“AEI youth at the Wall Museum around Rachel’s Tomb in Bethlehem”
AEI’s cultural and educational activities


    kids at AEI’s summer workshops


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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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”.



A Trump Presidency and Palestine

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


Wishing the Wall Away

A volunteer’s experience

I spent the last four months as a volunteer in Bethlehem. It has been one of the best experiences in my life. Being part of AEI is an interesting and stimulating experience, in which new ideas are welcomed. I worked mainly with youth groups and on the Wall Museum. It was great to carry out projects from the very first design to their realization!



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.


The Power of Positive Thinking

A course in Neuro Linguistic Programming

Members of AEI’s youth and women groups followed two four-day courses in April-May on Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP). The courses were given by Sytse and Marlies Tjallingii, two Quakers from the Netherlands with a long experience in giving such courses in the West Bank, Gaza Strip and elsewhere. NLP aims to help participants to communicate effectively and to reach goals in life. Here are some impressions from the women’s group as noted down by Simone, a Dutch student and volunteer.


Discovering Your Mission

A workshop by the Arab Educational Institute in cooperation with Association pro Terra Sancta

From 23 to 25 March 2016 some 25 Palestinian youth came together at the Betharam Monastery in Bethlehem to discuss the role and mission of Palestinians, and Palestinian Christians in particular, in the Holy Land today.

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