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Sylvana, from Bethlehem: My Life Story

Contributed by Arab Educational Institute on 25.10.2013:

Interview by: Maria Schmuck

Edited by: Natsumi Morita

June-July 2013

Bethlehem

Q: Would you tell me about your important life events?

I: During the first intifada, I was 4 months pregnant. My husband Fuad, his brother and I were at the Nativity church for the Sunday mass. While I was going out to take our car from the parking, there was a clash betweent the (...)

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Fuad Giacaman, from Bethlehem: Developing the AEI

Contributed by Arab Educational Institute on 25.10.2013:

Interview by: Maria Schmuck

Edited by: Natsumi Morita

June-July 2013

Bethlehem

Q: How do you as a co-founder think about the work you are doing in here? Why did you decide to establish the institute and what was the purpose of the institute?

I: We have had exposed to different challenges by the Israeli soldiers such as closing up the schools. The boys were i(...)

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Claire, from Bethlehem: My Life Story

Contributed by Arab Educational Institute on 25.10.2013:

Interview by: Maria Schmuck

Edited by: Natsumi Morita

June-July 2013

Bethlehem

Q: Could you tell us your experiences surrounded by the wall and living in the conflict situation?

I: In 1997 the Israeli army camped behind our building. They wanted to confiscate our aunt's land and use it for military base. The also wanted to turn this area completely into bloc(...)

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Antoinette, from Bethlehem: My Life Story

Contributed by Arab Educational Institute on 25.10.2013:

Interview by: Maria Schmuck

Edited by: Natsumi Morita

June-July 2013

Bethlehem

Q: Would you please tell me about yourself and your life story?

I: When Israeli army began to build the wall here, it hurt my heart. Before I went to the Anglican church in Jerusalem every day as I was responsible for arranging the flowers for the church with the ladies, guild, an(...)

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Dromen in Battir

Contributed by Toine Van Teeffelen on 10.10.2013:

Toine van Teeffelen

10 October 2013

Terwijl Mary de vieringen rond het veertigjarige lustrum van de Universiteit van Betlehem bezoekt, gaan Tamer (nu 11 jaar) en ik voor een wandeling naar het dorp Battir ten westen van Betlehem. Zojuist heeft hij in zijn huiswerk geleerd over de ecologische waarde van bomen. Ondertussen opent de ochtendkrant Al-Qoeds (Jeruzalem) met het verhaa(...)

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Dreaming in Battir

Contributed by Toine Van Teeffelen on 10.10.2013:

Toine van Teeffelen

10 October 2013

While Mary visits the celebrations at Bethlehem University, which has its 40 year anniversary, Tamer (now 11 years) and I leave for a hike in the village of Battir, west of Bethlehem. In his homework he just learned about the ecological value of trees. But the morning paper, Al-Quds (Jerusalem), opens with the story that olive trees in the vil(...)

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Een Groot, Onplezierig Spel

Contributed by Toine Van Teeffelen on 13.08.2013:

Toine van Teeffelen

13 augustus 2013

Geruchten beweren dat in de komende maanden West Bankers vergunningen van niet minder dan 6 maanden zullen krijgen, zegt Mary. Tegelijk worden veel vergunningen ook zonder reden ingetrokken. De vergunningen business is een groot, onplezierig spel. Het is waar dat tegenwoordig meer en langere vergunningen worden afgegeven, kennelijk onder invl(...)

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Verhalen uit het verleden voor het heden

Contributed by Toine Van Teeffelen on 20.05.2013:

Toine van Teeffelen

Mei 2013

Langzaam lopen Mary en ik over het pad voor het huis van haar moeder. We ondersteunen haar, ze is inmiddels over de negentig. De Askedinja-boom in de tuin draagt zijn rijpe oranje vruchten. Mary wijst naar de druiventrossen die nog nauwelijks waarneembaar zijn. Het is het juiste moment de wara’a dawali, de druivenbladeren, te plukken; ze zijn nu smak(...)

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Obama in Bethlehem

Contributed by Toine Van Teeffelen on 23.03.2013:

Toine van Teeffelen

Maart 2013

“Ik hoop dat hij zich hier de geschiedenis van de burgerrechtenbeweging in de VS herinnert,” zegt Mary.

Obama op weg naar Betlehem. Het lag in de bedoeling dat hij per helicopter kwam, maar zijn reisplan veranderde vanwege sterke wind en mist. “Het is goed dat er mist is,” zegt Mary, “nu kan hij tenminste de Muur zien.”

Elke paar mete(...)

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The vote for Palestine

Contributed by Toine Van Teeffelen on 30.11.2012:

30 November 2012

Toine van Teeffelen

It is the day of Palestine in the UN, on 29 November, the Day of International Solidarity with the Palestinian People. I decide to feel ashamed when the Netherlands would vote against. It doesn’t happen, but it was close.

Mary and I walk during the evening to the Wall around Rachel’s Tomb because a kind of celebration would take place (...)

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