George Rishmawi

George Rishmawi

GEORGE N. RISHMAWI, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
Born in Beit Sahour, Graduate of Birzeit University with a BA degree in English Language and Literature and a Diploma in Translation.
Deeply involved in the Palestinian nonviolent peace movement since 1991 soon after joining the PCR, with previous involvement since 1987 with the beginning of the first intifada.
Co-founder of the International Solidarity Movement (ISM), a nonviolent movement that works in Palestine with a goal to promote and support the nonviolent Palestinian resistance movement. (www.palsolidarity.org)
Co-Founder and Steering Committee member of the Nonviolence Network in Arab Countries.
Has wide experience in coordinating mass activities. George has undertaken a number of speaking tours in Europe, the USA and Canada.

Website URL: http://www.facebook.com/george.rishmawi

Balad Productions

Tuesday, 20 November 2012 20:17

 

IMEMC is building a video production unit that will not only produce special feature and documentaries but, will be able to provide services to local and international film-makers at convenient price which in turn will generate income for the organization and lower dependency on foreign aid.

The video production unit is called Balad Productions, starting September 2012. 

The unit has so far the following equipment available:

1- Sony HDV Z7 Video* Camera and Canon 5D Mark II Full HD

2- Monfrotto Tripod 501

3- Nikon D100 SLR Still Camera

4- Small Cannon V40 HDV Video Camera and small Tripods

5- Adobe Suite CS3 for video editing

* SOny Z7 Cam works with Tapes and CF cards.

 

Other needed equipments like lighting, or Sound Boom, wireless neck mics can be provided, but we need enough time for that, since we still do not have them.

In addition, IMEMC can provide qualified camera operators and still images photographers in addition to cutters and video editors.

 

Why to choose IMEMC VPU?

1- You will use high quality equipment

2- You will work with a qualified local team

3- You will benefit from our wide contacts around the West Bank and the Gaza Strip and in Israel

4- You will FOR SURE save money

 

Small calculations of the costs of bringing a crew from any country to Palestine for a week or ten days or a month,, will indicate to you how convenient this service will be for you as a film-maker and for us as a grass roots organization that tries to remain independent.

You will have to pay for their flight tickets, accommodation, food, transportation in addition to translators in to Arabic if you do not speak the language, Therefore do not hesitate and contact us to rent the equipment.

IMEMC is building a video production unit that will not only produce special feature and documentaries but, will be part of the Out Sourcing Palestine (OSP) Project, which can provide services to local and international film-makers at convenient price which in turn will generate income for IMEMC.

 

The unit has so far the following equipment available:

 

1- Sony HDV Z7 Video Camera

2- Monfrotto Tripod 501

3- Nikon D100 SLR Still Camera

4- Small Cannon V40 HDV Video Camera and small Tripods

5- Adobe Suite CS3 for video editing

 

Other needed equipments like lighting, or Sound Boom, wireless neck mics can be provided, but we need enough time for that, since we still do not have them.

In addition, IMEMC can provide qualified camera operators and still images photographers in addition to cutters and video editors.

 

Why to choose Balad Productions? 

1- You will use high quality equipment

2- You will work with a qualified local team

3- You will benefit from our wide contacts around the West Bank and the Gaza Strip and in Israel

4- You will FOR SURE save money in exchange of a high quality product

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Small calculations of the costs of bringing a crew from any country to Palestine for a week or ten days or a month,, will indicate to you how convenient this service will be for you as a film-maker and for us as a grass roots organization that tries to remain independent.

You will have to pay for their flight tickets, accommodation, food, transportation in addition to translators in to Arabic if you do not speak the language, Therefore do not hesitate and contact us to rent the equipment.

 

Below are some of the videos produced by IMEMC Video Production Unit

 

Tunes for Peace

Sunday, 18 November 2012 18:44

Music is a unique language that has the ability to unite people from different cultures and tongues, bringing them together to create an environment where all peoples from different nationalities, beliefs, and ethnic backgrounds work together in harmony.

Thus, music can be a tool to build bridges between people and create rapprochement, not only among people from different nationalities, but also people within the same nationality from different religions or cultural practices.

In the Palestinian context, building a musical group in a local town, one where Christians and Muslims live together creates a great opportunity for them form a single unit, where they share their skills and experiences, enriches the local spirit. It is this idea that supports our goal of building local bridges between the Palestinian people and the international community as well. Moreover, this musical experience allows students to release their emotions and express themselves creatively.  Through campaigns that compose strong music and dynamic lyrics, they also relate to and unite people in the common goals of peace and justice.

It is for these reasons that the Palestine – Italy Music Exchange, and "Tunes for Peace" program has been initiated. Acting under the umbrella of the Angelo Frammartino Educational Center, this program aims to integrate music into the lives of Palestinian youth. The Angelo Frammartino Educational Center was established in March 2008 with a major support of the Italian youth organization, !A la Calle!. The initial phase of the project was supported both by A La Calle organization from Italy and Oxfam-Great Britain, however, the idea was initiated by A La Calle in late 2007.  Through these two organizations, the Rapprochement Center has made contacts to the partners of Oxfam-GB network and this idea was received positively by these partners, which led to an Oxfam-GB approved a grant to help implement the project in six different locations in the West Bank.

 

The project is named in commemoration of the late Angelo Framartino, a young Italian man who was killed in Jerusalem some years ago. Through the creation of the Center and its outreach programs, we want to send a message to the world stating that violence has no basis; but is a tragic and destructive outburst that weakens communities. For this reason the foundation is called, “The Angelo Framartino Educational Center." The organization also holds an academic focus, and aims to provide such support to local students. It is apparent that the students’ academic achievements affect their charisma and their community involvement. Therefore, encouraging students’ academic progress will in turn reflect positively on their community involvement. Recently, the center hosted the first youth education project titled "Education for All," an alternative education program that helps to support Palestinian children who need extra lessons but cannot afford them because of financial restrictions and lack of community resources.

 

Given the power of music to further these initiatives, this program aims to serve the community in this way. However, it is a fact that there are many young Palestinians in Beit Sahour who wish to learn music and have the skills, but cannot afford to pay for the proper equipment nor the expensive fees to attend a music school.  Therefore, this project will serve as a great support centre for those students, and will also complement the goals of the Angelo Frammartino Educational Center to give Palestinian students an opportunity to develop their musical knowledge and skill.

 

The situation in Palestine is very unstable on social, economic and political levels, which negatively impacts the Palestinian people, and particularly the youth, who shape the future. They will directly affect and participate in the building of their society, currently fragmented by the ongoing occupation.

 

In 2013-2014 a UK-based Charity, Pilgrimage People made a significant contribution to the project which helped Tunes for Peace project to introduce more instruments to the students which allowed us to serve more benefeciaries.  Pilgrimage People traces its roots to May 2000 and a pilgrimage to the Holy Land organised by Fr Paul Maddison, a Catholic Priest from the Diocese of East Anglia.


While it is true that music alone will not solve the problems of the Palestinian people, it will at least serve communities in need, giving some students a chance to express themselves artistically, and positively affect how they view their role in society.  Furthermore, music study here can inspire and provide the foundation for future musical careers.

 

In addition to the above mentioned, the Rapprochement Centre will also be able to form its own musical group which will act as an ambassador for peace, performing in different regions of the world, reaching a wider audience to make the voice of peace heard in a new and unique way. The programs which the Rapprochement Center wishes to provide will create new means of expression for Palestinian youth, lead children upward from violent experiences, and establish the potential for positive change in an evolving society.

MEET OUR STUDENTS & SPONSOR A YOUNG MUSICIAN

Education for All

Sunday, 18 November 2012 17:36

The Education for All project continues to provide almost free-of-charge classes for students who need support at the local schools of Beit Sahour. There are around 20 students from four schools in Beit Sahour.

Students are given Arabic, English and Mathematics Classes on weekly basis. Each student receives 12 hours of classes per month to help enhance their academic performance at school which in turn contributes to the educational processes and to reduce illiteracy among Palestinian youth.

The project is funded partially by the General Board of Global Ministries of the United Methodist Church and the Italian Organization A La Calle as part of the Angelo Frammartino Educational Center which was established in PCR in 2008.

In addition to academic education, students are exposed to skill enhancement training such as communication and community service. They visit functional organizations in Beit Sahour, to learn about the community service work and also encouraged to volunteer at some of these organizations in order to become more involved in the community activities.

Students also help PCR in its annual activities, especially the Shepherds Nights Festival which
includes the annual candle procession PCR organizes since 1990. (More detailed report of the Shepherds below)

Feedback reports from all the schools and some of the teachers indicate that the students'
performance has enhanced as a result of their participation in the project. They have encouraged PCR to keep this program for more
years.

Many of these students were unable to take private lessons because they can not afford them. Students have to pay 40 Shekels per hour for a private class, and 30 if they are part of a group. Meanwhile, in PCR students pay 40 per month for 12 hours of classes.

In addition, the teachers in the project do not repeat what the students study in school, they pre-test the students at the beginning of a new semester and build a supporting program based on their test, then make a post-test in order to see progress.

80 percent of the students indicated good progress because their enrollment in the program. PCR is planning to upgrade the project to include more students, as it currently can accommodate students of the Eighth grade only, as recommended by the schools.

However, the new plan includes a follow up with the same students in the ninth grade to make sure they learn new studying habits which will positively reflect on their academic performance.

Siraj Center

Tuesday, 25 October 2011 02:21

Since 2005, Siraj has managed to achieve its vision of becoming one of the most prominent and innovative organizations which has driven the development of responsible tourism, re-branding Palestine as a destination for experiential travel and human connection.

 

As part of the Palestinian Center for Rapprochement between People (www.pcr.ps ), 

and the sole non-profit organization, licensed by the Ministry of Tourism, our vision continues to be to welcome international visitors to immerse themselves into Palestinian hospitality, our cultural heritage and unspoiled nature, bringing about a life-enriching exchange and understanding between Palestinians and visitors from other cultural, religious and social backgrounds. Through Siraj’s vision, we were instrumental in leading the initiative to create the Network of Experiential Palestinian Tourism (www.nepto.ps), as well as the Palestinian Responsible Tourism initiative (www.pirt.ps).

 

We are pioneers in Palestine, developing diverse responsible tourism programs, such as local community tourism, home stays, interfaith, pilgrimages, cultural and fact-finding, as well as other special interest programs, such as environmentally friendly tourism packages, including, the Nativity Trail, Sufi Trail, Jerusalem Wilderness and Abraham Path - the first long distance walking route through the West Bank (www.masaribrahim.ps), walking/hiking (www.walkpalestine.com) and cycling tours (www.bikepalestine.com). 

 

We create unique tourism products, which maximize the contribution of the local community.  We train locals within rural and Bedouin communities to be empowered, becoming the decision makers and owners of the packages which we offer to visitors, thus increasing local engagement, economic benefits through job creation, and chances for improved social development.  We advocate best practices resulting in positive impacts, while minimizing negative effects on our cultural heritage and environment.

 

On the official website of Siraj www.sirajcenter.org, you will discover the unique programs that we offer or that we can happily tailor according to your interests and specific needs. 

Siraj is also running and fostering the Masar Ibrahim Al-Khalil program, which is now in its final stages to achieve an independent registered non-governmental organization.

Masar Ibrahim Al-Khalil  

 

We look forward to welcoming you to Palestine!

International Middle East Media Center

Tuesday, 25 October 2011 02:21

In 2003, PCR developed IMEMC in collaboration between Palestinian and International journalists to provide independent media coverage of Israel-Palestine.

Being a joint Palestinian-International effort, IMEMC combines Palestinian journalists' deep understanding of the context, history, and the socio-political environment with International journalists' skills in non-partisan reporting.

IMEMC provides fair and comprehensive coverage of events and developments in Israel-Palestine.

In 2008, IMEMC Started to provide Spanish Language coverage as an attempt to outreach a wider readership. The Spanish edition of IMEMC was completely run by volunteers, from Barcelona, Palestine and other places. The Spanish service has stopped due to lack of funding. We are still interested in providing news in other languages, thus your help is needed.

IMEMC provides coverage of news, political developments and daily incidents combined with feature stories, political analysis, interviews and selected opinion pieces.

IMEMC provides a daily audible news cast in English language, which provides nearly five minutes featuring main incidents of the day.

In addition IMEMC produces a weekly audio summary of socio-political developments in Israel-Palestine to keep you updated.

IMEMC also provides field reports on main issues of interest to its targeted audience.

What you need to know to make the most of the IMEMC news website:

In the center of the IMEMC site, the most recent news articles, covering the main socio-political developments, are shown.

The 'latest news' section provides an up to the hour coverage of developments. The list is meant to update readers on incidents taking place in all West Bank and Gaza Strip areas. Information is mainly provided by IMEMC affiliates and collaborators in the field.

The human interest section presents stories which give a more personal side to the conflict.

Opinion/Analysis articles can be contributed to the site by any number of contributing writers, from both inside and outside Palestine. Including you!

As you open any article, a list of articles related to the topic presented is available in a sidebox. These are meant to provide readers of specific interests with a convenient and easy way to look at other developments related to a specific issue. You can also use the filters to view all articles of a certain type, area, or topic that particularly interests you.