On August 17 Israeli soldiers and security personnel supervised the the bulldozing of land and the uprooting of over 100 ancient olive trees in the Bir Ouma. Many of the trees that were uprooted were as old as 1500 years old. The land is being cleared to facilitate the routing of the separation wall through the Cremisan Valley. The planned route for the wall is three kilometers inside the 1949 Armistice ‘green line’ and is set to be built on privately owned Palestinian land in Beit Jala.The clearing of the land is taking place despite a previous court ruling and without any warning being given to the local landowners. Local Christians have been gathering daily at the site of the bulldozing to protest the illegal confiscation of their land and to pray for the protection of the Cremisan Valley.
The churches in Jerusalem held services the week of January 25 to February 2 as part of the World Council of Churches Week of Prayer for Christian Unity. Christians all over the world celebrated this year the 100th anniversary of the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity.
Joining St. Andrews Church of Scotland. Photo EAPPI.
The Ethiopian Church service for the World Week of Prayer for Christian Unity. Photo EAPPI/P. Craine.
Dancing as part of the Ethiopian service. Photo EAPPI/P. Craine.
Greeting priests after the Greek Catholic service. Photo EAPPI/P. Craine.