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.
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.
AEI joins petition
The following statement has been issued by AEI on the request of Sumud Flanders, a coalition of several NGOs in Belgium, who collected several thousands of signature for a petition that calls on the EU to exert more pressure on Israel to end its occupation and colonization as well as its blockade of Gaza. The petition will be handed over these days in the presence of several Belgian parliamentarians. For the petition, see
An open house with open doors and open windows to the future
After a period of internal discussion and reflection, AEI-Open Windows is happy to announce a change in its organization and leadership aimed at a broadening of participation and a greater involvement of younger staff.
A first major change is that 25 years after AEI’s establishment in 1987-8, general director Fuad Giacaman, financial director Elias Abu Akleh and development director Toine van Teeffelen will withdraw as directors and hand over authority to Rania Murra who will be the sole director per 1/9/2013.
“Let me tell you my story”
Publication by the Arab Educational Institute
Culture and Palestine Series
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This new report about “Women’s Rights Advocacy by Community Storytelling” is a result of a series of workshops during the last two years about women’s rights in Palestinian society. The focus has been on the fields of education, labor, health and violence against women in the home and the family. The workshops took place in four localities in the larger Bethlehem area of the West Bank: the villages Artas, Al Walajeh and Al Khader, and the refugee camp Dheisheh. The project aimed to strengthen the role of Palestinian women in raising awareness about women’s rights and increasing their capacity to conduct advocacy for the rights of women. The backbone of this report are over 50 stories told by women about women’s rights violations. The rich details of the stories make this study particularly worthwhile.
This year, a focus on Jerusalem
The International Day of Prayer for Peace in Bethlehem started with a collective march to the separation wall and the Israeli checkpoint to Jerusalem. The next station was the Benedictine Sisters Monastery where AEI members handed out fake permits for the participants to be “allowed” to stay in Bethlehem/Palestine. Rania Murra, AEI’s new director, warmly welcomed all guests and gave a short introduction of the AEI and the agenda for the day.
Then the guests were invited to the sister’s chapel where representatives of Bethlehem’s religious leaders read the liturgy.