Thursday, February 28, 2008

Events of Interest in Bethlehem

The Organizing Department of ADC is forwarding this announcement on behalf of the Holy Land Trust, a nonprofit organization based in Bethlehem, Palestine.

5th Annual Palestine Summer Encounter 2008
Palestine Summer Encounter 2008
Holy Land Trust in partnership with Middle East Fellowship invites you to participate in the fifth annual Palestine Summer Encounter, a one to three month Arabic-training and volunteer program, starting on May 22nd, 2008.
The purpose of the program is to create a dialogue between Palestinians and members of the global community. During the program, participants will learn beginner or intermediate conversational Arabic through language immersion and class and partner with Palestinian non-profit organizations as a volunteer and will have the chance to meet Palestinian and Israeli Peace Activists, and tour Palestine and Israel , Participants will also have the Chance to learn (Dabkeh) Palestinian dance and would learn how to cook some Palestinian dishes. See the links for more detailed information:

2nd Annual Home Rebuilding Camp in Bethlehem
Holy Land Trust in Partnership with The Israeli Committee Against House Demolition (ICAHD)
1st of August 2008 – 14th of August 2008
· Dedicate two weeks this summer to help rebuild a demolished home...
· Give hope back to a family whose house has been destroyed...
· Work hand in hand with Palestinians, Israelis and Internationals for justice.
For more information on the camp please visit or a video

Fall Olive Harvest Pilgrimage
October 2008
Join us on a journey in the Holy Land and take part in the olive harvest which is an integral part of the very fabric of life in Palestine and Israel. When the olive harvesting season begins, the hillsides of Palestine crawl with families and bring the hills alive with people working to gather their precious crop. Family members, to this day, make an effort to travel to one another from all over the country to help in the olive harvest. We will pick olives in lands that have been separated from the farmers and Olives are picked by hand as they have been for thousands of years. We will also discover the ancient church as we take an historical pilgrimage in the footsteps of Jesus, learning to respond as He would to the needs of the people and build relationships of encouragement and support. Meeting with Jewish and Palestinian organizations that are working for peace, we will consider the current situation and the role of the Church today and seek ways of building bridges of peace through interfaith dialogue. This will be a rich cultural experience as we meet with many organizations, stay with local families in their homes, taste fabulous Middle Eastern delicacies and receive their incredible hospitality.
Information about this program would be posted to the website soon.

Birthright Palestine Tour
December 2008
Holy Land Trust invites Palestinians immigrants around the world to re-discover Palestine today through a Palestinian Roots tour. This unique program shines a new light on the Palestine you hear about in the news, and allows you to discover the beauty and pride of Palestine amidst the hardships of the current conflict. You will have an opportunity to visit important cities from Palestinian history, learn about traditional Palestinian culture, discover the dynamics of the current conflict, and return to your historical village to re-connect with your roots.

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SAVE THE DATE: 2008 ADC Annual National Convention - Washington, DC June 12 to 15. For more information:
American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee
Organizing Department
1732 Wisconsin Ave NW.
Washington, DC. 20007, U.S.A.
Tel: (202) 244-2990
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