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The walkouts took place on two separate buses, with six participants leaving one bus and two withdrawing from the other. The other two were sympathetic to their cause and willing to leave the day trip on its sixth day.
Rebecca Oliver, one of the participants in the walkout, announced the decision to leave the group in order to meet with a Palestinian family in the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Silwan under the threat of eviction by Israeli authorities. Left-wing activists pose with a member of the Sumarin family facing eviction in East Jerusalem after they staged a walkout from their Birthright trip.
While the tour guide said he disagreed with their decision to leave, he made clear that all participants are allowed to do so as long as they are prepared to lose their deposit and pay for their flight, which Birthright fully subsidizes.
He explained that security concerns prevented the entire group from meeting with Palestinians in East Jerusalem, but encouraged the young adults to seek out other narratives after the trip ended. The tour guide then asked the activists to wait ten minutes until after the rest of the group visited the Western Wall, but they refused to do so.
However, the Los Angeles native asserted that the decision of the eight participants on Sunday was not planned ahead of the trip. The family is currently in a decades-long legal battle with KKL-JNF Jewish National Fund, which claims to have purchased the property in the s from the municipality.
For their part, the Sumarins argue that they have lived in the home for nearly half a century and that the purchase was only allowed due to an unfair application of the Absentee Property Law, legislation that places in state custody all property inside Israel owned by Arabs who were living outside the state at the time of its founding in The organization has raised the ire of many Israeli officials and drawn criticism from those who challenge the authenticity of its mostly anonymous claims and lament its advocacy work in the international community.
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In a statement in response to the second Birthright walkout in less than a month, the left-wing NGO lauded the participants for the move. Birthright has brought more thanyoung Jewish adults aged on day trips to Israel sinceand strives to connect Diaspora Jews with Israel.
Then, the activists were chastised by fellow participants as well as the tour guide for coming on the trip with an agenda and not waiting until the trip was over to meet with Palestinians. As it did last month, Birthright condemned the actions of the eight participants on Sunday.
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