Naima, United Kingdom
Coming to Zajel, I expected to find myself in a whole new environment.
The first most uplifting and surprising observation was how impressive An-Najah University is, and in the little time I have spent at An-Najah I have become accustomed to the way the university works and have thoroughly enjoyed it.
The most eye-opening situation for me is the effect of a more silent and psychological occupation being faced by the West Bank, which for me seems more dangerous on a long-term basis than a full-frontal violent occupation. The Zajel programme itself was intense and informative as well as uplifting for me as I felt very much a part of the Zajel family. The local volunteers were impressive and extremely helpful in every situation and the contrast in personalities made it perfect. Zajel has shown me a true reflection of the Palestinian struggle and I am forever grateful to have met you all.