What is Extend?
Extend programs feature internationally recognized Palestinian and Israeli leaders in politics, business, civil society, and human rights advocacy. Specific itineraries change, but each program includes:
Palestinian leaders in the civil disobedience movement
Including internationally celebrated activists such as Iyad Burnat (5 Broken Cameras) and Issa Amro (UN Human Rights Defender of the Year, 2010)
Israeli Civil Society
Conversations with leaders in human rights protection, media, and the arts.
A holistic perspective of Jerusalem: East and West
Meetings with experts who have briefed President Barack Obama, Prime Minister David Cameron, and leaders from around the world.
The role of settlements
A holistic perspective on the many ways settlements affect life in the West Bank.
Extend strives to expose students to a wide range of perspectives and voices. Our tours equip participants to engage with the multiple conflicts that define the region by providing balanced and open-ended introductions to a diverse array of people affected by the conflict.
Each tour spends time speaking with Palestinians, former IDF soldiers, members of international NGOs operating in the West Bank, Israeli settlers, and Israeli and Palestinian activists, academics, politicians, and business leaders.
Extend tours are designed to uncover and confront the difficult questions that surround the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. We are committed to fostering respectful and inclusive conversation among participants from all backgrounds.
Ultimately, we hope to foster a vocal constituency of American Jews who are committed to finding solutions to the conflict. Extend programming aims to equip young people with ways to think about alternative futures in Israel and Palestine.