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“Interesting but needs more balance”
Review of Green Olive Tours

Green Olive Tours
Ranked #56 of 279 Tours in Jerusalem
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: Green Olive Tours has departures from Ramallah, Bethlehem, Jerusalem, & Tel Aviv. The company is a cooperative of Israelis and Palestinians, and is a social enterprise focusing on cultural and people-to-people experiences in Palestine an Israel, visiting religious and historical sites, villages, refugee camps, and off-the–beaten track locations. Our guides are knowledgeable and illuminate the culture, politics and history of the Palestinian and Israeli people. Each day-trip is unique. You might find yourself having lunch with a Palestinian or Bedouin family one day, then meeting a Samaritan priest the next. We offer daily tours and multi-day experiences that include home stays in Bethlehem and Palestinian villages. Our tours benefit the local people.
Reviewed 30 October 2017 via mobile

We did the Jerusalem day tour. On the positive side it was very interesting and thought provoking tour presenting an an alternative viewpoint. On the negative side I thought the tour made insufficient effort to present a balanced point of view. I don't recall a single positive statement being made about the State of Israel during the tour. At the same time we were presented with an uncritical view of the Palestinian side of the conflict.

As a tour this was an interesting and thought provoking day but is really only suitable for people who have already seen the key sights of Jerusalem as only cursory regard was had to them during the tour.

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Fred S, General Manager at Green Olive Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 1 November 2017

Thanks for your comments. Yes, this tour is designed to present a critical view of israel's 50-year Occupation of East Jerusalem. We do not believe in a balanced approach. From our perspective that would be kind of like doing a balanced tour of the Jim Crow American South in the 1950s. Sometimes there is a right and a wrong about a situation.

There are many Zionist tours that present the Zionist perspective. As our tour description indicates, this is not a typical touristic excursion but a political tour. We do not visit historical or religious sites. However on many of our other tours we do visit sites in addition to political and social commentary.

Again, thanks for your feedback.
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Fred Schlomka
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Reviewed 29 October 2017 via mobile

My wife and I just did the 5 hour Banksy Tour. It truly was fascinating.

The tour guide brought us to a number of very powerful sites. He was a great guy who knew so much. When walking around, he knew everyone.

We had a very fun lunch. We felt safe and in good hands the entire time.

We saw things most tourists to Israel will never see I highly recommend this tour

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Fred S, General Manager at Green Olive Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 1 November 2017

THanks so much for the feedback. Glad you enjoyed the tour.
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Reviewed 28 October 2017 via mobile

By far best tour company out of 3 that we used on trip to israel.we went on the Banksy graffiti tour. Yasmin was our local palestinian tour guide. Tour was prompt and timely.He is a friendly and talkative person who provides a very informative tour of his hometown of Bethlehem. He gave us his opinion and story of palestine. We walkyd thru the city and he gave us a,local perspective of Palestine live and refugee camps. He visited Walled Off Hotel and museum. and walked thru busy downtown open market. He helped us negotiate with local vendors if we wanted to buy goods. He let us free sample local vendor foods and desserts. We had lunch at a local Palestinian restaurant for $15 nis. Very eye opening situation and informative tour. We also got a short tour of church of Nativity. All in all very honest and transparent tour which doesn't push buying from collaborated vendors. Highly recommended if u want to learn about west bank life.

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Fred S, General Manager at Green Olive Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 10 November 2017

High praise indeed.
There's nothing that pleases us more than a satisfied guest.
Do come again.
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Reviewed 23 October 2017

I took the half day Banksy tour from Jerusalem and can say without a doubt this is the best possible Bethlehem tour if you want to see the real city! The guide was knowledgable, friendly, and was very committed to making sure that everyone was getting the experience they wanted. Jehanne on the organizational side is THE BEST and went so far out of her way to make some scheduling issues on my side work out. 100% would do again!!

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Reviewed 17 October 2017 via mobile

This tour took us around the partition walls of East Jerusalem. Our guide explained the situation of the Palestinians living behind the walls and their status in the occupied territories. It was a very informative tour and gave us an understanding of the plight of the Palestinians living in East Jerusalem. Highly recommend.

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