“AEI youth at the Wall Museum around Rachel’s Tomb in Bethlehem”
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Windows of AEI

Palestinian Youth

The youth page is a window into the world of youth in Palestine. It contains resources, educational guidelines, and an overview of AEI’s activities in the Youth House in Bethlehem.

Palestinian Women

a window into the world of women in Palestine and their sumud or perseverance. Inform yourself about the activities at the Sumud Story House of AEI near Rachel’s Tomb in Bethlehem. 

Cultural Tourism

This page on cultural and educational tourism gives you options for taking part in interesting tours in the Bethlehem region. The AEI facilitates you.

Wall Museum

The “Wall Museum”

Background story

Once the area around Rachel’s Tomb, a pilgrimage place for Moslems, Christians and Jews, was one of the liveliest in Bethlehem. The Hebron Road connected Jerusalem with Bethlehem, and its northern section was in fact the busiest street in town.



Sponsor a Wall Poster in Bethlehem

Help to expand the museum

We invite you to sponsor a large poster with a human Palestinian story to be attached on the Wall in Bethlehem.  Already 100 posters bring out the stories of Palestinian life and challenge the restrictions under occupation. This “Wall Museum” will be expanded and will present many new Palestinian voices to the world. 



Wall museum photos

The women’s stories

Following is a series of photos of women’s stories on wall posters. Please click on the photos to
enlarge them and read the stories.

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Lately a rumor spread that a new yeshiva or school for Jewish studies would be established right opposite the Sumud Story House next to Rachel’s Tomb in Bethlehem. You never know how serious such speculation is.


A Trump Presidency and Palestine

What to expect from a Trump presidency for Palestine or the Palestinian-Israeli conflict? A few speculations.


Hand in Hand

AEI developed a new book with stories about Moslem-Christian living together written by students from West Bank schools in the Bethlehem and Ramallah regions.

See: Hand In Hand

Annual Report Arab Educational Institute

The Arabic concept of sumud, literally steadfastness, guides the youth’ and women’s work at AEI. At the time the concept started to become widely used in the Palestinian national movement in the occupied West Bank, at the end of the 1970s.

Annual report 2015 - 2016

Arts and 50 Years of Occupation

In 2017 it will be fifty years that the West Bank, East Jerusalem and Gaza have been occupied. To commemorate this symbolic year, AEI and Palestine Link make an appeal to persons worldwide to prepare an arts product on the theme of “occupation”.




Blog from Bethlehem

The area is surrounded by imposing 9-meter high walls topped by barbed wire and cameras, and flanked by a watchtower. A closed iron gate constitutes the forbidden entry to Rachel’s Tomb, transformed by Isrrael into a military fortress. The modest dome over the tomb is just visible here. Most inhabitants have left the area years ago. Several closed garages are in a dilapidated state.

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