Skateboarder Kenny Reed is keen to share his passion with Palestinian children.
Partnering with filmmakers, activists and organizers, 14-year-old Reed will be crowd-funding a camp called SkateQilya in the city of Qalqilya. The camp, which will be held in two phases, includes a three-week summer day camp for teens between the ages of 12 and 16 years. The second phase of the program will constitute of weekend workshops between the months of September and December.
Ever since the first skating ramp was built in Palestine in 2013, skating as a passion and sport has found growing popularity, which has been the central motivation behind the development of the program. Not only will children learn how to skateboard, SkateQilya will also teach them how to shoot videos and converse in English. Leadership skills and fostering community building will also be taught.
At the heart of the conflict between Israel and Palestine is the piece of land two peoples have been fighting over for generations. There has been escalating tension over the Jewish access to the compound that houses the al-Aqsa Mosque, as reported by BBC.
The hilltop the mosque is on is regarded as one of the holiest sites in Judaism. Meanwhile, Israel’s borders with Gaza have seen a lot of tension over the years as well. The situation in West Bank, including East Jerusalem, is extremely volatile than it has been since the end of the second Palestinian uprising.