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Picture painted by local child from Bethlehem

The Bethlehem Pack 2013 Contents

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Introduction

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Facts about Bethlehem today

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Palestinian Christians Speak

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Using a walled nativity set in a church service

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Mary, the Magnificat, Jesus & justice – a Christmas reflection

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Prayers

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All they paint are walls – a reflection

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Future Peacemakers Appeal Christmas 2013

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65@65 - campaign information & prayer

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Photographs, film and video resources

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What next?

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Introduction Today the 'little town of Bethlehem' lies behind an eight metre high concrete separation wall, built by the Israeli occupation forces. If Jesus was born today in Bethlehem, the Wise Men would spend several hours queuing to enter the town. The shepherds, despite being residents of Bethlehem, would struggle to graze their sheep because their land would be annexed by the building of the separation wall and a lack of freedom to travel and restrictions on trade would make it very difficult for them to make a living. Many people may not be aware just how hopeless and how oppressive the situation in Bethlehem has become. For peace to come to Palestine and Israel, we must speak out about the injustices faced by the Palestinians living in the Holy Land, and support them with our prayers, both at Christmas and throughout the year. The Bethlehem Pack has been put together to help individuals and churches talk about the current situation in Bethlehem at carol services and Christmas events. We have included a wide range of materials for churches coming to this issue for the first time as well as those who already have an awareness of the situation. The pack contains facts about the current situation, prayers and reflections using the words of people living in Bethlehem today, all suitable to be read out loud. There are suggestions of ways you and your church can support the people living in Bethlehem and across Palestine, perhaps by joining the Kairos Britain movement of British Christians taking action or taking part in our 65@65 campaign. New for 2013 

Mary, the Magnificat, Jesus and Justice, a Christmas reflection from Rev’d Canon Lucy Winkett, ideal for Advent and home groups – page 10

a new prayer for Bethlehem - page 11

65 years: Nothing to celebrate – the 65@65 campaign with special prayer pages 15 & 16

Updated film clip section with links to clips – pages 17 - 18

There is also information on page 14 about our Christmas appeal to support the unique work of our partners in Bethlehem, the Holy Land Trust which run workshops and training for children and young people to help them to cope with living under occupation, surrounded by the Separation wall and to encourage a new generation of peacemakers in the little town. Whether you use the materials in the pack as part of a carol service, to lead a reflection in a Sunday service during Advent, in a small group or to put together a whole Christmas service, the important thing is that we speak out about the current situation in Bethlehem as we prepare to celebrate the coming of the Prince of Peace. Amos Trust, November 2013

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Facts about Bethlehem today Here are some facts about the current situation in Bethlehem. They could be printed on a service sheet for a carol service, projected during a time of reflection, or read out as inspiration for prayers for peace. You can download photos of Bethlehem and the separation wall to accompany these facts via www.amostrust.org/downloads Today Bethlehem is surrounded by an eight metre high separation wall with military watch towers. It was built by the Israeli occupation forces. The International Court of Justice in The Hague has stated that the wall goes against international law and should come down. No-one can enter Bethlehem from Jerusalem without going through a military checkpoint. The population of Bethlehem is Muslim and Christian Palestinian people. Muslims and Christians have been living together peacefully in Bethlehem for generations. Many Palestinian Christian families in Bethlehem can trace their ancestry back to the earliest Christian community. All Palestinians, Muslim or Christian, no longer have the right to move freely. They require a permit from the Israeli authorities in order to come and go from their home town. Trees, especially olive trees, are very important in Palestinian culture. Each autumn as the olive harvest approaches olive trees owned by Palestinian farmers are burnt or chopped down by small groups of highly aggressive Israeli settlers. Since 1994, almost 60,000 trees have been destroyed. The separation wall isolates 25% of Bethlehem’s agricultural land, meaning Palestinian farmers have to obtain permits and go through military checkpoints every day to get to their land. Checkpoints are often closed without warning or farmers are turned back for no reason. In the Bethlehem area alone, there are 19 illegal Israeli settlements taking Palestinian land from local families and choking Palestinian communities. If Jesus was born today in Bethlehem, much of the surrounding shepherds’ fields would have been confiscated for illegal Israeli settlements. 87% of Bethlehem’s land has been taken by Israeli occupation enforced restrictions. This means that people are forced to live in cramped conditions. In some places the separation wall is built so close to buildings that the windows are blocked and daylight can’t get in. The wall has cut people off from their shops and their land, and has made busy roads into dead ends. One in five people in Bethlehem are now unemployed in what was once a thriving town.

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Palestinian Christians speak Here are some words from Palestinian Christians who live in Bethlehem. These statements are intended to be read aloud as part of a service, perhaps leading into prayers for peace.

Jasmine Rishmawi is from Beit Sahour, the site of the Shepherds’ Fields, close to Bethlehem. Christmas has always been my favourite time of year. As soon as December starts, you can feel a warm breeze around which you’ll never experience unless you are in Bethlehem for Christmas. Just by walking around this little blessed town, you will feel the pure touch of God in your soul; Jesus is born in your heart. Whenever I think of Christmas, the picture of my family gathering just pops into my head causing me to smile effortlessly. One of my best memories is the year my brother and sisters and I got my Dad to take us around Bethlehem to see the Christmas lights and the Santas all around the town giving out chocolates and balloons, spreading good cheer. It is a memory of the good times and great laughs in spite of everything. Another Christmas I’ll never forget is when my sister got stuck on the Jordanian – Israeli border on Christmas Eve. She had to stay in Jordan and missed Christmas with the family. I will never forget the year I was returning home to Bethlehem for Christmas from my school in Ramallah. At the checkpoint soldiers searched through my backpack and unwrapped all the gifts I had brought for my family. I will never ever forget the year when my college friends and I decided to spend Christmas in Jerusalem for a change, but after hours of humiliation and harassment at the checkpoint, we had to go back home, celebrations forgotten. This Christmas, I won’t beg my Dad for a ride around town even though it is still decorated amazingly. Every time I see that huge eight metre high wall around my little town, I lose any hope I have in my heart. This Christmas I don’t want pictures of the wall to be saved in my memory destroying my hopes. I want to keep my hope alive; the hope from the birth of Jesus of a better life coming filled with peace and love. I want to keep my hope of life in which you’re allowed to dream and to live a life that is not prohibited by an army or a wall. It’s the life that I wouldn’t trade for anything; it’s the life that I am always dreaming of.

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Sami Awad is the Director of Amos Trust’s partner, the Holy Land Trust, a Christian peace organisation. The Holy Land Trust promotes non-violent resistance and peaceful protest, and is based in Bethlehem. Greetings to you this Christmas season from the little town of Bethlehem. This little town, the place where the Prince of Peace was born continues to face daily hardships. Just this year alone, in the surrounding beautiful villages, hundreds if not thousands of olive trees were burned by illegal Israeli settlers for absolutely no reason but to humiliate and damage the source of livelihood for hundreds of Palestinian families. Land theft for the building of the illegal separation wall and expanding illegal settlements is worse than ever before. No matter where you stand in Bethlehem, you can see the effects of the cold grip of this brutal and humiliating occupation. It is important for us here in Bethlehem to know that other Christians around the world agree that this occupation has to end. It is encouraging for us to know that people have realised that you can stand up for the human rights of the Palestinians without compromising the rights of Israelis to also live in peace. You do not have to pick a side. I invite you this Christmas season to continue praying for peace for both communities that live in what we all call the Holy Land. I remind you this Christmas season of the story of the Magi who came to Bethlehem requested by King Herod to go and find out what is happening there. Once they came, saw, met, and worshiped with those who lived in this town, their lives were transformed fully and they could not go back the way they came. They did not declare war on King Herod or demand that he was overthrown; they simply chose a different path, a path that honoured the true message and spirit of the Prince of Peace, a message of peace on earth and goodwill to all, including both Israelis and Palestinians. Go to page 14 to find out more about Holy Land Trust’s unique programme of workshops helping children, teenagers and adults in Bethlehem cope with living behind the wall. Also visit www.amostrust.org/projects

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Rana Salman is from Bethlehem in the Occupied West Bank where she works for Amos Trust’s partner the Holy Land Trust. In Bethlehem, getting families together during Christmas is a big challenge! People are separated from each other by an eight metre high wall. Each area is surrounded by a checkpoint. Families have to apply for a permit issued by the Israeli Authority to visit each other during this season. Sometimes, you may get one while some of your family members won’t or just the opposite. It happens randomly and you never know if your name will be picked or not. Although it is supposed to be a joyous day, things don’t happen as we expect in Palestine. Luke 2:15 says: When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let us go now to Bethlehem and see this thing that has taken place, which the Lord has made known to us.” If I could send a message to churches in the UK this Christmas, I would ask all churches who make a pilgrimage to the Holy Land to visit not only historic sites and churches in Bethlehem but to visit the ‘living stones’- the Palestinian Christians and spend time with them, share a meal or serve the community to discover the real joy, just as the shepherds did! My hopes for next year are to end all systems of oppression, injustice and brutal violence and to just have peace for all: peace in our families, peace in the world and especially peace in the land we are privileged to call Holy! People ask what Jesus would do if he visited modern Bethlehem but I’m not sure if Jesus can make it to Bethlehem today! Being a Jew living in Nazareth, Jesus will not be allowed by his own leadership to enter Bethlehem. He will have to “illegally” sneak into Bethlehem and maybe get searched at a checkpoint. As he approached Bethlehem and saw the reality, he would probably weep over the town of his birthplace the same way he wept over Jerusalem. Go to page 14 to find out more about Holy Land Trust’s unique programme of workshops helping children, teenagers and adults in Bethlehem cope with living behind the wall. Also visit www.amostrust.org/projects

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Rifat Kassis is a Palestinian activist from Beit Sahour, a village close to Bethlehem which is the site of the Shepherds’ Fields. Rifat is one of the authors of the Kairos Palestine document, a call and challenge from the Christian community in Palestine to churches around the world. To our Christian brothers and sisters in UK, on behalf of Kairos Palestine, I send my warmest greetings to your communities and families as Christmas approaches. I also write with three humble calls about the oppressive reality we face in Palestine in general, and in Bethlehem in particular. The first call is to “come and see”. Many pilgrims travel to Bethlehem to see the holy sites, but they leave without ever meeting us, the Palestinian Christians who live in the grip of occupation. Bethlehem‘s lands are constrained by illegal settlements and devoured by the eight metre high separation wall. Its residents are governed by punishing movement restrictions. Bethlehem remains in a chokehold, as do our lives. There is a tremendous gap between the reality we live in and the image distributed to tourists and Christian pilgrims. But that gap can be bridged if people come and see for themselves, meet the local people as well as visiting the holy sites, and find out first-hand what life is like for Palestinian Christians in Bethlehem today. We believe in the power of tourism! It is a political tool, because the people who visit us, go back home and tell others about our lives, how we cannot travel freely, how water is restricted and how we the Palestinian people struggle. The second call is to support us economically. When you visit - by choosing to stay in Palestinian-run hotels and use Palestinian buses and tour companies; and when you’re at home by buying Palestinian products like olive oil, dates and handicrafts. These are not only economic decisions, but also political ones. They support our heritage and sustainability at a time when Israel seeks to dominate both the tourist industry and the tourist narrative. And our third call is to pray for us. Many Palestinians, including Christians, remain hopeful, and we are empowered by the joint efforts of committed, peace-seeking Jews and members of the international community. We wish you a blessed Christmas season and we invite you to come, to see, to pray, and to act in the name of peace with justice. See page 18 to find out how you and your church can get involved in supporting the Christian community in Palestine by joining the Kairos Britain movement.

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Using a walled nativity in a church service Amos Trust has worked with Palestinian craftsmen based just outside Bethlehem in Beit Sahour (site of the original Shepherds’ Fields) to create a wooden nativity set with a wall to illustrate the current situation in Bethlehem. The wall can be removed, so the set can be used as a visual aid and focus for prayer as well as a traditional nativity scene. You can buy large walled nativity from www.amostrust.org/shop The following words can be used with the large walled nativity set in an all age church service.

CHRIST STILL COMES Set up the nativity set with the stable & tree but no wall. Put the Magi on the far side opposite the stable. Bethlehem is in the West Bank, part of the Occupied Palestinian Territory which has been under Israeli military rule since 1967. The situation in Bethlehem today is very different from this traditional nativity scene. Taking down the tree Explain how palm trees are seen as a sign of peace and, together with olive trees, are a central symbol of Palestine. (Side point: you might wish to make an additional comment that in the Islamic tradition Jesus is born under a palm tree such as the one shown.) The nativity scene is made of olive wood. The carpenters never chop an olive tree down; instead they harvest the boughs from the tree as it grows. This means olive trees can be hundreds or even thousands of years old. The olive trees on the Mount of Olives date from somewhere close to the time Jesus sat beneath them on the night of his arrest. Olive trees are also symbolic as a national symbol for the Palestinian people, on account of their presence in the land through the years, tended by generations of owners. One of the tragedies of the current unrest in Palestine and Israel is that olive groves have been dug up, chopped down, or burnt, either to clear the ground for settlements, to build the separation wall or in attacks on local people. Replace the tree with the separation wall. The real separation wall is 8 metres high and is more than 700 kilometres long. It combines concrete wall, wire fences and bypass roads that cut people off. The International Courts of Justice in The Hague have stated that the wall is illegal and should be taken down. There are gaps in the wall, but it surrounds towns such as Bethlehem, preventing people who live there from moving easily. No-one can enter Bethlehem today without going through a military checkpoint and showing ID, which can take several hours. The Palestinian residents of Bethlehem, both Christians and Muslims need a permit to come and go from their home town.

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9 The Magi The Magi as you can see are on the other side of the wall. They travelled from the East, probably from Iraq, Iran or one of the other neighbouring countries. Nowadays they would find it difficult to reach Bethlehem as they would first need to pass through Israeli border crossing on the Jordan River. Discard the magi. The Shepherds The wall and neighbouring settlements also prevent shepherds in Bethlehem from going to their fields. The shepherds’ fields just outside Bethlehem which we read about in the Bible from the time of David and on the night when Jesus was born are now unrecognisable. Land has been taken by illegal settlements and shepherds have severely restricted access to their own land. Often they have to obtain permits and go through military checkpoints to get to their land. A handful of shepherds still remain but not enough for our story. Remove the shepherds and the livestock. Mary and Joseph Mary and Joseph were Jews. They travelled from Nazareth in what is now northern Israel. They would have gone to Jerusalem and journeyed the six miles to Bethlehem from there. Now the main entrance of the wall surrounding Bethlehem includes a massive checkpoint like we see at airports and ferry terminals. The Israeli authorities have ruled that Israeli Jews are no longer allowed to enter Bethlehem. Remove Mary and Joseph. Baby Jesus The infant Jesus is left alone in the manger. Jesus of course grew up, taught, travelled, was crucified, died and rose again. While the Christmas story would be impossible now, the Christian faith says that Jesus still comes to Bethlehem today. He is there in the people who follow him; he provides a light in the darkness which the darkness cannot understand and can never put out. As those who follow him we are called to break down the walls of division and to let the light of truth and hope shine.

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Mary, the Magnificat, Jesus and Justice – a Christmas reflection This reflection is ideal for using in a small group during Advent. Read aloud these three Bible Passages 

Luke 1: 46 – 56 Mary’s Song or The Magnificat

Matthew 5: 1–12 The Beatitudes

Luke 4: 16-21 Here Jesus reads from Isaiah 61: 1- 2

Ask people to listen to the reflection and see what idea, line or word strikes them the most. Allow time at the end for people to share this and discuss what they have heard.

If Jesus had a manifesto then it is perhaps a combination of the passage from Isaiah 61 that he is said to have read out at the synagogue in Nazareth and his teaching on the low mountain in Galilee known as the Beatitudes. Both are speeches of poetic imagination as he proclaims the coming “basilea”, the mysterious future he talked about constantly, often translated as “the kingdom of God”. We listen to his teaching and hear resonances not only of the Hebrew prophets but of his mother Mary who, from what we can glean from the Scriptures, was courageous, steadfast and able to see such a new future. When she realised she was to carry the child of God, she said yes. When Jesus himself was not interested after the wine ran out at Cana, she said “do whatever he tells you”. She could see what the new future might be, the new economy of abundance, justice, generosity, peace. But perhaps the most striking and impassioned aspect of Mary is found in the words given to her by Luke in his gospel. Based on the song of Hannah when she found herself carrying her child Samuel, the Magnificat sings this new future into being; the new future that began in Bethlehem. It calls for a spirit ready to rejoice at God’s presence; it speaks of justice as if it were already here; God has exalted the humble and meek and the rich have been sent empty away. In proclaiming his vision of a world set free from oppression and tyranny, Jesus is echoing words sung by Mary before he was born. He was the son of God but it’s obvious he was his mother’s son too. Rev’d Canon Lucy Winkett, Chair of Amos Trust & Vicar of St James Piccadilly

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Prayers and reflections A prayer for justice and peace in the land of the Holy One Living Lord, ignite in us a passion for justice And a yearning to right all wrong. Strengthen us to work for peace in the land we call Holy: for peace among Jew, Christian and Muslim for reconciliation between communities for harmony between faiths. Inspire us to act with the urgency of your quickening fire, for blessed are the peacemakers they shall be called the children of God. Ramani Leathard, Trustee, Amos Trust

A prayer for Bethlehem this Christmas We pray for Bethlehem this Christmas. May the town where the Prince of Peace was born know peace this Christmas. May mothers in the refugee camps not weep for their children as Rachel wept, but see a future for them free from fear and oppression. May the people of Bethlehem experience the good news the angels promised and hope be rekindled in a community that sees so few signs of hope. May the leaders of Israel and Palestine know that their fates are intertwined and pursue the difficult steps toward a just peace. And may we be resolute in our support of all those who seek to bring peace, justice and reconciliation in a land we long to call Holy. Amen Chris Rose , Director, Amos Trust

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Forgotten Gaza Each Christmas we are reminded that there was no room for the Holy Family. This year, Lord, we remember forgotten Gaza. There is no room for them in our world. This Advent and Christmas nothing has improved, the people of Gaza are still forgotten, still imprisoned, still under a medieval type siege, with their water taken and resources destroyed. Lord we remember forgotten Gaza – once a beautiful, historic place, now its people denied human rights, with no proper facilities for the injured and disabled. Gaza passed by on the other side by the powerful and by politicians, yet loved and precious to God. Lord, we remember forgotten Gaza, May mercy come, may justice come, may love come, may Christmas come. You who had no place to lay your head, You who knew what it was to be despised and rejected, Have mercy on forgotten Gaza and move our hearts this Christmas to make room for Gaza, so we work to bring them the gift of justice and the gift of hope this year. And also we remember Israel, we pray for those who are frightened and have lost loved ones and we pray that as justice is given to the Palestinians, that Israeli people will also find peace and security. Amen Garth Hewitt, Founder, Amos Trust

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All they paint are walls… In spring 2012, whilst in Bethlehem, Amos Trust’s Director Chris Rose and freelance art worker Meg Wroe met an art teacher from a local primary school. She told them: “From ten years old all they paint are walls.” Later Meg coordinated an exhibition of art by children in the Occupied Territories called All they paint are walls, which included the painting of the wise men trying to get to Bethlehem which is on the front page of this pack. This painting can now be bought as a Christmas card in aid of Amos's partners in Bethlehem, Palestine from www.amostrust.org/shop Chris was so struck by this sad conversation with the teacher, that he wrote the following poem.

From ten years old all they paint are walls I would teach them of blue skies, Of green meadows Dotted with yellow and red flowers, Of the star filled night, The shade in olive groves, The terraced contours of our hills And the bleak desert landscape. But stars are blue And flutter in the wind. Green and red Speak of a dream we had and may never know, And the terraced hills and olive growths Are glimpsed in a disappearing landscape. But grey can be drawn Daubed in cheap graffiti With a sun glistening on a tarmac roadway. A concrete matt finish That cannot be glossed over.

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Future Peacemakers Appeal Christmas 2013 We hope that everyone using the Bethlehem Pack at one of their Advent, Christmas or carol services will consider having a collection at the service for our Future Peacemakers Appeal. Children and young people in Bethlehem deal with the impact of the occupation every day, whether it is playing in the shadow of an 8 metre high separation wall overlooked by armed watch towers or seeing their parents and grandparents being stopped, questioned and often harassed by soldiers at check-points. These children grow up feeling traumatised and lack the hope and opportunity that should belong to all children. Our partners in Bethlehem the Holy Land Trust run a unique programme of non-violence workshops for local children and teenagers, providing them with the techniques and skills they need to deal with their situation and living conditions. These sessions help them to rebuild their self-worth and recognise that they can respond to the occupation without violence and that they can claim a future without fear. £10 pays for a teenager to enrol on a young leaders training course. £15 pays for a community worker to meet with local families & find simple practical ways for the community to maintain hope in the face of the occupation. £25 pays a non-violence training workshop for local children. £1,500 covers all the costs for young leader to visit Auschwitz. This life-changing experience enables Palestinian young leaders to understand the roots of the Israeli people’s trauma & to identify effective ways to work towards a long term just peace. “We have to not only understand those people who are oppressing us, but try to walk in their shoes, and ultimately to really engage with what it means to follow Jesus’ call to love our enemies.” – Sami Awad, Director, Holy Land Trust For further information about the Holy Land Trust, go to www.amostrust.org/projects If you are holding a retiring collection, make sure you let people know how the money will be spent and what different amounts of money could buy. You can make an online donation via www.amostrust.org/support or send a cheque payable to Amos Trust to Amos Trust, Parish Church of St Clements Eastcheap, Clements Lane London EC4N 7HB.

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65@65 On May 15 2013, it was exactly 65 years since Al Nakba or “the Catastrophe” when 750,000 Palestinian people were expelled from their land and became refugees. 65 years on their children and grandchildren are living under occupation in the West Bank, under blockade in Gaza or surviving as refugees throughout the Middle East. They are a marginalised people facing an uncertain future.

We believe a just peace for Palestine means peace & security for Israel too. We are asking Amos Trust supporters to organise a simple event, big or small, sometime between 15 May 2013 and 15 May 2014 to raise awareness of the current situation in Palestine. We are aiming for 65 individual events across the country to mark this anniversary year – that’s 65@65. We have created a special 65 years – nothing to celebrate birthday card for people to hand out at their event, which explains the 65th anniversary of Al Nakba and gives links to more information.

And what better time of year to talk about Palestine than Christmas? If you are using a prayer or reading from this pack at a Christmas or Advent service, why not hand out the 65@65 birthday cards to help people understand the situation in Palestine further? You could also use the special 65@65 prayer on page 16 in your service. Email sixtyfive@amostrust.org and let us know how many birthday cards you need and your postal address and we will get them sent out to you. (There is no charge.) There is also a special 65@65 resource pack full of ideas, links and suggestions to help you raise awareness of the situation in Palestine amongst your friends and family, in your local church and community. Download it here www.amostrust.org/downloads For 65 years I have prayed to God to have our freedom & our land. Maryam

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A prayer for 65@65 How long, O Lord, how long? For 65 years the Palestinian community have waited, Waited since Al Nakba or The Catastrophe When 750,000 were expelled from their land and became refugees. They still wait for justice, for a state, for freedom to come. O God, may the waiting end and justice come. It is 65 years of being despised and rejected; The Palestinians always live at the crossroads Where one way leads to hope, the other to despair. Denied their democratic rights they feel betrayed by talks of peace That have only brought more checkpoints, more closures, more land taken, And a huge separation wall that imprisons them and strangles their economy. We pray that the deep suffering of occupation will cease. May we ignore them no longer. After 65 long years In this wilderness of despair May the world say 'Enough', And walk with them towards a promised land of hope and dignity. Israelis also live at the crossroads, Carrying the scars of centuries of suffering. May they find liberation from their fears And a way to walk forward. May International Law be honoured So both Israeli and Palestinian can live in peace Both live securely - both live in freedom Without walls and occupation and fear. May Muslim, Christian and Jew find a way to live together So this land once called holy Becomes holy again. O God of justice and compassion, May there be a just peace for Palestine which in turn brings Peace and security for Israelis too. 65 years of waiting is too long. May we hear their cry, May hope rise again. How long O Lord, how long? Garth Hewitt, Founder, Amos Trust

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Photographs For photos of modern day Bethlehem, the Separation Wall and check-points for slides, carol sheets or publicity, search for Flickr member “amostrust” on www.flickr.com for our public copyright free images or visit the Bethlehem Pack 2013 page in the download section of our website for the link: www.amostrust.org/downloads

Film and Video Resources Here are some suggestions of film clips you could use in a church service this Christmas. If you are reading this pack as a pdf, you can click on the links to see the videos on YouTube. If you are reading this pack as a print out, you can find all the links on Bethlehem Pack 2013 page in the download section of our website: www.amostrust.org/downloads

O Little Town of Bethlehem

Fabulous 5 minute film about what Christmas would be like in modern Bethlehem with interviews with local shepherds, midwives and shop-keepers. Ideal to show in a service or small group. Made by St Pauls Church from Auckland New Zealand, with help from our partners, Holy Land Trust. To watch the film, click the link below or paste it into your browser http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bjQDl95tOcU St Pauls have also made it possible to download this film to use via dropbox. Click on the link or paste it into your browser: https://www.dropbox.com/s/ew6efkk62reaepx/O%20Little%20Town%20of%20Bethlehem.zip

Bethlehem: Hidden from View This 17 minute documentary made by Amos Trust features interviews with Christian Palestinians living in Bethlehem and is ideal for use in small groups. To watch a 2 minute promo, click the link below or paste it into your browser http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BNlcH7Tejd8 You can buy a DVD copy for £5.00 from www.amostrust.org/shop

Oh Little Town of Bethlehem, played by Basel Zayed on the Oud. Basel Zayed plays the Oud, a traditional Palestinian instrument in this video which features images of the Separation wall using animation. To watch this video, click the link below or paste it into your browser http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V9i7G5JtHv4 www.amostrust.org reg.charity no. 292592

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They’ve cancelled Christmas in Bethlehem Taken from Amos Trust Founder Garth Hewitt’s EP Bethlehem, Palestine, this track’s challenging lyrics are set to images from modern day Bethlehem. The images of the Separation Wall and checkpoints make it ideal for use for reflection in a church service. To watch this video, click the link below or paste it into your browser http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HMyjywN-8Ac

What next? Here are some suggestions of ways you and your church can help speak out for the people of Bethlehem and Palestine

Kairos Britain Kairos is the Greek word for ‘special or significant moment in time.’ The Kairos Palestine document is a call to Christians around the world to speak out about the situation in Palestine. It was written by a group of Palestinian Christian leaders and theologians and was endorsed by a large number of churches and church groups in Israel, Palestine and internationally. A global Kairos Palestine movement has grown up in response to this call including Kairos Palestine Britain and Ireland, an umbrella organisation of churches and Christian groups united in campaigning for justice for the Palestinian people.

“We can be silent no longer. It is time for prophetic faithfulness. It is time for action.“ from Time for Action, Kairos Britain Visit www.kairosbritain.org.uk to find out more about this movement, to download a copy of Time for Action the movement’s call to action for British Christians, and how you and your church can join the campaign. www.amostrust.org reg.charity no. 292592

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Made in Palestine Made in Palestine is an Amos Trust initiative promoting products to get people talking about Palestine. The Made in Palestine t-shirts are made in a factory in Bethlehem and come with a tag directing people to www.madeinpalestine.co.uk where they can find an intro to the current situation in Bethlehem. £10 each. Available in red & green in range of sizes. All profits to Amos projects in Palestine. Visit www.amostrust.org/shop to buy a shirt & see our other campaign items.

Visit the Holy Land Amos Trust organises alternative pilgrimages to Palestine and Israel. Ideal for first time visitors who want to visit the historic and Biblical sites as well as find out about the current situation in Palestine.

“Because you have to see for yourself to start to understand..” trip participant, 2012

We run a range of trips for different ages, all based in Bethlehem and Nazareth. We are offering our widest ever range of trips to Palestine in 2014: April - We are taking a group of runners to run the Bethlehem Marathon. May – We are running our annual Alternative Pilgrimage ideal for first time visitors. June - We are taking a group to the Bet Lahem Live Arts Festival, when there will also be opportunities to volunteer at the festival working alongside local people. We can also organise bespoke itineraries for churches and small groups. Visit www.amostrust.org/travel for more details on all these trips.

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Bethlehem Pack 2013  

The Bethlehem Pack as been put together by Amos Trust to help individuals and churches talk about the current situation in Bethlehem at car...

Bethlehem Pack 2013  

The Bethlehem Pack as been put together by Amos Trust to help individuals and churches talk about the current situation in Bethlehem at car...

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