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Summer Camp for West Bank University Students

From September 23-25, the Geneva Initiative held a summer youth camp for young leaders in the Palestinian territories.


Geneva Initiative's Palestinian office (the Palestinian Peace Coalition) raises debate on models of solution for borders and Jerusalem as indicated in GI annexes

PPC-GI organized a three-day summer camp at Talita Qomi Academy, Beit Jala (23-25 September). The camp has served as a platform for more than 50 university students coming from different universities in the West Bank and Jerusalem. The camp focused mainly on what a solution would look like, as well as what role the youth can play in the process.

GI Signatories Sam'an Khoury (left) and Samih Abed (center), and PPC Coordinator Ghassan Alsheikh

Over the three days, the camp received several speakers including the PPC-GI’s executive director Nidal Foqaha, who briefed the participants on Geneva Accord stressing the need to support the current approach of direct negotiations. Dr. Samih Abed, member of the negotiating teams visited the camp and briefed the participants on the GI’s model for solving the issue of borders (click to view GI maps). Dr. Abed indicated that the path taken by the Palestinian leadership regarding direct talks was the right choice, emphasizing the two state solution within the parameters of the Geneva Accord (click to view the Accord) and its annexes (click to view the annexes). Saman Khoury, GI signatory talked about the issue of Jerusalem as the key to conflict and solution. Within the framework of providing solutions, Khoury presented the GI’s model for providing a detailed solution that realizes the principle of East Jerusalem, as capital to the Palestinian State.


The camp also included several sessions on the culture of peace, non-violence and dialogue. The youth camp is part of a series of events to take place in September, October and November.