Thayer Hastings

Thayer Hastings (Alternative Information Center - AIC): Thayer received his BA degree in International Studies with a focus on Human Rights and the Middle East at the Jackson School of International Studies at the University of Washington, and graduated in June of 2011. After graduation, Thayer worked as a research assistant on human rights at an international development consulting firm, Williamsworks. He also contributed regularly to Real Change, a street newspaper based in Seattle, and interned in South Africa. After his fellowship Thayer wrote: “My fellowship with the AIC has exposed me to the application of grassroots organizing and information dissemination. AIC's advocacy work is natural, extremely well connected and morally honed. I have had the opportunity to utilize the AIC's network and reputation in order to deepen my understanding of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict and develop my writing skills. The broad issues and experiences I have encountered through my fellowship will have lasting impressions on my continuing work on Palestinian human rights issues.”


25 Sep

The previous week at the AIC encompassed six intensive days of learning for a group of 19 Germans in Palestine and Israel. The AIC’s description of the camp reads: “The goal of this one-week field seminar is to provide participants with a deep understanding of the Palestinian and Israeli context and societies, thus enabling more powerful advocacy on behalf of a just peace in the region.”

Held three to five times a year, the AIC emphasizes that, “the political camp is not a week of tourism.” Instead, the AIC packs the camp schedule with political substance not leaving much if any time for traditional sightseeing or shopping. AIC is a unique vehicle embodying joint Palestinian-Israeli collaboration working towards Palestinian equality. This perspective provides camp participants with an underrepresented insight into the conflict and its future.


Introduction to Palestine and Israel (Photo credit: Catherine Anderson):
Introduction to Palestine and Israel (Photo credit: Catherine Anderson):


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Posted By Thayer Hastings

Posted Sep 25th, 2012