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B’tsalem – Israeli Human Rights Organization

‘Unpolite visit by IDF after midnight to our house in Attil to arrest my nephew.’ Those chilling words were transmitted via Facebook. My friend and colleague, Sadi, knows only too well what these words would mean to his friends. Sadi … Continue reading

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Tree planting and Rugby in the Jordan Valley-To Exist is to Resist

The  demolishing  of homes, animal shelters and  water tanks in the Jordan Valley over the past two months has resulted in heart-break for many families for whom life was already incredibly hard.  In the unforgiving environment of 40 degree heat … Continue reading

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Demolishing Lives in the Jordan Valley

It was 6:00 am. A text message came from UNOCHA (United Nation Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs). ‘The  Israeli Army is demolishing homes  now at Hadadiya’ Can you come! http://www.maannews.net/eng/ViewDetails.aspx?ID=399134 This was the place of my first visit to the … Continue reading

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TURKISH BATH IN NABLUS

An ancient Turkish Bath in the Old City of Nablus, dating from the thirteenth century, has   Sunday afternoons   set aside for women.  Our new lives as Ecumentical Accompaniers with the World Council of Churches, are challenging, and  Church on … Continue reading

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Pentecost Sunday in Jerusalem

Sunday….. in Jerusalem!  The Evangelical Lutheran Church is a very welcoming community for those living away from home. Pastor Fred, in his opening address announced that, as it was Pentecost Sunday, this was to be  an interactive service, and he … Continue reading

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Another Day in the life of an EA

The illegal settlement of Yithzar is  situated at the top of a mountain: the hub of a malevolent presence permeating the once peaceful  valleys to the north,  south, east, and west    where the Palestinian Villages of Madama,  Asira al Qibliya,  Burin,  … Continue reading

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Settler Attack in Madama

One of my responsibilities as EA is to monitor several villages in the northern West Bank of Palestine.  I  visit with families who have been impacted by human rights violations and/or lawless activity by either the IDF (Israel Defence Force) or … Continue reading

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A Measure of Peace

Bonne Bay, Newfoundland and Labrador!!! There was spent the happiest summers of my childhood. My mother, Doris Mercer and her sister, Audrey Myrden, built a cabin  in Woody Point so that summers could be spent there with their families. It is an idyllic setting. The … Continue reading

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A day in the life of an EA

The morning began at 5:30 to monitor an agricultural gate which opens from 5.45 to 6.15. I am still outraged that these farmers have half an hour in the morning to access their land. It is a 20 minute walk downhill and … Continue reading

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Time for Tea

  ‘Hey guys, there’s  the Military police up ahead. I wonder what’s up’,  exclaims Rev. Loren McGrail, EA from Chicago, USA.  Bishop Richard Llewellin, EA from Canterbury England, Juergan Duilles, and I were immediately attentive. Experience has shown  that this usually … Continue reading

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