“We feel more human and compelled to give our best to help build a peaceful world where freedom is the key word.”

I will start my reflection on the Youth Exchange Summer Camp with the first two ideas that came to my mind. First of all, the extraordinary work that is being done in this university on behalf of the students. It is an example of hope and determination to be admired and followed. My congratulations to Zajel Program. The second point is about the importance of this summer camp in the rebuilding of my idea of Palestinians. They are enduring very difficult times with the occupation; the apartheid state we witnessed in the checkpoint areas shocked and saddened me mostly. It is hard to believe that such things may happen in our century. But, on the other hand, I could also see the light side of their faces. They shared their smiles and joy with us; they are now much closer to me and I’m really grateful.