Magazine article Anglican Journal

Bishop Pleads for Palestinian Children to Be Allowed Back to School

Magazine article Anglican Journal

Bishop Pleads for Palestinian Children to Be Allowed Back to School

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Jerusalem (ENI) -- A Lutheran Holy Land leader who was shocked to encounter school children begging by the road side has pleaded for Palestinians, Israelis and the international community to get more than 700,000 Palestinian students back to school.

Bishop Munib Younan, head of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Jordan and the Holy Land, said in a pastoral letter that the children were staying at home because their schools remained closed due to an international boycott of aid to the Palestinian Authority's Hamas-led government since it won an election in January.

"As I was driving to Ramallah the other day and stopped at an intersection, a child came up to the car with a towel to try to clean my windshield. I said, 'What is this?' He said, 'Please, for God's sake, one shekel. I want to eat!' Other children later started following us when we were walking, 'Please, a shekel, a shekel.' I was offended and humiliated to watch Palestinian children turn into beggars. …

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