Bethlehem’s Lajee Center on Palestinian Cultural Tour in Europe

21 Palestinian youths showcase Palestine in Europe. (Photo: via Ma'an)

The Bethlehem-based Lajee Center for Palestinian Cultural Arts is conducting a tour of Britain, Ireland, and Scotland, which is part of an annual trip made by 21 Palestinian youths to showcase cultural, photographic, and art exhibits in Europe, in addition to documentaries aimed at displaying the Palestinian struggle to the rest of the world.

Salah Ajarmeh, head of the Lajee Center in the Aida refugee camp, told Ma’an news agency that the 20-day tour is centered on confirming the rights of Palestinians to live despite the “bitter reality” of the refugee camps, adding that the group met with the British parliament upon their arrival.

The tour was organized in cooperation with international activists and institutions that support and believe in the Palestinian cause, Ajarmeh said.

Head of the media department of the center, photojournalist Muhammad al-Azzeh, opened his photo gallery titled “The Continuous Nakba,” exploring the daily lives of refugees at the Aida refugee camp in northern Bethlehem.

Al-Azzeh, a Palestinian refugee, said that many Palestinians inside and outside of Palestine are not aware of the daily suffering of Palestinian refugees, adding that his annual galleries have aimed to display the suffering of Palestinian refugees, and attempts at providing them safety and security.


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  1. I love and am impressed by the work of Lajee Center. Last time I was there in Aida was ’13. Insha’Allah, I’ll be in Bethlehem in March for Sabeel. Coming to the center will be a Must! Aida and the people are often in my thoughts. Two weeks ago my youngest granddaughter was in England and Ireland for a school tour. I wish she could have seen the Lajee performance … and people.

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