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.


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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. 

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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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Wall-museum

Melvina ‘Awwad (80)

May God Bless Her Soul

Sunday 19 April Melvina Awwad (80) passed away. Melvina was a cherished friend, a long-time member of the Bethlehem Sumud Choir, a song and poetry writer, and always active in the Sumud Story House, from the very start. During the last half a year she was stricken by illness. She passed away quietly. May God bless her soul.

Melvina, we will miss you.

Arab Educational Institute

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Visit World Council of Churches (WCC)

A Historical Pilgrimage for Justice and Peace to Palestine

Visit of General Secretary - World Council of Churches

The National Coalition of Christian Organizations in Palestine (NCCOP) and the Arab Educational Institute (AEI- Open Windows) welcomed on Sunday March 8, 2015 the General Secretary of the World Council of Churches (WCC), Mr. Olav Fykse Tveit and his entourage in Bethlehem. Together with his delegation he had set off for a historical pilgrimage for justice and peace in Palestine. 

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Voices of three Bethlehem teenagers

Iskander Salameh (16), Juliana Salah (15) and Nader al-Madbouh (14) tell about respect, religion and friendship.  

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Fuad Giacaman about Moslem-Christian education

“The Political Context is Always There.”

Fuad Giacaman, head of AEI’s Interreligious program and AEI’s co president, speaks out about inter-religious learning in Bethlehem, in an interview made for the German organization Kindermissionswerk.

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Director’s word: Simple Words

March is the busiest month in our calendar for its many human, religious, social, environmental and national occasions: International Women’s Day, Mother’s Day, Spring’s Day, Al Karameh Day, the Annunciation Feast, Land Day. We have to reflect upon the meanings of these occasions -  and also of Lent. which is in the same period. All these occasions are basically about love and connection.

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Elias Abu Akleh: “The more liveliness around me, the better I feel”

In 1986, I was walking with Fuad [Giacaman] in Paris, and we were brainstorming about what we could do besides our work as school administrators at the Freres School in Bethlehem. I raised the issue: Why not to start up an educational center?  We knew there was need for remedial teaching and especially for language learning in our society.  Many school students, especially the older ones, were in need of extracurricular support after school hours. That’s how the Arab Educational Institute started.

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