The family group meeting took place in the Sumud Story House on Wednesday 14.11.2012 at 6:00 pm. The General director, Mr. Fuad Giacaman, started by welcoming the families' members who always show their commitment and loyalty by attending our monthly meeting.
Then, we all listened to a poem song entitled "Mr President" by Magida El-Roumi- a famous Lebanese singer- which describes the present Arab regimes and their leaders and the suffering of the Arab people as a whole.
After that, Mr. Fuad had introduced Mrs. Maysoon Qawasmi who works as a journalist for the Palestinian news agency Wafa, and who also holds training sessions to empower Palestinian women in the West Bank. So Mrs. Qawasmi talked thoroughly about her experience in the latest municipal elections as she headed an election list consisted of 12 women. Mrs. Maysoon's session was followed by a discussion during which some members of the family group had some questions and interventions regarding the women's rights and status in the Palestinian society.
The AEI's new women's group choir performed two folkloric performances and some trills about Palestinian olive picking season. In addition to that, the fourth-year old AEI Sumud of Bethlehem choir had an interesting role in entertaining the members through singing some Palestinian national and traditional songs.
After a very rich and enjoyable two hours of discussions and fun activities, the AEI invited all the attendees to share a delicious home-made pastries prepared by Mrs. Farida Musleh to support her small business. During sharing food, some men suggested to have a joint Christmas activity between the internationals who are living in the west bank and our groups' members.