Girls Photography Workshop – Walk Through Jenin

The girls enjoy a walk through Jenin to explore and photograph their surroundings.

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Zakaria Zubeidi Released After International Campaign

Press Release from The Freedom Theatre in Jenin Refugee Camp

12th January, 2012
Zakaria Zubeidi released after international campaign
On the 29th of December 2011 Zakaria Zubeidi was informed by Palestinian Authority (PA) security that the Israeli security had revoked Zubeidi’s amnesty. The amnesty agreement, granted in 2007, was in return for Zubeidi’s ending of armed resistance.
This meant that Zubeidi was a potential target for the Israeli army. Consequently Zubeidi had no choice but to relinquish his freedom of movement by confining himself to the PA headquarters in Jenin.
An international campaign was launched demanding that Israel either reinstate Zubeidi’s amnesty or put forth any accusations they had against him. The campaign was endorsed by among others renowned human rights activist Bianca Jagger. Statements by PA officials testify to thousands of people around the world joining the campaign and contacted persons responsible for Zubeidi’s confinement and revoking of the amnesty.
After spending twelve days in confinement, Zubeidi could return to his family on the 10th of February. He was informed that his amnesty had been reinstated, however it is an amnesty with restrictions. Zubeidi can only move within the area of Jenin. It is also obvious from recent events that the Israeli authorities reserve the right to revoke Zubeidi’s amnesty at any time and thus put his life at risk.
– I want to thank all the people who helped me during this difficult time. I did nothing wrong, or broke the terms of the amnesty agreement. I still don’t know why they revoked it. After the twelve days in prison they released me but not into a full amnesty, and I’m still afraid that it may be revoked again. I am awaiting a full amnesty to allow me to move freely. I believe in the cultural struggle and I believe in the work of The Freedom Theatre. This is the way the Palestinian people can achieve their freedom, says Zakaria Zubeidi.
The phone calls from concerned friends all over the world had a big impact. The Freedom Theatre aims to continue this campaign in order to secure Zubeidi’s full amnesty.
For further information:
Zakaria Zubeidi: +972 (0)59 935 85 06
Managing Director at The Freedom Theatre

Featured Guest: Chris Keighley – Parkour Workshop

Chris Keighley is joining us from London to host a Parkour workshop. The 10 day workshop is in preparation for the upcoming Street Theatre Project.

Former and current students will be participating in the workshop. Parkour is a way to challenge yourself both physically and mentally. Students in the workshop will work towards improving their physical strength and their ability to overcome challenges they face in life. This workshop will help to develop and build confidence and problem solving skills.

Chris Keighley was already a veteran of the UK parkour scene when the Parkour Academy classes first started in London. He discovered parkour in the Channel 4 documentary Jump London and immediately threw himself into serious training. A combination of years of football and a decade-long love affair with cycling had instilled in Chris an intense devotion to keeping fit and active.

His skill, strength and determination are inspirational to all who train with him, and he is now a Senior Coach within the Parkour Generations teaching team as well as a Board Member for Parkour UK, the National Governing Body and one of the few Level 3 qualified A.D.A.P.T coaches in the country.

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Parkour  (PK) is a training method founded by David Belle in the 1990s which focuses on rational movement in both the natural and urban environments. The focus is to move around obstacles with speed and efficiency. Developed in France, the main purpose of the discipline is to teach participants how to move through their environment by vaulting, rolling, running, climbing and jumping. Parkour practitioners are known as traceurs, who train to be able to identify and utilize alternate, more efficient paths. Parkour can be practiced anywhere, but areas dense with obstacles offer many training opportunities.