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:
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 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.
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.
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.
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.