AEI Holds Public Meeting as Part of the EWRS Project

The Arab Educational Institute (AEI) held a public meeting as part of the Early Warning and Response System (EWRS) project at the Headquarters of the Hebron Governorate in the Old City on Monday, 7/6/2021 at 10:30 am. The project aims to prevent conflicts in Hebron H2 area and is funded by the Women’s Fund for Peace and Humanitarian Action (WPHF). …

Researching Stories for AEI’s group and advocacy work

Communicating Palestine Stories humanize. This adage inspired the Arab Educational Institute (AEI) from the end of the 1990s on, when it started to operate as a civil society organization in the occupied West Bank. Its staff invested in the systematic collection and educational use of stories from and about Palestine. The first projects included the use of Palestinian legends in …

AEI Sign MOU with Hebron Governor

The Arab Educational Institution (AEI) and the Palestinian Association for Empowerment and Local Development (reform) signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the Governor of Hebron, Major General Jibrin Al-Bakri on Thursday at the governorate headquarters. The MOU comes within the project “Palestinian Women: Early Warning and Mediation Systems to Prevent Conflicts in the Hebron Area H2” in the presence …

Women’s Group Holds First Meeting After Covid Restrictions

Our women’s group held their first meeting on Monday, 24 May 2021, after a long time because of the health protocol restrictions as a result of Covid – 19 risks and the tragic conditions that our beloved country in Jerusalem, Gaza, and West Bank are passing through. The topic was the recent political situation in Palestine. AEI Director Mrs. Rania …

Young Palestinians staying strong

CAFOD website, 12 November 2020 Bethlehem, like other Palestinian communities in the West Bank, faces many challenges. The neighbouring Israeli settlements – illegal under international humanitarian law – encroach upon Palestinian land, the separation barrier restricts freedom of movement and the farmers’ lands are sometimes made inaccessible by restrictions imposed by the Israeli army. Formal Israeli annexation of the West …

The Women of Artas: Solidarity in the Face of Coronavirus

Toine van Teeffelen. Arab Educational Institute Catholic Universe, 10 July, 2020 “The Covid-19 crisis is one of the most important things I’ve experienced in life. I felt a responsibility to support the people in my village,” says Faten from, Artas in the occupied Palestinian territory. Faten is 29 and a mother of one. She works as a kindergarten teacher and …

Sumud – Keeping the Community Alive

By Rania Murra and Toine van Teeffelen This Week in Palestine, May 2019 In late October, a group of 30 local young women launched the “Artas Deserves to Be Beautiful” advocacy campaign in Artas, a village to the south of Bethlehem. They wanted to solve the waste problem in the village. One participant relates, “I used to read slogans such …

Our Mission

Supporting Palestinian SumudAEI’s mission is to educationally support the sumud of Palestinians, especially those living in marginalized or disadvantaged communities. Sumud, literally steadfastness or perseverance, has two general meanings for us:(a) strengthening the moral fabric and internal cohesion of a Palestinian society that is rooted in the land of Palestine;(b) strengthening the capacity of Palestinians to raise their voices in …

Women

The Sumud Story House is located near the Bethlehem-Jerusalem checkpoint and the Separation Wall around Rachel’s Tomb in north-Bethlehem. Rachel’s Tomb is a holy place annexed to Israel and walled-off, made inaccessible for Palestinians. At the House, several women groups including a choir (the Bethlehem Sumud Choir) come together for their weekly meetings and training sessions dealing with a wide …