“AEI youth at the Wall Museum around Rachel’s Tomb in Bethlehem”
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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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Hand in Hand

AEI developed a new book with stories about Moslem-Christian living together written by students from West Bank schools in the Bethlehem and Ramallah regions.

See: Hand In Hand

Annual Report Arab Educational Institute

The Arabic concept of sumud, literally steadfastness, guides the youth’ and women’s work at AEI. At the time the concept started to become widely used in the Palestinian national movement in the occupied West Bank, at the end of the 1970s.

Annual report 2015 - 2016

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”.



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!


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.


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.

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