Community Resources

The Agricultural Development Association(PARC)

Contributed by This Week In Palestine on 08.08.2008:

Agriculture remains a dominant sector of the Palestinian economy. It is represented as the major source of income for most Palestinian families in rural areas. The construction of settlements and the Separation Wall in the West Bank has caused thousands of families in adjacent rural communities to lose their main source of income (land and water) and put an additional load on the weak Palesti(...)

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www.stopthewall.org

Contributed by This Week In Palestine on 08.08.2008:

The Palestinian Grassroots Anti-Apartheid Wall Campaign –

The Palestinian Grassroots Anti-Apartheid Wall Campaign (Stop the Wall) came into existence in 2002, the same year that the construction of the Wall began. The initial phases of construction and dispossession saw the spontaneous mobilisation of popular resistance throughout the affected areas. The campaign was formed by a large (...)

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Handmade Leaders

Contributed by This Week In Palestine on 08.08.2008:

By Basel Mansour

The last few years have witnessed a substantial increase in youth leadership programmes funded by foreign donors. These activities generally aim to nurture a new generation of enlightened Palestinian leaders. The political agenda driving these programmes is not so difficult to envisage, and youth clubs and unions are enticed to participate through several incentives, a(...)

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Inspiring Community Activism

Contributed by This Week In Palestine on 08.08.2008:

By Khaled A. Islaih

We live in challenging times. The world around us is changing very rapidly. The World Watch Institute - an independent research organisation known for its analysis on critical global issues - reported in its new 2008 state-of-the-world review, “the world is very different, physically and philosophically, from the one that Adam Smith, David Ricardo, and other early e(...)

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International Aid System and Palestine

Contributed by This Week In Palestine on 08.08.2008:

Does the International Aid System Violate Palestinians’ Rights?

By Dalia Association

Self-determination is a fundamental principle of international lawi that enshrines the rights of individuals and peoples to freely pursue their economic, social, and cultural development, and the obligation of all states to respect and promote the realisation of these rights in conformity with t(...)

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NGOs in Palestine

Contributed by This Week In Palestine on 08.08.2008:

An Ongoing Evolution of Palestinian Civil Society Organisations

By Maha Abu-Dayyeh

In the absence of an accountable state for its own people, Palestinian society has a long-recorded history of indigenous organisation and mobilisation to address the basic needs of the Palestinian collective. This began before the turn of the twentieth century with organising along tribal and fami(...)

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Sumud – Resistance in daily life

Contributed by Arab Educational Institute on 16.07.2008:

Toine van Teeffelen and Fuad Giacaman

In:

Challenging the Wall: Toward a Pedagogy of Hope

Edited by Toine van Teeffelen

Illustrations by James Prineas, Leo Gorman and Alrowwad Cultural and Theatre Training Center

“Culture and Palestine” series, Bethlehem, 2008

Hope can find powerful expression in symbols. Gaining a central place in Palestinian politic(...)

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The story of sumud

Contributed by Arab Educational Institute on 16.07.2008:

Lecture at the conference about The Future of Palestinian national identity, Inash al-Usra, El-Bireh, 21-23 March 2008

By Toine van Teeffelen/Arab Educational Institute, Bethlehem

Narrating identity

Stories help to develop and express identity. They create a people, a place and a history. Conversely, denying identity is taking away one’s story.

Much of my professi(...)

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Bethlehem Academy of Music

Contributed by This Week In Palestine on 04.07.2008:

Promoting Palestinian and International Cultural Ties through Classical Music Efforts of the Bethlehem Academy of Music

Cultural activities within any society - whether East or West - have a similar purpose: namely to foster a sense of not being alone in this world and to overcome barriers and borders. This serves to enhance the international awareness of humanity and is important for (...)

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The Virtual Gallery at Birzeit University

Contributed by This Week In Palestine on 04.07.2008:

Braving Artistic Isolation

By Vera Tamari

What is Palestinian visual art? This question is very difficult to define. Is it the art produced by artists in the occupied territories? Is it the art created by those born of Palestinian parents but who have lived all their lives in the diaspora? What would make an artwork be categorised as Palestinian? Is it the art that carries at it(...)

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