We’ve posted here before about a Walk About Love, a hike for Israel and a bike ride to benefit Israel’s environment. This October, get a more regional view through Peace Cycle, a bike trip from Amman to Jerusalem.
While the rough terrain and stunning views will certainly be rewarding, Peace Cycle’s main purpose is activism on behalf of Palestinians. The trail will start in refugee camps in Jordan, wend through the Arab villages outside of Israeli cities Haifa and Nazereth, and then hit the major urban centers of the West Bank – Jenin, Nablus, Ramallah, Bethlehem and Hebron. Jerusalem is last.
Proceeds from the bike ride will go to the Oyooni Mobile Eye Clinic, which helps treat glaucoma and diabetes complications in the West Bank.
As a warning to potential bikers – the Peace Cycle is quite adamant about its Middle East stance, having biked to the European Parliament from the Hague to protest Israel’s human rights records and demand suspension of trade relations.
However, the group has been running bike rides through the Middle East through 2004 and may be a great way to see the region on an intimate level.
If you want to sign up, the trip will be from Oct. 9-23, 2009. More info here.
(Photo from PeaceCycle.com).