A large demonstration passes our house. The flags show that all Palestinian factions participate. Shops are closed, there is a general strike in Bethlehem. My colleagues are at home too, and my son Tamer got a leave from school. We hear the Israeli army shooting.
While European countries put up new Walls – physical or otherwise – trying to stem the flow of refugees from the Middle East and elsewhere, here in Palestine people are struggling against different Walls. Walls against a just peace, as well as concrete walls from behind which soldiers come and shoot at demonstrators.
Saturday June 4. On the closing day of the World Week for Peace in Palestine and Israel, the Christian Organizations in Bethlehem and Jerusalem held a liturgy in the Emanuelle Church near the Bethlehem-Jerusalem checkpoint.
Religious Education Conference in Palestine at the Peace Centre/Bethlehem
The Arab Educational Institute – member organization of Pax Christi International in Palestine–organized a conference on the 4th and the 5th of March 2011 at the Peace Centre Hall in Bethlehem under the patronage of Mr. Abdallah Shakarnah – Director of the Ministry of Education office in Bethlehem. The conference title was “How can it inspire moral courage & leadership among Palestinian youths?" During the discussions some international speakers made comparative presentations about Bradford U.K situation. Some religious figures, Christian and Muslim religious education teachers from both government and private schools attended the conference.
AEI and Palestine Link
The Dutch-Palestinian organization Palestine Link is committed to support gender-sensitive perspectives in and on Palestine. It conducts and shares non-violent campaigns challenging the Wall, and organizes Dutch expert missions as well as visitor groups who want to learn about the Palestinian social and political situation.