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”.
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!
Blog from Bethlehem
The area is surrounded by imposing 9-meter high walls topped by barbed wire and cameras, and flanked by a watchtower. A closed iron gate constitutes the forbidden entry to Rachel’s Tomb, transformed by Isrrael into a military fortress. The modest dome over the tomb is just visible here. Most inhabitants have left the area years ago. Several closed garages are in a dilapidated state.
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.
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.