Pax Christi delegation to visit Israel and Palestine

A Pax Christi delegation is setting off on a six-day visit to Israel-Palestine today.

The group, all involved in education for peace, will be based in Bethlehem and will visit Pax Christi partners in the area, meet with teachers' and women's groups and join members of the Ecumenical Accompaniment Programme in Israel and Palestine, seeing first hand their work in Hebron and Bethlehem.

On 14 February the delegation will join with partners at the Arab Educational Institute for a candle- lit vigil near the separation wall in the area of Rachel's Tomb, for peace in Israel and Palestine. This is in solidarity with a similar vigil that will be held in Gaza, coordinated by Manal Timraz, a Palestinian Muslim from Gaza who lives in Coventry. Manal lost 12 members of her family in Gaza in January 2009.

Pax Christi has encourged members and friends to join with prayers for the delegation and for peace on 14th February and is delighted at the number of people from around the country who will hold prayers on the day.

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