A large demonstration passes our house. The flags show that all Palestinian factions participate. Shops are closed, there is a general strike in Bethlehem. My colleagues are at home too, and my son Tamer got a leave from school. We hear the Israeli army shooting.
While European countries put up new Walls – physical or otherwise – trying to stem the flow of refugees from the Middle East and elsewhere, here in Palestine people are struggling against different Walls. Walls against a just peace, as well as concrete walls from behind which soldiers come and shoot at demonstrators.
AEI and Palestine Link
The Dutch-Palestinian organization Palestine Link is committed to support gender-sensitive perspectives in and on Palestine. It conducts and shares non-violent campaigns challenging the Wall, and organizes Dutch expert missions as well as visitor groups who want to learn about the Palestinian social and political situation.
Interview with AEI staff
The first time I joined an AEI meeting, Mr Fuad [Giacaman] held one of his presentations. I was very excited about all the new things I learned. At school I chose the scientific track, and we got little history and politics. The AEI filled that gap. That´s the reason why I came regularly here. I also really enjoyed the possibility to go abroad and get intercultural experiences. I still enjoy going abroad but for living and building a future over there I never felt comfortable enough. And even if I could - if we all leave who is going to stay?
On the west side of the Rachel’s Tomb area, hemmed in between the Aida refugee camp and the Wall, is a desolate area with closed garages and abandoned houses. This is the area where a new section of the Museum has recently been developed. The ‘Museum’ here is characterized by a playful, subversive approach. It shows images of challenging occupation and calling for freedom, as seen from the perspective of Palestinian youth and children: