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Within Borders: An In-Depth Seminar Exploring the Arab-Israeli Conflict and its Narratives


Tour Highlights

  • As per itinerary

Tour Includes

  • 9 nights' accommodation at select hotels
  • 8 days of a luxury, air-conditioned bus and Melton Educator
  • All site entrance fees and program fees as per itinerary
  • Meals: daily breakfasts and 1 additional meal per day
  • Portage at the hotels



The Within Borders seminar is open to all adults who enjoy in-depth educational travel, including Melton students and graduates. 



  • Meet in Tel Aviv at the hotel: Registration and Introductions 
  • Visit to Jaffa and Encounter With its Narratives and Life Stories 
  • Opening Dinner
  • Presentation and Discussion after dinner:
    War Between the Peaces? Peace Between the Wars?
    120+ Years of Conflict Unresolved

Overnight: Tel Aviv


  • Aims: Use the drive to the Upper Galilee to establish historical developments in this area from the start of modern Zionism (Zichron Yaakov and Ramat Hanadiv) and the earliest organized Arab resistance (Tel Hai, to be discussed at Kfar Giladi). The sites chosen will not have been explored before by our other seminars.
  • Travel from Tel Aviv to Ramat Hanadiv
  • Introduction to the day alongside relief map of Land of Israel, for birds' eye view of land and contested narratives
  • Walk through the gardens of Ramat Hanadiv Nature Reserve, learning about the place of the Rothschilds in our story
  • Explore Zichron Yaakov and the First Aliyah (walking tour and study session in the Synagogue)
  • Lunch in Zichron Yaakov
  • Travel to Metulla; overview of region, including into Lebanon's Beka'a)
  • The Place of Defense (Kfar Giladi cemetery for the Shomer and Tel Hai memorials)
  • Summary of day

Overnight: Upper Galilee


  • The focus will move our narrative through the '30's and '40's, right into the War of Independence. Parallel narratives will be examined, and the interaction between Jews and Arabs before and during the War of independence will be a focus, through case studies on the Northern Border.  The case of Iqrit one of two Christian border towns whose populations were evacuated and never allowed to return home, will be discussed.  
  • Introduction to the day: Palestine Triangle (Arabs, Jews and British)

Hanita:  Zionist Epic ("Homa umigdal" - Stockade and Tower; determining borders; Tigart fortresses)

  • The Yehiam Convoy and the Battle for Control of the Roads in 1948 (Cabri Memorial Site)
  • Lunch on way
  • Iqrit: A Test Case for a Young State dealing with its Arab citizens (Visit to church and encounter with Shadia Sbait)
  • Summary of day at Metsudat Koach, overlooking Hula Valley

Overnight: Upper Galilee


  • Focus on the Golan as opportunity to examine the Syria-Israel border historically as well as its contemporary aspects. The wars of 1967 and 1973 will be our morning foci, while we will also examine the political future of the Druse communities through a visit to Majdal Shams. Note that current events may change the focus of this day.
  • Introduction to the day: What Makes This Area so Important? And so Volatile?
    1967: The Golan as Threat Removed (Go past Dafna and Dan to Tel Fahr battlesite)
    1973: Emek Habakha - The Vale of Tears (El Rom presentation or battle site)
  • Lunch break at Birkat Ram
  • Majdal Shams and the question of the Druse in Israel and the Golan (Meeting and tour with head of local council)
  • Brief stop at Helicopter Memorial site at Shear Yishuv (1997) on way to hotel: The Price of War
  • Dinner options in Kiryat Shemona or back at Kfar Blum

Overnight: Upper Galilee


  • The journey towards Jerusalem will take us again to the 1947-8 period and the clash over the country's heartland.  Issues regarding Arab population concentrations and access to a besieged Jerusalem will be studied, and the profile of "the Palmach generation" will be examined through the Kiryat Anavim cemetery, a little-known but most moving site.
  • Check out of the hotel.
  • Introduction to the day to be given en route, with detailed maps available to follow our route and its pertinence
  • Drive via The Island of Peace, along the Jordan River.
  • Cross the Jezreel Valley to Wadi Ara and to Rabin Hiway
  • Follow the Green Line of Samaria, along the "Narrow waist" of pre-1967 Israel
  • Stop at Alexandroni Brigade Memorial alongside Neve Shalom to learn about Lydda/Lod, Ramle and Latrun ("LarLar"/Operation Danny in 1948)
  • Drive through Shaar Hagai (the Gate to the Valley), a critical point for access to Jerusalem in 1948 and follow the Jerusalem Corridor on way to city
  • On arrival in Jerusalem, free time to prepare for Shabbat
  • Kabbalat Shabbat and Shabbat dinner together

Overnight: Jerusalem


  • A slow day!
  • Noon: Reading Parashat Hashavua with the special lens of our seminar
  • Lunch at the hotel in the main dining room
  • A walk along part of the 1949 "kav ironi" (pre-1967 ceasefire lines in the city) OR Session using Amichai's poetry on "wars and peaces"
  • Havdalah

Overnight: Jerusalem


  • This day will be given to examining the Western Negev, Gaza and Egyptian front, both prior to 1948 and post-1967, and in terms of the withdrawal from Gaza in 2005 and its consequences, including through the eyes of the local population.  We will also learn about the current situation on this front from local residents.
  • Introduction to the day: How Does the southern Front Differ from Our Previous Foci?
  • Nir Am: A Remarkable Story of the Place of Water in Determining a Border (1943-47)
  • Yad Mordechai: Slowing the Egyptian advance (May, 1948)
  • Lunch in Sderot
  • Addressing the Palestinians in Gaza
  • Gaza: A Review and Update
  • Visit Moshav Netiv Ha'asarah: meeting with residents
  • Summary and return to Jerusalem

Overnight: Jerusalem


  • The Administered territories have been at the heart of any discussion of the "Matzav" - ("the situation") for the past five decades, and no resolution of the conflict seems feasible without an acceptable solution to the future of these territories.  Today will be devoted to providing an understanding of the issues on the ground in post-1967 Samaria (the northern part of the Administered Territories), allowing for an encounter with different views on the possible future of the Administered Territories from both Jewish/Israeli and Arab/Palestinian perspectives.
  • Introduction to the day: Before 1967 and After - Two Ways of Reading History in the Making  
  • Eretz Binyamin and Samaria - From the narrow waistline of pre-1967 to the current lay of the land: Travel from Jerusalem past Rosh Haayin and Kafr Kassem and on to Hiway 5 (the Trans-Samaria Highway)
  • "5 minutes from Kfar Sabba": The View from Alfei Menashe
  • Meet with representative of the Two-State solution in the field
  • Lunch break
  • Ariel: Meet with settler to discuss ideological settlement
  • Possible visit to Ramallah, Palestinian capital city
  • Visit Rawabi, the first-ever pre-planned Palestinian city
  • Summary session
  • Free evening in Jerusalem

Overnight: Jerusalem


  • The day will be divided into a morning devoted to the Negev highlands and Beer Sheva in 1948, and the standing of the Bedouin Israeli population since 1948, including contemporary political challenges, and an afternoon devoted to the Etzion Bloc in 1948 and then from 1967 until today. This will complement yesterday's encounters, allowing for further comparison of different understandings of the future of the Administered Territories in general and of each area in particular, from the perspectives of Israelis, Palestinians, Arabs and Jews.
  • The Negev: Between Bedouin and Jewish Claims to the Region
  • Stop at the Negev Memorial on the way to Beer Sheva
  • Visit Beer Sheva's Old City for walking tour and meet with Bedouin community activist: (How) Are the Challenges of the Fastest Growing Population Group in the Country Being Met?
  • Lunch break
  • Gush Etzion: Alon Shvut - the oak tree as symbol
  • Meet at Roots Field with Palestinian and Settler voices: Can We Achieve a Form of Co-existence?
  • Summary session

Overnight: Jerusalem


  • The morning of this final day brings us to the heart of the matter for all concerned: is Jerusalem the problem or the solution?  Certainly, all visions of resolution depend on a viable answer to the status of Jerusalem. The afternoon activities are designed to enable a return to the "big picture": what has happened in this contested land over the past century plus, and what does the future hold, given the current realities.
  • Jerusalem and Al Kuds: Two Capitals or One?
  • Introduction to the day: Meet Jerusalem activist addressing the challenges facing the city in East Jerusalem
  • Visit East Jerusalem community center or school for discussion with local voice
  • What are Our Options Within Our Borders? - Simulation activity and analysis
  • Summary Discussion
  • Closing dinner with special guest speaker
  • Individual departures for the airport or alternative plans in the country

For more information or to be notified when travel dates and prices are available for this seminar, please contact us.


    Need to Know

    • Group rates are per person based on double occupancy and a minimum of 20 full paying participants. Should the number of participants drop below the minimum listed above, we will adjust the cost of the trip to reflect the additional expense of operating the program.
    • If you have selected double occupancy and do not have a roommate, Melton will try to accommodate that request. Should a roommate not be found by December 24, 2018, you will be billed for the single supplement or be given the option of withdrawing from the Kallah and being reimbursed for your registration fee.
    • Tour prices are per person in U.S. dollars. All hotel accommodations, motor coach transportation, special dinners, sightseeing, admissions, luggage handling and the services of local guides, drivers, and the tour guide/educator are included.
    • Hotel Accommodations: The tour price includes all hotel accommodations, in hotel rooms with private baths. Our standard is to provide the best available hotels while considering value. Although the level of the accommodations may differ slightly from hotel to hotel, we are committed to your comfort. Two-bed rooms are reserved in most hotels. Triples are two-bed rooms with a rollaway cot where available and are not recommended when considering the comfort of those in the room. King-size beds are not available in most hotels; what is considered king-size usually consists of two single beds pushed together and made up separately, but with one headboard. Some two-bed rooms may have two twin - not full- or queen-size - beds.
    • Meals are included as specified in the itinerary.
    • All trips are conducted by a Melton educator who remains with the group throughout the tour.
    • Gratuities Included: All gratuities for restaurant staff are included.
    • Baggage: The Travel Agent and/or Tour Operator, shall not be held responsible for any damage to or loss of luggage/personal items. All damage/loss must be reported at time of incident and documented in writing by local authorities for submission to the insurance company. With regard to airline baggage allowance, different carriers have different regulations for business and coach, please check with your individual carrier with regard to permitted number of pieces, weights and dimensions. The tour operator is not responsible for fees levied by any air carrier for the transport of personal belongings of any kind.

    Not Included


    • Airfare to the tour departure point and from the tour ending point is not included.
    • Airfare may be purchased from us for travel originating in the United States. Please see Flights tab in the right-side toolbar.
    • Personal Expenses: All personal expenses such as: laundry, valet service, cables, telephone calls and postage are not included.
    • Guide and Driver Gratuities.

    Additional Information


    • Airline Security Measures: In the U.S., you must provide identification in the form of a passport at the time of airport check-in for travel to international destinations. Your passport name must match the name on your tour reservation and airline ticket or you may be denied boarding.
    • If you are traveling from an airport outside the jurisdiction of the U.S, you will need to determine what travel documentation and identification is required for that particular airport.
    • Due to heightened security regulations, certain items such as a metal nail file, pocketknife, cigarette lighter or tweezers, and some liquid, gel, or aerosol items may not be permitted in your carry-on luggage. Please call your airline prior to departure to obtain current information on non-permissible carry-on items and recommended airport check-in times. You may also wish to visit the Transportation Security Administration website at www.tsa.gov to obtain more information on acceptable identity documentation and prohibited luggage items.
    • Air Services: Once issued, tickets are non-refundable. Airline schedules and flights are subject to change without notice. We will not be responsible for penalties incurred for tickets, international or domestic, not issued by us due to schedule and/or flight changes. Airlines reserve the right to demand immediate issuance of tickets whenever they determine that specific flights are heavily booked even when normal ticketing rules do not require tickets to be issued until a later date. In this instance, we will require immediate and full payment of the airfare and airport taxes and fees as itemized on the invoice. This situation overrides invoice terms and conditions and payment due dates. If full payment is not received, seats will be cancelled by the airline and may not be available to be rebooked on the same flights or at the same airfare. Any replacement air arrangements and airfare will be the sole responsibility of the passenger. We suggest you contact your travel agent or the carrier several weeks prior to departure for seat assignments. Passengers are responsible to reconfirm their flights 72 hours prior to departure for all flights. Package is based on discount fares for group travel. Group members deviating from group dates will be charged a $75 deviation fee per person.
    • Holidays and Museum Closures - Museum visits and personal shopping time may be disrupted due to unforeseen circumstances or the many religious, state and local holidays locally observed in the destinations being visited.
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