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Support Palestinian Tourism and Economy in Al-Quds

Campaign by: Grassroots AlQuds

Campaign Summary

Grassroots Al-Quds is running this campaign to create the Arabic version of our book Wujood – The Grassroots Guide to Jerusalem. Wujood tells the Palestinian perspective on Jerusalem and promotes tourism in the marginalized eastern part of the city. Moreover, Wujood is an income generating tool for the organization, and part of our strategy to break free of conditional funding. This also helps our efforts to reach self-sustainability, a task which became extremely challenging due to the Covid-19 crisis. In the days prior to the pandemic, we were able to generate income through our books and tours, and we were hoping to significantly increase this income through expanding our basket of products with the new book and new tours over the past year. However, those activities had to stop because of the halting of tourism. We believe in the power of the crowds, our peer grassroots communities around the world who share our values and support our struggle against the Israeli occupation and policies of displacement. 

Please join and help us make a bigger impact in Al-Quds!

40% of Palestinians in Al-Quds made a living through tourism. COVID-19 changed that.

Al-Quds is a top tourist destination. It is one of the oldest cities in the world, with a rich history and high religious importance to billions of people around the world. For this reason, over 4 million tourists have been visiting the city in recent years and the numbers have been increasing over the past decade at a steady rate and were expected to continue in this pattern before the breakout of the Covid-19 pandemic. 

In normal days, 40 percent of the Palestinians of Al-Quds make their living doing jobs related to tourism, despite the oppressive policies designed by the occupation authorities to suffocate the Palestinian economy in Jerusalem. The tourism sector in the eastern part of Jerusalem is far from its potential, and its development in the Palestinian communities is hindered by the many policies imposed by the occupation. Moreover, the Zionist propaganda continuously and bluntly manipulates information to hide Palestinian communities from tourists. This causes a significant loss of income to the community that already faces a poverty rate of over 70 percent. Tourists do not visit most Palestinian communities in Jerusalem, and as a result, they do not witness the occupation and its implications on Palestinians in Jerusalem and most of their money goes to the Israeli markets.

About Grassroots AlQuds

Grassroots Al-Quds was established in 2011 out of the belief in Jerusalem’s historical and current importance and the need for a platform for Palestinian networking in the city. Our goal is to support Palestinian sumoud (steadfastness and resilience) in Al-Quds. We research and create knowledge that supports community mobilization. We build networks between the different Palestinian communities in Jerusalem, so that they can overcome their fragmentation by the Israeli occupation authorities, and make long-term plans and strategies for the city as a whole.

 

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