Christmas comes back this year under hard circumstances worldwide. Here in Palestine we witness on daily base the deaths of young people, executions, sieges, checkpoints and walls. On the one hand, there is the ongoing occupation and lack of freedom; on the other we face ongoing fear and lack of security. Palestine remains a vast prison and death arena for everyone, including women and children.
While European countries put up new Walls – physical or otherwise – trying to stem the flow of refugees from the Middle East and elsewhere, here in Palestine people are struggling against different Walls. Walls against a just peace, as well as concrete walls from behind which soldiers come and shoot at demonstrators.
AEI and Palestine Link
The Dutch-Palestinian organization Palestine Link is committed to support gender-sensitive perspectives in and on Palestine. It conducts and shares non-violent campaigns challenging the Wall, and organizes Dutch expert missions as well as visitor groups who want to learn about the Palestinian social and political situation.
Interview with AEI staff
The first time I joined an AEI meeting, Mr Fuad [Giacaman] held one of his presentations. I was very excited about all the new things I learned. At school I chose the scientific track, and we got little history and politics. The AEI filled that gap. That´s the reason why I came regularly here. I also really enjoyed the possibility to go abroad and get intercultural experiences. I still enjoy going abroad but for living and building a future over there I never felt comfortable enough. And even if I could - if we all leave who is going to stay?