The Magazine of The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America


Skills to weather 'rainy' days

Palestinian students learn skilled trades at Lutheran vocational school

Wrought-iron fences lean against the courtyard walls of the Lutheran World Federation's Vocational/Technical Center in Jerusalem's Beit Hanina neighborhood. "We get a lot of orders for fences," says center director Randa Hilal Nassar. Everyone here is worried about security, she adds.

The school is located in the West Bank territories occupied by Israel. Near the school, half-constructed shells of homes and businesses mark the optimism and economic prosperity that preceded the latest intifada (the Palestinian resistance to Israeli occupation), begun in 2000.

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