- Published on Friday, 10 August 2012 08:10
Saturday, 11th Aufust 2012, 8:00 PM
Discussion about the Bethlehem Industrial Park:
Social and Economic Development in the West Bank
with Elie Shehadeh
Economic and social development in the Occupied Palestinian Territory cannot occur until Israel ends its occupation and justice is achieved for the Palestinian people. Numerous studies, some by the Alternative Information Center (AIC), have demonstrated this to be true.
In the meantime, however, local and international attempts are made to foster improved socioeconomic conditions, even under Israeli occupation. And one of these attempts is the innovative Bethlehem Multi-disciplinary Industrial Park (BMIP).
Created in June 2009 as a joint Palestinian-French initiative, BMIP aims to encourage sustainable economic growth, an "incubator" for young Palestinian graduates and high quality training. BMIP is also the first "eco-park" in Palestine.
What is the reality of BMIP today and what lessons can be learned from its experience? What types of socio-economic progress are possible under the current conditions of occupation? These questions and more will be answered in this special evening.
Saturday 11 August is also the opening of the AIC library and bookshop! Find publications about various Palestinian organizations, browse through our selection of books, films and maps related to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict...and even pick up fiction books for when you need a break! The library will be open with the AICafe events (Tuesday, Thursday and Saturdays from 7-10pm) and Monday-Thursday and Saturday in the mornings.
Elie Shehadeh is the project manager of the Bethlehem Multi-disciplinary Industrial Park
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Please join for this informative event!
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The AIC is a joint Palestinian-Israeli activist organization engaged in dissemination of information, political advocacy and grassroots activism. The AICafè is a political and cultural café open on Tuesday and Saturday night from 7pm until 10.30 pm. Every Thursday at 8 PM, the AICinema screens films from the Arab World and beyond.The AIC is located in the Alternative Information Center in Beit Sahour, close to Suq Sha'ab (follow the sign to Jadal Center). We have a small library with novels, political books and magazines. We also have a number of Films in DVD copies and the AIC publications which are aimed to critically analyze both Palestinian and Israeli societies, as well as the conflict itself.