Audio: Religious Tour Guide Takes Israelis to Ramallah

Gil Zohar is a controversial figure in Israel, and a popular tour guide for unusual tours.
11/30/2012, 1:00 PM

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Left or Right? Religious tour guide takes groups all over Israel, including the PA

Have you dreamt of travelling to the city of Ramallah or Bethlehem, but wanted a Jewish tour guide?

Gil Zohar is a religious Jew, fluent in English and Hebrew with a good handle on Arabic. He is a writer, photographer and sculptor, but his passion is tour guiding. He takes tourists all over Israel, but his areas of specialty include Judea and Samaria, including Arab towns and villages.

He talks about the wonderful hospitality of the Arabs he has met, why he is not afraid, and his ideas on building peace with our neighbors. His ideas are far from mainstream and somewhat controversial, but worth listening to.

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Judy Simon is the host of the show Life Lessons and the mother of six children. After almost 20 years of teaching English and special education, Judy now serves as the Beit El Tourism Coordinator, and organizes tours of the site of Jacob's Dream in Beit El. Check out Beit El's website: and "like" the Beit El Heritage Center Facebook page: To "like" the Hebrew page: Life Lessons explores fascinating people from all walks of life and follows their stories of lessons learned along the way. The Life Lessons podcast airs every Thursday from 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Israel time on Israel National Radio.
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