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West Bank: Seats reserved for Christians in local elections
West Bank: Seats reserved for Christians in local elections

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas (Abu Mazen) has confirmed the number of seats reserved for each city to Christian candidates with a presidential decree, ahead of the municipal elections scheduled for 13 May. According to the decree, dated 15 March, eight seats out of 15 will be reserved to Christian candidates in the municipal councils in Ramallah and Bethlehem, and

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Holy Land: West Bank faces severe water shortage as Israel cuts supplies
Holy Land: West Bank faces severe water shortage as Israel cuts supplies

Israel stands accused of using 'water as a weapon' as water supplies to the West Bank have been drastically cut, and some West Bank homes have gone without water for a week, news services and aid agencies report. The crisis began on the first day of Ramadan, when water supplies were cut completely for 24 hours. While summer temperatures are well over 30 degrees centigrade and rising, families across the West Bank now have barely enough to drink, let alone wash. Agriculture is particularly under stress and dairy farmers face the prospect of

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London: Tales from the West Bank: Life Under Occupation
London: Tales from the West Bank: Life Under Occupation

An evening of 'Tales from the West Bank: Life Under Occupation' with Hannah Griffiths and Madeleine McGivern, will take place at Travelling Through Bookshop and Cafe, 131 Lower Marsh, Waterloo, SE1 7AE on Wednesday, 18 May from 6.30-8.30. Entrance is free. Hannah Griffiths has recently returned from her role as human rights monitor in Hebron with the Ecumenical Accompaniment Programme in Palestine and Israel. An essential task was providing protection through her presence at a school twice a day.

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Atlanta Summit of Churches in USA and Holy Land - Document
Atlanta Summit of Churches in USA and Holy Land - Document

Leaders from churches in the Holy Land, among them Latin Patriarch Fouad Twal, met with the heads of faith organizations and churches in Atlanta, Georgia (USA) on 19-20 April 2016 for a summit about the role of US churches in peacemaking in the Middle East. Below is 'The Atlanta Church Summit Document' issued at the end of the meeting.... 2017 will mark 50 years since the occupation of the West Bank including East Jerusalem and the Gaza Strip. In the Bible, the 50th year is a year of jubilee when land is given back to its original owners, a year of freedom forgiveness and mercy.

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Holy Land: France condemns Israeli army's destruction of school being built with EU aid
Holy Land: France condemns Israeli army's destruction of school being built with EU aid

On Saturday night (February 20- 21) Israeli army bulldozers moved in and destroyed an elementary school which was under construction, funded by French humanitarian aid in the West Bank. The French Consulate in Jerusalem has issued the following statement condemning the destruction...,, This project is located in an area considered by the European Union as key to the viability of the Two-State solution.

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Israeli settlers stone British Christian volunteer
Israeli settlers stone British Christian volunteer

A 66-year-old British Christian, volunteering in the West Bank, received emergency treatment after being attacked by a gang of gun-wielding Israeli settlers hurling rocks at him, the Independent reports. David Amos, a retired publishing company worker, was struck in the head by a rock as he tried to protect Palestinian farmers during the olive harvest. David is a Quaker volunteering with the Holy Land Trust. He was evacuated from the area by ambulance and taken to a hospital in Nablus, where he received five stitches.

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North Londoners send condolence messages to family of murdered  Palestinian baby
North Londoners send condolence messages to family of murdered Palestinian baby

Vigils and protests have been taking place around the world, following the death of 18 month old Ali Dawabsheh, killed when illegal Israel settlers set fire to his family home in the West Bank. His family are still in intensive care in hospital. In north London, volunteers from the Camden Abu Dis Friendship Association held a protest, urging passers-by to sign a petition to their local MP calling for the government and international community to implement international law and take action against the violent activities of the illegal settlers. They also invited locals to write condolence messages

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Holy Land: Baby killed in settler attack on Palestinian home
Holy Land: Baby killed in settler attack on Palestinian home

An 18 month-old baby became the latest victim of the ongoing attacks by Jewish settlers on Palestinian family homes, early this morning (Friday 31 July). His four year-old brother and parents were severely burned. Their home has been destroyed. The attack took place at about 2.30am, in the village of Douma, in the northern part of the West Bank near the city of Nablus. The home of another family has also been damaged. The child was named Ali Saad Dawabsha. His father and mother, Sa'ad and Reham, and his brother Ahmad, are fighting for life in hospital.

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Holy Land: Christian peacemaker teams report increase in settler violence
Holy Land: Christian peacemaker teams report increase in settler violence

The month of May saw an increase in settler violence in the Tel Rumeida neighbourhood of Hebron on the West Bank, where Palestinians live in close proximity to aggressive, ideological Israeli Jewish settlers. On 9 May, a Palestinian woman and her two children from the Abu Shamsiyeh family in Tel Rumeida were on their way to go shopping. Settlers attacked one of her children. A Palestinian man pushed the settlers away from the crying Palestinian child, which made the settlers furious. They wanted the Palestinian man arrested for 'pushing a settler.'

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Holy Land: Israeli settlers uproot newly planted olive saplings
Holy Land: Israeli settlers uproot newly planted olive saplings

Israeli settlers uprooted more than 5,000 newly planted olive saplings in Al-Khader Village south of Bethlehem and in Turmusaya near Ramallah. Ahmad Salah, coordinator of the Popular Resistance Committee against the Wall and the Settlements in Al-Khader village, reported that the settlers uprooted 80 one year-old olive saplings from the Khader lands near the Hebron-Jerusalem main road close to Neve Daniel and El'Azar Israeli settlements.

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Holy Land:  Israeli group closes down Old City of Hebron to Palestinians
Holy Land: Israeli group closes down Old City of Hebron to Palestinians

Every Saturday a group of Israeli settlers and Jewish tourists, escorted by dozens of Israeli soldiers, parade through the Old City of Hebron, in the West Bank, on a tour, in which they hear an exclusive rightwing Jewish narrative of the city's history. Last Saturday, however, was a holiday commemorating Abraham’s purchase of land in Hebron to bury his wife Sarah, so an unusually large number of Israeli settlers, Jewish tourists (many from New York), and Israeli border police and soldiers were present. For nearly three hours, 

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Bethlehem: Boycott matters
Bethlehem: Boycott matters

At the entrance of 'Azza refugee camp in front of our house is a large 'Boycott Israel' painting. I can see it through the window while typing. After the horrible bloodshed in Gaza, Mary, the kids and I decided not to buy anymore any Israeli products in the nearby supermarket. That's not so easy because the shops here are full of Israeli products, as a result of an agreement between Israel and the Palestinian Authority in the 1990s (the so-called Paris Protocols, associated with the Oslo agreements), which in practice gives Israeli products preferential treatment.

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Holy Land: Settlers break into Palestinian shops
Holy Land: Settlers break into Palestinian shops

While the bombardment continues in Gaza, Christian observers report that on the West Bank, *illegal settlers are breaking into Palestinians shops and businesses - while Israeli soldiers who have the job of policing, stand by. On 30 July 2014, Israelis entered into Palestinian shops in Hebron’s Old City near Beit Hadassah with industrial tools, using cutting blades and torches to open the doors, despite the presence of Israeli military security who were overlooking the shops. Christian Peacemaker Teams and the

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Pope Francis sends personal message to Christians of Gaza
Pope Francis sends personal message to Christians of Gaza

Pope Francis has written a personal message to the parish priest of Gaza, Father Jorge Hermandez, a fellow Argentinian, saying he is keeping the territory’s Christian community in his prayers. In his message the Pope offered words of comfort and assured them he was praying for them all. Father Mario Cornioli, the parish priest of Beit Jala in the West Bank, had earlier informed the Pope of the extremely challenging situation facing the tiny Christian community in Gaza and all the inhabitants of the Gaza Strip

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Vacancies for Ecumenical Accompaniers
Vacancies for Ecumenical Accompaniers
There are a number of vacancies on the Ecumenical Accompaniment Programme in Palestine and Israel, (EAPPI) for 2015. Programme Accompaniers provide protection for vulnerable people by their presence, by monitoring human rights abuses, supporting Israeli and Palestinian peace activists and advocating for an end to the occupation. Based in the West Bank and Israel in 2015, there are 18 vacancies for three months’ service and two vacancies for 4.5 months’ service. The posts offer living allowance + benefits.
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Book: Letters from Apartheid Street: A Christian Peacemaker in Occupied Palestine
Book: Letters from Apartheid Street: A Christian Peacemaker in Occupied Palestine
In the winter of 2012, Michael McRay interned for two months with the Christian Peacemaker Team in Hebron and then traveled to Nablus, Ramallah, Qalqilyah, and other locations in the West Bank. His time in Hebron coincided with the arrival of a particularly brutal battalion of the Golani Brigade and McRay helped put a report together about its abuses that was widely distributed by the United Nations and other international groups McRay kept an extensive journal about his experiences that became his new book,
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Holy Land: UNICEF ambassador meets children living under occupation
Holy Land: UNICEF ambassador meets children living under occupation
UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Agnes Chan visited the old city of Hebron in the West Bank, and the ecumenical Christian Peacemaker team office, on Tuesday, together with a UNICEF delegation, to see first hand effects of the occupation on children and their education. The delegation also wanted to verify how money donated by UNICEF was being put to work in the area. Chan thanked EAPPI and CPT for their work in Hebron, ensuring that children can access school with more dignity. “EAPPI and CPT act as a checkpoint,”
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Israel steps up illegal settlements as Palestine joins UNESCO
Israel steps up illegal settlements as Palestine joins UNESCO
The Israeli government is stepping up the construction of settlements and homes in the West Bank and East Jerusalem and temporarily suspending the transfer of funds to the Palestinian National Authority (PNA). The 'retaliatory' move of Tel Aviv comes after the entry of Palestine to the UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation), in a vote defined by some top Israeli diplomats as 'a tragedy'.
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Holy Land: seven children injured at checkpoint today
Holy Land: seven children injured at checkpoint today
Seven Palestian children from a school in Hebron on the West Bank have been hospitalised after clashes with the Israeli Army  and settlers today. Christian Peacemaker Teams report that at about 10am this morning two of their members were called to  Cortuba  School.  Observers informed them that the Israeli Army were not allowing teachers to pass through the gate at the side
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Film: 'Beit Sahour, a Living Heritage'
Film: 'Beit Sahour, a Living Heritage'
So often we see sad images from the Holy Land, but this film is different. 'Beit Sahour, a Living Heritage' is a short documentary from a town on the West Bank near Bethlehem,  which  shows a few annual events and daily scenes in the lives of  the people who live there - Muslim, Jewish and Christian.  There are flashback to times of crisis - but mostly this film is a celebration of ordinary people at their best - working, visiting hospital, at school,
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Holy Land: William Hague condemns fresh settlement building
Holy Land: William Hague condemns fresh settlement building
Foreign Secretary, William Hague, today urged the  Israeli authorities to reconsider their decision to build more illegal ousing units in an area which does not belong to them. He said such action "undermines the prospects for peace." In a statement issued by the Foreign Office on Tuesday, Mr Hague said: “I condemn Israel’s decision to approve more than 900 settlement units
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Holy Land: Israel 'cancels' West Bank from official maps
Holy Land: Israel 'cancels' West Bank from official maps
Israel’s Tourism ministry has  ‘cancelled’ the West Bank from the maps, with Judea and Samaria appearing in its place: Daoud Kuttab, a Palestinian writer and Journalism Professor at Princeton University, reveals,  in an article in the Israeli Haaretz newspaper.
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Holy Land: West Bank borders closed, air raids over Gaza
Holy Land: West Bank borders closed, air raids over Gaza
All border gates in the Separation Wall around the West Bank were shut for 48 hours over the weekend - leaving pilgrims going to or from Bethlehem  stranded, workers unable to reach their jobs and patients unable to get to hospital. The Israeli minister of defense, Ehud Barak, said the measures had been taken "for security reasons".
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Holy Land:  Three children detained while gathering herbs
Holy Land: Three children detained while gathering herbs
On Saturday, Israeli soldiers detained three Palestinian boys in At-Tuwani Village in the South Hebron Hills of the West Bank. The boys, aged 13 and 14, were gathering herbs above al-Khelli Valley, 300 metres from the Israeli settlement of Ma'on, on land owned by the eldest child's family.
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Holy Land: Israelis take over land near Shepherds Fields
Holy Land: Israelis take over land near Shepherds Fields
The Shepherd's Fields in Beit Sahour near Bethlehem, in the West Bank,  has for years been a popular destination for Christian pilgrims to the Holy Land. According to tradition it is where the angels announced the birth of Jesus.  But illegal Israeli settlers now are moving into the area and a hilltop near the Fields has already been occupied.
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Israeli jeep drives into Palestinian school killing pupil
Israeli jeep drives into Palestinian school killing pupil
Fuad Atiya Turkman while lying in his brother’s arms uttered his last words: “Say goodbye to my mother and father,” then he was taken to Jenin Hospital were he died half an hour later. Fuad was 17 years old from the West Bank village of Yabad,
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Holy Land: Israel approves new building in West Bank, bombs Gaza
Holy Land: Israel approves new building in West Bank, bombs Gaza
Israel has approved construction of 28 new public buildings in the occupied West Bank and carried out an air strike in the Gaza Strip.  The moves came two days after Tel Aviv’s decision to partially 'freeze' the construction of Israeli settlements
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Israeli settlers harass Palestinian family, attack foreign escorts
Israeli settlers harass Palestinian family, attack foreign escorts
Today, (Tuesday)  in the South Hebron Hills of the West Bank, five Israeli settlers harassed a Palestinian family walking home, then beat and robbed two internationals who accompanied them. The two young parents and their three small children were returning from the nearby city of Yatta
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 Holy Land: youth volunteers renovate homes in Jericho
Holy Land: youth volunteers renovate homes in Jericho
Most people picture young adults relaxing on  their summer vacations and days off.  But   the youth volunteers who are part of Caritas Jerusalem  - more than 80 of them from nine different cities and villages from the West Bank - spent their holidays doing practical work to bring hope to the  people of Jericho. 
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Holy Land: Caritas opens new health centre on West Bank
Holy Land: Caritas opens new health centre on West Bank
Caritas Jerusalem has opened a new health centre in Aboud on the West Bank. The centre  offers  quality service in many different  fields of primary health care, preventative medicine including vaccinations and laboratory  services.
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OliveAid initiative gives hope in the Holy Land
OliveAid initiative gives hope in the Holy Land
OliveAid, the charity that is helping Palestinian families rebuild their lives, today announced that it has successfully planted more than  1,225 trees in and around Bethlehem in the West Bank,
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Pope Benedict visits hospital, refugee camp in  West Bank
Pope Benedict visits hospital, refugee camp in West Bank
Pope Benedict visited the main religious sites around Bethlehem, as well as a children's hospital and a refugee camp during his brief visit to the West Bank on Wednesday and Thursday.
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