Wasserman said she saw a great difference between the narrative offered on the Birthright tour to what she experienced in visiting Palestinian families.
“The narrative on the trip is that Palestinians are terrorists,” Wasserman said.
“It’s not safe, it’s not safe to go into East Jerusalem,” Berkson-Gold exclaimed, imitating her tour guide.
“We went into East Jerusalem again today and it was fine.”
The lack of any narrative or dialogue on the Birthright tours is just as misleading, she said.
While sitting at a bar in Jerusalem, Wasserman presented a map every person on the tour was given.
“It doesn’t even label the West Bank, it’s all presented as Israel.”
On the map, the West Bank is called Judea and Samaria – the Jewish nationalist term for the region.
Berkson-Gold’s tour started in what was described to them as the north of Israel, standing on top of Mt Hermon, overlooking the Golan Heights.
The Golan Heights has been illegally occupied by Israel since the 1967 Arab-Israeli War.
“That was not information that our tour guide gave us,” Berkson-Gold said, clearly annoyed.