AEI looks out for an international volunteer who has time and skills to support us in our communications work (English language). We especially think about: website development, communications materials and social media use. Important for us is to cooperate not only in technical fields, but to develop the right relation between content and form, and a communications policy that suits AEI.
Even more than usual, these are difficult times for Palestinians, also in the occupied territories. Not just because of the Israeli occupation and the huge challenge of rebuilding and un-sieging Gaza. Like AEI, many Palestinians now feel more than ever the need to formulate an inclusive and hopeful vision.
In June, during the summer workshops, AEI organized two animation cartoon workshops at the Greek-Catholic School in Beit Sahour. AEI’s own teenager members and students from the school joined. In the next newsletter, when the final cartoons are out, we will give you the link to the cartoons. But here is first a taste of one of the story lines.
We are regularly confronted by attacks on various religious places in the Middle East. Here in the region it went barely noticed that a large room in the beautiful Tabgha church along the Lake of Galilee was burned by anti-Palestinian extremists. A hospital annex church near Arroub refugee camp in the southern West Bank is presently transformed into a settlement project. A church near the forcefully abandoned place of Ikrit in the Galilee was lately emptied by Israeli police.
“My wife and I joined dozens of other Palestinians – from many countries – to witness the canonization of the two Palestinian saints, Sr Miriam Bardawy and Sr Mary Alfonsine, in Rome by Pope St Francis, Sunday May 17.” AEI co-founder and co-president Elias Abu Akleh looks back to his visit to Rome.
AEI was much involved in preparing the Pax Christi Assembly in Bethlehem, held May 13-17. In fact, all our staff took a share in organizational or content-related matters. As international conferences are not AEI’s daily cup of tea it was in fact for all of us a real training ground in dealing with practicalities. But there was to learn much more than that. Here a look-back from our perspective as main partner of Pax Christi in Palestine.