(27 September 2016) BADIL delivers an educational tour of the western and southern villages of Bethlehem as part of the Visualizing Jerusalem Project

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On Friday 23 September 2016, BADIL Resource Center for Palestinian Residency and Refugee Rights organized a tour for the participants of the Visualizing Jerusalem Project to the western and southern villages of Bethlehem, which are at high risk of  forcible transfer. 

The tour began in al-Walajeh Village, where the participants were given an introduction about the village and how Israeli policies of forcible transfer are implemented in that area, which includes house demolition and eviction warnings under the pretext of unlicensed construction. It was followed by a field tour in Beit Skarya Village, which where the participants visited locations that are under threat of forcible transfer. The tour was finished with a stop in Wadi Fukeen, where the participants were given an introduction about the history of the village and its practical experience of return.

The Visualizing Jerusalem Project has 30 participants from Jerusalem and aims to deepen their knowledge of the policies of forcible transfer that Israel carries out on both sides of the green line, with a specific focus on Jerusalem, as well as provide them with the required tools to identify these policies in practice.