The PUSH project is a joint academic enterprise comprising of three main partners:

Al-Quds University

Al Quds University
Project Manager: Prof. Yusuf Natsheh Tel:
+972-50-5694321, Fax: +972-2-6289961
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Dr. Yusuf Natsheh is the Director of the Department of Islamic Archaeology at the al-Haram al-Sharif in Jerusalem and lecturer at Al-Quds University. Dr. Natsheh was recently nominated as the key Palestinian expert for the UNESCO mission to Jerusalem.

Dr. Marwan Fayaz Abu Khalef is a practicing archeologist specializing in Islamic Art. Currently, Dr. Khalef serves as the Director of the Institute of Art and Archeology and lectures at Al Quds University.

Architect Osama Hamdam is a practicing architect, specializing in the conservation and restoration of historical sites. He current serves as the Director of the Mosaic Center in Jericho and as a lecturer in the Department of Conservation and Restoration at Al Quds University.

Mr. Mohammad Jaradat
is a practicing archaeologist, specializing in applying archaeological databases and geographic information systems to the field of antiquities.
T he best of life promises freedom, equality, justice, security, and well being. Yet these words are without meaning until people bring them into reality by integrating them into daily life. Al-Quds University contributes to this process by educating the whole person: socially, intellectually, and spiritually. We strive to give students the necessary tools to overcome overwhelming challenges and to shape a successful future. In a world where harsh realities deny our youth basic human rights and opportunities, what we give them in education and life skills will help to sustain them with foundations on which to build.
Al-Quds University is "life itself" for more than 5000 undergraduate and graduate students who come from all over Palestine to study in Jerusalem. Though the different colleges were technically combined in 1984, the unification of bylaws and a single board of trustees did not happen until 1994. Since then, Al-Quds has been a dynamic catalyst for renewing the vitality of a people who want to leave behind the painful conditions of occupation and conflict. Its dedicated faculty and staff are committed to providing the kind of higher education that will empower individuals to assume meaningful control over their lives.
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Bezalel Academy of Art & Design

Bezalel Academy of Art & Design
Project Manager: Prof. Michael Turner Tel
:+972-2-2747948, Fax:+972-2-2745968
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Professor Michael Turner is a practicing architect, currently teaches in the Department of Architecture at Bezalel, Academy of Arts and Design, Jerusalem holding the UNESCO Chair in Urban Design and Conservation Studies. He serves on many professional-academic bodies including being the incumbent chairman of the Israel World Heritage Committee.

Architect David Guggenheim is a practicing architect specializing in conservation and renewal projects. He is a senior lecturer, in the Department of Architecture at Bezalel, Academy of Arts and Design, Jerusalem.  He serves on many professional-academic bodies in Israel and abroad including the ICOMOS Scientific Committee on Vernacular Architecture.

Moshe Caine is a practicing photographer and multimedia producer specializing in digital imaging, virtual reality and interactive communications. He is a senior lecturer in the Department of Photography and Digital Imaging at the Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design, Jerusalem and Head of the Department of Interactive Communications at the Hadassah College Jerusalem.

Dr. Doron Bar is a cultural-geographer, working of holy space and pilgrimage sites. He teaches at the Department of Theory and History at Bezalel, Academy of Arts and Design, Jerusalem and at the Schechter Institute of Jewish Studies.

Assistant Students from the Department of Architecture
Josef Israelshvili, Anat Dror, Rena Wasser, Nora Akawi

Assistant Graduates from the Department of Photography & Digital Imaging
Melina Bromiguer, Tal Jabotinsky


Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design, Jerusalem

The name of Bezalel is synonymous with 100 years of Israeli art, 100 years of innovation and quality.
Bezalel, established in 1906 by artist Boris Schatz, as the “Bezalel School of Arts and Crafts,” is currently Israel’s leading academy of art and design, with its 1800 students in 10 departments and 2 programs for second degrees: in fine art and in design. Bezalel’s unique strength lies in its ability to respond swiftly to cultural changes, as demonstrated by the numerous artistic breakthroughs it has been responsible for. Bezalel takes enormous pride in its many generations of graduates – artists, designers and architects at the cutting edge of their fields in Israel and all over the globe. The Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design is first and foremost a large array of talented, inspired and powerful artists. Both the faculty and the student body are driven by a passion to create, and by their meticulous attention to detail and excellence. These two cornerstones have placed Bezalel at the epicenter of Israel’s cultural discourse and artistic scene, making it instrumental in shaping and enriching the country’s cultural identity.
Bezalel has a broad and multifaceted scope of professional and artistic activities, ranging from architecture to crafts, such as the design of ceramics, glass, accessories and jewelry, which preserve ancient techniques and maintain workshops unparalleled anywhere else in the country; to fine art, sculpture and photography, fields that have seen revolutionary changes in the past decades; as well as state-of-the-art digital technology used in industrial design, animation, video art and visual communications.

Our students are expected to exhibit professional discipline and an ability to pursue in-depth study in their specialty field, alongside curiosity and the desire to gain a well-rounded education, broad horizons and openness to the new and different. Our students receive a practical education at the highest level, in addition to a broad-based intellectual foundation in history, literature and philosophy, sociology, cultural studies and the fundamentals of scientific and technological thought.

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The Jordan Society for Sustainable Development

Jordan Society for Sustainable Development
Project Manager: Khaled Nassar Tel
:+962-79-5120019, Fax:+962-6-5866604
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Mr. Khaled Nassar is the General Director of the Jordan Society for Sustainable Development and an ecologist and environmental management specialist. He served at the Royal Society for Conservation of Nature as the central ecologist for nature reserves in Jordan and is considered one of the key biodiversity and natural heritage consultants in Jordan.

Dr. Mohammed Waheeb holds a PhD in Archeology and Tourism and currently serves on the faculty of the Queen Rania Institute of Tourism and Heritage at the Hashemite University. Dr. Waheeb is considered one of the foremost experts on archeology and tourism in the region and has published numerous articles and books concerning Jordan's archeological and cultural heritage. Dr. Waheeb discovered and directed the excavation of the Bethany Beyond the River Baptism Site for six years. Dr. Waheeb is a board member for the Jordan Society for Sustainable Development.

Ms. Haifa Abdel-Haleem graduated from the Hashemite University with a M.A. in archeology, tourism and cultural resource management. Furthermore, Ms. Abdel-Haleem served as a Research Assistant to Archeologist Dr. Mohammed Waheeb for three years developing skills in GIS, graphic design and the auto-Cad systems prior to joining the PUSH team.

Ms. Rawan Haddad is responsible for the day-to-day administrative duties of the JSSD team. Ms. Haddad holds a diploma in Administration and has many years of experience with JSSD in a variety of fields including public


The Jordan Society for Sustainable Development (JSSD) is an environmental non-governmental organization established in Amman, Jordan, in 1997. Under the guidance of HRH Prince Firas ben Raad, founder and president of JSSD, the organization is dedicated to promoting the principles and policies of sustainable development in Jordan.

JSSD has adopted the U.N. definition of sustainable development as “development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.”

Through ongoing research, public awareness campaigns, international, and public policy recommendations, JSSD hopes to foster a thoughtful approach to ensuring Jordan’s socioeconomic development within a framework of protecting its rich natural, cultural, and economic resources for future generations.


1) Conduct research to further refine the principles of sustainable development and their specific application to Jordan and the surrounding region;
2) Establish and maintain a database to assist local efforts for sustainable development
3) Coordinate with international organizations to keep informed about developing sustainability techniques, increase the visibility of the challenges Jordan faces and ensure comprehensive solutions, and participate within the global community to share information, resources, and benefits

4) Conduct awareness campaigns to educate the public schools, communities, businesses regarding the principles and benefits of sustainable development
5) Establish a dialog with local governments to elicit their participation, support and implementation of policies that respect both the need for socioeconomic growth and the principles of sustainable development .

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