Notwithstanding the wave of Israeli oppression in the West Bank (before the invasion of Gaza in July), AEI’s summer school managed to implement most of the activities. However, an animation cartoon project had to be cancelled because the female trainers from Gaza were not allowed to enter the West Bank.
Holy Places are of special importance to the Palestinian Christian identity. Palestinian Christians consider themselves to be the “Living Stones,” the guardians of the Holy Places. However, despite this many Palestinian Christians are not fully aware of the local, ancient roots of Palestinian Christianity in the land of Palestine. Becoming more aware of this will strengthen their sense of roots and identity as a religious community, and prevents their alienation from the land which in the past actually supported their emigration.