Al-Liqa’ Center for Religious and Heritage Studies in the Holy Land
and Muslim Palestinian youth in Italy
On Thursday, 19 April 2013
Al-Liqa Center hall – Bethlehem
Dr. Geries S. Khoury met on 19 April 2013 with Christian and Muslim Palestinian students who had taken part in a workshop in Italy on “Shared Living, Justice and peace” which was sponsored by “The Voice of Peace” organization of the District of Val D’Aosta. Dr. Khoury listened to each participant’s experience in which they expressed their satisfaction and pleasure at the way a group of young Italian youth were made aware of problems by Palestinian youth at the “Voice of Peace” organization. Palestinians put forth to the Italians the history of the Palestinian problem and they reiterated to their Italian friend that the basic demand of Palestinians is to attain justice and peace including the establishment of a Palestinian State with its capital Arab East Jerusalem. Teacher Sima Ghawali of Beit Jala who accompanied the Palestinian group expressed her satisfaction with this unique experience. She mentioned, in addition, areas that need to be focused on in case a continuation of the program is desired.
All Palestinian students were happy with the Italian group and members of sponsoring organization who hosted them in a special way and they thanked especially Mr. Giancarlo Rosso.
It is worth mentioning that this program was under the auspices of the “Theology Faculty” of Mar Elias College in ‘Ibellin who asked the advice of Al-Liqa’s branch in Galilee and asked it to follow up with the group.