We successfully finished Connectors Project in Palestine

“Training Course on Alternative Conflict Resolution Project” was successfully concluded in Palestine, which is the second stop of our long journey to resolve the conflicts especially in our near geography and to make peace in all around the world. Within the scope of the project, we made a series of studies including Hebron, Bethlehem and Jerusalem cities were carried out.

We performed our simulation game, which is the main theme of our project about on conflict resolution, and we have done some studies in the Youth Development Resource Center in Hebron, one of the oldest cities in the world. During our time in Hebron we visited the Abraham Mosque and during our visit, we witnessed how our Palestinian friends living in Hebron. We witnessed that how they struggled and suffered from the borders built by Israel in their own hometown.

We performed our visit to AIDA Camp in Bethlehem and witnessed other victimization. We were able to talk with the young people who were born and raised in the refugee camp and who are administrators to there now. During our visit, we had the opportunity to watch the dance show from young people who living in AIDA Camp. ALLOWRAD Organization has been lead us during our visiting.

During our visit to Bethlehem in spite of the walls, this city has The Walled off Hotel, built by Bansky, for attract to more tourists, and we had the opportunity to listen to the hotels story from the owners. We ended our Bethlehem program with a visit to the Native Church.

and finally Jerusalem!!!

We separated the last two days of our project to Jerusalem and found the opportunity to discover this unique the city.We started our Jerusalem program with a visit to the PASSIA Foundation, which has been workingaround 40 years about conflict. Here, Dr. Mahdi Abdul Hadi is President, told us his comments about the conflict between Palestine and Israel. Following this visit, we visited the Turkish Embassy in Jerusalem, that was the last official program of our project. Mr. Ambassador HüsnüGurcanTürkoğlu gave information about Turkey’s position as a strong actor in the Middle East and the aid given to Palestine.

We had the opportunity to visit and feel Old Town in Jerusalem, and all of our participants have enjoyed with the inspiration of this moment. We spent the last day of our project as a free time. In the meantime, some of our participants found the opportunity to see Death Sea.

Our world is being dragged into a terrible war. Due to economic wars or the rules chosen by the energy wars pushing us faster to more conflict and more insolvency.This situation is extremely worrying and upsetting us. We want to inform the whole world that ; as an individual or as an organization , YPIDA Family will never give up to spend effort for the world peace.

In this context, we would like to thank YDRC, ALROWWAD, PASSIA Foundation, Turkish Jerusalem Embassy, and all participants, for their support to our project. We hope and believe that we can all change the world together and leave a peaceful world to the generations that come after us.

Onur Oguz Dellal
Founder Director of YPIDA

                                       

Author: YPIDA International

Youth Participation and Intercultural Dialogue Association (YPIDA), is founded on October 2008 in Ankara for supporting the development of youth in order to become active citizens and to participate in social and democratic life in their societies. Today, YPIDA is creating new strategies and goals based on the needs of today's world and establishing new branches in order to have more direct contact with youth in different countries and is about to be officially registered as INGYO with headquarters in Berlin, Germany.

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