On Friday September 18 a Sabeel Community program headed by Sawsan, took a group of 39 to visit and learn from the Maftool Festival being celebrated in BirZeit just north of Ramallah. This group mostly of Christian Jerusalemites was able to see and experience first-hand the many crafts, products and heritages of many mostly Muslim-populated Palestinian villages. Thanks to the Rozanna Association who brought them all together under one roof, the social cohesion and role of women was particularly highlighted.

We thank God for the continuing opportunity to learn from each other, to further Christian-Muslim dialogue, and to strengthen Palestinian identity despite the ongoing stress and strain throughout the West Bank and Occupied East Jerusalem.