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Be inspired! Palestine Twinning Conference January 12th 2013

Palestinian Ambassador Manuel Hassassian

Palestinian Ambassador Manuel Hassassian

And inspired the conference attendees were, by the talk of the Palestinian Ambassador Manuel Hassassian. I find it remarkable how varied Palestinians are, considering the small population ( about 4 million according to the World Bank). From skilled, but often uneducated, farmers to urbane academics; from powerful women protesters to those following more traditional roles, there is no ‘one size that fits all’.

Super articulate and upbeat, Ambassador Hassassian’s talk was peppered with good humour.

His key themes were

  • The importance of the Twinning Initiative. Our world is a world of images. Twinning circumvents the stereotypes and enriches the bonding of people.
  • Palestinians have their own sense of pluralism and democracy – universities are a shining example of what Palestinians can achieve.
  • Education is the Palestinian ticket out of the ghetto. Palestine has great universities and this achievement illustrates what it can do.
  • Israel is only interested in the West Bank to fulfil a messianic dream, it is not interested in occupying Gaza. It’s a democracy occupying another country: settlements are snaking their way over the West Bank.
  • Israel is a genius in crisis management but not in conflict resolution, it is virtually the 51st state of the US. They only want occupied Palestine as a market – Palestine is the second highest consumer of Israeli goods, US is the first.
  • The US has failed as an honest broker in the peace process; there is great disappointment in Obama
  • He considers Islamic fundamentalism a challenge. Religion is a zero sum activity.
  • There is no immediate solution to the situation – the next 5 years are going to be difficult

His resounding message:

“The process of history is made by people not governments”

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School bags for Yatma children are big hit!

When she was in Yatma recently HFOY activist Gill Knight learned that the community had expressed a need for 25 ‘school bags’ for the poorest Yatma children. Hastings Friends of Yatma agreed to fund the bags.

The school bags are backpacks filled with school supplies which are often out of reach for the poorest families in Yatma. Below are some photos from the day the school bags were distributed:

Sign acknowledging Hastings Friends of Yatma

Sign acknowledging Hastings Friends of Yatma

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Yatma children with new school supplies

Yatma children with new school supplies

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Yatma boys school has needs beyond new building

The Yatma Boys School has a new building thanks to a Jordanian donor. But the building is nearly empty, lacking basic facilities, even furniture. Computers are generally lacking, there is no phone line and there is only one water tap for all the students in the school. (This reflects the generally desperate water situation in Yatma, which was deprived of its spring by the settlers of the Rechalim colony).

 

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