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  • Ali Obertubbesing 1:21 pm on June 24, 2011 Permalink
    Tags: , , national anthem, palestinian delegation, palestinian history, , west bank   

    Caution: Blond, foreign, English speaking female on the loose 

    June 2, 2011

     I got down to the real work today. The office is currently planning the preparation weekend for the Palestinian delegation that is leaving for the international camp in Maine on June 28. The retreat that we are planning is June 21-23 in Jenin.  The purpose of the preparation is to get the kids prepared for what they will encounter in the U.S., at the airport, in meeting the Israelis for the first time, and to give them strategies to use in dialogue sessions if certain hot-button issues are raised by the Israelis, as well as to emphasize the types of struggles and situations the Palestinians should mention as a means of educating the other delegations about their situation. In light of these aims, some of the activities that we discussed and began to plan were about political events and history of the Palestinians in order to refresh the kids’ memories. We decided to have a game for this where the dates and events will be written on flashcards, and the kids, in teams, will have to pick the events that occurred in each year.  So, the majority of the day, I was researching Palestinian history and picking out major dates and events for that game. This was useful for me to refresh my knowledge of the history of the conflict and its issues.

    However, I still learned some interesting things regarding the Palestinian situation and worldview through the discussions of the schedule and activities. (More …)

  • Ali Obertubbesing 8:38 am on June 18, 2011 Permalink
    Tags: alternative dispute resolution, , , israel palestine, , ramallah, , west bank   

    Sewing the Seeds of Peace 

    Hello! I’m Ali, and I’m new to this whole blogging thing. However, I have an amazing opportunity to be in the West Bank this summer, and since I am keeping a journal of my experiences anyway, I have volunteered to share my internship via blog. I am studying IPCR, and I hope to work with an NGO that focuses of community-based initiatives, dialogue, and relational transformation as a means of building peace in conflict settings. (More …)

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