< Back < Back


Travels in Israel, Palestine and Jordan

Univ Kirstie Bosman Travel Report 01

Jaffa sunset

Graduate OMT Travel Grant Report – Kirstie Bosman, MPhil International Relations

16-27 March, 2019

Destinations: Israel (Tel Aviv, Jerusalem, Dead Sea), Palestine (Ramallah, Rawabi), Jordan (Amman, Jerash, Petra). Note: I travelled to Israel/Palestine as part of the 2019 Oxford iTrek Policy group, with about 50 other Oxford postgraduates.

Day 1 (16 March): London to Tel Aviv (travel day)

Day 2 (17 March): Tel Aviv
• Jaffa
• Museum of the Jewish People – tour about synagogues and Jewish humour
• Lunch: Conversation about Israeli military service (with Israelis)
• Lecture: Israeli history and politics (Professor Jonathan Rynhold, Tel Aviv University)
• Dinner: Talk about investment in Israel (Eyal Eliezer, head of Israel’s foreign investment strategy, Ministry of Economy)

Univ Kirstie Bosman Travel Report

Jerusalem Old City market

Day 3 (18 March): Jerusalem
• Lecture: East Jerusalem Policy (Ben Avrahami, advisor to current and previous Mayor of Jerusalem on East Jerusalem affairs)
• Lecture: Israel’s image (Ilanit Melchior, director of tourism at Jerusalem Development Authority)
• Supreme Court – lecture: the Supreme Court and Israeli legal system (Supreme Court Justice Hanan Melcer)
• Ministry of Foreign Affairs – lecture: Israeli security policy (representative of Ministry of Foreign Affairs)
• Dinner: Talk on Israeli politics (Gad Reich, Department of National Statistics; Lavi Melman, civil servant; Oded Gilutz, Yashar party; Gal Raj, Young Labour Party)

Day 4 (19 March): Jerusalem
• The Old City – four quarters, Temple Mount, Western Wall, al-Aqsa mosque, Church of the Holy Sepulchre
• Yad Vashem (Holocaust Memorial Museum) and Children’s Memorial
• Debriefing session and discussion

Rawabi Visitor Center

Day 5 (20 March): Palestine
• Lecture: The territorial aspect of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict (Shaul Arieli, formerly Gaza brigade commander, Deputy Military Secretary to the Prime Minister, Minister of Defense (1997-99), Head of Administration for Interim Agreement in West Bank, Head of Administration for Permanent Status Agreement)
• Bus to Ramallah, Palestine
• Talk: Israel-Palestine conflict (Jibril M. Rajoub, ex-security advisor to Yasir Arafat, current head of Palestinian Football Association and Palestine Olympic Committee)
• Ramallah – bus tour
• Rawabi – tour and talk about Rawabi (Bashar al-Masri, founder and leader of project to build the first Palestinian planned city)
• Dinner in Ramallah – traditional Palestinian food
• Drive to the Dead Sea (Israel)

Sunrise over the Dead Sea from Masada

Day 6 (21 March): Dead Sea
• Sunrise hike up Masada
• Dead Sea
• Drive to Jerusalem
• Synagogue – Purim service
• Mahane Yehuda market

Day 7 (22 March): Jerusalem & Tel Aviv
• Jerusalem – morning stroll
• Tel Aviv – indoor food market
• A-WA concert on the beach

Day 8 (23 March): Tel Aviv to Amman
• Political workshop (Gal Raij, Young Labour Party)
• Shakshuka
• Fly to Amman

The Treasury in Petra

Day 9 (24 March): Jerash
• Tour around Roman ruins

Day 10 (25 March): Amman to Petra
• Drive from Amman to Petra along the King’s Highway via Kerak

Day 11 (26 March): Petra
• Walk around Petra
• Drive back to Amman

Day 12 (27 March): Amman to London

Find out more about the range of travel grants and scholarships available to assist Univ students on our Travel Grants page or read further travel reports.


Explore Univ on social media
University College Oxford

Contact Univ

If you have any questions or need more information, just ask: