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Wake Up Palestine – Empowering the Women and Youth of the Old City

Women participating in organizing “Women’s Emergency Committee”

Jerusalem24 – Founded in the 1990s by a group of women, the Al-Saraya Center for Community Services devoted its services to ease the impact of the suffering inflicted on its people since 1967.

Located amid the Islamic quarter in the Old City, in an area called Aqabat al-Saraya which is a few meters far away from the Aqsa Mosque and Holy Sepulcher.

The center launches programs and projects that work in making a positive impact on the lives of Palestinian women, children, and youth in the occupied city of Jerusalem.

For example, on Mother’s Day earlier this week, they hosted an event under the slogan “we build it with our small hands and our big hearts.”

The event included 25 pioneering projects for sanctuaries that were presented at the Industrial Orphan School, which included a bazaar for food, sweets, accessories, embroidery, and gifts. It also included an exhibition of works and drawings for adults and children produced over a whole year, and several special events such as Dabkeh and storytelling performances, as well as artistic and musical performances.

In this episode of Wake Up Palestine, Adnan Al-Barq from the Al-Saraya Center for Community Services, talks about the difficulties Palestinians face in the old city and how their organization works to challenge them.

Mohammad Hamayel

Ramallah based journalist, Mohammad graduated from Al-Quds University with a B.A. in Media and Television. He has covered the 2015 Jerusalem Intifada as well as the Great March of Return for international media outlets. currently an editor/presenter at Jerusalem24. A UN alumni and a follower of global events and politics, especially American affairs.

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