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Tuesday, December 6, 2016
London: Pax Christi joins rally against Israel's 'security wall'
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¬†Members of Pax Christi joined many Muslim, Jewish and other Christian groups in Trafalgar Square on Saturday to protest against the construction of Israel's security wall. Once completed, the 700km wall, which was started in June 2002, will divide families and prevent more than 210,000 Palestinians, living in the area between the wall and Israel, from having access to social services, schools, places of work and worship. Speakers at the rally, organised by the Palestian Solidarity Campaign included actress Vanessa Redgrave, Jeremy Corbyn MP, Afif Safie - Palestinian Delegate to the UK, Jamal Jumaa - Director of Stop the Wall Campaign Palestine. Caroline Lucas MEP spoke of her recent visit to Palestine and the town of Qalqilya which has virtually become a prison as a result of the wall - with only one road open for access. Pax Christi have just published a new resource pack: Living Under Occupation - daily life for the people of Palestine, to help church-based groups and others understand the impact of checkpoints, the wall, and the militarization of Palestine. Pax Christi also plans its own campaign on the wall - this will be launched in June taking for its theme the words of Pope John Paul II, People of the Holy Land need bridges not walls. Speaking in October 2003 Pope John Paul said: "The Holy Land does not need walls but bridges.... Without the reconciliation of spirits, there can be no peace. May the leaders have the courage to return to dialogue and negotiation, thus opening the way toward a Middle East that is reconciled in Justice and Peace." Living Under Occupation - daily life for the people of Palestine is available from Pax Christi for £6.00 plus postage. For more information contact: paxchristi@gn.apc.org
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