Traditional Palestinian costumes and the annual olive harvest are topics of upcoming cultural events at the Jerusalem Fund for Education & Community Development in Washington, DC. The independent, non-profit, organization also offers analysis of political and humanitarian issues important to Palestinians both here in the United States and in their homeland.
The Fund’s Executive Director, Yousef Munir, said that the educational efforts of the organization “give voice to the Palestinian narrative” through policy briefings, lecture series, conferences, symposia, scholarly research publications. Efforts emphasize a Palestinian perspective on the peace process, the “right of return,” final status negotiations, elections, media coverage of Israel and Palestine and U.S. Foreign policy in the region.
The Fund’s Humanitarian Link program extends grants to hospitals, orphanages, clinics, schools, universities and civil society organizations in the Palestinian Occupied Territory and surrounding refugee camps
I think that the Fund’s investment in education in Palestine, especially Jerusalem, is the most important focus of the organization. For us, in Palestine, education is the most important thing– our jobs, our future, our ability to make changes depend on education.
*Where do you think the Fund should focus it’s resources?