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An Easter reflection and resources for churches, organizations and faith-based communities – local, regional, national and global – committed to the justice movement for Israel/Palestine.

By Palestine Portal | April 2020

‘The current worldwide lockdowns – even if vastly different – are a moment for all of us to reflect on our lives and the lives of others.’
— Mariam Barghouti, Palestinian writer

In this issue of Palestine Portal:

  • Reports and reflections from Palestine in lockdown
  • Advocacy by faith leaders in response to the emergency facing Gaza and child prisoners in the West Bank
  • Two powerful Lenten reflections
  • An extraordinary Easter Alert from Kairos Palestine
  • Links for action, including a matching challenge for UNRWA

On Palestine in “lockdown”
As we as individuals, families and communities struggle to cope with COVID-19, our thoughts turn to the most vulnerable and those already living under severe stress across the world. Mariam Barghouti, a writer in Ramallah, offers reflections on life in Palestine under lockdown. “The reality for Palestinians means living in an unremitting state of closure – except that our lockdown is for neither the sake of our well-being nor that of the world. It is for the single purpose of isolating us, containing us, and ensuring that we are socially distant from one another.” But Barghouti does not dwell on her personal plight and that of her fellow Palestinians: “The current worldwide lockdowns – even if vastly different – are a moment for all of us to reflect on our lives and the lives of others. I can’t but recall the forgotten people and communities who have been in isolation for years. Palestine is only one example amid the incessant inequalities and oppressive forces around the world.”

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