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Dear Daniella,

I would like to thank you for the interesting, comprehensive and meaningful tour you led on Oct 14.
Every site we visited introduced us to a new and important aspect of the effect of the Israeli occupation on the lives of Palestinians. Your knowledge, professionalism and the clarity of your presentation were all outstanding!

Even though I've lived in Israel for 40 years and consider myself a "news addict", I still learned a lot from the tour about the methods and effects of the creeping annexation of the West Bank by Israeli settlers. 

Our face-to-face meetings with various Palestinians allowed for free discussion of all the difficult issues.  

I would like to explore what possibilities there may be for me to volunteer for Machsom Watch.  Perhaps I could talk to one of your active volunteer?

All the best,

Ilana B.

These tours are essential for every Israeli who cares about the country’s future. Even if you know what goes on there, follow the news, there’s nothing like seeing it first-hand. The shame at being Israeli is greater when you see what’s happening with your own eyes.


Ending the occupation and establishing a Palestinian state should be Israel’s greatest interest, but unfortunately it isn’t on top of the Israeli governments’ lists of priorities. We’re paying with blood, and will continue doing so, literally.


Your work is extremely important and blessed, and the way you’ve been demonized is scandalous.


In gratitude,


Asher Nachmias


Last Saturday (11.5.13) we toured the West Bank with Pitzi and Nurit.


I can’t find words to thank you for your initiative and guidance.


There’s a reason for the expression, “You have to see for yourself.” You really do have to see for yourself, and in this case you have to look right at the reality we live in, which we usually prefer not to see, prefer to believe there’s no choice.


Thank you for the tour’s stimulating lesson.



Rachel Lavie


Hi Daniela,
I just want to thank you for the tour we did yesterday… It was very well organized and you are the champion of the explanations! clear, interesting, with a special suspense touch! It was really a good experience, because even if a lot of us still knew part of the things you described to us,  seeing them with our own eyes and listening at the people who live day by day this difficult situation, transforms written words in reality! thank you thank you a lot

Chiara m.

Dear Daniela,

back home in Germany I still think a lot of our tour to the West Bank (December 29th) and everything I have learned about the difficult situation. Thank you very much again! A few days after the tour took place Bernhard and I met a very interesting young Israeli in Jerusalem who works for the military waves radio station as part of his army service and is in charge of everything happening in the West Bank. He showed us Eastern Jerusalem which was again very interesting. We also talked a lot about what we had experienced on the tour and he told us that just recently a Palestinian in Kfar Qadum had died. It must have happened maybe two or three days after we were there. He said that it is being discussed whether it was natural death or whether the man died because of gas in his home that had been employed by the Israeli army... I was very moved by this.
Well, I just wanted to tell you that without the tour I would never have understood as much. Thank you! Next time I will be in Israel I would like to get into contact with you again.

With kind regards,


I went along to a Machsom Watch tour in January 2014 and it was a real eye-opener for me. While I thought I had an understanding of what everyday life might be like for people living in the West Bank, I really didn't. This tour showed me aspects I hadn't considered.

Our tour guide Daniela had extraordinary energy providing information and historical facts throughout the day, as well as fielding challenging questions from the group, which was made up of people with varying political views.

Machsom Watch clearly states it is opposed to the Israeli occupation of the Palestinian Territories, so as Daniela said at the beginning of the day, do not expect this to be a "balanced tour" (she suggests you also do a settler tour if you are looking for the view from the other side). But you will definitely walk away knowing a lot more about life in the Palestinian Territories than you will learn from watching nightly news bulletins.


I highly recommend this tour for anyone who is keen to move beyond the tourist spots on a trip to the Holy Land.

Suzi Butcher


Monday, 24 March 2014


 Pitzi and Nurit, shalom,


The work you’re doing is sacred, humane and moral.  It cleanses us, removes from the Israeli public the taint of silence, denial and escapism.
The tour was fascinating. I consider myself one who knows what’s going on, involved in the issue:  I was an active participant in the Paris talks after the Oslo agreement as the coordinator of the Israeli delegation to the negotiations.
I read B’Tselem’s reports and the newspaper accounts by Amira Hass and Gid’on Levy.  But there’s no substitute for seeing and hearing at firsthand. 
By showing us the awful sights, the dreadful sounds, the tremendous despair through which we drove you made this trip meaningful and significant, and you deserve the greatest respect for doing so. I keep telling friends and acquaintances about the tour.  I hope some of them will take it also.


All my best, and thank you,


Yisrael Oz

Daniela and Nava,

The tour was well organized; all the arrangements adjusting how we set out and fixing the course of the trip worked perfectly. The guidance was professional. It was clear that you have long experience in the topic of the CPs, especially those in the West Bank. The meetings with local people at the stops added a human dimension to the general picture and facilitated our understanding of the human difficulties that the residents, mostly farmers, have to deal with. We gained  a broad  perspective on the problems of the Palestinian villages, especially from the very  focused explanations of narrow local aspects and from the pointed information that was given.


In my opinion, these tours should be recommended to everyone who is interested, people on the political right as well as those on the left, because it has no connection with the colonies, with political attitudes or with any kind of political arrangements for  the state. The only connection is with the military rule in the occupied areas and the basic humanitarian aspect of our relationships with the neighbors who are closest to us now and in the future. We have no others, these are our neighbors forever.


Thank you,


Oded Yanon



Hi Daniela,


I decided to email you straight away while everything is still fresh in my head (and before I get even busier...).

I thought the tour was excellent. The introduction you gave on the tour bus was one of the best concise overviews of the conflict I've heard, and the use of maps brought the talk out of abstraction and gave us something concrete to pair the information with. The variety of locations and timing our arrival to see a checkpoint 'in action' was a particularly important part of the trip, and being able to walk around Huwwara and engage with the village at the end was also a highlight. I was also grateful to be able to see Kaddum for myself after its unfortunate appearance in the news recently, following the death of a villager from tear gas.


Many thanks for such a well-run and educational tour, and I hope to join you on another one soon.


All the best,




Dear Daniela and Alix,
I wanted to thank you again for the way you organized and managed the tour last Sunday (18 th (It was very interesting, I learned a lot. From France I had a very different view of what is really happening regarding settlements. It is always difficultto criticize the israelian policy without being qualified of antisemitism!!!! which, of course, has nothing to do...
Your explanations were very clear,  I will recommand it to my friends and relatives visiting Israel, for sure.

I wish the best for your actions. I renew my offer to make a french translation of some of your articles.

Best regards,


Sophie Boiré
Paris- France