Although the main purpose of Deir Yassin Remembered is to build a suitable memorial, the organisation also has a broader, more humanitarian objective. It will work to eliminate prejudice against Palestinians and to promote the human side of a people who have been the victims of the Zionist colonisation of their land and of the apartheid conditions under which they now live.
As an extension of the goals of Deir Yassin Remembered, the organisation embarked on a new project - the establishment of Deir Yassin Remembered scholarships.
We became interested in the educational opportunities for Palestinian youth during a visit to Palestine in December 2004. During that trip we visited the village of Al-Walajah. While there we met a gentleman who is a teacher at the public school in the village.
We talked at length about many things. Eventually the topic of discussion turned to his son. He said that his son would be graduating from high school the next year and had expressed a desire to continue his education at Bethlehem University. Although he didn't come out and say it, I knew that on a public servant's salary their family income would not allow for this.