Zajel Organizes Video
Conference with Walter Payton College in Chicago
15 December 2006
A discussion and debate on the Middle East conflict took place
between the students of An-Najah National University and Walter
Payton College Prep in Chicago. The video conference was
organized in order to give both students from both sides a
chance to debate on the hot topics of the conflict, as well as
the American foreign policy involvement in the Palestinian
Israeli conflict, double standards, the apartheid wall, right to
education, occupation, checkpoints, peace process and the latest
elections in Palestine and their implications on the Palestinian
community socially and financially.
debate began with an introduction about An-Najah National
University and Zajel Youth Exchange Program, a program that
works to empower dialogue between Palestinian students and
international students from around the globe to exchange
experiences and knowledge about social and political issues.
Andreas Culikauskas, Volunteer at An-Najah from the Lithuania
spoke about the creation of a culture of non-violence, while
another volunteer of Zajel, Marceline Stewart, spoke about the
social and economic situation facing Palestinians today.
from both sides exchanged their perspectives towards the
Palestinian-Israeli conflict and got feed back on each topic. On
behalf of his students, Mr. Luis thanked Zajel Youth Exchange
Program for giving his students the opportunity to learn about
one of the most important conflicts in present life. He added, I
know the students are young, but they will carry this
information for the rest of their lives and pass it along to
their peers, I know this is a very important subject for your
students and after the conference we have 30 students who feel
the same way.