AEI Newsletter December 2016



December 2016




With best wishes from the AEI in Bethlehem…





AEI’s latest news:


Financial campaign                         


Support AEI’s commemoration of 50 years of occupation, June 2017


Help us to distribute this information about two financial campaigns:


In Germany:

For the crowdfunding action, see:


In the Netherlands: (Friends of Young Bethlehem)


Arts campaign                                 


Call to international artists


Call to artists worldwide to show their work on the so-called Separation Wall in Bethlehem, as part of the commemoration of 50 years of occupation next year.


In English:




Christian-Moslem encounters        


Living Together


For photos and impressions about the inter-religious school project ‘Citizenship and Diversity: Christian-Moslem Living Together’, see the Facebook page:


As part of this project, AEI compiled a new book with short stories about Moslem-Christian living together collected and written by students from West Bank schools in the Bethlehem and Ramallah regions. See here the complete 130-page book in PDF:


This Week in Palestine                   


Border-crossing Celebrations


In a world often afflicted by a sense of exclusivism between religions, Palestine knows many instances of Muslim-Christian mutual openness and conviviality surrounding religious celebrations. Palestinian students collected stories about such openness during religious celebrations. See this article by AEI staff in the December issue of This Week in Palestine, accessible until 31/12/2016:


Brief news


AEI Annual Report, year 2015-2016


The Arabic concept of sumud, literally steadfastness, guides the youth’ and women’s work at AEI:



Blogs from Bethlehem



Bethlehem is becoming increasingly surrounded by settlements. A blog from the vantage point of the Sumud Story House:


A Trump Presidency and Palestine

What to expect? A speculative blog written a week after Trump won the US elections:



Resources and more


A 20-minute documentary about children’s life near the Wall made last year by Rinske Bosch for Dutch TV (IKON, series Mensjesrechten), English subtitled, in cooperation with AEI and Al-Rowwad in Aida camp:

Helpful for school lessons.


For an overview of AEI’s wall posters, see:

Scroll down for the ‘dream’ posters by youth and last year’s expansion to Aida camp.


Supported by ArtLab in East-Jerusalem, AEI facilitated the making of two brief animation cartoons, in English, made by Palestinian children from the Bethlehem area:


A 9-minute video about the Wall Museum around Rachel’s Tomb in Bethlehem:


Heather Kiernan, of Pax Christi UK, made two impressive photo slideshows about Palestine.


  1. What about the children?


  1. Occupied Walls (about graffiti and stories on the Wall in Bethlehem)


Another slideshow on YouTube is about “The Pigeon,” telling a child’s story shown on a Wall story poster



And further


Join a Journey to Palestine

Comments on journeys organized by AEI:


“It has been a very educational experience which gave me more understanding of the situation in Israel and the Palestinian territories.” “I now know, that I didn’t know anything of the situation here at all.”“ I’m very much inspired by the friendly people and their optimism.” – by Alfred Keienburg (67) Essen, Germany


“Visiting the Sumud Story House was the best beginning of a very moving, intriguing week.” “Through the choir we could really feel what Sumud means.” “This trip was so perfectly organised. I was so impressed. The program was amazing.” “This trip was very special and unique, as is the country. Through the AEI we really got a very profound insight.” “It was very emotional and depressing, but with every encounter we heard: there’s hope, there’s Sumud!” – by Katarina (24), from Germany


YouTube video about AEI (4 min), made by Fadi Abou Akleh.


Wall story posters for sale

AEI has story wall posters for sale in the format 24/34 cm.

It concerns the following stories: Bethlehem, Surfing, The pigeon, I caught his hand, Hug, Laundry, Rescue, Stand-off.

For all posters, see:


Youth stories on Wall posters

AEI issued a new publication which includes 44 English-language youth poster stories attached to the Wall around Rachel’s Tomb. It is a sequel to an earlier publication with women’s stories on Wall posters. Price: 20 shekel or 5 Euro, excl. postage. Copies can be ordered via


AEI Website

Visit AEI website for more information.



See Facebook pages

  • Arab Educational Institute (AEI-Open Windows)
  • Sumud House – AEI.



AEI videos.

Palestine-Family net features many visual and written items about Palestinian heritage and history.


Arab Educational Institute

(AEI-Open Windows)



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