The World March in the occupied territories in Palestine

14.10.2009 - Bethlehem - Roberta Ravani

On October 13th, the Middle East team of the World March travelled by bus across the occupied territories to meet a number of people who every day work, in a nonviolent way, to change the situation of oppression in which they find themselves. The March team was accompanied by several members of the Holy Land Trust association of Bethlehem, a non-profit organisation that draws up courses in nonviolence, and for training future local political leaders.

“To reach Bethlehem is like entering a makeshift prison,” the marchers commented. “From modern Jerusalem, full of life and well-ordered, one enters a timeless land where sacred places are interwoven with cruel and inhuman acts.”

The group of marchers crossed various checkpoints, some of which had “opening” and “closing” hours, travelled along roads that would have been much shorter were it not for the obstacle of the wall, saw villages divided in two by it and spoke with families whose members had been torn apart.

The tour made stops in three cities: Abu Deis, where a meeting was held with Salah Ayed from the Palestinian Water Society, Qalqilija and Ramallah. At the latter, the team visited the Palestinian Medical Relief Communities, together with Dr. Alan Jarrad.

At the end of the day, the marchers commented: “It is fundamentally important to remain connected with these people, who must never feel that they are alone in this struggle!”

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