Escaping the Violence
Young Muslims in Germany grow up caught between two worlds. Some of them resort to violence.
The interests and aspirations of young people all around the world may be similar – but their circumstances are different. Where do they meet up with their friends? What do they dream of? How did they fall in love?
We asked students at Dar-al Kalima College in Bethlehem, Palestine to tell us about their lives, dreams and aspirations – and about their relation to their Israeli neighbours.
I want better qualifications and a good income.
I want to have a good family and a house, and to help my family.
A good family.
We have a lot of well-educated people in Palestine with university degrees. But only very few also get good jobs.
That I can't travel to another city without having to go through a bunch of checkpoints. I am always at the mercy of the soldiers at the checkpoints, and whether they let me through depends on their mood. So sometimes a trip to Ramallah, Nablus, Hebron or Jericho takes three to six hours.
We play billiards, smoke a water pipe, or play cards.
Asa man you are independent, can earn your own money and work. Women have much larger problems. A father would never give his daughter money, for example.
I will choose a woman when I decide to get married. After I finish university, as soon as I have my own house, I will start looking. She has to be intelligent.
The animals and birds on my family's farm. We have 10,000 m² of land near Bethlehem where we have ducks, goats, chickens, dogs... I go there every morning.
No! They would just think I was spying on them.
I like drawing and expressing my feelings through art.
I'd like to teach art. I'm already teaching my sisters and brothers.
Although I will have a diploma after I finish college, I will have huge problems finding a job.
A good family is most important to me, then a job, and then money.
It is hard to travel and there are almost no jobs.
All sorts of crazy things like dancing, singing... although not in a club, since that is not allowed. We often just watch films.
It would be easier to find work and I would have more freedom. My parents almost never allow me to go anywhere. They always want to know with whom, where, when exactly... So I have missed out on a lot of trips with friends.
I am engaged. We have known each other since I was nine. He is a family friend. Six months ago he returned from abroad and we fell in love. My family was completely astonished because we have always been more like brother and sister.
My boyfriend coming by every morning before work to say good morning.
I have no problem with other religions. When I choose a friend, I don't ask him about it. I also have a lot of Muslim friends.
Last Christmas to go to church there. We can't get permission otherwise! My uncle once went to hunt on an Israeli's land, but he didn't know that it was in Israeli territory. He hasn't gotten permission to cross the border for four year now and he lost his job in Jerusalem.
Two years ago, I stayed at my aunt's house in Jaffa, Tel Aviv for a month. Her son, my cousin, goes to an Israeli school, and I met some of his friends. Most Israelis are really friendly and not as bad as most of us think.
I like studying. Many of my family members are artists, so this is in my blood. My father and grandfather were olive wood carvers.
My dream is to become a movie actor, but it's difficult because no college offers that as a programme of study. I would have to go to Egypt. But I would prefer to go to Hollywood; their way of thinking is more open minded. I especially like road movies. But I have no real plans for the future. I could take over my father's business or produce films. I'm young; I have a lot of options.
A good family.
We sit around in restaurants, smoking water pipes and playing cards.
On some Christian holiday... last Christmas I think. I also went to Tiberias (in Northern Israel) with friends, just as a tourist and to go swimming.
I have an open relationship with a girl from school.
I really enjoy studying; it interests me. I also want to draw attention to the problems in my country – the military occupation and the social problems. My first film was about the Dehesha refugee camp in which I live.
It would be about my life. And about my brother who has been imprisoned in Israel for nine years now.
I want to be an author, director, or editor.
Only very few get good jobs.
A good family first, followed by my job and financial security.
The occupation without a doubt.
We talk, watch films and discuss the news. Life here is very different than in Germany.
I am never given permission because my brother is in prison.
No. But one of my fellow students works in Hebron and knows some.
I want to portray life in Palestine through film. I want to make the first film about the checkpoints.
I am very afraid that I won't find a job.
Family. What do you and your friends do when you get together? We meet up somewhere and talk.
Yes, in many areas. I don't want to be a woman. Men are stronger and better educated.
Yes, I met her at school.
I have no idea; it was a long time ago.
It's a hobby, I enjoy it.
I want to be a famous jewellery maker and have my own family. I want to have children, but not too many. And I don't want to live with the whole extended family. I want to live with just my husband and my children.
Family. And a job where I can earn some money.
Other people – I think differently than most others.
Boys have a lot more freedom! We girls always have to stay home, but men can go anywhere and everywhere. Girls can't meet up with friends in the evening, and not all can go to college.
We pretty much see each other only at college.
No, but I hope to find one soon.
Going to college.
When I was 15.
Lives in: Doha near Bethlehem
Studies: Documentary Film
It interests me and I enjoy it.
I want to work, get married and have children.
I have almost no chance of finding a job.
A good family.
The occupation and the checkpoints. It is so hard to travel anywhere. I was also in prison once, though I've never hurt anyone.
Smoke, drink coffee or play cards in the city. We go to the cinema or hang around in the city.
Oh, I don't want to be a girl!
Yes, my cousin. We will get married one day.
Ten years ago. Back then it was easier to get across the border.
I am friends with one Israeli woman. I wrote to her on Facebook. But we have never met.
Where are you from? And what is your life like? Use the "Comments" section below to share your experiences and tell us about your day-to-day life.