The School Building
The Municipality of Jerusalem is leasing the school building from the association. The building is being utilized by the municipality as a public school.
“Al-manzil” and the Lease with Alquds University
The Association had previously lent a building to the Awqaaf for the establishment of the College of Dawa wa Osool Aldeen. In addition, after the college’s departure, the Association then lent the same building and its extensions to Alquds University by way of a legal contract as of 12-23-1996.
Since the University has not fulfilled the requirements of the legal contract in term of looking after the properties which the building are on, the Association considered terminating the 2006 contract in favor of a rental agreement.
According to the legal contract between the Association and the University, the University must either vacate the buildings or sign a new rental agreement.
The notice period is six months from the Association’s request.
After lengthy negotiations that started in 2006 and in November, 2009, Beit Hanina Local Charitable and Educational Association (BLCEA) signed an agreement with Alquds University to lease three buildings owned by BLCEA to the university. The agreement includes a number of provisions that meet the guidelines of both BLCEA and Alquds University in order to accomplish their goals of developing education in Beit Hanina and Jerusalem.
Mohammad Abdelhamid Asad (Abu Shawkat) and Mousa Mansour Shouman, two members of BLCEA administrative committee, signed the contract in behalf of BLCEA and Dr. Sari Nusseibeh, the president of Alquds University, represented the university.
This agreement defines the relationship between BLCEA and Alquds University. First, it specifies BLCEA facilities that are being leased to the university. Second, in accordance to BLCEA goals to support education and honoring the great role that Alquds University has been playing in advancing the educational process in Jerusalem, BLCEA will receive only a nominal annual rent from the university. Third, Alquds University has agreed to provide six scholarships yearly to BLCEA including one in the medicine school.
Fourth, BLCEA has received a commitment from the university to give a priority in employment to the qualified candidates from Beit Hanina town.
Fifth, the university will pay for the construction of a new building that will serve as the offices for BLCEA, and it will pay all the expenses of a rented office until the end of the construction.
The president of Alquds University, Dr. Sari Nusseibeh, praised the agreement and said that this agreement came to light only after an extensive cooperation between the two sides, and he added that this agreement is a great achievement that shows the strong cooperation between the people of Jerusalem who are working for the good of education in Jerusalem.
Abu Shawkat asserted that this agreement satisfies many of the demands that the people of Beit Hanina requested from the university. He also added that this agreement will help BLCEA to continue serving its causes.
Mousa Mansour Shouman added that this agreement compiles with BLCEA principles and guidelines which aim to advance the educational process in Jerusalem. He also added that it establishes a new era of cooperation between BLCEA and Alquds University.
The Temporary Office
The Association has rented an office at the middle of the new town of Beit Hanina. This office will be used until a new head office is constructed. (For more information refer to the Future Projects section.
Overcoming the turn-of-the-century obstacle
In the late 1990’s the Association was facing many setbacks, and this intensified after the death of the late Abdulmajeed Shouman and Amin Shouman. Since then the Association has been trying to absorb the shock of the consecutive lose of its honorable chairman and its secretary. Nevertheless, in the last two years many highly qualified new members have joined the Association. The new and old members have been working hard to reactivate the Association, organize it and accelerate its activities to go along with the modern requirements.
The honorable chairman of the Association
After the death of Abdulmajeed Shouman, the Association’s administration has chosen Abdulhameed Shouman the current CEO of the Arab Bank and the son of the late Abdulmajeed to be its honorable chairman.
Current Members of the Administrative Body and Financial Monitoring of the Association
- Mohammad Abdelhamid Assad “Abu Shoukat”: Village elder and Association founding member.
- Derrar Muhsin: Village elder and another well-known Hanini.
- Khaled Deeb Odetallah: Holds a Master’s Degree in Sociology and is a current lecturer at Beir Zeit University.
- Abdallah Issa Dais: Holds a Master’s Degree in Engineering and currently works as a teacher.
- Hisham Ibrahim Shouman: A businessman and well-known Hanini
- Alhajj Tahha Mahmoud Alfakeeh: Holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Philosophy, a retired teacher and Imam.
- Abdallah Khaleel: A well-known economist and the previous Chief Financial Officer of the Arab Bank, New York branch, and the previous bank manager of the Palestinian Commercial Bank.
- Mohammad Shaker Abdallah: A well-known journalist and writer for Alquds Newspaper, and author of the book “Beit Hanina”
- Kareem Khader Elder: A businessman and a well-known Hanini.
- Mahdi Abdelfattah Sbeih: Holds a Master’s Degree in Business Administration and a Bachelor’s Degree in computer science. Currently works for an American software company.
- Ridwan Sabri Silmi: Holds a degree in Business Administration, and has worked as an administrative manager at Alquds University.
The Association has been developing its activities and including many new professional and modern approaches. In agreement with this trend, the administrative body of the Association has hired the international bookkeeping company “PriceWaterhouseCoopers” to be its official bookkeeping company and to provide the Association with financial, monetary and legal consultation.
This has been done to strengthen the trust that Beit Hanina residents at home and abroad have always given to the administration of the Association, as this company is one of the major international bookkeeping firms and its branches in Palestine provide its services for most of the elite companies and Associations. Moreover, the Association has been consulting Mr. Ibrahim Nassar a well-known attorney in Jerusalem.