Israeli West Bank barrier near Aida refugee camp, Bayt Jala - Bethlehem.

While Israeli government refers to the barrier as ‘Geder HaHafrada’ (separation fence), Palestinians commonly name it as as  'jidar al-fasl al-'unsuri’ (racial segregation wall). 

In this area the barrier deviates the Armistice Agreement Line into Palestinian Territory. Palestinian Territory. October 2012

How Aida Refugee Camp Got Its Name
  • How Aida Refugee Camp Got Its Name
  • On Being
  • On Being, from APM

How Aida Refugee Camp Got Its Name

by Trent Gilliss, senior editor

(photo: Trent Gilliss)

We met Kholoud Al Ajarma, a Palestinian woman who coordinates the arts and media activities for the Lajee Center, while conducting interviews within Aida refugee camp in the West Bank city of Bethlehem this past March. What a gift to meet her and take her photo, along with many others while working there.

Members of our staff all had different ideas about where she acquired her marvelous English accent; we were all wrong. But now we know. Maybe you’d like to guess? Listen to the audio clip above from this week’s show in which Kholoud tells a charming story about how Aida camp got its name. Submit a comment here, and I’ll post the answer shortly.

Mohammad Al Azzeh: My Dream and My Nightmare
  • Mohammad Al Azzeh: My Dream and My Nightmare
  • On Being
  • On Being, from APM

Dreams and Nightmares from Aida Camp, in Black and White

by Trent Gilliss, senior editor + Susan Leem, associate producer

Mohammad Al Azzeh is a resident of Aida refugee camp whom we met while conducting interviews in the West Bank city of Bethlehem this past March. The 21-year-old Palestinian has been actively involved in Lajee Center, a cultural center in the heart of this neighborhood, and now manage its gallery and photography department.

His interest in photography and documenting the human condition within Aida was fostered as a teenager at the center when Rich Wiles, an English photographer, worked with ten 15-20 year olds to create a project titled “Dreams and Nightmares.” Each participant took two pictures: one of a dream, a hope, and the other of a nightmare, a fear.

In the audio above Mohammad describes his art and following are his two photos with captions:

“My dream is to be a famous footballer and be the captain of the Palestinian team.”

“I have nightmares about being taken away to an occupation prison. During the nights the soldiers come to the camp and arrest many children. This means that we cannot continue our studies.”


These pictures were taken in Aida Refugee camp near Bethlehem yesterday. Check out the sniper on the ground and please keep in mind that there is no other army on other side … just little kids who are tired and sick of being occupied and oppressed by Israel…!!!


On 12th October the IOF entered Aida refugee camp without provocation and began shooting tear gas, sound bombs and rubber coated steel bullets at children in the streets. They were searching houses, occupying rooftops and invading the whole camp. Yesterday, they were training soldiers by using families, children and homes as military practice. Tamer Abu Salem, 13 years old, was in Lajee Center moments before he was shot in the head with a rubber coated steel bullet. Tamer underwent emergency surgery after arriving at the hospital and he is still in the ICU. Before the soldiers left the camp, they shot two bullets through Lajee Center’s windows as punishment. The occupation is on-going, and our struggle continues. 

في 12 أكتوبر، اقتحمت قوات الاحتلال الإسرائيلي مخيم عايدة وبدأ اطلاق النار والغاز المسيل للدموع والقنابل الصوتية والمطاط المغلف بالرصاص على الاطفال في الشوارع وقاموا بتفتيش المنازل واعتلوا أسطح المنازل واجتياح المخيم بأكمله. يوم أمس كان مجرد تدريب جنودهم باستخدام الأسر والأطفال والمنازل. تامر أبو سالم 13 عاما بعد مغادرتة مركز لاجئ بلحظات اصيب بطلقة مطاطية بالراس . تامر خضع لجراحة عاجلة بعد وصوله الى المستشفى وانه لا يزال في وحدة العناية المركزة. قبل مغادرة الجنود المخيم، أطلقوا رصاصتين على نوافذ مركز لاجئ كعقاب جماعي. الاحتلال مستمرة، ويستمر نضالنا.

Source: Photographer Mohammad al-Azza