Juliano’s Dream of Peace and Freedom Lives On

English follows Arabic:

جوليانو كان إنساناً يحمل في قلبه حلم الحرية والسلام، وعمل جاهداً في سبيل تحقيق هذا الحلم. لكن أعداء الحرية والسلام أي كان مذهبهم أو قوميتهم لم يكلوا من  محاولة ثنيه عن طريقه فعمدوا إلى أجبن الطرق وقتلوه بدم بارد.

ان الشعب الفلسطيني فقد جوليانو بجسده، لكنه ما زال حاضراً بحلمه وطموحه. ونحن في مؤسسة الطريق نرى في اغتيال جوليانو محاولة فاشلة لثني الشعب الفلسطيني عن إرادته في الحرية، لهذا فنحن نؤكد إصرارنا على مواصلة الطريق، طريق الحرية والسلام. وكما أن كل التعازي لن تخفف ألم الفاجعة، كذلك فإن كل التنديد لن يكفي لتأكيد رفضنا

لهذه الجريمة البشعة. لذا فحاجتنا إلى العمل الجاد أكبر، ومسؤوليتنا نحو حلم جوليانو وغيره من أنصار العدالة والحرية أعم وأعظم.

Juliano Mer-Khamis was a human who carried his heart dream of peace and freedom in his heart and worked tirelessly for his dream to be realized. But the enemies of peace and freedom, of whatever creed or nationality they are, never stopped standing in his way, and eventually resorted to the most cowardly way of killing him–in cold blood.

The Palestinian people lost Juliano in his body, but he remains present in our dream and ambition. We, Al-Tariq, see in the killing of Juliano as a failed attempt to hinder the Palestinian will to freedom, therefore, we emphasize our persistence to continue on the path–the path of freedom and peace which Julio led with love and dedication. All condolences will not suffice, neither will condemnations of this murderous act. Our need to work for freedom is greater and our responsibility toward the dreams that Juliano perused have never been more prevalent and significant.

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The Save the Water! Project Starts in Three Palestinian Villages

This month we held our first set of Save the Water! advocacy trainings, an EU sponsored project, for villagers in Ras Karakar, Al – Janiya and Ein Ark, rural villages outside of Ramallah. Through our trainings we reached nearly 75 people 20 – 50 years old, with a strong representation of youth.

The Save the Water! project will take place over the next two years and has two main goals; to teach the participants about advocacy, democracy and human rights related to water, and to build local village councils to advocate local and regional governments to improve the water and waste water management situation in Palestine. As a result of the trainings, participants will receive a certificate in water advocacy from Al Tariq.

Al Tariq’s Executive Director opened the trainings by talking about his vision for the villages and their future in advocacy. Then, three lecturers shared with participants the goals of the Save the Water! project and the current water situation in Palestine. Participants learned how the water becomes polluted, the biggest problem that inhabitants suffer from and learned how to calculate their water footprint.

During the panel about advocacy, participants learned to “think outside the box” by participating in games and icebreakers which encouraged them to interact with each other. Participants shared stories about their experience with advocacy and learned how to build a successful advocacy campaign with goals, connections, alliances, and coalitions.

Participants were also divided to three groups were they discussed human rights in their point of view and compared their thoughts to the Declaration of Human Rights. In the next group workshop each group will plan a water rights project that they would like to implement in their community.

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Executive Director of Al Tariq Named One of the 500 Most Influential Muslims

Al Tariq is proud to announce that Khaled Abu Awwad, our Executive Director, was chosen by “The Royal Islamic Strategic Studies Centre” as one of the 500 most influential Muslims in 2010. The Royal Islamic Strategic Studies Centre is an independent research entity affiliated with the Royal Aal al-Bayt Institute for Islamic Thought, an international Islamic non-governmental, independent institute headquartered in Amman, Jordan. The book can be downloaded here.

Since 2000, when Khaled’s brother was killed by the Israeli military, he has worked with the Parent’s Circle Families Forum to build opportunities for peace and reconciliation between the two nations.  Today he serves as the Executive Director of Al Tariq, the Palestinian partner of the Parent’s Circle, and works on several development and peacebuilding projects in Palestinian and Israeli society.

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