Visiting the Palestinian narrative requires more than a visit

Sam Bahour
13 min readSep 20, 2022

“Humankind cannot bear very much reality.” ― T. S. Eliot, Four Quartets

Artist Franz Krausz (Publisher — Tourist Development Association of Palestine, 1936) — Source: Library of Congress — Prints and Photographs Division. (A 2015 article on this poster by Rochelle Davis and Dan Walsh was published by the Institute for Palestine Studies)

A heated argument is taking place about the morality, benefit, and value of traveling to Palestine to witness firsthand what Palestinians are facing in the context of prolonged Israeli military occupation. Assuming these travelers are well-intentioned and want to see Israel’s military…