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.


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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. 

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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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Wall-museum

How to read the "Arab Spring"

Arab Educational Institute

AEI discussed among its youth members the repercussions of the Arab Spring in general and on Arab Christians in particular

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Outreach Program Report

Youth Media House

AEI held a 2-day workshop on 19-20January, 2013 in Nahaleen/Tent of Nations, and the Bethany and Jericho areas. 

The aim was strengthening the relations between the youths in the city and the villages, and, within the AEI groups, to become more familiar with each other. The aims were attained by

  1. 1.Organizing ice-breaking games
  2. 2.Developing cultural and educational products
  3. 3.Making interviews about daily life of youth, discussing Palestinian youth issues, Palestinian youth and travel, exam pressures due to exams, hopelessness and frustration because of the Arab Spring turning into Winter
  4. 4.Writing and reading wishes and prayers during a Holy Mass.

 

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Pax Christi International Calls for End of Settlement Policy by Israel

Pax Christi International issues a statement towards an active ban of Israeli settlement products, 30 January 2013. Given an uncertain post-election political landscape in Israel, Pax Christi International calls attention to an issue which was largely neglected in the Israeli election campaign and is not nor looks to be a priority in the negotiations about the formation of a new Israeli government: the illegitimacy of the Israeli occupation and the continuation of the settlement policy. Pax Christi International therefore supports new initiatives by international civil society towards an active ban of Israeli settlement products. 

 

Sumud in Community Education

The approach of AEI

 During last year’s November vote in New York on the recognition of Palestine as an “observer non-member state” in the United Nations, some hundreds of Palestinians came to watch the event on a large screen which was attached to the Separation (or Apartheid) Wall in northern Bethlehem. During the climax of the event, a Palestinian Spiderman climbed up the 9-meter high gate in the Wall and planted a Palestinian flag on top, right next to an Israeli military watchtower. The audience cheered.

 

Was that action a form of “empowerment”? In a way, yes. The wonderful climb was a statement saying that Palestinians could stand up against the Wall rather than resign themselves to be locked up. But the sense of empowerment was limited to a moment.

 

NGOs in the West Bank sometimes ask themselves whether empowerment (and also development) is at all possible under occupation. Empowerment should after all enhance the capacity of people to change their reality. One could argue that a genuine and positive change is impossible as long as the Israeli occupation lasts. Yet shedding the occupational yoke requires the empowerment of those suffering under it. No occupation has gone by itself or by international intervention only.

 

 

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Family group meeting

The family group meeting took place in the Sumud Story House on Wednesday 14.11.2012 at 6:00 pm. The General director, Mr. Fuad Giacaman, started by welcoming the families' members who always show their commitment and loyalty by attending our monthly meeting.

Then, we all listened to a poem song entitled "Mr President" by Magida El-Roumi- a famous Lebanese singer- which describes the present Arab regimes and their leaders and the suffering of the Arab people as a whole.

After that, Mr. Fuad had introduced Mrs. Maysoon Qawasmi who works as a journalist for the Palestinian news agency Wafa, and who also holds training sessions to empower Palestinian women in the West Bank. So Mrs. Qawasmi talked thoroughly about her experience in the latest municipal elections as she headed an election list consisted of 12 women. Mrs. Maysoon's session was followed by a discussion during which some members of the family group had some questions and interventions regarding the women's rights and status in the Palestinian society.

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Mock permit Bethlehem

AEI / Sumud Story House issued a “mock permit” to enter Bethlehem. It is inspired by the humiliating permits Israel (sometimes) hands out to Palestinians who wish to visit Jerusalem and Israel. If you wish to take one or more when on a visit to Bethlehem, please contact AEI (02-2744030 or 02-2746595). To see the permit: Click Here

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