History of the FFIPP Internship for Human Rights and Just Peace in Palestine/Israel

The FFIPP Internship program was initiated by FFIPP-International in 2006 as an educational program for international college students who care about human rights and justice and are interested to learn about the conflict in Palestine/Israel and do research. Upon completion of the internship program FFIPP encouraged and assisted interns to organize educational and artistic events on their campuses to share their internship experiences with other students. In the beginning years, FFIPP-USA coordinated the program. In 2008 FFIPP-Europe (initially called FFIPP-France) was created by FFIPP leaders who were interns in 2007. For a number of years the program was coordinated by both branches of FFIPP.  Since 2011 FFIPP-Europe has been coordinating the summer internship program.
In 2012 FFIPP-Brazil was created by a FFIPP leader who was an intern in 2010. For the past five years FFIPP-Brazil runs a winter internship program which is modelled after the summer program.

Jordan valley Winter 2016 Internship FFIPP-Brazil

Jordan valley Winter 2016 Internship FFIPP-Brazil

In 2016 we named the FFIPP internship program after Juliano Mer Khamis who was assassinated in Jenin in 2011. Juliano was a dear friend of FFIPP. He was a powerful and warm human being, a beacon of light and inspiration of such magnitude that it enabled us see and feel the future world that we dream about where people live and work together as equals, independent of religion, nationality or colour.  He created the Freedom Theatre in 2006 in the refugee camp of Jenin to be the best cultural and educational center in the northern West Bank:  a place for children from the camp and the region to learn and do art, to grow individually, contribute to their community and discover creative artistic ways to fight for freedom and justice under the occupation of the settler colonial state of Israel. The theatre has been a FFIPP partner from the beginning and many interns spent time working there. Juliano was always interested to meet with students and every year, from 2007 until 2011, he met with the FFIPP interns during their Orientation Week. In 2006 and in 2007 FFIPP-USA organized a campus tour for Juliano in the United States. The tours included visits to Baruch College, New School, Central Connecticut State University, Boston College, Brandies University, Northeastern University, Lesley College, Smith College, University of Massachusetts-Boston, Hampshire College and MIT.

 Juliano Mer Khamis 1958-2011


Juliano Mer Khamis 1958-2011


Summer 2017 Juliano Mer Khamis Internship for Human Rights and Just Peace in Palestine/Israel 

Dates: July 9 – August 13, 2017

Open to college and university students worldwide. Students in all majors are welcome to apply.

FFIPP – Educational Network for Human Rights in Palestine/Israel is a student-led association aiming to raise awareness internationally about the situation in Palestine/Israel. FFIPP’s position is anchored in international law, which principally means that we condemn the occupation and support justice in the region.
During the summer program, you will have the opportunity to participate in an orientation week, which consists of meeting various actors and attending conferences in Israel and the West Bank, and subsequently to intern at one of our partner organizations. These internships are above all an opportunity to observe, to have a better understanding of the situation on the ground and to discover local structures acting towards the promotion of human rights. This summer programme is very different from any other programme you may apply to, because of the unique experience every participant will have.
Past Orientation week programs included visits to Jaffa, Jerusalem, Bethlehem, Bilin, Ramallah, Tel-Aviv, Kafr Bir’im (destroyed 1948 village), Kibbutz Lohamei HaGetaot, al-Ghabisiyya (destroyed 1948 village), Nazareth, Beit Omar, Um el Faham, Dheisheh refugee camp, Hebron, Suba (destroyed 1948 village) Jericho and settlements around Jerusalem.
Partner Organization (past or present)
Enfants, Jeux ET Education, Jalazon refugee camp, Ramallah, Bethlehem, and Arub refugee camp;  The Alternative Information Center, Jerusalem and Bethlehem; The Applied Research Institute of Jerusalem (ARIJ), Bethlehem; Tent of nation,Nahalin; UNESCO Chair of Human Rights in An Najah University, Nablus; Project Hope, Nablus; St Yves Human Rights Center, Jerusalem; The civic Coalition to Defend Palestinian Rights, Jerusalem; Hebrew University Minerva Human Rights center, Jerusalem; Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions (ICAHD), Jerusalem; Palestinian Israeli Journal, Jerusalem; Arab Center For Agricultural Development, Ramallah; Al Quds University Human Rights Center, Jerusalem; Asala, the Palestinian Businesswomen’s Association, Ramallah; Palestinian Farmers Union, Ramallah; The Palestine Working Women Society for Development, Ramallah; Safeer newspaper, Ramallah; Young Artist Forum, Ramallah; KayanFeminist Organization, Haifa; Ibdaa Center, Dheisheh refugee camp; The Palestinian Initiative for the promotion of Global Dialogue and Democracy (MIFTAH), Ramallah; The Center for Humanistic Education, The Ghetto Fighters’ House, Kibbutz Lohamei HaGetaot; Kav LaOved, an independent non-governmental organization committed to the defense of workers’ rights, Tel-Aviv; Freedom Theatre, Jenin; Defense for Children International, Hebron; Workers Union, Hebron; Rabbis for Human Rights, Jerusalem; Alternative Archaeology, Jerusalem.
Supervision is in place before, during and after the internship session by FFIPP coordinators. During the internship FFIPP coordinators will be in Palestine/Israel to lead, manage and supervise the program.

Important Note on Funding
FFIPP-USA, FFIPP-Europe and FFIPP-Brazil are independent organizations under the FFIPP umbrella. They are funded differently. A European student who is accepted to the internship program by FFIPP-Europe does not pay tuition or rent, while FFIPP-USA and FFIPP-Brazil charges $1500 -$1700 for tuition, fees, and rent.
Only European students can apply via FFIPP-Europe to the summer internship. Any other student, from North America or any other country in the world, is welcome to apply for the summer program via FFIPP-USA or to the winter program via FFIPP-Brazil.

FFIPP-USA Application process.
For North American and international (non-European) university/college students. European student need to apply via FFIPP-Europe (See Facebook FFIPP-Europe page)
1) Apply by downloading an Application (word file, pdf file)and send it with a $60 application fee to ffipp-usa, P.O.Box 2091, Amherst MA 01004. You can also email your application to info@ffipp.org. You can use the donate button at the FFIPP website to pay the application fee online. Also Sign and send (or email) the Waiver and Internship Agreement (word filepdf file). Your application will not be processed without the application fee.
2) Each applicant must forward a Recommendation Form (word filepdf file) to the two references (at least one must be faculty) along with a stamped envelope addressed to FFIPP-USA, P.O.Box 2091, Amherst, MA 01004. The letters may also be sent directly by email to info@ffipp.org.
Cost: Tuition, guide fees and housing for the entire duration of the program: $1500.
Airfare, food and living expenses are NOT covered by FFIPP.
Students are encouraged to seek scholarships or get college credit for the internship from their school, or to organize fundraising event to cover the cost of the internship. FFIPP can help with advice. Call us at 413-992-7355.

Deadline to Apply: April 1, 2017

Recommended Books:
Dancing Arabs by Sayed Kashua
My Father was a Freedom Fighter by Ramzy Baroud
Memory Fields by Shlomo Breznitz
The Pessoptimist by Emile Habiby
The Yellow Wind by David Grossman
In Search of Fatima by Ghada Karami
The Iron Cage: The Story of the Palestinian Struggle for Statehood by Rashid Khalidi
Israelis and Palestinians: Conflict and resolution by Moshe Machover
The Palestine Nakba, Decolonizing History, Narrating the Subaltern, Reclaiming Memory by Nur Masalha

For more information email us at  info@ffipp.org or call us at 413-992-7355


Summer 2016 Internship for Human Rights and Just Peace in Palestine/Israel 

Dates: July 10  –  August 14, 2016

This year’s FFIPP summer program saw 26 students from more than 15 universities in Europe, USA and Canada coming together for the summer internship. The students were divided into six locations where they lived in groups, depending on the location of their internships. Internships took place in Jerusalem, Ramallah, Beit Sahur, Tel Aviv, Hebron and the Negev. The type of internships were varied: from human rights organizations, to working in refugee camps, reporting for journals and media outlets, and teaching children.

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Orientation week

Day 1: Jerusalem, civil society and Israeli education.

Day 2: Holocaust museum the Nakba and Canada Park.

Day 3: Palestinians in Israel, fragmentation of Israeli society-visit to Nazareth and Haifa. Day 3: Refugee camp, Resistance through art, Jordan Valley.

Day 4: Area C, separation Wall, settlement s & prisoners- Bethlehem, Tent of Nations, Effrat

Day 5: Bethlehem, Hebron, Palestinian children and political prisoners.

Day 6: International Law, Journalism, BDS, Neoliberalism in the oPts.

Students interned in the following organizations: Al-Haq, International Resource Network, Civic Coalition, War Child, ARIJ, Wi’am, New Dawn (Negev), Lajee Center Aida Refugee Camp, Palestinian-Israeli Journal, Windows for Peace, AIC (Jerusalem), AIC (Hebron), AIC (Beit Sahour).


 

Summer 2015 Internship for Human Rights and Just Peace in Palestine/Israel

Dates: July 19 – August 23, 2015
In summer 2015, 30 interns  from Canada, USA, Netherlands, UK, Poland, Paris, Zurich, Grenoble and Bordeaux participated in the FFIPP Internship for Human Rights and Just Peace in Palestine/Israel.

In the 48 village of Lifta

In the 48 village of Lifta

This summer the students did their internships in the following organizations:
Civic Coalition, Jerusalem; ICAHD, Jerusalem;  Al-Qaws, Jerusalem; ARIJ, Bethlehem; Educational Bookshop, Jerusalem; Alternative Information Center (AIC), Jerusalem and Betlehem; Al Haq, Ramallah; MAS, Ramallah; Al Safeer, Ramallah; PHG, Ramallah; Tent of Nations, Nahalin; Project Hope, Nablus; Jordan Valley Solidarity;

In Nazareth and meeting with Jonathan Cook

In Nazareth and meeting with Jonathan Cook

The Orientation Week included visits to the following places and meetings with the following persons:
Tour of East Jerusalem with Civic Coalition, Tour of Greater Jerusalem with ICHAD, Visit to Nablus with Project Hope, Visit to Jenin Camp, Visit to Haifa, Visit to Nazareth and meeting with Jonathan Cook, Visit to Yad Vashem, Meeting with Israeli activists and academic in Jerusalem, Tour of Lifta, a 48 village outside Jerusalem, Visit to Bethlehem, Visit to Dheishe Camp, Visit to Jordan Valley, Visit to Ramallah meeting at PHG, Al Haq and BDS staff, Visit to Hebrom, Visit to the village of Susya, South Hebron Hills, Visit to the Tent of Nations, Nahalin.

On the way to the Tent of Nation, Nahalin

On the way to the Tent of Nation, Nahalin


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.

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2013 interns tour of Jerusalem with a member of the African Committee

Interns Blog: http://checkpointed.wordpress.com/

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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
Or ideology?

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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.

Source: http://www.thefreedomtheatre.org

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.

Source: http://www.unrwa.org/etemplate.php?id=118

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

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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.

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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.

Source: http://nabisalehsolidarity.wordpress.com/

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./

Sources: http://www.addameer.org/, http://stopadcampaign.com/

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”.

Source: http://www.right2edu.org/

17:00 – Palestinian Authority’s Human Rights’ Violations with Al Haq

More at: http://www.alhaq.org/advocacy/topics/palestinian-violations

 

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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:

* Ronnie from the Anarchists Against the Wall ( http://www.awalls.org/) and Boycott from Within (http://boycottisrael.info/).

*  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

(http://www.tiph.org/)

* 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

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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).


In memory of our friend Alexandra Dodger (1984-2011), FFIPP intern in 2008,  killed in a car accident in Ottawa, Canada.

Alex was an extraordinary woman who was passionate about life and was determined to improve the lives of those around her. She cared deeply about giving a voice to the voiceless. Alex had just graduated from law school at McGill earlier this year and started a promising career with Amnesty International.

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Alexandra Dodger 1984-2011

Dan Harris Rises in the Canadian House of Commons to Honour the Memory of Alexandra Dodger


Summer 2011 Internship for Human Rights and Just Peace in Palestine/Israel

Dates: June 24 – July 30

This summer the FFIPP Internship for Human Rights and Just Peace in Palestine/Israel had a group of 36 students from Switzerland, Germany, the Netherlands, Norway, Belgium, France, England, Canada and the United States. They came from the following universities: Fordham University, University of San Francisco, Smith College, Mt Holyoke College, Carleton College, University of Ottawa, CUNY Queens College, University of Denver, Marquette University, University of Connecticut, BPP Law School, London, University of Geneva, University of Fribourg, Amsterdam University College, Université Pierre MENDES France, Université Stendhal, University of Sciences Po Bordeaux, Sciences Po Grenoble, Sciences-Po Paris.

This was one of the most successful internship program FFIPP conducted in the past 6 summers. This year success is due to the fantastic work that was done and the great dedication of the entire internship leadership team as well as the fantastic group of interns we had this summer.  The internship leadership team, including the Internship director, Orientation Week director, and the on the ground coordinators are all past interns from Europe and the US.

Another factor that contributed to the success of this summer program was the pre departure workshops held in New York, Paris, London, and Berkeley, conducted by FFIPP leaders who are past interns.

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FFIPP 2011 Interns in Nabi Salah

Orientation Week

During the Orientation Week the interns had the following meetings, and tours.

. Tour around Jerusalem with Jeff Halper, Israeli Committee Against House Demolition, ICHAD.
. Old City Tour with the Palestinian African Committee.
. Solidariyut. Israeli grassroots organization of activists protesting the evictions of Palestinian from their homes in East Jerusalem by the Israeli Police and the take- over of their homes by Jewish institutions and individuals.
. Shiministin, Jewish Israeli High School students who refused to serve in the Israeli Army
. Anarchists against the Wall. An Israeli organization partners in the weekly demonstrations in Palestinian villages in the Occupied West Bank over confiscation of land and the building of walls, fences and roads on their land.
. Civic Coalition, a Palestinian human rights organization in occupied East Jerusalem.
. Akka/Acco Tour. An historic city on the Mediterranean Sea north of Haifa.
. Visit to the remains of the village of Al Birwe . A Palestinian village destroyed in 1948, whose population became refugees and whose land was taken for the establishment of a Jewish Israeli Kibbutz and a village. Al Birwe is the birth place of the poet Mahmoud Darwish.

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FFIPP 2011 Interns  Al Birwe

Al Musawa meeting. Al Musawa is Palestinian Human Rights organization in Haïfa, Israel.
. Al Quds University meeting in occupied East Jerusalem.
. Gush Etzion settlement block, meeting with a settler.
. Breaking the Silence tour of Hebron. Breaking the Silence is an organization of veteran combatants who have served in the Israeli military since the start of the Second Intifada and have taken it upon themselves to expose the Israeli public to the reality of everyday life in the Occupied Territories.
. A Tour of Hebron and a presentation by Temporary International Presence in the city of Hebron, TIPH.
. Visit to Beit Omar. A Palestinian village on the main road from Jerusalem to Hebron, next to the Gush Etzion Settlements Block.
. Tent of Nations. A Palestinian farm surrounded by Israeli settlements near Bethlehem.
. Tour of Dheisheh refugee camp, next to Bethlehem. The camp was set up in 1948 for Palestinian refugees, mainly farmers from villages around Jerusalem.
. Meeting in Ibdaa, a community center in Dheisheh refugee camp.
. A visit to the village of Nabi Salih. Nabi Salih is a small Palestinian village of over 530 near Ramallah in the occupied West Bank. Nabi Saleh, hosts weekly anti-wall rallies together with Israelis and internationals to protest Israel’s confiscation of village land. The IDF has been responding aggressively to these non-violent demonstrations including shooting and arresting villagers.
. Asala meeting in Ramallah. . Asala is The Palestinian Business Women’s Association.
. PHG meeting in Ramallah. The Palestinian Hydrology Group, PHG, is a Palestinian NGO working to improve access to water and sanitation services, and to monitor pollution and climate change in the occupied Palestinian territory.
. Palestinian Economic Research Institute meeting, Ramallah.
. Al Qaws meeting. Al Quas is a LGBTQ Palestinian organization in occupied East Jerusalem.
. Hebrew University meeting, Jerusalem.
A presentation at the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, OCHA, in occupied East Jerusalem.
. Visit of Yad Vashem, The Israeli Holocaust Museum in Jerusalem.
. Disobedient women meeting, Ein Kerem, Jerusalem. The “disobedient women” are Israeli women who illegally bring Palestinian women and children from the occupied West bank, less than 10 miles away, for a day out in Tel-Aviv and visit the beach for the first time in their lives.

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Meeting with Ofra Lyth from the Disobedient Women in Ein Kerem, Jerusalem

Internship Partners in Palestine/Israel

The interns worked for one month as volunteers in the following organizations:

. UNESCO Chair of Human Rights, Al Najah University, Nablus
. 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.
. Asala, Ramallah
. Hebron Rehabilitation Committee, Hebron
. PHG, Ramallah
. Ramallah Center for Human Rights Studies, Ramallah
. Palestine Economic Research Center, Ramallah
. Al Safeer Newspaper Ramallah
. Aletrnative Information Center, Jerusalem and Bethelem
. St Yves society for Human Rights, Old City Jerusalem
. Palestine Israel Journal, Jerusalem
. Israeli Committee Against House Demolition, ICHAD, Jerusalem
. Rabbis for Human Rights, Jerusalem
. Civic Coalition, East Jerusalem
Breaking the Silence office in Jerusalem.
. Acre Women, Akka/Acco, Israel
. Laz theater, Akka/Acco, Israel
. Al Aswar, publishing house from Akka/Acco, Israel.
. Beit Omar, occupied Wes Bank
. Applied Research Institute of Jerusalem, ARIJ, Bethlehem,
. Ibdaa community center, Dheisheh Refugees Camp
. Al Qawas, a Palestinian LGBTQ organization East Jerusalem and Ramallah
. Parents Circle – Families Forum (PCFF) is a grassroots organization of bereaved Palestinians and Israelis. The PCFF promotes reconciliation as an alternative to hatred and revenge, Jerusalem and Bethlehem.


Summer 2010 Internships for Human Rights and Just Peace in Palestine/Israel

July 3 – August 5

Thirty-three students participated in the program. They came from 21 different universities in the Netherlands, France, Switzerland, Scotland, USA, Canada and Japan.

Students came from the following universities and colleges:
University of Amsterdam (UvA), Roosevelt Academy University, Middelburg, Netherlands; IEP Bordeaux, IEP Paris, Sorbonne, IEP Lyon,IEP Grenoble, IEP Toulouse, France; University of Fribourg, Switzerland; International Christian University, Japan; University of St. Andrews, Scotland; Washington University in St. Louis, Columbia University, Amherst College, Brown University, Queens College, Emroy University, University of Connecticut, Wesleyan University, UC Berkeley, USA; University of Ottawa, Canada

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FFIPP Interns at the International Peace and Cooperation Center (IPCC) in Jerusalem, summer 2010

The week of the Orientation course, July 3 – July 8, included the following meetings and visits:

* Meeting with Johara Baker, MIFTAH

* Meeting with Jerome Bourdon, Professor of media sociology (TAU)

* Hebrew university meetings with Daphna Golan, Professor of Law at Hebrew University, Nadera Shalhoub-Kevorkian Professor of Law at Hebrew University and Yonathan Mizrachi, an archaeologist and a founder of the archaeological tour From Shiloah to Silwan: An Alternative Archaeological Tour of Ancient Jerusalem
* Yad Vashem, the Jewish people’s living memorial to the Holocaust, and the world center for documentation, research, education and commemoration of the Holocaust with Amos Goldberg, Professor of History, Hebrew University

FFIPP Interns at Yad Vashem, the Jewish people's living memorial to the Holocaust

Interns at Yad Vashem, the Jewish people’s living memorial to the Holocaust, summer 2010
* Ayn Karim, and the destroyed village of Suba
* Briefing at International Peace and Cooperation Center (IPCC) in Jerusalem
* Tour of “Greater Jerusalem” with the Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions (ICAHD)
* Jerusalem, Meeting with Israeli peace activists
* Ramallah, Meeting with Omar Barghouti, a founding member of the BDS campaign
* Workshop and meeting with students at the Al Quds University in East Jerusalem

* Briefing at the Ibdaa Community Center at Dehieshe refugee camp
* The village of Bilin
* The village of Beit Omar
* Tent of Nations, Nahalin
* Hebron
* Tel-Aviv University, meeting with Professor Yehouda Shenhav and with student peace activist
* A meeting with Dr. Jad Isaac the Director General of the Applied Research Institute Jerusalem (ARIJ) in Bethlehem 
* Tour of Dheisheh refugee camp
* Jaffa and Tel-Aviv
* Ramallah, meeting at the Palestinian Hydrology Group and the Palestinian Working Women Society
* Birzeit University meeting with Professor Salah Jawad
*Um al Faham, Israel

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Interns in Um al Faham, summer 2010

* Haifa, meeting with Juliano Mer Khamis, director of the Freedom Theatre in Jenin

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Interns at Al Quds University in occupied East Jerusalem, summer 2010

Summer 2010 Interns worked as volunteers in the following organizations:

* The Alternative Information Center, Jerusalem and Bethlehem.
*The Applied Research Institute of Jerusalem (ARIJ), Bethlehem.
* Tent of nation, village of Nahalin
* UNESCO Chair of HR An Najah University, Nablus
* Project Hope, Nablus
* St Yves Human Rights Center, Jerusalem
* The civic Coalition to Defend Palestinian Rights, Jerusalem
* Hebrew University Minerva hr center, Jerusalem
* Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions (ICAHD), Jerusalem.
* Palestinian Israeli Journal, Jerusalem
* Alkamandjati, Jerusalem.
* Arab Center For Agricultural Development, Ramallah.
* Asala, the Palestinian Businesswomen’s Association, Ramallah.
* Palestinian Farmers Union, Ramallah.
* The Palestine Working Women Society for Development, Ramallah.
* Safeer newspaper, Ramallah.
* Young Artist Forum, Ramallah.
* Defense for Children International, Hebron
* Workers Union, Hebron
* Rabbis for Human Rights, Jerusalem
* Alternative Archaeology, Jerusalem


Summer 2009 FFIPP Internship for Human Rights and Just Peace in Palestine/Israel

Thirty-seven students participated in last summer internship program. They came from 21 different universities in the US, France, UK, Netherlands, Canada, Belgium and Switzerland.

Students came from the following universities and colleges:
Sciences Politique, Paris, France; Grenoble management business school, Grenoble,  France; Sciences Politique,  Grenoble,  France; Sciences Politique Bordeaux, Bordeaux,  France; Sciences Politique, Lille,  France; UvA, Amsterdam, Netherlands; Roosevelt Academy (Utrecht Univsersity), Netherlands; Central Saint Martins School of Art and Design, London. UK; Winchester University , UK; St Andrews, UK; Fribourg University, Fribourg, Switzerland; Catholic University of Louvain, Belgian; University of Ottawa, Canada; University of Calgary, Canada; Brown University, Georgia State University College of Law, Smith College, MaCalester  College, Hamline University, University of Iowa College of Law, University of Minnesota, Marquette University, Mt Holyoke College, Yale University, Hunter College, UC Berkeley, Oberlin College, UMASS Amherst.
The most outstanding aspects of the summer 2009 program have been the leadership role assumed by interns of past years in planning and running this year program and the central role that FFIPP-France has been playing in all aspect of this year program. FFIPP-France has been created by graduates of the FFIPP internship program.

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Summer 2009 interns in Akka

The week of orientation included the following meetings and visits:

* Hebrew university meeting with Daphna Golan, Professor of Law at Hebrew University, and Coordinator, Minerva Center for Human Rights Internship Program. Dudy Tzfati a peace activist who teaches Genetics at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Students who work at the Minerva Center for Human Rights. Yonathan Mizrachi, an archaeologist and a founder of the archaeological tour From Shiloah to Silwan: An Alternative Archaeological Tour of Ancient Jerusalem
* Yad Vashem, the Jewish people’s living memorial to the Holocaust, and the world center for documentation, research, education and commemoration of the Holocaust

*Ayn Karim, and the destroyed village of Suba

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2009 interns in Suba, a village near Jerusalem, destroyed in 1948

*A Meeting with Jeff Halper, Director of The Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions, ICAHD
* Tour of East Jerusalem.
* Anata to the house of Salim Shawamreh, a Palestinian whose house has been demolished four times by the Israeli authorities and who is still unable to inhabit his rebuilt home
* The village of Bilin
* The city Sakhnin
* The destroyed village of Kafr Bir’im

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2009 interns in the church in the village of Kafr Bir’im, a village in the Galilee destroyed in 1953.

* The city of Akka
* A Meeting in Haifa with representatives from the  youth organization Baladna, the feminist organization Isha L’Isha and a Palestinian student leader from Haifa University
* Hebron and a tour of the city by members of the Temporary International Presence in the city of Hebron (TIPH), who later explained their presence and work

* A meeting with Dr. Jad Isaac the Director General of the Applied Research Institute Jerusalem (ARIJ) in Bethlehem
*  Dheisheh refugee camp
*  Ramallah. A Meeting with representatives from the Palestinian Hydrology Group and the Palestinian Working Women Society

Summer 2009 Interns worked in the following organizations:

• The Alternative Information Center, Jerusalem and Bethlehem.
• The Applied Research Institute of Jerusalem (ARIJ), Bethlehem.
• Kayan Feminist Organization, Haifa.

• The Latin patriarchate society of St Yves Catholic Human Rights Center for Resources and Development, Jerusalem.
• Sindyanna of Galilee which markets Palestinian products, such as olive oil and baskets, according to the principles of fair trade.
• Who Profits, Tel Aviv.
• The Minerva Center for Human Rights, Hebrew University.
• Baladna – Arab youth organization, Haifa.
• The Palestinian Initiative for the promotion of Global Dialogue and Democracy (MIFTAH), Ramallah.
• Palestinian Farmers Union, Ramallah.
• Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions (ICAHD), Jerusalem.
• The Regional Council for the Unrecognized Arab Bedouin Villages in the Negev.
• Al Quds University Human Rights Clinic, Jerusalem.
• Palestinian Hydrology Group, Ramallah.
• Union of Cooperative Association for Saving and Credit, Ramallah.
• Enfants, Jeux ET Education, Jalazon refugee camp, Ramallah, Arub refugee camp.

• Palestinian Working Women Society for Development, Ramallah.
• Project Hope, Nablus.
• The Palestinian Business Women’s Association, Ramallah.

Interns also took classes at Al-Najah University in Nablus and held meetings
with students and faculty at Birzeit University.

What the Summer 2009 interns say about their FFIPP Internships:

The best decision I have made this past year was to stop being lazy and actually look for opportunities to go to Palestine/Israel. I had been studying and talking about the conflict for so long but had never actually gone to the land. When I came across FFIPP, I applied immediately because it looked like exactly what I wanted: an orientation week to see different places and meet with people working in the field, a connection to great NGOs, lots of support from the program leaders, and mainly, the opportunity to work at incredible places like the Alternative Information Center.
The experience with FFIPP was my first in Palestine/Israel, but definitely not the last. I plan to go back and work against the occupation and for peace in any way I can.

Alia Lahlou, Brown University, USA.

What has FFIPP brought me? I would say that FFIPP could be summed up into a word: “opportunity”.
First of all, FFIPP prepared me to go to this part of the world not as a tourist, not as a full intern but rather as an involved citizen ready to listen, think and understand. Moreover, I experienced the life of Palestinians (since I was living and working in the Territories). Thus, I could understand their way of life, or what seems to me as an “oriental” way of life, their fears and their
hopes. I also had the privilege to travel all around Israel and discover the consequence of the conflict inside the society.
Secondly, FFIPP offered me the opportunity to meet amazing and diverse local people going from the Israeli journalist Danny Rubinstein to my Palestinian neighbours in Ramallah. All of them came with their experience of the conflict
and helped me think about the issue.
Thirdly, FFIPP gave me the opportunity to spend time and share my experience day after day with bright students and scholars, especially during the orientation week, from different countries. All of them were aware of the situation and always eager to share their feelings and listen to my worries and questions about the conflict.
Finally, FFIPP helped me to think about the conflict in a new perspective. I am now able to go beyond the News, and to explain what is at stake there and maybe to propose by myself possible solutions. I now have some clear opinions about the issue and I am ready to defend them.

Damien Simonneau, Sciences Politiques Bordeaux, Bordeaux, France

The FFIPP program was an extremely rewarding experience. One of the things I would have to say I was most impressed with in the program was my fellow interns. I met so many creative and intelligent people who inspired me to shoot for the stars and nothing less. I have never been more proud to call a group of people my friends.
During my time in the Middle East I encountered many great Palestinians and Israelis who really opened my mind both to the conflict, and life in general. You learn way more then you expect to from these people and yourself, when you defy the limits you may have previously set for yourself. FFIPP’s speakers grant you access to valuable perspectives never obtainable in the US.
When traveling to a foreign land, and immersing yourself in its culture and people, you learn things in a whole new dimension.
While I lived in Nablus, working for Project Hope, I also had the opportunity to take a law class at An-Najah University and meet many locals my age. I took Arabic classes as well as spent time with local families. If you want to help with the conflict in a more personal way I can guarantee you this is the way to do it. I would request that you enter this internship with no expectations or
fears, because what you gain will exceed all of these. If you’re like me then this trip and the people you meet will stay in the forefront of your mind forever. It’s an emotional and complicated journey that will leave you feeling homesick for the places and people who made your experience so rewarding.

Audrey Murphy, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, USA


Summer 2008 FFIPP Internship for Human Rights and Just Peace in Palestine/Israel

This summer sixty-one students from sixteen countries participated in the internship program. Twenty-two students participated in Session I, June 1 to July 4, and forty-two students participated in Session II, June 29 to July 31. The interns came from sixteen countries: USA, France, Netherlands, Hungary, Egypt, Japan, UK, Germany, Belgium, Turkey, Bulgaria, Italy, Switzerland, Spain, Canada, and Brazil.

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Summer 2008 interns in Jerusalem

The students came from the following universities and colleges:

• Macalester College, Yale University, University of Massachusetts-Amherst,  New York University, Princeton University, Harvard University, Cornell University, Columbia University, Webster University, Claremont McKenna College, Hampshire College, University of Windsor, University of St Andrews, Michigan State University, University of Amsterdam, Colby College, Johns Hopkins University, McGill University, University of Leuven, American University Cairo, Golden Gate University, University of Chicago, University of Essex, Middlebury College, University of Utrecht, UCLA, Boston College, Sorbonne University, Sciences Po Bordeaux, Sciences Po Grenoble, Sciences Po Paris, Toulouse University

Each session had an orientation program that included the following visits and meetings in Palestine/Israel:

• Bat Shalom, Jerusalem
• Ibdaa Center, Dheisheh Refugee Camp, Bethlehem

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At Ibdaa Dheisheh Refugee Camp

• The Applied Research Institute of Jerusalem (ARIJ), Bethlehem
• The Alternative Information Center, Jerusalem
• Hebron
• The Ghetto Fighters’ House – Itzhak Katzenelson Holocaust and Jewish Resistance Heritage Museum, and The Center for Humanistic Education, Kibbutz Lohamei HaGetaot

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FFIPP Interns at the Ghetto Fighters’ House – Itzhak Katzenelson Holocaust and Jewish Resistance Heritage Museum (by Daanish Faruqi)

• Kibbutz Gan Shemuel
• The remains of the destroyed 1948 villages of Biram, al-Bassa and Suhmata

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FFIPP Interns visit the remains of the destroyed 1948 village of Suhmata (by Daanish Faruqi)
• Sakhnin
• Meeting with Dr. Saeb Arakat, Jericho
• The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), Jerusalem
• Meeting with Dr. Luay Shabaneh, President, Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics, Ramallah
• Meeting with Khaleda Jarar, member of the Palestinian National Assembly, Ramallah
• Village of Billin

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Interns visit to the Israeli fence on the land of the village of Bilin

• Isha L’Isha and Kayan, Haifa
• FFIPP conference at Al Quds University in Abu-Dis
• Meeting with Dr. Alam Jarrar at the Palestinian Medical Relief Society office in Ramallah

Interns worked as volunteers for a month at the following places:

• Freedom Theatre, Jenin.
• Sindyanna of Galilee which markets Palestinian products, such as olive oil and baskets, according to the principles of fair trade.
• The Center for Humanistic Education, The Ghetto Fighters’ House, Kibbutz Lohamei HaGetaot.
• The Alternative Information Center, Jerusalem and Bethlehem.
• The Applied Research Institute of Jerusalem (ARIJ), Bethlehem
• Ibdaa Center, Dheisheh Refugee Camp, Bethlehem.
• Hameshulash Research Center – Kfar Kara, Israel
• The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), Jerusalem.
• Kayan Feminist Organization, Haifa.
• Rabbis for Human Rights, Jerusalem.
• The Latin patriarchate society of St Yves Catholic Human Rights Center for Resources and Development, Jerusalem
• Baladna – Arab youth organization, Haifa.
• The Palestinian Initiative for the promotion of Global Dialogue and Democracy (MIFTAH), Ramallah.
• Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions (ICAHD), Jerusalem.
• Al Quds University Human Rights Clinic. Jerusalem.
• Isha L’Isha, Feminist Organization, Haifa.
• Zochrot [“Remembering”], a group of Israeli citizens working to raise awareness of the Nakba, the Palestinian catastrophe of 1948, Tel-Aviv.
• Kav LaOved, an independent non-governmental organization committed to the defense of workers rights, Tel-Aviv.
• Palestinian Hydrology Group, Ramallah.
• Union of Cooperative Association for Saving and Credit, Ramallah.
• Development Research Center at Birzeit University.
• Enfants, Jeux ET Education, Jalazon, Ramallah.
• Palestinian Working Women Society for Development, Ramallah.
• Project Hope, Nablus.

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Summer 2008 interns working with project Hope in the Balata refugee camp

The most striking fact about this summer program was the large number of students in the program and their great national diversity. It is inspiring to see so many bright and idealistic students join the program, willing to take risks to learn and to do volunteer work in Palestine/Israel. Moreover, it was encouraging to see how quickly strong friendships were formed among the students, as well between the students and their hosts.

Other significant developments in the program occurred this year. A group of students who were interns last summer formed a FFIPP chapter in France last fall and recruited sixteen students for this year’s program. Three leaders of FFIPP France came to Palestine/Israel a week before the beginning of the internship program to assist in the process of finding host organizations for the interns. They were very successful in finding intern placements.

The development of leaders within the internship program will become a feature of the program. Student interns from will be invited to serve as field coordinators for the next year.

This summer a series of weekly meetings were held in Ramallah between some of the FFIPP interns and Palestinian students. This is a joint project of the Combatants For Peace and FFIPP. A discussion has started on ways to establish long term relations with the Palestinian student group and plan for joint activities in the near future. Next summer we are planning to organize a parallel series of meetings with Israeli students and organize joint meetings of the three groups as well.

What the Summer 2008 interns say about their FFIPP Internships:

I learned more about the conflict in these 5 days of orientation as in the two years prior…. Fantastic time…I worked for Rabbis for Human Rights, which in itself was a very educational experience….I would also be interested in being a coordinator next summer.
Maurice Chammah, College Scholar Program/Near Eastern Studies/Music, Cornell University

Even as a child, I loved history and dreamed of one day visiting Israel to see where all the characters from my Sunday school lessons actually lived long ago. This summer, I had the opportunity to do that and more with the FFIPP Internship for Human Rights and a Just Peace.
The entire experience was more than I could have imagined or hoped for. From visiting Bethlehem, Hebron, destroyed ’48 villages, Jerusalem and women’s rights organizations in Haifa during orientation, to working for the Alternative Information Centre (AIC), my time in Israel and Palestine was packed with fascinating things to see and do. I made great friends and took more pictures than my camera could hold. I attended lectures, workshops and guest speakers. I researched and wrote articles on the torture of Palestinians in Israeli prisons and the political participation of women in Hamas (articles that were published on the AIC’s website). Plus, I had the opportunity to see the effects of the conflict with my own eyes; something no book or lecture could ever do. In short, this internship gave me the experiences, skills and passion to continue working for human rights, justice and peace long after I return home.
Cheryl Rettig, Political Science Graduate Program at the University of Windsor, Canada

I learned a lot and had an amazing time with the other interns. I plan to keep in touch with a lot of people… I have come away from this month with a great motivation to do more. I now feel like I have a solid grounding of the situation, and plan to go back to help in any way that I can.
Abbie Taylor, University of St Andrews, Scotland, UK

The orientation week was very informative, interesting, and eye-opening. I really liked that in the first week we got so much information and packed a lot into the first week. It prepared us for the rest of the trip and gave us a chance to bond with the other students…An amazing experience overall.
Maha Moushabeck, Brunel University, London, UK

I especially enjoyed our time in Deheisheh [refugee camp]. Previously, my academic understanding of the Arab-Israeli conflict was defined in political terms and historical events; interacting with the people living in the camp and witnessing first-hand the conditions in which they lived allowed me to examine the oft-ignored human dimension of the conflict.
The [ interns were the] most intelligent, inquisitive and adventurous group of people I have ever met… I am confident that the friendships I formed this summer will last a lifetime…I had the summer of a lifetime. Thank you!
Allison Hutchings, The College of William and Mary

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FFIPP Student Internship for Human Rights and Just Peace in Palestine/Israel and the Middle East, Summer 2007
Thirty students from seven countries – France, Italy, Germany, Holland, China, Canada and the US – participated in the Summer 2007 program. They come from universities such as Colby College, Columbia University, University of Bordeaux, Sorbonne University, University of Michigan, Swathmore College, Yeshiva University, Emory University, Smith College, Harvard University, Earlham College, Umass Amherst, University Pennsylvania, Portland State University, Princeton University, and University of Arizona.

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2007 Interns visited the remains of the 48 village Saffuriyya and the city of Nazareth

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Each student participates in a weeklong orientation program before being placed in an organization to do internship. The orientation program includes visits and meetings in Jaffa, Jerusalem, Bethlehem, Bilin, Ramallah, Tel-Aviv and Nazareth. During the orientation week the students stay at the guesthouse of the Ibdaa Cultural Center in Dheisheh refugee camp.

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Summer 2007 interns in Jerusalem

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FFIPP interns at the Freedom Theatre in the Jenin refugee camp

Interns worked as volunteers for a month at the following places:

Applied Research Institute of Jerusalem in Bethlehem, Rabbis for Human Rights in Jerusalem, Freedom Theatre in Jenin, Israeli Committee Against House Demolition, Project Hope in Nablus, Ibdaa Cultural Center in Dheisheh refugee camp, Kyan a feminist organization for Israeli Palestinian women in Haifa, Arab American University in Jenin, Alternative information Center in Jerusalem, Palestinian Farmers union in Ramallah, and summer camp in Shaknin.

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Summer 2007 interns Suhad and Dorit

What the Summer 2007 interns say about their FFIPP Internships:

When I saw the Deheishe refugee camp, I thought it was not true. Just imagine. There are 11,000 refugees there and a segregation wall around them. But, what is the most surprising is that there in Ibdaa, the community center in the Deheishe refugee camp, you also find the most open-minded people, the most free-thinking people and the friendliest people you have ever met. For me, Ibdaa needs to exist as long as the Palestinians rights won’t be recognized. We mustn’t forget that Palestinian Rights are also our rights, so Ibdaa is also the place where our own freedom is surviving.
Claire Boisseau, Summer 2007 student intern, Institute of Political Studies of Bordeaux, France

Though the situation here is dismal, it is encouraging to know that there are so many Israelis and Palestinians here who are working towards peace. During my session here, I will be working with the Freedom Theatre in Jenin, contributing my time to a wonderful organization that has already given many children here the chance to participate in and create art. Needless to say, my life has been changed much since arriving here a week ago, so in the fall, I will tell my peers at Georgetown and in Shanghai about my experiences here in the hopes that we can translate the peace movement I have found here to around the globe.
Elisa Dun, Summer 2007 student intern, Georgetown University

Summer 2006 FFIPP Internship for Human Rights and Just Peace in Palestine/Israel

The first internship program offered to university students world wide. Four students participated in the program. They were students at UMASS Amherst, Hampshire College and the University of Bologna, Italy.

The interns worked in Project Hope in Nablus and in the Balata refugee camp, as well as in B’tzelem in Jerusalem.

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Playground wall painting project done by a 2006  FFIPP intern together with children from the Balata refugee camp.

What the Summer 2006 interns say about their FFIPP Internships:

This internship has opened me up on many levels. I saw the reality of the Occupation in Palestine and was forced to question my own country’s (and hence my own) part in what is happening there. Working with a number of organizations I gained a sense of the peace movement in Israel and Palestine and also of the smaller, more local efforts, such as children’s centers, to address the disadvantages Palestinians face.
Amy kent, Summer 2006 student intern, University of Massachusetts, Amherst

For me it was a great opportunity to get in contact with Israel and Palestine. I had the chance to do research and to work on my final thesis, but more importantly it was a way to get in contact with people, be it Palestinians, Israeli or other international students, who worked in the same field. By this experience I understand much more of the political and social situation in the Occupied Territories and about life in the Middle East in general (during the internship I also had the chance to visit Jordan and Egypt).
Summer 2006 student intern, University of Bologna, Italy

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