“AEI youth at the Wall Museum around Rachel’s Tomb in Bethlehem”
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"التواصل بين الثقافات"


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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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.


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.


Unholy Permits

The Arab Educational Institute issued a brief research paper (12 pp) about Israel’s permit policy towards Palestinians from the occupied territories during the Christian holy seasons, especially the permits handed out during Christmas 2014.

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AEI’s Christmas wish

Our thoughts and eyes during the Advent and Christmas season are directed at the birth of Jesus: a birth of love and hope for all hearts and minds.


Welcome to reality: Life in occupation

By Sive O Connor

My decision to travel to the West Bank and get a glimpse of life in Palestine was mainly based on a chance to enhance my own learning experience. Having just begun part time studies in an MA in Anthropology and Development, it seemed like a great chance to see first-hand what it is like to be Palestinian and how this word “occupation” impacts on daily life

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