Project, Objectives and Preparation
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Here was our project : cultural exchange and solidarity with young Palestinians living in Aida refugee camp (near Bethlehem), who take part in the socio-cultural activities organised by Al-Rowwad Association.
Our primary objective was to experience a trip at the opposite of a consumption tourism, which required a social, cultural and intellectual involvement with the idea of discovering a different cultrure and sharing the everyday life of the people, bringing into play values of peace and solidarity through developing a creative socio-cultural project (producing an eyewitness testimony in the form of a web-site and a docu-film), becoming aware of the complex reality of the israelo-palestinian conflict and, of course, experiencing self-managed group-life.
Such a trip required serious preparation. We took part in different kinds of activities such as :
training workshops about the history of the conflict and its consquences on the everyday life of the Palestinians(partners : Marianne Blume et Nadia Farkh (ABP), Henri Wajnblum (UPJB)
tround tables (partners : "Taayoush"- Leila Shahid (General Delegate of la Palestine for EU), Michel Warschawski (Founder of the Alternative Information Center in Jerusalem), and IHECS - Abdelfattah Abu-Srour (Director of Al-Rowwad Center in Aïda), Tal Dor (from the Israeli Association Zochrot), Francis Maertens (anthropologue), Matthias Burchard (Director of UNRWA in Geneva)
meetings with friends and acquaintances who have travelled to and in Palestine : Martine, (volunteer in Aïda camp for 5 years), Marianne Blume, (who taught French in Gaza for 10 years), Jean-François (photographer) et Saïf (member of a NGO working on food safety and decent work)
cultural activities together with les Halles de Schaerbeek (Masarat festival), the Le Public et De Poche theatres : videos et photos exhibitions (Rula halawani - "Intimate Narratives"), theatre plays ("Promised lands" - "My name is Rachel Corrie"), films ("For only one of my two eyes", Avi Mograbi, "Le sel de la mer", Annemarie Jacir, "Valse with Bachir",.......), concert ("Al- Kamandjati" Bozar)
initiation workshops : photo et video techniques (partner : Philippe Hubot (GSARA), and the Arab language.
History of the conflict and its consequences on the everyday life of the Palestinians : Marianne Blume, Nadia Farkh and Henri Wajnblum
Taayoush : Leila Shahid, Michel Warschawski, Abdelfattah Abu-Srour, Tal Dor, Francis Maertens and Matthias Burchard
Cultural activities :
- photo exhibition : Rula Halawani
- video installation "Intimate Narratives"
- theatre "Promised Lands"
- theatre "My name is Rachel Corrie"
- film "For only one of my two eyes", Avi Mograbi
- film "Le sel de la mer", Annemarie Jacir
- film "Valse with Bachir"
- concert "Al- Kamandjati"
- Martine (Aida camp) and Marianne Blume (Gaza)
- Jean-François and Saïf
- initiation to photo and vide techniques : Philippe Hubot
- initiation to the Arab language