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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.
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.
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.
“I have worked at AEI since 2009 after finishing first a BA in radio and TV broadcast at the 6 October University in Cairo, Egypt. Still I have good memories of my time in Cairo in 2007-8. People there were poor but friendly and had respect for the Palestinians as an oppressed people. From my school time on I have always liked everything related to TV. That’s why I also chose Egypt as study place.
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!"