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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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.


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.


World Week for Peace in Palestine and Israel: Bethlehem

Saturday June 4. On the closing day of the World Week for Peace in Palestine and Israel, the Christian Organizations in Bethlehem and Jerusalem held a liturgy in the Emanuelle Church near the Bethlehem-Jerusalem checkpoint.


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? 


Religious Education Conference 2011

Religious Education Conference in Palestine at the Peace Centre/Bethlehem

The Arab Educational Institute – member organization of Pax Christi International in Palestine–organized a conference on the 4th and the 5th of March 2011 at the Peace Centre Hall in Bethlehem under the patronage of Mr. Abdallah Shakarnah – Director of the Ministry of Education office in Bethlehem. The conference title was “How can it inspire moral courage & leadership among Palestinian youths?" During the discussions some international speakers made comparative presentations about Bradford U.K situation. Some religious figures, Christian and Muslim religious education teachers from both government and private schools attended the conference.


Do not be afraid

Christmas message of AEI 

Christmas is the birth of new life in the heart of every human being in this world. On this occasion I want specially to remember my brothers and sisters in beloved Syria, and our sons and daughters in Palestine. We have to be equipped with the instruments of our main values:  faith, hope,sumud and love. We are standing fast and struggling to achieve our national unity and to strengthen Christian-Muslim living together.


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