In this meeting, I want to take you to the unpleasant parts of Jerusalem. From the Neighborhood of Gilo, I will show you the City of Bethlehem, the security barrier between Jerusalem and the Palestinian territories, the highway between Jerusalem and settlements in the West Bank and talk about the modern history of the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict and the Israeli ongoing public discourse about the future of the West Bank. After that, I will take you with my car(!!!) to Rachel's Tomb (yes, biblical Rachel, the wife of Jacob) where you can see the massive wall that was built since the 2nd Intifada. I can't promise you'll be inspired, but it will for sure be an interesting tour. Disclaimer: The Israeli-Palestinian conflict is extremely complicated, detailed, and nuanced and clearly raises a lot of emotions too. The purpose of the tour is to expose our virtual travelers to modern realities from the Israeli standpoint. The ability to create a real discussion in this medium is very limited, also note that in parts of the tour the guide will be driving and won't be able to read the chat. If you decide to take the tour, please be respectful of other participants and the guide. *This is not exactly a tour, more of a meeting about geopolitics, it does take place outdoors. *We can't enter the Tomb of Rachel due to the low signal. * let's hope the traffic won't be heavy.
Itamar Ben-David has 14 years of experience as a tour guide in Israel, especially in Jerusalem where he lives. He has guided thousands of happy tourists from all over the world, and during Covid he founded the Israeli Virtual Tourism Association. Itamar has deep knowledge of the three Abrahamic faiths, History, and Archaeology. He is Jewish of Yemenite and Moroccan heritage, and if you'll be nice he will sing to you.
Get ready for something special. We’re travelling to Jerusalem with no passport, no plane ticket and no luggage. And yet you’ll experience all the sights, sounds and stories with just your laptop, favorite snack and an amazing content creator.
The tour will last about 60 mins and will be live-streamed by your content creator directly from Jerusalem. Forget about slideshows or pre-recorded videos, this is a live broadcast and anything can happen!
While on the tour you’ll be able to see a full screen video of your content creator and their surroundings, interact with them and other travellers through the live chat, see where you are in the world on a map and show your appreciation with a tip.
We are running these tours on a tip-supported basis to make them as accessible as possible. They are free to join, but you have the option to leave a tip during the tour.
The majority of your tip goes directly to support the channel, while the rest helps Heygo continue to build a place that brings the world closer together.
Reserve your spot by selecting a time to book. Once done, you’ll be able to see your reservations on your Trips page and we’ll send you an email confirmation with a link to join the tour.
For the best viewing experience, please join on a computer using Google Chrome.
04 May 2021
20 April 2021
Loved the tour. Very informative
18 April 2021
This tour really highlighted one of the great things about Itamar’s tours- that he brings a balanced approach to all religions and nationalities during his tours, giving those who are only familiar with the Palestinian narrative an insight into Israeli lives and perspectives, and at the same time giving Israelis insight into the Palestinian narrative. Many thanks and kudos to you, Itamar.
18 April 2021
Hope it gets repeated
17 April 2021
Itamar provided an extremely valuable tour at the security border between Jerusalem and Bethlehem, describing the current and historical political situation between Israelis and Palestinians. He discussed peace accords and their unraveling. I was especially inspired that Itamar is working on providing a joint tour with a Palestinian guide to provide us all more information from both perspectives. This was an extremely valuable tour/talk and I hope Itamar continues to offer it. Thank you.