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    will vote for For them elections are a matter of family And she tells this obviously while trying to keep neutral tolerant and understand this She is even asked to become mayor but she doesnot like this full time job She wants to stay director of the school where the door to her room is always open Permanently teachers ask for their advice It is the day of examinations In the 12th grade they write their final exams in Arabic Afaf Shatara listens carefully and then gives a short precise answer smiling And smiling the teachers leave her room The last year we were among the ten best schools at the examinations on the West Bank That s important to her And that the new school is well equipped with computers laboratories and a library And that the Unesco school is delivered with special information The friendship with a norwegian school is cultivated through regular visits What about a partnership with an Israeli school No that s not a good moment for that Perhaps in the future Right now they are killing us and destroy our houses and our lives How can we build up good relations with them Here we only see the army and not the human beings some of them might be good The importance the Palestinians attribute to education is extremely high Even in the smallest villages there are schools with qualified teachers During the first Intifada 1987 1994 schools and universities used to be closed for longer periods Therefore the Palestinian Authority has tried a lot to keep the education system going since the second Intifada started in 2000 The curriculum has been changed English is now teached from the first year what the former English teacher Shatara likes The dress of the girls has changed as well The blue school uniform nearly dissappeared below the long dresses 90 per cent of the students wear Hijabs as well as all the teachers except for one This is rural area very conservative Afaf Shatara explains Among the students at the gate of the school yard no girl likes to show a man the way to the teacher s room Some of them are raised like this and if their father doesn t allow them to talk to men they don t do it Every morning the students stay calm and pray for one minute when an inhabitant died as a martyr Everyone who dies in fighting with Israelis is called martyr Either by Israeli soldiers or in a suicide attack Do they discuss this in the classes We should not interfere in politics so much she says Knowing that this is politics too The families here have for a greater part their origin in Haifa or Jaffa That is their home they were forced to leave with the independance of the State of Israel in 1948 Many believe they will return there whenever this will be Her own family has been living here since 1650 But

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    elections and later on for the parliamentary elections About the ink that is put on the thumb for a square centimeter approved by the Europen Union and not washable for 72 hours Up to the plenty of straps that seals the boxes of milky plastic Actually the election should end at seven But via radio television minarett and mobile phone the electoral committee communicated that the casting of votes is extended to nine o clock Since in many places still questions over registration had to be clarified We did not see people queing anywhere May be because of lack of participation or because of the many polling stations That is the answer in polling station 1 432 of exactly 700 voters cast their ballots This is a participation of 60 per cent The four local election observers sit on behalf of parties or candidates beside us In the beginnig they stood around the table with the ballot box and discussed the further procedure However when the head of the election committee in the Khadir Fatima school emerged she banished all observers to a chair row at the edge Now the counting begins A lady reads out the marked candidates loud the next one shows with never ending energy each individual note of the row of the election observers before the third lady assigns the vote to the selected candidate on her list And all men note the votes at the board and or on their forms At first the independent candidate Mustafa Barghouthi which addressed particularly intellectual people and spoke up against corruption in the autonomy authority can keep up nearly with the huge favorite and PLO chairman Mahmud Abbas The other five candidates play no role at all One of them must wait nearly one hour until he can

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    Ex Präsident Jimmy Carter spricht Main page CHRIS EAPPI Official Website of EAPPI This is the private homepage of Disclaimer I have been active from Dec 2004 to Feb 2005 for Evangelisches Missionswerk in Südwestdeutschland EMS as an Ecumenical Accompanier serving on the World Council of Churches WCC Ecumenical Accompaniment Programme in Palestine and Israel EAPPI The views contained herein are personal and do not necessarily reflect those of my

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    EAPPI Official Website of EAPPI This is the private homepage of Disclaimer I have been active from Dec 2004 to Feb 2005 for Evangelisches Missionswerk in Südwestdeutschland EMS as an Ecumenical Accompanier serving on the World Council of Churches WCC Ecumenical Accompaniment Programme in Palestine and Israel EAPPI The views contained herein are personal and do not necessarily reflect those of my employer EMS or the WCC If you would

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    sea Mirjam had learned while researching the net of a German Marathon runner close to dying of starvation near to the site of the miracle of the multiplication of bread But I did not have anything to eat with me only some 120 Shekalim and no time to spend them in a restaurant But there was Daniel who was just unwrapping some date balls with coconut Energy balls he called them He offered me one of them It was really incredible to someone like me who doesn t work things out in advance too carefully that anybody could offer me something from his well calculated food supply so far away from the finishing line There was not even time to say thank you since Daniel restarted running immediately a kind of running that would evidently soon come to a stop again And so I again caught up with him a little later Go I told him Go faster I meant Otherwise he would not meet the time limit of six hours Come on I pushed him closer to the finish to make him moving faster So we could even talk a bit I always one step in front to keep us going It s Daniel s first Marathon His regular training partners in Tel Aviv his brother and his brother in law had left him far behind since they run faster And Daniel just wants to finish his first Marathon in less than five hours which he will if he keeps up with me So Yalla It will be Daniel s only chance this year today Jan 6 2005 since the Tiberias Marathon is the only one in Holy Land This is the 28th Tiberias Marathon and it is the lowest on earth 197 metres below sea level It is deepest winter when there are excellent conditions for running The average temperature for this time of year at the starting time of 9 am is 15 degrees Celsius Today it is even warmer In some parts it s already too hot But then white clouds protect the runners A lot of things are just like at home The pasta party on the eve The small market for shoes and equipment Uriel mint paste for the muscles in the starter bag The number with four needles to fix it in place The wheelchair contestants starting shortly before the runners The 12 km run half an hour later A children s run The entrant s fee of 50 US Dollar This may be the only chance of my life I have been here since the end of November as an Ecumenical Accompanier in the Ecumenical Accompaniment Programme of the World Council of Churches in Palestine and Israel EAPPI So for some kilometres I am accompanying Daniel He is a journalist who works for the peace oriented newspapaer Haaretz and now evaluates Arab newspapers for the American Embassy in Tel Aviv He compains that the English edition of Haaretz is just a translation

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    the sunset The sky is radiant Chris points to the horizon and says Over there you can see Tel Aviv and the Mediterranean The same sight greets the farmers after a hard day s work in the olive grove The difference is that the villagers of Jayyous cannot go to the sea Qalqiliya A small town in the northwest of the West Bank close to the village of Jayyous The town is completely encircled by a nine metre high concrete wall and a fence Since the second Intifada broke out a considerable amount of stores were forced to shut down The shopkeepers were dependent on Israelis who came for cheap bargains in Qalqiliya The economy is drained and commerce is slow Still the remaining businesses must go on although at a slightly slower pace than before And like the villagers of Jayyous the townspeople of Qalqiliya are restricted from visiting the sea Noon in Qalqiliya The sun is high in the sky The heat is starting to become unbearable and the stench from the open sewage system close to the concrete wall is almost insufferable The knowledge of the sea so close by is ever present What started off as a joke becomes reality when we suddenly find ourselves in a taxi driven by a Palestinian with Israeli citizenship en route to Tel Aviv to the Mediterranean We leave a world of poverty unemployment injustice and dirt behind us and drive into a different world 20 minutes away Afternoon in Tel Aviv The seafront resembles any Western tourist resort It s modern clean and filled with thinly dressed people in crowded bars So close to Jayyous and Qalqiliya yet light years away The sea has no memory and for a short spell for the first time in months we feel light hearted and free of the thoughts of occupation But the freedom in Tel Aviv is a façade The lack of freedom in the seemingly idyllic environment is manifested by a constantly present fear The fear of Palestinian suicide bombers This becomes evident by massive security measures at the entrance to one of the pubs along the seafront By pure chance we discover that we are sitting in an Irish pub Mike s Place which was bombed a year and a half ago I do not know if the Israeli fear of additional suicide bombs makes itself felt in us we discussed it before we entered the pub but now no one mentions it But the thought is surely there Still social life in Tel Aviv goes on although at a slightly more cautious pace than before Sunset in the Twilight Zone The car drive along the poorly constructed roads back to Jayyous reminds me that I have returned to the world I left a few hours before Nothing has changed Everything is the same Evening in Jayyous From the hill I can see the lights of Tel Aviv in the distance The Mediterranean is no longer visible in the

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    the xmas tree Landscape Lydia House Viv Burning litter Back to Jayyous Main page CHRIS EAPPI Official Website of EAPPI This is the private homepage of Disclaimer I have been active from Dec 2004 to Feb 2005 for Evangelisches Missionswerk in Südwestdeutschland EMS as an Ecumenical Accompanier serving on the World Council of Churches WCC Ecumenical Accompaniment Programme in Palestine and Israel EAPPI The views contained herein are personal and

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    Official Website of EAPPI This is the private homepage of Disclaimer I have been active from Dec 2004 to Feb 2005 for Evangelisches Missionswerk in Südwestdeutschland EMS as an Ecumenical Accompanier serving on the World Council of Churches WCC Ecumenical Accompaniment Programme in Palestine and Israel EAPPI The views contained herein are personal and do not necessarily reflect those of my employer EMS or the WCC If you would like

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