In the presence of its board members and president of the American Federation of Ramallah, Dr. Hanna Hanania, the Holy Land Christian Ecumenical Foundation (HCEF) hosted a business lunch for a group of partner institutions in Bethlehem, in particular, and Palestine in general, in an effort to strengthen these bonds and document them to serve the Palestinian community on different levels.
The Foundation hosted lunch and work meetings in HCEFâs Bethlehem Museum, which was implemented in partnership and cooperation with the Arab Womenâs Union in Bethlehem.
The meeting was attended by the President of the head of the Womenâs Union, Virginie Qanawati, members of the Federation, Head of HCEF, Rateb Rabie, Archbishop Atallah Hanna, Deputy Mayor of Bethlehem Hanna Hanania, General Manager of the Bethlehem Development Corporation, Eng. Mazen Karam, Director General of the Conference Palace, George Bassous, Diplomatic Advisor in Palestine United States of America, Omar Al-Faqih, and CEO of PNN, Monjed Jadou, director of Bethlehem Museum, Yousef Abu Taâa, and lawyer Sami Shehadeh.
At the beginning of the meeting, PNN reports, HCEF head Rateb Rabie welcomed the audience and pointed out that this meeting serves to enhance the relationship of the institution with partner institutions in the framework of efforts to serve the Palestinian society and its various issues.
To his part, Dr. Hanna Hanania, President of the Association of the American Federation of Ramallah, thanked HCEF for the reception, and the opportunity.
Hanania talked about the federation, which has 40,000 active members who come from different fields of life in the United States, making them representatives of the Palestinian cause and nation, pointing to the history of migration of the community and the importance of uniting efforts of the Palestinian communities through cooperation with many institutions.
The federation holds annual conferences in Palestine and in the United States to link expatriates to their homeland, and implements of a series of activities including grants to Palestinian students, fighting settlement activity, and raising awareness about the Palestinian cause in the US.
The federation also works on exposing questionable practices of Israeli occupation whether through the media and solidarity campaigns.
Hanania referred to the efforts of the federation and its contribution to the construction of a hospital and developing its departments, as well as the provision of programs to train doctors, employ youth and organizing regular visits.
He noted that the next goal is to hold a two-week conference for a group of members of the Federation.
Hanania vowed to continue working for the Palestinian cause, in all forums and institutions in the American community, in order to contribute to changing the US position towards the Palestinian people and its just cause.
To his part, Archbishop Atallah Hanna thanked all those who were present for the meeting and praised the efforts and work of the Holy Land Christian Ecumenical Foundation on its national work for Palestine.
Omar al-Faqih, from the Palestinian delegation in the United States of America, said that Palestinian communities play a major role in promoting the Palestinian cause in American society.
In turn, Deputy Mayor of Bethlehem Hanna Hanania said that the Municipality of Bethlehem seeks to facilitate and develop the work of various institutions, pointing out that the new municipal council is pursuing a policy of communication and cooperation with various sectors of the Palestinian people, at home and abroad, in order to contribute in delivering the voice and image of the Palestinian people and play a pivotal cultural role.
Finally, CEO & Editor in Chief of PNN Monjed Jadou pointed to the PNNâs work in various programs as an independent media network that seeks to convey the Palestinian reality and develop it on more than one level.
âIt is an agency working in the fields of radio through its radio network and television through PNN, smart machines are broadcast through the range receiver and other [resources], which works to strengthen the citizenâs voice and raise its issues,â Jadou said.
He also pointed out the importance of cooperation in the field of media and delivering the Palestinian message to the world through sites in several languages, whether in English, French and German, adding that the network will launch its website in Spanish soon, He expressed appreciation for the cooperation, namely of the program “Know Your Heritage”, from Latin American countries who have voiced their willingness to work on the site to relay the truth what is happening in Palestine to their countries.
Christopher Carlson is a full-time student of Religious Studies at Mount Mercy University, USA. He has been with the IMEMC since 2013. (email@example.com)