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(Video) Building Palestinian Economic Independence

by George S. Rishmawi,
footage by Kathy Kamp, AFSC

George S. Rishmawi is a co-founder and coordinator of Siraj, the Palestinian Center for Holy Land Studies and one of the founders of the International Solidarity Movement. He is a board member of the Network of Christian Organizations in Bethlehem. Siraj is organizing a network of bicycle clubs in the West Bank and environmental hiking programs for Palestinian and international young people. Originating in Beit Sahour, a town famous for its nonviolent struggle in the First Intifada, Rishmawi is a life-long peace activist.

In this talk, he discusses how to promote economic independence by supporting Palestinian crafts and building Palestinian-led tourism. He gave this talk 19 April 2007 at the Bil’in International Nonviolence Conference.