Focus on Israel/Palestine
Changing our waste disposal supplier
On the face of it, the contractor who supplies and empties our waste bin appears to have little connection with our commitment to work for justice and peace in Israel and Palestine. However, our present supplier is Veolia. This is a company which has been widely criticised for operating an apartheid system (see www.palestinecampaign.org/campaign/veolia/) on Israeli bus services which Palestinians are not permitted to ride and also supporting illegal settlements. Our Standing Committee has decided to change supplier to Biffa. The service will start on 1st June and will offer a recycling bin as well as the normal general waste bin. It is also cheaper, so we get a better service, at a cheaper price, and are acting more ethically too. We hope to organise a wider discussion on the issue of Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) later in the year.
Ken is now regularly writing and publishing articles for Kairos Britain, the national organisation supporting the call for peace and justice issued in 2009 by the Churches in Jerusalem. Do have a look at this site for news and events related to Kairos.
Our Holy Land Trip
The trip will be on 12th-21st February 2016. We have expressions of interest from 20 people and the maximum number will be 25. The brochure is being prepared and will be available soon, after which people will be able to book places. The itinerary looks really interesting and will include meetings with local groups as well as visits to Christian sites in and around Jerusalem and the Galilee. We will stay in Bethlehem for 7 nights and then move to the Galilee region.