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> Centers and Institutions in Beit Sahour
Among the most important institutions and centers in Beit Sahour are : the Fashion and Textile Institute, founded in 1994 as a leading institute in the field of raining middle cadres for the garment industry. Training is offered in fashion design and pattern making. There is also a Palestinian Center for Public Opinion, founded in 1994, dedicated to conducting public opinion surveys. The center holds seminars and workshops on topics of interest to the public to enhance their awareness of human rights.
There is also a Center for Rapprochement between Peoples. It brings Palestinians and people from different nationalities, on a grass-roots level. Together they discuss and try to overcome stereotypes, prejudice and fears in order to bring about a better understanding and readiness to advocate a just and peaceful solution of the Palestinian cause.
The Alternative Tourism Group is another center which offers groups or individuals a unique opportunity to experience the Holy Land and the local Palestinian culture, away from the tourist crowds and waiting lines. It provides streamlined itineraries created to meet the specific needs and preferences of the visiting group.
In addition, there is a rehabilitation center for the victim of the Intifada (Palestinian uprising against the Israeli occupation) was established in 1989. The program focuses on counseling dimensions in rehabilitation to help the physical handicapped to cope with their new conditions.
Source: A Guide to Bethlehem and its Surroundings by Sawsan and Qustandi Shomali.