The Siraj Center of Beit Sahour and I have had a long relationship going back to 2009 when the bombing of Gaza persuaded me to come over to Palestine and do something to help. Well, as it happened, I wasn't allowed to enter Gaza but I was asked to teach 3D animation in Birzeit University which is close to Ramallah.
I was introduced to Michel Awad and George Rishmawi by a fellow professor. We discussed the idea of a bike tour over a meal at the Grotto restaurant and so Bike Palestine was born.
Our first tour was rather modest; we only had 4 riders. Over the years the numbers grew until in 2017 we took a total of 35 riders on our Easter and Autumn tours. As the logistics became more demanding so the Siraj Center learned and we adapted our organisational approach.
I take my hat off to the Siraj Center. Without them there would be no Bike Palestine. They are skilled organisers and excellent hosts. The situation of the Palestinians may often appear to be bleak but in spite of the odds being stacked against they are a courageous and determined people. Intelligent, courteous and welcoming. I salute Siraj Center as I salute the people of Palestine.
George Snow and Nidal Rishmawi of Bike Palestine