Video Conference with Monash/Australia
In order to
narrow the gap between the Palestinian students and international
students, Zajel Youth Exchange Program organized a video
conference with undergraduate and post graduate students of Monash
University in Australia. Students from both sides got the
opportunity to discuss the political and human dimensions of the
Israeli occupation as well as the prospects for peace. Some of the
topics that were discussed included the impact of roadblocks,
siege, incursions, the apartheid wall and curfews on the
started with a brief introduction about Palestine since the war of
1948 till the current uprising or "Intifada". Some international
volunteers of Zajel participated in answering questions. They
explained their own perspective toward the concept “terror” and
other controversial concepts.
students asked their Palestinian fellows questions about the peace
process negotiations, Camp David Negotiations, Oslo Agreement, the
right to education and the current Intifada.
It is worthy to
mention that Zajel has organized many video conferences with
American, Belgian, Spanish and British universities in the past
few years. The idea behind this project is to overcome the
obstacles imposed against Palestinians as a result of the siege
that prohibits Palestinians to have normal face to face
interaction with international students. Such events allow
Palestinian students to express their feelings and their points of
view regarding the Palestinian/Israeli conflict.
students expressed their gratitude toward Monash University and
the Australian students who made this conference possible. Zajel
Youth Exchange Programme hopes many more positive interactions
with Australian students will be possible in the future.