Zajel organizes a visit for a British delegation
Zajel organized a visit to An-Najah and Nablus for a British
delegation consisting of 12 members of civil society
associations in UK. Group visited the Rafidia hospital in the
company of Zajel volunteers, where they met with wounded people,
including several international volunteers working with the ISM
whom were shot last week in the Balata Refugee Camp.
The delegation visited Greek Catholic Melkite Church in Nablus,
where they met with Father Youssef Saadeh. Who made a
presentation about the long history of peaceful coexistence and
tolerance between the Christians, Muslims, and Samaritans; the
main religious groups in Nablus. He also explained the
difficulties caused by the forced deportation of the Palestinian
refugee who were expelled from their lands in 1948; stressing
the important connections the people still have with their
homes, and their basic rights as refugees to return.
Another visit was organized to Josef’s Tomb, which is currently
being threatened by more intensive Israeli occupation. The
visitors were also taken to the former compound of the Nablus
city governorate, which was completely destroyed by repeated
Israeli attacks. The delegation was taken around the roads that
are used by the local citizens to demonstrate the impact of the
siege upon Nablus, and made a trip to the industrial zone, which
has also suffered greatly as a result of the Israeli invasions.
Following this, the tour passed through Askar refugee camp,
where the delegation visited refugees in their units, and
listened to stories about the difficult conditions they have
lived in over the past half century. This included a more formal
presentation about the right to return, focusing upon the major
decisions made by the international community regarding the
status of Palestinian refugees. Finally, the delegation went to
the old city of Nablus, where they once again had the
opportunity to meet with residents, many of whom have had their
homes destroyed by the Israelis.
Zajel is committed to organize similar study visits to the
international visitors who would like to get first hand
information about the daily life in Palestine.