Lajee Dabka Dancing in the Streets of Dublin & Galway, 15-4-2014

Published on Apr 15, 2014

Mohammed Qasim Alazraq (27) – the coordinator of the activity unit of Lajee Center – was arrested on the 26th of March, 2014, when Israeli soldiers stormed Aida Refugee Camp in Bethlehem and raided his house. Since his arrest, Mohammed has been held in the interrogation center of Al Jalameh. His captors did not provide a clear reason for his arrest nor was he charged of any offence. The health condition of Mohammed Alazraq has deteriorated due to the harsh interrogation he has been subjected to. Mohammed’s lawyer demanded that Mohammed would be brought to a hospital as he is suffering intensely from injuries and gastrointestinal problems as a result of beatings and ill-treatment. Lajee Center (www.lajee.org) is a grassroots Palestinian creative, cultural youth centre in Aida Refugee Camp, Bethlehem, Palestine. It was established in 2001 by a group of volunteers from the camp who wanted to serve their community by creating more opportunities and facilities for future generations, which they themselves did not have whilst growing up in Aida.

Lajee Center is a registered Palestinian NGO, and a non-profit and non-partisan organization, that works with creativity and art as mediums of self-expression, youth empowerment, and creative education. Membership is diverse in gender and age; the Center believes in children as leaders of tomorrow on a family, community, national and international level, thus it aims to encourage and enhance the talents of members by supporting and fostering their cultural, artistic and rights-based development through many diverse programmes. By developing these necessary skills Lajee hopes for Aida’s youth to play a constructive role in their own future and that of their communities. Projects include arts, human rights and democracy, photography and film-making, traditional Dabka dancing, music, English language, Palestinian Culture and History, and Refugee Rights. Lajee’s Dabka dance group performs at many cultural events around Palestine and has performed internationally in Egypt, Syria, and in the UK. http://www.lajee.org/content/lajee-ce…

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