Where Have All The Christians Gone?

I was in Bethlehem in December of 2019 at a Sabeel gathering.  The Status of Bethlehem as a Christian presence in the Holy Land is being threatened.  When I first visited Bethlehem in 1983 the Christian population was above 80%. It is now below 20%.  87% of Bethlehem land has been confiscated by the State of Israel.  122,000 settlers live in 22 illegal settlements according to international law surrounding Bethlehem.  Bring a friend to see the film “The Stones Cry Out” and hear the story of Palestinian Christians.

 

Movie Night…St. Luke’s Episcopal Church

Where:  426 E. Fourth Plain Blvd. Vancouver, Washington 98663

When:     Sunday, March 8,…5:30 PM

 Movie:   “The Stones Cry Out”  Voice of the Palestinian Christians
Appetizers and beverages at 5;30PM followed by the film and conversation.   Questions?   contact Claudia at 360 624 3360….child care provided..
The Rev. Canon Dick Toll

Water as a Weapon Against Palestinians

 

From: Water Justice in Palestine <waterjusticeinpalestine@gmail.com>

Subject: Fact #151: Water as a weapon against Palestinians

 

Fact

This week, the Israeli military once again destroyed pipelines that supplied irrigation water to the West Bank village of Bardala. The village depends on agriculture for its main source of income.

Bardala was already suffering water shortage, due to Israel’s refusal to provide it with more than 100 cubic meters of water/hr. (The necessary minimum is 240.) 

Before Israel’s occupation of Palestine, Bardala’s wells provided more than sufficient water.

In 1974, Israel and its water company, Mekorot, closed Bardala’s wells, demanded the village’s residents pay to receive water from their own springs, and built several deep wells on Bardala’s lands for use by Israelis only.

In 2006, Mekorot further reduced Bardala’s water supply by 75%. 

In 2017, Israel bulldozed Bardala’s rebuilt water outlets and destroyed 168 meters of pipelines to farms.

A month later, Israeli soldiers shot at the village’s peaceful Right to Water march of 500

 

Sources

 

See our blog  for the article Trump to Palestinians: surrender and we’ll give you a pretend ‘state’ and water too.

Alliance for Water Justice in Palestine

Facebook | Website waterjusticeinpalestine.org | Twitter @WaterPalestine

 

Sources

 

See our blog  for the article Trump to Palestinians: surrender and we’ll give you a pretend ‘state’ and water too.

Alliance for Water Justice in Palestine

Facebook | Website waterjusticeinpalestine.org | Twitter @WaterPalestine

Join Betty McCollum on International Day of the Child

Children participating in the 2017 International Day of the Child celebration hold signs calling for peace. (photo: Manuel Elias / UN Photo)
Promoting Human Rights for Palestinian Children — A briefing featuring Christian leaders in support of HR 2407.

Date
:
Wednesday, Nov 20, 2019
Time: 10:30–11:30 am
Location: US Capitol Visitors Center, 200 Auditorium, First St NE, Washington, DC  20515
Information: This briefing is hosted by Rep. McCollum and supported by the Faith Forum on Middle East Policy and Churches for Middle East Peace
Tickets: Event is free to the public

Join U.S. Representative Betty McCollum and Christian faith leaders on the International Day of the Child as they advocate for the rights of Palestinian children who are detained, prosecuted and incarcerated by the Israeli military in the West Bank.

In speaking about H.R. 2407, faith leaders have noted that their faith commitment calls them to pay particular attention to the rights of vulnerable communities, including children. Wherever children are held in detention, whether in the context of U.S. detention centers or Israeli military prisons, there is an obligation to act to protect children’s rights.

“Promoting Human Rights for Palestinian Children Living Under Israeli Military Occupation Act” (H.R. 2407) prohibits any U.S. taxpayer funds from contributing to the military detention, interrogation, abuse, or ill-treatment of children by any country, including Israel.

Christian denominations including The Episcopal Church, Presbyterian Church (USA), United Church of Christ, Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and the Alliance of Baptists have passed national resolutions in support of Palestinian children’s rights. Speakers from some of these denominations and other Protestant and Catholic organizations will join Rep. McCollum at the briefing.

This briefing is hosted by Rep. McCollum and supported by the Faith Forum on Middle East Policy and Churches for Middle East Peace.

Please write to your representative or call their office to voice your support for this important bill.