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

A volunteer at AEI… writing about another volunteer

Shireen is a wonderful young woman, born and bred in Berlin, coming home to Bethlehem, Palestine every Summer to stay with her relatives. Now she has been here for three months, working as the ideal volunteer at both Sumud Story House and Youth Media House of the AEI. She speaks Arabic, German of course and English, studies journalism in Berlin and hopes to learn Spanish as well and what's more, she wants to come and live in Palestine and be a journalist/translator/teacher here! "I love living in an extended family, it makes me happy and I found out I can teach!"

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The Nakbeh is not only of the past

By Toine van Teeffelen, head education AEI

On May 15, Palestinians commemorate the Nakhbeh or the “disaster” which befell them in 1948 when some 750.000 inhabitants of historical Palestine were forced to flee to neighboring countries or became “internally displaced” persons. The awareness about the Nakbeh is growing in the world. Like “Intifada,” it is a term closely associated with the Palestinian experience.

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Involvement government schools in inter-religious learning

Living in the Holy Land: Respecting Differences

AEI’s inter-religious learning project “Living in the Holy Land: Respecting Differences” goes back as far as the end of the 1990s when it was initially implemented at schools in Bethlehem. Later on more schools followed, including in the Ramallah area. Until last year a total of 11 schools participated, sometimes with more classes at one school. An in-house youth group of teenagers at AEI also takes part.

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Roger Salameh: “First visit the truth”

Interview with AEI youth coordinator

Roger (“you can write my name with both ‘j’ and ‘g’”) has worked for almost five years as youth coordinator at AEI. “With a family of 5 brothers and one sister, I am proud to be a Bethlehemite who comes from one of the oldest quarters in Bethlehem, the Farajeh. I feel especially proud to be born close to the Church of Nativity, a holy place visited by so many pilgrims from all around the world. Bethlehem is really a city of all nations.

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Sami’s cry from Beit Jala

Word from the director

“I’m completely destroyed, sad and hopeless since my olive trees, my apple grove, my vineyard and my apricot orchard have been surrounded by this serpent, the Wall. I have a plot of land in the Cremisan valley, and I earn from the harvest. Once the Israelis put a checkpoint at the land of Cremisan, so I was obliged to climb a fence. I broke my back and leg. I stayed at the hospital for some months. Until now I’m in bed.

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The Arab Educational Institute in 2013

Youth and women developing themselves, gaining a voice, supporting the community

Youth Groups 

Five youth groups come weekly together in the Youth Media House of AEI ijn the center of Bethlehem. There are enough talking points: How do you keep human values in the difficult situation of occupation and limited freedom of movement? What to think of the Arab Spring and the relations between Moslems and Christians? 

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