“AEI youth at the Wall Museum around Rachel’s Tomb in Bethlehem”
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AEI Training Program
"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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Behind the news, beyond the walls

Discovery journey to Israel & Palestine

In a ten-day program, the participants will discover Israel and Palestine and get an introduction into the recent political developments and religious and social life in Palestine and Israel. The special focus of the journey is on the daily life of local communities.


EU: Exert pressure on Israel

AEI joins petition


The following statement has been issued by AEI on the request of Sumud Flanders, a coalition of several NGOs in Belgium, who collected several thousands of signature for a petition that calls on the EU to exert more pressure on Israel to end its occupation and colonization as well as its blockade of Gaza. The petition will be handed over these days in the presence of several Belgian parliamentarians. For the petition, see




Change in structure and leadership at AEI

An open house with open doors and open windows to the future

After a period of internal discussion and reflection, AEI-Open Windows is happy to announce a change in its organization and leadership aimed at a broadening of participation and a greater involvement of younger staff.

A first major change is that 25 years after AEI’s establishment in 1987-8, general director Fuad Giacaman, financial director Elias Abu Akleh and development director Toine van Teeffelen will withdraw as directors and hand over authority to Rania Murra who will be the sole director per 1/9/2013.


Women’s rights publication

“Let me tell you my story”

Publication by the Arab Educational Institute

Culture and Palestine Series



45 pp.

20 shekel or 4 Euro excl. postage

This new report about “Women’s Rights Advocacy by Community Storytelling” is a result of a series of workshops during the last two years about women’s rights in Palestinian society. The focus has been on the fields of education, labor, health and violence against women in the home and the family. The workshops took place in four localities in the larger Bethlehem area of the West Bank: the villages Artas, Al Walajeh and Al Khader, and the refugee camp Dheisheh. The project aimed to strengthen the role of Palestinian women in raising awareness about women’s rights and increasing their capacity to conduct advocacy for the rights of women. The backbone of this report are over 50 stories told by women about women’s rights violations. The rich details of the stories make this study particularly worthwhile.



World Week for Peace

This year, a focus on Jerusalem

The International Day of Prayer for Peace in Bethlehem started with a collective march to the separation wall and the Israeli checkpoint to Jerusalem. The next station was the Benedictine Sisters Monastery where AEI members handed out fake permits for the participants to be “allowed” to stay in Bethlehem/Palestine. Rania Murra, AEI’s new director, warmly welcomed all guests and gave a short introduction of the AEI and the agenda for the day.

Then the guests were invited to the sister’s chapel where representatives of Bethlehem’s religious leaders read the liturgy.



How to read the "Arab Spring"

Arab Educational Institute

AEI discussed among its youth members the repercussions of the Arab Spring in general and on Arab Christians in particular

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