Scolarships

History

Although the main purpose of Deir Yassin Remembered is to build a suitable memorial, the organisation also has a broader, more humanitarian objective. It will work to eliminate prejudice against Palestinians and to promote the human side of a people who have been the victims of the Zionist colonisation of their land and of the apartheid conditions under which they now live.

As an extension of the goals of Deir Yassin Remembered, the organisation embarked on a new project - the establishment of Deir Yassin Remembered scholarships.

We became interested in the educational opportunities for Palestinian youth during a visit to Palestine in December 2004. During that trip we visited the village of Al-Walajah. While there we met a gentleman who is a teacher at the public school in the village.

We talked at length about many things. Eventually the topic of discussion turned to his son. He said that his son would be graduating from high school the next year and had expressed a desire to continue his education at Bethlehem University. Although he didn't come out and say it, I knew that on a public servant's salary their family income would not allow for this.

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About a month after returning home this gentleman emailed us to say hello and to thank us for my visit to Al-Walajah. He then asked something that must have been difficult for him. He asked if there was any way we could possibly help his son fulfil his wish to go to college. It was then that we made a commitment to aid this young man financially. We’re happy to say he is now enrolled in his third year at Bethlehem University.

In January 2007 we awarded our first scholarship of $2,500 to an 18-year-old Palestinian student from the West Bank village of Al-Walajah, who is enrolled at Al-Quds University. This young woman is studying medicine with the ultimate goal of becoming a dentist. The awards will be renewable for up to four years.

We sincerely believe that given the opportunity young people everywhere can accomplish great things.

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Building

Above: Dar El Tifl, the children's home and educational establishment, set up after the massacre to accomodate and educate Deir Yassin's children. Providing educational opportunities is also an activity of Deir Yassin Remembered