12M12A (Aug) – The West Bank journey begins

12 Months 12 Adventures: August

For our editor-in-chief Emma Blake Morsi’s August adventure she travelled to Palestine to work with local and international peace activists alongside Amos Trust and Saffron Records. Working with already existing organisations on their grassroots community projects calling for peace, reconciliation and full equal rights for all Palestinians and Israelis, she is raising £500 for Amos Trust with her Music For Change: Amos Palestine fundraiser. 

Find out more about the trip and fundraiser here.


DAY 1

Preparations for these kind of things is a big deal, especially when you tell someone you’re going to Palestine and more often than not you’re met with “…is it safe though?“. Amos Trust do an incredible job of nurturing their close long-term relationships with communities and their leaders situated at the core of the West Bank. Our itinerary is flexible and influential to represent the fluidity of life and is easily adaptable following any local news or suggestions to do so. Amos Trust gotsss this – or at least their incredible local partners do.

So, when I woke up, or rather, my alarm blaring away at me, I wasn’t filled with immediate panic or stress that today is THE day. Their ongoing support leading up to this filled me with calmness and the main thing at the forefront of my mind is that my alarm is popping off. It’s 4am. Time to get up!

Getting ready shouldn’t have been as stressful as it was, but getting out the shower and being told by my boss Laura, the Creative Director of Saffron Records, that the taxi rang and suddenly our 40 minutes left to get ready had to be 10 minutes as London streets were closing for a big cycle ride, changed all that. It was manic, but we made it. Even had time to catch a few zzzz’s during the journey.


“THE HEAT IS THE VERY FIRST THING YOU NOTICE COMING OFF THE PLANE, IT HITS YOU ALMOST LIKE AN UNEXPECTED FRIEND. ONLY THIS TIME IT’S ALL DRY HUMOUR AND YOU’RE THE BUTT OF THE JOKE…”

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“JUST CAME FROM A  MEETING WHERE EVERYONE IS STILL TALKING ABOUT FOUR YEARS AGO – BUT WE NEED TO START TALKING ABOUT THE FOUR YEARS AHEAD…” – Sami Awad, Holy Land Trust

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The heat is the very first thing you notice coming off the plane, it hits you almost like an unexpected friend. Only this time it’s all dry humour and you’re the butt of the joke as your English self tries to adjust. We take it in our stride and almost to our disbelief breeze through the security. Like, THE Israeli airport security that everyone and anyone seems to have stories about. Still baffled.

We’re greeted by our cheery driver who takes us to where we’re staying in Bethlehem, and we arrive just in time to enjoy sunset after our first meal. We go to meet Sami Awad and colleagues from Holy Land Trust for some light drinks and refreshment which turns into a brilliant exchange of witty remarks and downing of Arak with a breathtaking view to match.

We finally join up with the rest of the crew and head on down for some late evening drinks, which sees many locals fascinated by the diversity of the group and the various hairstyles among us, needless to say my current gray box braids are drawing up plenty of attention.

Whilst this update is very much laying down the foundations of our journey, you can expect more updates focused on the West Bank civilians themselves and what they’ve got to say (more photographs coming soon!)

We are off to the Arroub camp for the next couple of days which will have limited to no internet available so unfortunately all the updates from there will be shared on our arrival back. Sorry for any inconvenience, but can’t wait to share the incredible experiences upcoming!

Stay tuned!

(This post was originally published on Music For Change: Amos Palestine on 1st August)


Why? Why? Why? Peep the lowdown on what this trip means, and most importantly, why Emma is raising £500 for the Amos Trust charity

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Emma Blake Morsi | @blakemorsi

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