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All net proceeds of the Bethlehem Unwrapped festival will be donated to: Future Peacemakers Appeal, Holy Land Trust, Bethlehem.

In celebration of the “little town of Bethlehem” this Christmas, the Bethlehem Unwrapped festival will support Holy Land Trust’s unique work providing non-violence training for children, young people and adults.

The ongoing situation in Israel and Palestine affects children and young people on both sides of the divide. Children and young people in Bethlehem deal with the impact of the occupation every day, whether it is playing in the shadow of a 9-metre high separation wall overlooked by armed watch towers or seeing their parents and grandparents being stopped, questioned and harassed by soldiers at checkpoints. These children grow up feeling traumatised and lack the hope and opportunity that should belong to all children.

The Holy Land Trust’s non-violence workshops provide local children with the techniques and skills they need to deal with their situation and living conditions. These sessions help them to rebuild their self-worth and recognise that they can respond to the occupation without violence and claim a future without fear.

“The most unhelpful thing you can do is be pro one side; it just adds to the conflict. We have to not only understand those people who are oppressing us, but try to walk in their shoes, and ultimately to really engage with what it means to love our enemies.”

– Sami Awad, Director, Holy Land Trust

Amos Trust, a human rights organisation ( 292592) based in London, is the UK partner of Holy Land Trust.