Lighting a Candle in Manger Square, Bethlehem

Christian Peacemaker Teams (CPT) and the Palestinian Center for Rapprochement between People (PCR) invite you to a light a candle in a vigil to honor Martyrs for Peace, Tom Fox, CPT Iraq, Rachel Corrie and Tom Hurndall, from the International Solidarity Movement (ISM), and to protest illegal Israeli invasion of the Prison in Jericho.
The vigil will start at 18:00 Friday 17 March 2006, at the Manger Square Bethlehem.
Please invite your friends and bring banners if you can.
For more info, please call:
CPT: (02) 222-8485
PCR: (02)277-2018 or cell: 054-453-1339
George S. Rishmawi
Siraj, Center for Holy Land Studies
Beit Sahour, Palestine
Telefax: +972 2 274 8590
Dear George,
I will be with you in spirit. Rachael Corrie is remembered on my website. I still have the video of Issa driving us into Manger Square with your commentary. It’s a remarkable document! The time we spent in Palestine remains with me as a beacon showing how the darkness is defeated. Please light a candle for me!
Peace and love,
Dear John,
Salaam and thanks for the hard work. For sure my time with you was great and we can not wait to get together again. Be in touch and for sure will light a candle with you name. Best regards,
George S. Rishmawi
The following comes from Jewish Voice for Peace:

Thursday, March 16 is the 3rd anniversary of the death of courageous US peace activist Rachel Corrie, who was killed by an Israeli (Caterpillar) bulldozer as she was protecting a Palestinian home from being destroyed in Rafah refugee camp in Gaza. The US Campaign to End the Occupation has called for an international day of action on March 16, 2006, to honor Rachel’s death, to demand corporate accountability from the Caterpillar corporation, and to rededicate ourselves to ending the brutal Israeli occupation that continues to take Palestinian & Israeli lives and to wreak havoc in Palestinian communities. TAKE ACTION NOW! On Rachel’s behalf, and as a concrete action to change the US role in supporting and funding the occupation, please join the Jewish Voice for Peace campaign now to stop the Caterpillar corporation from selling their weaponized bulldozers to the Israeli military. These bulldozers – with bulletproof windows, grenade launchers and gun turrets – have demolished 50,000 Palestinian homes since 1967 and uprooted over 100,000 olive trees, trees that many families rely on for their sustenance.PLEASE JOIN RABBIS Arik Ascherman, Lynn Gottlieb, Michael Lerner, Laurie Zimmerman, Buz Bogage, Robert Marx, Nina Mandel, Burt Jacobsen, Maurice Harris, Linda Holtzman, and David Bauer – as well as Letty Cottin Pogrebin, Gila Svirsky, Naomi Klein, Hannah Kranzberg, Daniel Boyarin, Nurit Peled El-Hanan and more, and sign THE DECLARATION AGAINST CATERPILLAR HUMAN RIGHTS ABUSES. It will only take 10 seconds – and please pass the word to everyone you know!“I don’t know if many of the children here have ever existed without tank-shell holes in their walls…No amount of reading, conferences, documentaries, could have prepared me for the reality of the situation here…I am just beginning to learn about the ability of people to resist against all odds.” –from Rachel’s letters from Gaza
For more information about the case against Caterpillar human rights abuses, see Corrie v. Caterpillar, an article by law students Emily Schaeffer and Garrett Wright.

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