This month of March is a time when women are often celebrated and honoured. The month started off with International Women’s Day on March 8th and then later in the month many countries across the world celebrated Mother’s Day.
Visit Aida refugee camp and meet Dr Abdulfattah Abursour to hear about beautiful resistance – an impassioned, creative and defiant response to living with the brunt of the Israeli Occupation of Palestine.
The village of Al Walaja does not appear on the itineraries of tourist groups or pilgrims who visit the Holy Land. But for those who do make the effort to visit the village, they will be struck by the beauty of the landscape, the warmth of the welcome and the visible, devastating impact of the occupation.
This has been a challenging year for many of us. We are living continuous moments of not knowing, stress, confusion, shock, and fear. The beauty in humanity is that we are also seeing something else; a rise in a new understanding of what it means to be human, to connect, to respect, to honor.
We started our Home Rebuilding program in 2011 in response to one of the cruelest injustices of the occupation of Palestine, the demolition of homes. Since then we have worked on five rebuilding projects alongside Holy Land Trust, local communities, skilled local tradesmen, and most importantly, the families whose homes were demolished.
If you are missing the sights and sounds of the West Bank, if you have visited Bethlehem but only for a fleeting visit to the Church of the Nativity or if you would love to see the welcoming faces of Said and Elias from Holy Land Trust, you must watch their latest virtual tour.
The name ‘Holy Land’ means different things to different people. I knew very little about the many competing narratives around this place until my time with Holy Land Trust. What started out as a crazy idea after I stumbled upon the Summer Encounter program online, it gradually turned into one that I toyed with frequently in my mind.
Seven years ago as a 22-year-old living in my tiny American bubble, I heard about a trip going to the Holy land. Intrigued about the pilgrimage of where Jesus walked, I went to that meeting and heard stories of amazing adventures from the Middle East.