Arriving at the airport, Ben Gurion, was a slap in the face awakening to the intense situation in this region. Khaled was detained, me and Cheryls passports held because we knew him, and 5 hours wasted at the airport waiting for the Israeli authorities to let Khaled go. THankfully they did but with severe restrictions. He could not leave his town of Bethlehem to go anywhere and I mean anywhere.
The trip still continued
. Amid a barrage of checkpoints, soldiers, and guns us four chicas visited the holy sites in Jerusalem, Bethlehem, Tel Aviv,and went swimming in the Dead Sea which was awesome. My boob popped out while swimming lol so I hope nobody saw that and if they did sorry! It was really amazing to see the places where Jesus was born, crucified, and buried. However I cant say I fully believe thats where it exactly happened I dont think anyone can really. The first day we went to see the birth place of Jesus inside the church of the holy scelp...something lol in Bethlehem. I remember the Church smelling so beautiful because of the burning incense. Tel Aviv is a beautiful and very modern city. Swimming in the Med in November was awesome especially because the weather was so warm. Haha I mistook a black plastic floating bag for an eel and I ran my ass out of the water like no other. OOO the ice cream we got there was soo good too I wish I had some right now. In general, it was surprisingly easy to get around Palestine besides the constant barrage of Israeli soldiers interrogating and checkpoints.
So I cant write a blog about Palestine and not describe what I saw and how I felt. Im not twisting details just giving the observation. Life is extremely hard for the Palestinians because they are living under siege and occupation. Having to surrender your dignity and respect to an occupying force is no easy thing to do and a factor contributing to anger and in sometimes destruction. However it must not be forgotten that when you have nothing you got nothing to lose. This is not justifying killing. On either side. Killing is happening and not only to Israelis. This is a fact. I think that everyone should go there to judge for themselves the situation and not let the media get in the way of that.
In late October I was fortunate to have the opportunity to be able to travel to the Palestinian occupied terrorities and Israel proper. Khaled, a Palestinian American from UCSD who was also studying abroad Turkiye, invited me and a couple other friends to join him on his trip back home. He had not been to Palestine for 4 years. Cheryl Owyoung, Luana Toniolo, and Hazel Groce accompanied on this trip.