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Education under Israeli Occupation: Perspectives of Two Young Medical Professionals

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In this program, two recent Palestinian graduates of Bethlehem University’s nursing program, Shurouq Alatrash and Heba Bannoura, describe the challenges they have faced during their education, professional life and daily routines under the restrictions imposed by the Israeli occupation of their country.  They describe how they were both born in the year of the Oslo Accords  (1993), that instead of providing an expected path to peace based on two States, instead saw Palestine divided in three discontinuous areas (Areas A, B and C).  Permits are required to travel between different areas, and they have to suffer long and unpredictable delays at military checkpoints.  They have witnessed the confiscation of their land for construction of Israeli settlements and roads to which they are denied access.

They travelled to the US with support of the Tree of Life Educational Fund (Old Lyme CT), which also provided tuition grants for their nursing training.

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