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Raphael Ben Hur


Summary Background of Mr Raphael Ben Hur

Raphael Ben Hur

Raphael Ben Hur

Mr. Raphael Ben Hur is Managing Director and co-owner of the new incoming tourism company in Israel under his name, Raphael Ben Hur Tourism Ltd. Mr. Ben Hur holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in International relations and Political Science (Hebrew University1979) and a law degree (International Center Herzyilia 2000) as well as certificates and studies in mediation (2001) and public management (1977).

Mr. Ben Hur has served in many senior government positions in Israel throughout a career that has spanned over 32 years (1979-2011). He has held senior executive positions in the Israel Ministry of Transportation and the Israel Railways (1984-1997). For the last 14 years he has served as a senior Director General, in the Israel Ministry of Tourism (1997-2011). Mr. Ben Hur is also a member of the Maaleh Edomim City Council since being first elected in 1998. Maaleh Edomim is a growing community approximately 10 kilometers east of Jerusalem.

For the last nine years (2002-2011) Mr. Ben Hur has been the Senior Director General for Tourism Services. In this capacity he has been involved in many important development projects and services which have been of particular importance and benefit to the Christian Pilgrimage Community. These include:

  • the development of tourism services, facilities and sites in Nazareth;
  • the reopening and development of the authentic baptism site of Jesus, Qasar Al Yahud in the Jordan Valley across from Jericho;
  • the restoration of the access road to the St. George Monastery;
  • The development of the Gospel Trail, a 60 kilometer trail through the Galilee hills highlighting the life and Ministry of Jesus in the Galilee.

Through his office:

  • a Christian Tourism Services unit within the Israel Ministry of Tourism has been created;
  • a joint Israel Palestinian Mini-Marathon for Peace is run every year in Jerusalem in the memory of Pope John Paul II;
  • Special services and border crossing procedures are put in effect to ease and speed up the flow of pilgrimages and visitors to the holy sites in Jerusalem and Bethlehem during the Christmas season.

Over the years of his service at the Israel Ministry of Tourism, Mr. Ben Hur has met with Christian leaders from all over the world, assisting them to achieve their goals and dreams in their activities in Israel. His efforts include his work with the National Nigerian Pilgrimage Commission in their work to bring nearly 20,000 Nigerian pilgrims to Israel annually and similarly Christian pilgrims from far over the world.

Raphael Ben-Hur speaking to group

Raphael Ben-Hur speaking to group

He has greeted thousands of Christian pilgrims during his many years of service. He communicates to them his deep religious beliefs that Jew and Christian have a for everlasting bond in their love and adherence to the teachings of the Bible and their love and reverence for the Holy Land, the Land of the Bible. He believes in the importance and direct personal physical and spiritual benefit all receive in coming to Israel to walk and pray in the holy places and to pray for the peace of Jerusalem. Israel, the Holy Land is holy to all the monotheistic.

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