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Challenging the Wall: Toward a Pedagogy of Hope

Contributed by Arab Educational Institute on 21.02.2008:

Toine van Teeffelen (ed.)

Culture and Palestine Series, Arab Educational Institute,

Bethlehem, 2008

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Mary Grey

Deep breath – Taking a deep breath: spiritual resources for a pedagogy of hope

Mitri Raheb

Culture – Culture as the art of breathing

Toine van Teeffelen and Fuad Giacaman

Sumud – Resistance in daily life

Jacobus (Coos) Schoneveld

Sacrifice – “Do not lay your hand on the boy or do anything to him”

Henri Veldhuis

Solidarity – How ethnic tendencies of a protestant Israel theology undermine solidarity

Dick de Groot

Ubuntu – I am because we are

Pat Gafney

Women-peacemakers – Crack in the Wall

Nikki Thanos and Leo B. Gorman

Pop-Ed – From ‘cha-ching’ to ‘ahhh-oh’ in popular education:

Beyond the banking model

Abdelfattah Abusrour

Nonviolence – A story of beautiful resistance

Susan Atallah

Voices – The power to have an impact

Gied ten Berge

Imagination – Mene Tekels on the Wall

Brigitte Piquard

Space/symbolic violence – Paintings, murals, and graffiti on the West Bank Wall:

Coping mechanisms and acts of resilience

Ido Abram

Identity – Communicating identity across walls

James Prineas

Photography and Internet – Virtual means to defeating the Wall


Terry Boullata Bit by bit, the Wall became more tangible

Maha Abu Dayyeh As long as there is a society that resists,

there is hope

Jizelle Salman Life in Palestine: The magnet that draws me home

Hania Bitar I have to divide hope into stages to make it more realistic

Alexander Qamar Jerusalem was once a cosmopolitan city

Abdalla Abu Rahme We lock ourselves up in barrels, boxes, jails, cylinders, and cages

Claire Anastas We are imprisoned, buried alive in a tomb

From the book cover:

The building of the Wall in the Rachel’s Tomb area in Bethlehem was like the blow of a hammer to local society. The area, previously one of the liveliest in Bethlehem, became desolate. People, shops and businesses left the area. There was no way of working, now way of raising children in the shadow of the Wall. As a sign of solidarity with the Palestinian people, international visitors and members of pilgrimage groups adopted a presence by the Wall. On a colorless wall of heavy grey concrete slabs measuring more than eight meters high – a wall that obscures earth and sky – people created graffiti, poetry and drawings.

How to create hope in a desperate situation? How to create new life? AEI-Open Windows decided to create a Peace House to help re-energize the area. We named it the Sumud Peace House because sumud stands for steadfastness and resilience. A peace house in a dead zone needs sources of inspiration. The present book was designed to provide such inspiration. We called in a range of scholars and activists to contribute their reflections toward compiling this book. The common denominator of their contributions is reflected in the title and subtitle of this book: Challenging the Wall: Toward a Pedagogy of Hope.

The aims of this book are double: the book searches for inspirational ways to challenge the Wall and at the same time considers how such ways can serve as a pedagogy of hope. A rich yield of approaches, conceptualizations, case studies, comparisons, and stories is complemented by a series of interviews about the suffering of the Palestinian people and, most importantly, shows the sources of hope and energy

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