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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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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.


Discovering Your Mission

A workshop by the Arab Educational Institute in cooperation with Association pro Terra Sancta

From 23 to 25 March 2016 some 25 Palestinian youth came together at the Betharam Monastery in Bethlehem to discuss the role and mission of Palestinians, and Palestinian Christians in particular, in the Holy Land today.


The Sumud Story House: Resistance through Existence

by AEI volunteer Maighdlin Ury

On February 4th and 5th, I shared about the work of the Sumud Story House at the United Nations Conference for Social Development in New York City. The theme of this year’s conference was rethinking and strengthening social development in the contemporary world.[1] I was a contributor of one of the invited parties, the World Congress of Families, and my role was to discuss what I learned at the Sumud Story House about the primacy of relationships, family and other, in an emerging civil society.


Humans of Palestine

Roger Salameh, AEI youth coordinator


 This is the first in a new interview series for the AEI newsletter about the different projects and activities in which AEI staff are involved. The Humans of Palestine Facebook page and website receive many hundreds of visitors each week.



As the saying goes, photos can speak more than a thousand words. Look at this photo from Ma'an news agency in Bethlehem. It shows a 17-year old Palestinian boy, Naim Safi, killed Sunday 14/2/2016 at a checkpoint east of Bethlehem after he apparently - according to the Israeli army - tried to stab a soldier. The boy's body lies uncovered on the street, the soldier talking, looking the other way. A vignette of what occupation means.

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