Our question to our brothers and sisters in the churches today is - are you able to help us get our freedom back?"
- from The Kairos Document, a call to action from church leaders in Palestine.
It is a crucial time to be supporting the local Christian church and peacemakers in Palestine and Israel. For the past 20 years Amos has partnered Christian, Jewish and Muslim peace groups in Israel and Palestine. We endeavour to hear their stories, stand alongside them in their suffering and support their work.
We seek to raise awareness of the impact on the lives of ordinary Palestinian people caused by the occupation, the restrictions on people's freedom, the horror of illegal home demolitions and the building of the separation wall.
We support and partner the following organisations:
Wi’am Conflict Resolution Centre is a Christian project based in Bethlehem which is helping to bring reconciliation to the Palestinian community. The occupation and lack of freedoms increases family and community breakdowns. Wi’am means ‘cordial relationships’ in Arabic and Wi'am believes that "helping people resolve their personal conflicts helps to preserve Palestinian society and people’s faith in non-violent possibilities’. Wi'am runs counselling and reconciliation services for all ages, as well as groups for young people, children, older people and women.
In the Gaza Strip, Amos Trust supports the work of the Al-Ahli Hospital. The hospital was set up by the local Anglican church and treats 41,000 outpatients and 4,700 inpatients every year. The hospital treats anyone regardless of faith or background, providing both emergency and medical care, as well as preventative programmes such as child nutrition and cancer screening. There is very high incidence of cancer in Gaza, thought to be due to the strain of life there.
The hospital continually faces shortages of medicines and hospital supplies due to restriction on the movement of goods into Gaza, and the electricity and water supplies are often shut off with no warning for days on end. Despite these terrible conditions, staff do what they can to help 5,000 inpatients and 47,000 outpatients a year.
The Holy Land Trust runs community outreach programmes in Bethlehem and the surrounding area to strengthen communities in the face of adversity. It runs workshops for local leaders, young people and community groups and produces resources promoting non-violent resistance.
Israeli Committee Against House Demolition UK - ICAHD UK campaigns in the UK and EU against the illegal demolition of homes in the West Bank by the Israeli authority. We work with ICAHD UK to raise awareness of home demolitions and encourage UK and EU citizens to take action to stop this illegal action.
Youth Training, Near East Council of Churches - Gaza’s economy and infrastructure have been decimated by economic sanctions, civil unrest and rocket attacks. For young people from the region, employment opportunities are extremely limited. We have helped secure funds for the Near East Council of Churches employment training programmes for young people growing up in Gaza.
These programmes not only teach these young people, a majority of which are young men, a trade such as building, engineering, tailoring, but also provide support and mentoring to help them cope with their living conditions and uncertain future.
"We teach skills and we address these children’s trauma so we can have hope that one day we will build a future together in Gaza." Dr Issa Tarazzi, Executive Director, NECC
Our Director Chris Rose visited the project in 2012 and was impressed by their work - "The pastoral support each student receives at NECC Centres not only helps them to succeed on their course, but helps these young people to cope with the pressures of everyday life, cut off in Gaza. "
Amos Trust runs annual Alternative Pilgrimages to the Holy Land, so supporters can see the situation first hand and meet our partners. Click here for more information.
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