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Applications due for the Congressional Leadership Learning Mission to Jerusalem, the West Bank, and Gaza

Rebuilding Alliance is honored to sponsor our next Congressional Leadership Learning Mission to Jerusalem, the West Bank, and Gaza. Applications are due before the House and Senate Ethics Committees no later than 30 days before departure, thus our February 14th deadline.

Senators and Representatives are invited to join a Congressional Leadership Learning Mission trip, hosted and sponsored by Rebuilding Alliance, to Israel, the West Bank, and including visits with Gazans permitted to leave Gaza to meet you. This is an accompaniment tour so Constituents from your district or State are invited to join us.

This will be a one week fact-finding tour during the Congressional recess on March 15th – 23rd. All expenses for you and your family member will be paid in full accordance with Ethics Committee guidelines. As such, your application must be presented to the Ethics Committee no later than February 14th.

Rebuilding Alliance is a U.S. 501(c)3 nonprofit organization based in California. We have been working with Palestinians and Israelis in the region for the past 15 years. We organized their first Leadership Learning Mission in May of 2018 to very positive reviews from the seven Congressional staff and eight constituents on that tour. Both parties participated.

We belief it is very possible that just by visiting, your delegation will help keep the West Bank Palestinian Bedouin village of Khan Al Ahmar standing. Your questions will bring light to the village's own master plan and bring forward a really great win-win solution. In addition this CLLM will:

• Provide participants with an understanding of the history of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict with a focus on how the 70 years of occupation have affected Palestinians and Israelis, and led to current conditions.

• Examine the impact of US cutbacks of aid on the education and health of Palestinian children;

• Clarify what it means now that the US has consolidated our Consulate for Palestinians with our Embassy to Israel;

• Particular attention will be given to the rights of Palestinian children and families to a home especially in the 62% of the West Bank under Israeli control, to food and economic security, to education, to safety, to legal rights, and to a future.

The program will include discussion of how the peaceful aspirations of all can be furthered when Palestinians and Israelis both enjoy the benefits of basic human rights, and how U.S. policy can support those aspirations.