Friends Center Leads Middle East Journey
Max and Jane Carter led a group of nine on a two-week service-learning trip to Palestine and Israel this summer. Max, campus ministry coordinator and director of Friends Center, has been visiting the Middle East for 43 years.
The focus of the trip was voluntary service at the Quaker schools and Friends Meeting in Ramallah, Palestine, and learning about the current political and social situation from Israelis and Palestinians. Work at the schools and meetinghouse included painting, cleaning and landscaping.
The group worshiped with the Friends Meeting and attended Friday prayers at a local mosque. Speakers to the group included Palestinians from both the Fateh and Hamas parties, and Israelis from across the political spectrum.
Along with visits to religious and historical sites throughout the region, the group visited a Jewish settlement in the occupied territories, a kibbutz on the Lebanon/Syria border and the Israeli peace community of Wahat al-Salam/Neve Shalom. They toured Hebron with Breaking the Silence, a peace group organized by veterans of the Israel Defense Forces, and visited Palestinian villages with the Palestinian Association for Cultural Exchange.
The group met a number of Guilford alumni and current and prospective students: Nour Salhoub ’17, Walid Mosarsa’a ’16, and recent alumni Maisa Zeedani ’07 (whose wedding party Max and Jane attended), Yacoub Sa’ad ’08, Samer Atiani ’06, Rasha Ali ’08, Faris Khader ’09 and Mohammad Khalaf ’05.
Among the group were students Matthew Carter ’15 and Faith Krech ’15, trustee Ann Raper, and Marianne Cameron, the sister of retired College locksmith Charles Cameron.