The Alternative Information center announces its second Middle East International Political Camp, Bridges Instead of Walls!, to be held July 17-24 2009. With the success of the first political camp this past April, the AIC looks forward to welcoming a second group of international participants to introduce them to the socio-political realities of the Occupied Palestinian Territories (OPT) and Israel.
The bridges built both among the participants and between the group and local organizations are the first step in creating a group of people committed to raising awareness of the situation in the OPT and Israel. It is now time to take action and bring 30 more participants to see with their own eyes the implications of the occupation and the struggle for freedom and peace.
The AIC camp, which will be based in the town of Beit Sahour in the West Bank, is an intense and unique opportunity for international participants to gain a deeper understanding of all aspects of life in this area. Participants will experience the various struggles and contradictions of this land, and meet activists, politicians, and intellectuals who are experts in their respective fields. The one-week intensive program will include visits to refugee camps, various discussions and lectures on the economic, social, and political aspects of the occupation, and meetings with organizations based in towns all over the area, such as in Ramallah, Haifa, Nazareth, and Jerusalem. By taking part in these activities, the group will learn about many of the critical issues that perpetuate conflict in this land, inhibit peace, and about how they can play a key role in international advocacy campaigns.
The cost of the camp is 320 Euro. This includes the cost of meals, accommodation, transportation within the region, visits to various organizations and lectures. The airfare to Israel and health insurance are not included. The detailed program schedule will be made available in upcoming days.
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