About the Center

 

The Center for Freedom and Justice was conceived of by the men and women of Beit Ommar as a means to address the lack of community development and organizing programs in rural Palestinian communities. Through a combination of educational and development programs, the Center seeks to build the collective, strategic power of these communities, and improve the lives of rural West Bank residents. The Center offers a wide range of opportunities for participants to develop their communication and advocacy skills, as well as several microeconomic initiatives which empower local residents to overcome the many obstacles they face. The Center also works to restore devastated agricultural land through tree planting and land rehabilitation initiatives.

By developing the skills and resources of rural Palestinian communities, the Center for Freedom and Justice seeks to build the resilience of these communities, and to support them as they struggle to remain steadfast on their land. The Center also works to build a popular movement of strategic, nonviolent resistance to the Israeli occupation, and to develop strategies for a peaceful and just solution to the current conflict. Through its wide range of empowering, community oriented programs, the Center has built strong ties of support and solidarity among rural West Bank residents, and has laid the groundwork for a new way of organizing in Palestine: one that transforms society from the bottom up.

The Center also hosts international visitors and volunteers looking for a deeper understanding of the condition of Palestinian communities like Beit Ommar, and offers insight into a more hopeful side to Palestinian communities, where the struggle for human and political rights is mirrored with positive community development.