“AEI youth at the Wall Museum around Rachel’s Tomb in Bethlehem”
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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.



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. 



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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Expansion of ‘Wall Museum’ towards Aida camp

On the west side of the Rachel’s Tomb area, hemmed in between the Aida refugee camp and the Wall, is a desolate area with closed garages and abandoned houses. This is the area where a new section of the Museum has recently been developed. The ‘Museum’ here is characterized by a playful, subversive approach. It shows images of challenging occupation and calling for freedom, as seen from the perspective of Palestinian youth and children:


The bulldozer and the clarinet

Service at Bir ‘Ona

Rev. Saliba Rishmawi prays and speaks behind an improvised open air altar under the watchful eye of Israeli soldiers behind him accompanied by an Israeli military jeep. He seems relaxed, but his words are strong. “Here it happens that land, trees and people are destroyed.”


AEI needs communications volunteer

AEI looks out for an international volunteer who has time and skills to support us in our communications work (English language). We especially think about: website development, communications materials and social media use. Important for us is to cooperate not only in technical fields, but to develop the right relation between content and form, and a communications policy that suits AEI.


AEI’s Word: Need for inspiration

Even more than usual, these are difficult times for Palestinians, also in the occupied territories. Not just because of the Israeli occupation and the huge challenge of rebuilding and un-sieging Gaza. Like AEI, many Palestinians now feel more than ever the need to formulate an inclusive and hopeful vision.


Cartoon animation workshop: The March to Freedom and Peace

In June, during the summer workshops, AEI organized two animation cartoon workshops at the Greek-Catholic School in Beit Sahour. AEI’s own teenager members and students from the school joined. In the next newsletter, when the final cartoons are out, we will give you the link to the cartoons. But here is first a taste of one of the story lines.


From Palestine to Charleston, and back

We are regularly confronted by attacks on various religious places in the Middle East. Here in the region it went barely noticed that a large room in the beautiful Tabgha church along the Lake of Galilee was burned by anti-Palestinian extremists. A hospital annex church near Arroub refugee camp in the southern West Bank is presently transformed into a settlement project. A church near the forcefully abandoned place of Ikrit in the Galilee was lately emptied by Israeli police.

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