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The Stones Cry Out – voices of Palestinian Christians

For more than 60 years the Palestinians have suffered displacement, expulsion, wars, occupation and oppression. Many of those who have suffered are Palestinian Christians but their voice is often drowned out in the turmoil of events.

‘The Stones Cry Out’ is their story, from the Nabka of 1948 to the present day.

Palestine, where Christianity was born two thousand years ago, is home to some of the oldest Christian communities in the world.

In 1948, when tens of thousands of Palestinians were driven from their homes in the Galilee to make way for the settlers of the newly created state of Israel, Elias Chacour, now the Archbishop of the Galilee, was just a boy.  His village of Kifr Bir’am  and its church today lie abandoned and crumbling.

In 1967 the West Bank was appropriated; then came the settlements, and the wall that hems in Bethlehem – the birthplace of Christ.

Palestinian Christians suffer from discrimination restrictions on movement, the  checkpoints, land appropriation and house demolitions, the expansion of jewish settlements,  that make It difficult for Palestinians to worship freely and Holy sites are vandalised. Their numbers are dwindling as many emigrate as a result of the difficulties of living under Israeli military occupation .

Too often the media show the conflict in Palestine as a fight between Muslims and Jews, ignoring the role of  Palestinian Christians in their land’s history and the struggle to maintain its identity.

The film recounts the unwavering and sometimes desperate struggle of all Palestinians to resist Israel’s occupation and stay on their land.

Sutton for Peace and Justice is screening The Stones Cry Out on Friday 25th July 2014, at Friends House, Cedar Road, Sutton, SM2 5DA. Doors open 7.00pm, film starts at 7.30.

There will be no fixed entry charge, but donations will be taken to cover our costs and help support the film makers.

To reserve your seat – email to sutton4peace@yahoo.co.uk or  text to 07740 594496.

A rare chance to see this film in south London.

Please print and display the attached poster where others who may be interested in the film will see it.

For further information about The Stones Cry Out and Christians in Palestine, go to www.thestonescryoutmovie.com

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