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Support Amnesty International's campaign to Bring Mordechai Vanunu to London in June
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Did you know?



Settlements Generate Virtually No Economic Activity
"A recent Israeli government report estimated there are…$250 million in annual exports — [only] 0.55 percent of the national total — from the West Bank, East Jerusalem and the Golan Heights, territories the international community generally considers illegally occupied."
Jodi Rodoren cited by Richard Silverstein, 22 Jan 2014

Daily acts of violence committed by Jewish Israeli citizens against West Bank Palestinians
"These incidents — now particularly heightened during the olive harvest season — are not the aberration from the norm, but a regular feature of life in the occupied West Bank. In 2012, over 7,500 Palestinian olive trees were destroyed. In the 5-year period between 2007 and 2011, there was a 315 percent increase in settler violence."
Mairav Zonszein, Israel Must Stop Settler Violence, 8 November 2013
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Police impunity
After their own investigations establishing a prima facie violation, Btselem has lodged over 280 complaints of alleged police violence in the oPt since the start of the second Intifada: "we are aware of only 12 indictments" Btselem April 2013
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Runners in the first ever Bethlehem Marathon were forced to run two laps of the same course on Sunday 21 April 2013, as Palestinians were unable to find a single stretch of free land that is 26 miles long in Area A, where the PA has both security and civil authority. See Marathon report
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30th March, land day.
On 30 March 1976, thousands of Palestinians living as a minority in Israel mounted a general strike and organised protests against Israeli government plans to expropriate almost 15,000 acres of Palestinian land in the Galilee.The Israeli government, led by prime minister Yitzhak Rabin and defence minister Shimon Peres, sent in the army to break up the general strike. The Israeli army killed six unarmed Palestinians, wounded hundreds and arrested hundreds more, including political activists. All were citizens of Israel.
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* Out of 103 investigations opened in 2012 into alleged offences committed by Israeli soldiers in the occupied territories, not a single indictment served to date
Yesh Din, 3 Feb 2013
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* In total, out of an area of 1.6 million dunams in the Jordan Valley, Israel has seized 1.25 million − some 77.5 percent − where Palestinians are forbidden to enter.
Haaretz editorial, 4 Feb 2013
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Portal To Palestine

P to P is a joint project between The Wide World Organization from Holland and The Lighting Candles Organization from Palestine. P to P is working as social, educational and informal utility between the Palestinian community and the international community.

Aims of the project:

  • Getting as many internationals to visit Palestine and volunteer in the local organizations.
  • Improving the connections between internationals and locals and facilitating their life in Palestine.
  • Widening the voluntary work circuit in the Palestinian organizations and working with more new and small organization to give better services.
  • Establishing a data base about volunteers and organizations in order to create better quality of benefit for both of them as to link between what are the needs of each.
  • Getting closer point of view at the life in Palestine and supporting the social and cultural exchange.
  • Improving the advocacy work about Palestine in the international world as to make it more attractive to visit Palestine than it is a conflict area, while the main aim depends on the cultural side of the life in Palestine.
  • Supporting the alternative tourism and going inside the Palestinian cities, villages and refugee camps.
  • Making programs that can get more internationals to visit, stay and volunteer in Palestine.
  • Encouraging the Palestinian families to welcome and host more internationals in their homes as to go on better with the cultural exchange and to give different experience for the internationals themselves in their staying in Palestine.
  • Building a wide network of organizations on the international and the local levels.

Fields of work:

  • On the local side P to P will work in all of the cities villages and refugee camps depending on the needs and the will of the visitors, including all what it has from information, heritage, families and organizations.
  • On the international side, the P to P will try to widen its field to reach as many internationals as possible.

Way of work:

  • Advertising especially on the internet.
  • Training local and international guides and facilitators to help the new arriving internationals.

About The Lighting Candles Organization

LCO is a Palestinian, non-governmental, non-profitable organization, working to promote democratic values, constitutional rights, sustainable development, building youth abilities and least but not last, awareness in the Holy Land through cultural, artistic activities and other events.  LCO is officially registered with the Palestinian Ministry of Interior as a Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) Registration number BL-483-S, 23/4/06.

The LCO was established in the crossing point of Doha, Al Khader and Deheisha refugee camp (suburb area of Bethlehem that counts around 35 thousand inhabitants) in November 2005 by a group of Palestinian youth from Bethlehem and depends primarily on its team of volunteers. LCO has got expertise in management, technology, health, and social work. It also seeks for practical solutions in building consensus among all local Palestinians by strengthening peace and democracy awareness; enhancing freedom of expression and social values.  It seeks to do so by working with young people to light a candle of hope for the next generations to have a better world to come.

Contacts

www.lightingcandles.org
www.eag-palestine.org
info@lightingcandles.org
alahilu@gmail.com
hamdan@lightingcandles.org

Tel: +972 22741921
Fax: +972 22748389
+972 599 125281
Mobile: +972 522 767 558

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