Three Faiths Remember the Palestinian Catastrophe

    9 May 2019

    Muslims and Jews will join in a service of Lamentation for the Nakba (Catastrophe) in a Christian church next month (May).

    It is 71 years since over 700,000 Palestinians fled their homes – never to return – in the wake of the establishment of the State of Israel.

    Now there are around seven million Palestinians worldwide, one and a half million of whom are living in refugee camps, according to the United Nations[i].

    Associate Priest Rev Nicky Davies said: “We think it’s important to remember what happened all those years ago because people are still suffering and the tragedy is still playing out today.

    “Until this issue is resolved there can be no just peace in Israel-Palestine.”

    Ms Davies who completed part of her training for the priesthood in Bethlehem added: “The service will be a solemn affair with music, prayers and reflections.

    “We are so thrilled that a Muslim family from Bournemouth will take part and a Dorset Jew will read a prayer especially written for the Nakba by Rabbi Brant Rosen.”

    Teresa Parker of Quaker Peace and Social Witness who has run a human rights programme in the Middle East will give the address and the service will be followed by Palestinian refreshments.

    Lamentation for the Nakba takes place in St Mary’s Church, Fordingbridge,[ii] on May 15, beginning at 7.30pm. All are welcome.