Tent of Nations 2019 [4]: Bethlehem, Soldiers, Settlements & Spiritual Growth

[This is a journal entry I wrote in Palestine. Any notes made by me after the fact will be in brackets and/or not italicized. I’ve added information on some politics in this post. I also included some of my own personal thoughts about faith in this entry. The next post will be about community psychology and how I saw it in the West Bank. Please enjoy!]

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Tent of Nations 2019 [3]: Documentation Day by Day of Summer Camp Program

11:00 pm, August 15th-August 27th, Volunteer Tent

 

This is short daily documentation of Tent of Nations’s Children’s Summer Camp. With each day, Daoud had the idea to link an article or two of the UN’s Declaration of Human Rights. He told us that the festival is for fun, but is also an important opportunity to teach the parents what their children have been learning, too: that the land is valuable and should be protected, and that they have human rights which cannot be taken from them.

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Tent of Nations 2019 [3]: Documentation of Summer Camp by Day

11:00 pm, August 15th-August 27th, Volunteer Tent

 

This is short daily documentation of Tent of Nations’s Children’s Summer Camp. With each day, Daoud had the idea to link an article or two of the UN’s Declaration of Human Rights. He told us that the festival is for fun, but is also an important opportunity to teach the parents what their children have been learning, too: that the land is valuable and should be protected, and that they have human rights which cannot be taken from them.

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Tent of Nations 2019 [2]: Research Goals and Interests (June 7)

[to see my bibliography, please go here: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1La6vZm8vfqfxbtBhwB3xcz0uM53QZ6bFRMzqxL199iQ/edit?usp=sharing]

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Tent of Nations 2019: Where it Began

I want to preface my blog posts with a reason why I am publishing them all now, because it is an important part to understanding the travels and research and how I approached my travel. In July, I traveled to the West Bank to stay with a Palestinian farmer and his family, along with fourteen international volunteers. Together we ran a summer camp for Palestinian children in the Bethlehem area at the farm called Tent of Nations. If I were to have “publicly” discussed my travel plans, due to an Israeli law passed in the Knesset in 2017, I could potentially be stopped, questioned, and turned away from entrance into the country, disallowing me to do the research I had hoped to. While I did not publicly support BDS and while Tent of Nations does not publicly support BDS, overstepping Israeli law is not uncommon for Israeli authorities, so I decided not to take my chances. I can tell you that I was deemed the highest security risk and was thoroughly searched and questioned while leaving from the airport in Tel Aviv on the 29th–more on that in a later post, though. I’ve been journaling throughout the experience and I am excited to share what I’ve learned and seen, and which directions I want this project to go.

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