil and the Israeli authorities at the airport decided that was enough of a reason to deport her claiming she was “a trouble maker”. So if the Israeli authorities don’t like people who are against fascism, then what does it make them?

The four participants who made it to Occupied Palestine all came from Brazil and were here for the first time. They spent 8 days discovering the landscape, the cuisine and the amazing people of Palestine. They also witnessed what the colonisers are doing in this place of the world and how colonisation and occupation impact the daily life of Palestinians.

The group was based in Bethlehem and every day we went to a different city in the occupied West Bank and were guided by a local community activist. We visited Bethlehem, Hebron, Jerusalem, Jericho, the Dead Sea, Ramallah and Nablus.

Discovering the political reality in occupied Palestine left a very deep mark in the participants, but they felt inspired by the resilience and creativity of Palestinians resisting the colonisation and occupation of their land for so many decades. And, of course, they left with a belly full of hummus and falafel and a suitcase full of tradicional ingredientes and recipes to keep traveling back to Palestine from their kitchen back home.

Find out more about the political vegan tours here.