New university, other partnerships to help Holy Land

Thursday, 19 February 2009


"You don't have to be pro-Israeli or pro-Palestinians, one or the other.  You can be both."

        - Melek Nasr-Totah

"It's is not possible to be "pro-Israel" if you are not "pro-Palestinian," and vice versa.  There is no such thing as one without the other."

        - Gail Weinstein

"If we are to have partners for peace, then we must first be partners. . ."

        - President Dwight D. Eisenhower

          Centennial Commencement Address, Pennsylvania State University

          June 11, 1955

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University partnership

     A history-making U.S.-Palestinian educational partnership was announced by Presidents Leon Botstein of Bard College (New York State) and Sari Nusseibeh of Al-Quds University (East Jerusalem).
     "The Honors College combines the best of educational traditions of Palestine with contemporary approaches to American liberal arts education," announces their new Web site.

Al-Quds Bard Partnership


     Bard College has deep interest in international collaborative programs that incorporate its innovative approaches to liberal arts education and the conduct of secondary-level schooling.
     Al-Quds University desires to play a central role in improving Palestinian education and offer students a high-level liberal arts undergraduate experience.
     The two institutions have formed task teams, and lively dialogue and discussion is occurring both within each institution and between the two.
     Frequent meetings are conducted via video-conference, as well as face-to-face gatherings on both sides of the ocean.
     This 2008-2009 academic year is dedicated to program design and development, faculty recruitment, and student recruitment.
     The Honors College and MAT Program will open in this Fall 2009, and the Model School a year later in 2010.
     Interested students may apply for admission to the Honors College through Al-Quds University Admissions office - Tel: +972-2-2799753 or Fax: +972-2-2796960.
     Faculty members wishing to teach in the Honors College or Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) program submit a cover letter, resume, salary expectations and names of three references by e-mail only to or .
     SEE PHOTOS and more at:


Palestinian Campus Looks to East Bank (of Hudson)

The New York Times - Saturday, 14 February 2009

Bard College and Al-Quds University to Open Joint Campus

The Chronicle of Higher Education - 08 February 2009

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Environmental partnership

     Green Mideast Peace is a partnership of young people of different faiths and cultural backgrounds.
     They cross boundaries toward one another, to work together on environmental projects like keeping water supplies pure.
     This benefits the whole Israeli-Jordanian-Palestinian community, and fosters understanding between these Jordanian and Jewish youth and their counselors.
     SEE VIDEO at:


Green Mideast Peace

Goodwater Neighbors Project

On Falafel TV


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Create a new partner
in time of crisis

     When you feel threatened, don't call your friend.
     Phone your enemy.
     This is wisdom
of Eboo Patel, an American Muslim with roots in India.
     Patel is founder and executive director of the Interfaith Youth Core - - a Chicago-based international non-profit organization that promotes interfaith cooperation.
     "The first phone calls Jewish and Muslim officials should make when bombs explode over there are not to organizations within their own religious community, but to reasonable people in the other community," writes Patel.
     "The first line should be, 'Im on the side of coexistence, and I bet you are too. What public statements can we collectively make, what press releases can we cooperatively issue, which helps the side of coexistence defeat the demon of conflict?'"
     In sports language, Eboo believes, "Thats a play that could change the game."


US Jews, Muslims need new playbook

by Eboo Patel

Common Ground News Service - 06 January 2009


     This February 2009, President Obama named Eboo the first Muslim in the newly created White House Council on Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships.
     The 25 religious and secular advisors will guide decisions on both domestic and foreign policy issues.

"If we are to have partners for peace, then we must first be partners. . ."

        - President Dwight D. Eisenhower

          Centennial Commencement Address, Pennsylvania State University

          June 11, 1955