'Palestina Resists' Tours Najah, the Old
City and Balata Refugee Camp
A Spanish Delegation from Catalonia known as 'Palestina Resists'
recently toured Nablus with the Zajel Youth Exchange Program of
The delegation first visited the University campus and viewed
presentations by the Youth Exchange Program and University
Faculties. Also on the agenda was a presentation concerning the
impact of the current situation on the academic process, with a
view to promoting the right of Palestinians to an education free
from violations by the Israeli Occupation.
The delegation subsequently toured the new campus of the
university and enjoyed a performance of Oriental music by the
Palestinian instructors of the Fine Arts Faculty. The delegation
then visited the Faculty Art Gallery and viewed the paintings of
A tour of Nablus old city was also organized, and the delegation
members enjoyed their experience of Palestinian heritage as they
walked amongst the old buildings and streets. During their tour,
the delegation also witnessed the devastation wrought by the
Israeli occupation on the historic parts of a city widely regarded
as one of the most important cultural sites in Palestine.
The delegation then visited Balata Refugee Camp, the largest West
Bank camp in which twenty three thousand refugees live in
drastically overcrowded conditions. The Catalan visitors were thus
confronted with the reality of Palestinian refugees. This
impression was later discussed during the delegation's visit to
the Cultural Center of Yafa, where a brief about the refugee
problem was presented along with a presentation on the refugee
The visit of 'Palestina Resists' was the result of cooperation
between the Alternative Tourism Group (ATG) of Bethlehem, and the
Zajel Youth Exchange Program, to cultivate awareness of the daily
sufferings of the Palestinian people.