Zajel Hosts an American Academic
Zajel Youth Exchange Program recently hosted a study tour for an
American academic delegation from New College, California who were
visiting the Occupied Palestinian Territories in cooperation with
the Alternative Tourism Group in Bethlehem.
The Delegation met with Professor Rami Hamdallah, the University
President and the Secretary General of the Palestinian Central
Elections Committee, who outlined the latest developments in the
preparations for the presidential elections, covering topics such
as nomination of the candidates, registration of the electors and
presence of international observers.
The Delegation members visited the various faculties of An Najah
University in both the old and new campuses. A discussion with
Zajel volunteers was held about future cooperation on projects
such as the youth exchange program and video conferences on the
Middle East Conflict.
A tour of the cultural and historical sites of the Old City of
Nablus was also organized, during which the Delegation saw with
their own eyes the ruins of many homes destroyed by the Israelis
over the past three years.
During a visit to Askar Development Center, a presentation on
refugees’ rights was given by the Director. Following this, the
Delegation members visited some of the eyewitnesses of the
Palestinian catastrophe, the Nakba, in their homes and listened to
testimonies relating to the deportation of hundreds of thousands
of Palestinians who were forced to flee from their homes and
villages in 1948.
Professor Jerry Dekker, the Coordinator of the Middle East Center
at New College, California thanked the volunteers of Zajel Youth
Exchange Program for their help and support which had contributed
to a fruitful and valuable visit.