Dr Toine van Teeffelen received his PhD in discourse analysis from the University of Amsterdam on the subject of images of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict in western popular literature. He presently is an educational consultant as well as a representative of peace movements in Palestine. His letters from Bethlehem are distributed by, among others, the Electronic Intifada.
Mr. van Teeffelen is married to a Palestinian, and is (2004) a coordinator of the United Civilians for Peace, a Dutch initiative to send civilian monitors to the West Bank and Gaza Strip. He is also is development director at the Arab Educational Institute (AEI) in Bethlehem