Emek Shaveh is now offering its well-known tours of the Old City Basin in Jerusalem in an online format.
The first tour will take place on 6th of October at 16:00 Israel time.
Emek Shaveh’s tours focus on the place of archaeology and heritage in the context of the geopolitical realities and the impact of tourism development policies on the residents living in or near the archaeological sites. These online events will feature a pre-recorded tour framed by a live introduction, explanations and a question-and-answer session. Each event will last between an hour to an hour and a half.
Pre-registration is required for participation in the tours following which you will receive a zoom link to the event.
Silwan/The City of David: Tuesday, October 6, 16:00.
This is an archaeological-political tour of one of the most popular archaeological sites in Israel and the heart of the political conflict between Israeli settlers and Palestinians in East Jerusalem.
We will visit the ancient remains of the City of David National Park and try to understand what the finds can tell us about the history of Jerusalem. We will discuss the debate amongst archaeologists regarding the significance of the finds, the manner in which the site is presented to the public and its impact on public perceptions of the site’s history and heritage.
The tour will then take you into the residential areas of Silwan to become acquainted with the tensions between Palestinians and settlers in the neighborhood. We will consider the question of why such an important national park is operated by a settlers’ organization and what the State of Israel is looking for under and the homes of the residents.