Past Internship Programs
The Summer 2014 Internship for Human Rights and Just Peace in Palestine/Israel was canceled because of the fighting between Israel and Hamas.
Summer 2013 Internship for Human Rights and Just Peace in Palestine/Israel
Dates: June 1 – July 7, 2013
Thirty interns participated in the FFIPP summer 2013 internship program. They came from the following countries: Canada, France, Germany, Portugal, Spain, Switzerland, The Netherlands, UK,and the USA.
From 1 to 8 June, the interns took part in the Orientation Week, and met with many NGO’s, human rights activists, journalists, Palestinian refugees, Israeli students and other important actors in the conflict. Afterwards, they started their internship at the partner organizations ofFFIPP.
2013 interns tour of Jerusalem with a member of the African Committee
Interns Blog: http://checkpointed.wordpress.com/
2013 interns with Dr. Jeff Halper
The interns worked in the following summer 2013 partner organizations:
Baladna, Haifa. An Association for Arab Youth, was formed in order to balance the educational resources available to the Palestinians in Israel.
Mossawa, Haifa. The Mossawa Center, the Advocacy Center for Palestinian Arab citizens in Israel, is a non-profit, non-governmental organization established in 1997 that aims to promote the economic, social, cultural and political rights of the Palestinian Arab citizens in Israel, and the recognition of this community a national indigenous minority, with their own national, cultural and historical distinctiveness. http://www.mossawacenter.org
Aswat, Haifa: Palestinian Gay Women (Haifa, Israel) provides a safe space and serves as a critical resource for Palestinian women who self-identify as lesbian, bisexual, transsexual, transgender or intersex.
Educational Book Store, Jerusalem: The EB is a leading bookstore focusing on Middle Eastern culture and the Arab-Israeli conflict. The books are mostly research-based and published by highly respected institutions and publishers world-wide. Our book collection also includes a selection of Arabic literature, guidebooks, dictionaries and Arabic teaching books.http://www.educationalbookshop.com/
Civic Coalition, Jerusalem. The Civic Coalition for Palestinian Rights in Jerusalem (the Coalition) is an independent, non-governmental, non-profit coalition of organizations, institutions, societies, and associations dedicated to the promotion and protection of Palestinian rights in Jerusalem. Established in 2005, the Coalition has been working to combat human rights abuses under the Israeli occupation through research and legal analysis, advocacy and human rights education. http://www.civiccoalition-jerusalem.org/
Alternative information Center(AIC), Jerusalem,Bethlehem The Alternative Information Center (AIC) is a joint Palestinian-Israeli organization promoting justice, equality and peace for Palestinians and Israelis. http://www.alternativenews.org/english/
Al Haq, Ramallah. Al-Haq is an independent Palestinian non-governmental human rights organization based in Ramallah, West Bank. Established in 1979 to protect and promote human rights and the rule of law in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (OPT), the organization has special consultative status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council.http://www.alhaq.org/
MAS Palestine Economic Research Center,Ramallah. http://www.mas.ps/2012/
PHG, Ramallah. Palestinian Hydrology Group is the largest Palestinian NGO working to improve access to water and sanitation services, and to monitor pollution and climate change in the occupied Palestinian territory. http://www.phg.org/
Tent of Nations, Nahalin. The Tent of Nations project seeks to bring people of various cultures together to build bridges of understanding, reconciliation, and peace. We invite youth from around the world, especially from areas of conflict, together for face-to-face interaction. We also offer programs and facilities for solidarity movements, churches, youth organizations, and tourist groups, and host a large number of visitors each year. The Tent of Nations also runs a number of projects in the local area. http://www.tentofnations.org/
Project Hope, Nablus.Project Hope is the largest volunteer organization of its kind in Palestine, bringing together Palestinians and internationals to deliver essential educational programs to children and youth in refugee camps, towns and villages. http://projecthope.ps/nablus/
A FFIPP Song by 2013 Interns
We are little ffippies
And we like Palestine Same for Israelis We want them to be fine
We saw with our own eyes And we can realize
Land is an heritage
No matter what’s your age
[for] Palestinian people
The key is the symbol
Of the right of return
They want for their children
West bank is dangerous
They tell you not to go
What about settlements
Can you deny they grow?
A wall separates
People and families
Is it security
Educational Program Weekend, June 21 – 22
10:30 – Freedom Theatre
The Freedom Theatre is developing a vibrant and creative artistic community in the northern part of the West Bank. While emphasizing professionalism and innovation, the aim of thetheatre is also to empower youth and women in the community and to explore the potential of arts as an important catalyst for social change.
Set up during the first Intifada the project was run by Arna Mer Khamis. Arna’s work is documented in the internationally awarded film Arna’s Children, which gives some fascinating background to The Freedom Theatre. The film is directed by Juliano Mer Khamis, Arna’s son who in 2006 co- founded The Freedom Theatre. Juliano was the General Director of thetheatre until 2011, when he was assassinated in April 2011.
12:00 – Jenin Refugee Camp
Established in 1953, the camp currently sits on 0.42 square kilometers with more than 16,000 registered refugees. Most of the camp’s residents came from the Carmel region of Haifa and the Carmel mountains.The camp was subject of intensive violence during the second intifada. The Israeli army entered the city and camp of Jenin in April 2002, declared them a closed military area, prevented all access, and imposed a round-the-clock curfew. Fighting inside the camp lasted 10 days during which the Israeli army prevented ambulances, medical personnel and humanitarian workers from entering the camp. Clashes led to the many deaths and injured. Around 435 families were left homeless.
14:30 – Talk about Hunger Strikes and resistance (Meeting with Khader Adnan, Tarek and other ex-prisoners)//
On 21 February 2012, Khader Adnan ended his 66-day hunger strike in protest of his administrative detention and the ill-treatment he suffered at the hands of the Israeli Prison Service. He was at grave risk of death and began his slow recovery. He was released from prison on 17 April 2012.Tarek was released on 8 May 2013 after ending, on 27 February 2013, his 92-day hunger strike. Tarek began his hunger strike on 28 November 2012 to protest his arbitrary arrest and detention after having been re-arrested on the morning of 22 November 2012 and given an order of administrative detention for three month. More athttp://www.addameer.org/etemplate.php?id=428
19:00 – Meeting with Palestinian youth, Ramallah
Talk in an informal setting with Palestinian students from different universities about politics, youth perspectives on the Palestinian-Israeli question and whatever comes up.
9:40 – An Nabi Saleh, with approximately 550 inhabitants, is located twenty kilometers north west of Ramallah in the West Bank. In December 2009, the village began weekly non-violent demonstrations in opposition to the illegal Israeli settlement of Halamish, annexing of the fresh water springs and land grabbing practices. Since the demonstrations began, the Israeli military has brutally sought to repress the non-violent protests, arresting more than 13% of the population, including children. By 31 March 2011, 64 village residents have been arrested – all but three tried for participating in the non-violent demonstrations. Of those imprisoned, 29 are minors under the age of 18 years and 4 women.
13:00 – “BDS – Boycott Divestment and Sanctions” with Omar Barghouti
Omar Barghouti is a founding member of PCABI, the Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel, and also the Palestinian Civil Society Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) Campaign against Israel. He is a Palestinian researcher, commentator and human rights activist. He is also the author of “BDS: The Global Struggle for Palestinian Rights”.
About BDS: The broad consensus among Palestinian civil society about the need for a broad and sustained Campaign for Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) resulted in the Palestinian Call for the boycott, divestment and sanctions against Israel that was launched in July 2005 with the initial endorsement of over 170 Palestinian organizations and is now continuing to garner increasing support. The signatories to this call represent the three major components of the Palestinian people: 1) the refugees in exile; 2) Palestinians under occupation in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip and; 3) the discriminated Palestinian citizens of the Israeli state. More: http://www.bdsmovement.net/ http://www.pacbi.org
14:00 – “Popular Resistance” with Mazin Qumsiyeh
Some of you might know Mazin Qumsiyeh already because together with Jeff Halper he participated in FFIPP’s last speaking tour through Europe. Mr. Qumsiyeh is an academic and an activist. He teaches at Birzeit and Betlehem University and is well known for his research into popular resistance in Palestine.
You can find his weekly blog on the situation in Palestine at:http://popularresistance.blogspot.com
15:00 – Addammer – Prisoner Support and Human Rights. Association Addameer, established in 1992, is a Palestinian non-governmental, civil institution that works to support Palestinian political prisoners held in Israeli and Palestinian prisons. As of 1 May 2013, there were 4,979 Palestinian political prisoners in Israeli prisons and detention centers, including 156 administrative detainees, 17 women and 236 children.
Administrative detention is a practice used by Israel to detain Palestinians on detention orders that range from one to six months, renewable indefinitely. Detention orders are based on secret information that neither the detainee nor their lawyer have access to. (…) Between 2007 and 2011, 8,157 administrative detention orders were issued by Israel. As of February 2013, there were 178 Palestinian administrative detainees in Israeli custody, including 9 members of the Palestinian Legislative Council./
16:00 – Right to Education Campaign
The Right to Education campaign is a grassroots Palestinian movement which began in 1988 at Birzeit University in order to document, research and raise awareness about the oppression of Palestinian students, teachers and academic institutions under Israeli military occupation. They work to empower students to claim their human right to education, to overcome the isolation of Palestinian educational institutions and to demand an end to the illegal Israeli occupation. Restriction of movement, closure of educational institutions, student detention and harassment, and stifling of political life are among the elements that the Right to Education Campaign identifies as the main characteristics of the “Education under Occupation”.
17:00 – Palestinian Authority’s Human Rights’ Violations with Al Haq
Winter 2012-3. FFIPP’s Interns from Latin America in Al Quds University with the Brazilian Ambassador to the PA.
Summer 2012 Internship for Human Rights and Just Peace in Palestine/Israel
Dates: June 15 – July 20, 2012
Twenty-seven interns participated in the FFIPP summer 2012 Internship program. They came from France, Poland, Germany, UK, USA, Canada, Netherlands, and Switzerland and from the following universities: University of Fribourg, Sciences Po – Grenoble, Sciences Po – Bordeaux, University of Geneva, UPMF Grenoble / Condé Lyon, Sciences Po – Paris, Amsterdam University College, Aalborg University (Copenhagen), College London (UCL, London, Utrecht University, Carleton University, Ottawa Canada, New York University, University of San Francisco, Carleton College, Middlebury college, Texas A&M University and Mickiewicz University, Poznan, Poland.
During the Orientation Week the interns met with the following organizations and individuals:
* The Public Committee Against Torture in Israel,(http://www.stoptorture.org.il/en/)
* Sahar from Schiministin – High School Students who refused the military service (http://www.whywerefuse.org)
* Yad Vashem (http://www.yadvashem.org/)
* Aida and Deheishe Refugee camps
* Students from Birzeit University
* Shawan Jabarin of Al Haq, Ramallah (http://www.alhaq.org/)
* Al Qawas, a Palestinian LGBTQ organization, Ramallah
* Asala Palestinian micro credit organization for women, Ramallah (http://www.asala-pal.com/node/144)
* Baladna, a Palestinian Israeli youth organization, Haifa
* Orna Kohn of Adalah the legal center for Arab minority rights in Israel, Haifa (http://www.adalah.org/eng/)
* Zakaria Odeh from the Civic Coalition for Palestinian Rights in Jerusalem, (http://www.civiccoalition-jerusalem.org/)
* Tour of Greater Jerusalem with Mohammed Nablusi from the Israeli Committee Against House Demolition, (ICHAD) (http://www.icahd.org/)
* Tour of the Old City of Akka
* The settlement of Gush Etzion
* Professor Hillel Cohen, Hebrew University
* OCHA (United Nation Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs – Occupied Territories )
* Tent of Nations, Nahalin (http://www.tentofnations.org/)
* Zochrot (http://www.zochrot.org/en/)
* Badil Resource Center for Palestinian Residency and Refugee Rights in Bethlehem (http://www.badil.org/)
* Tour of South Hebron Hills with Breaking the Silence (http://www.breakingthesilence.org.il/)
* Ibrahim Shikaki, a Palestinian economist
* Ahmad Al Farra, a Palestinian Businessman
* A tour to the Old City of Hebron and a presentation with the Temporary International Presence in the City of Hebron, TIPH
* Omar Barghouti the founder of the Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel, PACBI an Boycotts, Divestments and Sanctions of the state of Israel (BDS) (http://www.bdsmovement.net/)
* The Ecumenical Accompaniment Program in Palestine and Israel, EAPPI , in Jayyous, the Occupied West Bank. (http://www.eappi.org/)
During the internship period, the interns visited and met with:
* Bili’n (http://www.bilin-village.org/english/)
* Professor Mazin Qumsiyeh of Bethlehem University
* The Pontifical Biblical Institute in Jerusalem with Father Bowen, Rabbi Yehiel Grenimann from Rabbis for Human Rights and Professor Abu-Sway of Al Quds University to discuss the role the three monotheistic religions in the conflict
2012 interns in Deheishe Refugee camp
The interns worked in the following organizations:
In Jerusalem: The Alternative Information Center, Civic Coalition, Palestine-Israel Journal, and the Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions (ICAHD).
In Haifa: Baladna, The Advocacy Center for Arab Citizens in Israel (Musawa), and Aswat.
In Ramallah: Al Safeer News, Palestinian Businesswomen’s Association (Asala), Palestinian Hydrology Group (PHG), The Palestinian Initiative for the Promotion of Global Dialogue and Democracy (Miftah),The Palestinian Working Woman Society (PWWSD), the Palestine Economic Policy Research Institute (MAS), and Al Haq.
In Nablus: Project Hope.
In Bethlehem: The Alternative Information Center, and the Alternative Tourism Group (ATG).