What is Palestine VR?
Palestine VR is a virtual reality app that offers you 360-degree immersive tours of Palestine, where you can walk the old city of Jerusalem, enjoy the lively city of Ramallah, experience life in a refugee camp in Bethlehem and stand on the shores of Gaza overlooking the Mediterranean Sea.
Turn your phone or tablet into a portal that will transport you to these cities and many others and go on guided tours by the people living there and hear directly about their stories.
Why did we make it?
Those who visit Palestine are always moved and inspired by what they see and the people they meet. It is a life-transforming experience, but many are not able to go or are denied entry by Israel – just like Congresswomen Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar.
Palestinians cannot move freely within their own homeland. Israel imposes restrictions of movement that confines Palestinians and fragments them. Gazans are in an open-air prison, and most have not been able to enter the West Bank in over a decade; Palestinians in the West Bank need a special permit to see their family, holy sites in Jerusalem or the sea; while Palestinian refugees haven’t been able to visit their hometowns in over 70 years.
Israel controls who comes in and out of Palestine. Every year it arbitrarily decides whether to let foreign people visit because they don’t want them to witness the reality and experience the injustice first-hand. Whether they are elected officials or citizens showing solidarity with Palestinians, Israel has barred 1000s of people from entry just for supporting freedom and human rights.
This app is a gateway to see what the Israelis don’t want you to see. Palestine without filter, to witness the reality, that misinformation and propaganda are trying to erase. Palestine VR breaks down the walls and fences built by Israel, and lets Palestinians take control of their own narrative.
Why we need your help:
We’ve already reached thousands of people with Palestine VR. But we have much bigger plans on the way. With your support, we can improve the app, add more stories and places and reach so many more people.
We want to expand Palestine VR by adding new cities and thematic tours. And we want to make our app accessible to everyone across the world.
Join us in our mission to show Palestine to the world.
Who are we?
PIPD is an independent NGO based in Ramallah with the mission of sharing the story of Palestine with the world. Our digital campaigns have reached 92 million in the last two years and seek to raise awareness and mobilize people to support Palestine.