Palestinian Christians may lose homes..m

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Registered: 03-28-2003
Palestinian Christians may lose homes..m
Fri, 05-09-2003 - 2:36am
Just a reminder that the Israelis persecute both Muslim AND Christian Palestinians as they conduct land clearances.

The Israelis are threatening to demolish 120 homes just built by Palestinian Christians. This story made me sick, especially in light of Zionist support for illegal settlements on the West Bank:

http://sf.indymedia.org/news/2003/05/1607911.php

"Israeli courts have upheld an Israeli Army order to demolish 120 newly built Palestinian homes in Beit Sahour, a Palestinian town adjacent to Bethlehem. Residents today demonstrated against the order and launched an international campaign to save their homes.

The new homes were built by a group of limited income Palestinian Christian families who banded together as the Arab Orthodox Housing Project to build a new life. They obtained a 99-year lease from their Church, the Greek Orthodox Church, 22 years ago and then began the agonizing process of organizing and saving enough money to start construction.

"We were renters for 40 years," Dalal Awad, a mother of five told me. "We saved for 22 years and built this home with our neighbors. It cost $42,000. We built it with our hearts, our own labor. Now the Israelis want to kill our dream."