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2 Aboud Aboud

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4 Two thousand two hundred People live in Aboud. 900 of them are Christian, the rest are Muslim.

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9 Below the village is a Roman Road linking Jerusalem with the Galilee Jesus and the Holy Family would have used this road

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13 Fr. Abdallah Sumrein The Orthodox Priest

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17 Catholic Church

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22 Aboud The Green Line = Border with Israel Line of THE WALL Note the locations of the Beit Arye and Ofarim Settlements

23 Fourth Geneva Convention Article 49, Paragraph 6 The occupying power shall not deport or transfer part of its own civilian population into the territory it occupies

24 Beit Arye Settlement Built on land confiscated from Aboud and neighbouring Palestinian villages

25 Settlements are not located in areas of large Arab population, not because I shied away from this but because the Arabs did not settle in areas that were of interest to us--because they are difficult regions. Were there Arabs in Beit Arye? Did someone live in the area of Ofarim? Not today or ever. Ariel Sharon interview in the Israeli newspaper Davar, July 14, 1995

26 Spring fed swimming pool in the Lemon Valley, Aboud village. A ‘difficult region’ according to Sharon! On a major aquifer and with relatively high precipitation ( 700mm of precipitation annually) Aboud sustains cultivation of fruit and olive trees, cereal grains and grapevines.

27 Were there Arabs in Beit Arye? Did someone live in the area of Ofarim? Not today or ever. Ariel Sharon Home in Aboud Village

28 The Catholic Church is built on the Site of the ancient church of St. Simon

29 Remains of St. Simon’s below the modern church

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31 Orthodox Church

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33 Aramaic Plaque

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35 A ruined aisle of St. Mary’s Church has been excavated

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37 Remains of other Ancient Churches in Aboud Messiah Church – Located where tradition says Jesus preachedMessiah Church – Located where tradition says Jesus preached Saint Anastasia ChurchSaint Anastasia Church Saint Abadia ChurchSaint Abadia Church Knnasieh ChurchKnnasieh Church Saint Todros ChurchSaint Todros Church Dare Al-Kawkab ChurchDare Al-Kawkab Church

38 Al-Maqati an area with ancient tombs

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40 Carvings of grapes were cut from this tomb In Palestine it is common for archaeological sites to be raided for Israeli collectors

41 On a hillside facing Aboud are extensive 4 th -7 th 4 th -7 th Century remains of St. Barbara’s Monastery

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43 At St. Barbara’s cave a small church remained in good repair It was in regular use and the centre of festivities on St. Barbara's feast day

44 On 31 st May 2002 the Israeli Army blew up the ancient Church of St. Barbara

45 Aboudis viewing the destruction

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47 In November 2000 Settlers and the Israeli Army cut or burnt 4000 Aboud Olive Trees. In October 2005 Settlers uprooted 500 vines.

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50 Road Block Aboud used to be a thriving centre, providing a secondary school, shops and services for neighbouring villages. Now it is a quiet cul-de-sac with shutters closed on most businesses. Only one access road is now open into the village

51 Aboudies want to live in tranquillity. But they are slowly being crushed by expanding Israeli settlements, military occupation with restrictions on movement, and construction of Israel’s land confiscation wall.

52 Fourteen Kilometres of the wall is being built within the village boundaries.

53 We will tear down their Wall with our hands, We will defeat their racism with our determination

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55 Left: Cardinal Mc Carrick, President of the American Catholic Bishops Conference Centre right: Michel Sabbah Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem Aboud 10th March 2006

56 Christian-Muslim Unity Archamandrite (now Bishop) Attallah Hanna with Grand Mufti Shaikh Taysir al-Tamimi.

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61 Aboud The Green Line = Border with Israel Line of THE WALL

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63 The wall could Isolate Aboud farmers from:- 26% of their land.26% of their land. 389 Hectares of their land389 Hectares of their land Many of their Olive and Fruit TreesMany of their Olive and Fruit Trees A significant part of the water AquiferA significant part of the water Aquifer Rantis and other villages to the North North WestRantis and other villages to the North North West

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65 The construction of the wall being built by Israel, in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, is contrary to international law. Israel is under an obligation to cease construction of the wall and to dismantle forthwith the structure. Israel is under an obligation to make reparation for all damage caused by the construction of the wall. All States are under an obligation not to recognize the illegal situation resulting from the construction of the wall and not to render aid or assistance in maintaining the situation. The United Nations, and especially the General Assembly and the Security Council, should consider what further action is required to bring to an end the illegal situation resulting from the construction of the wall. On 9 July 2004 the International Court of Justice in The Hague ruled that: -

66 The threat facing Aboud is not unique.

67 TheThe Separation Barrier confiscates land from many Palestinian villages ItIt is destroying the possibility of establishing a viable Palestinian state existing peacefully side by side with Israel ItsIts construction creates poverty, resentment and anger

68 The barrier at Aboud is part of a section that could extend 22 kilometres into the West Bank. Aboud Ariel Border with Israel Line of the Barrier Israeli Settlements Palestinian villages ISRAElISRAEl West Bank Ariel, the largest illegal settlement could be annexed to Israel Map produced by the U.N.

69 We announce publicly and decisively and under all the circumstances that we completely refuse the building of this segregation wall on the lands of our village… we will resist against this wall in all the possible legal and information means. We will also arrange for peaceful demonstrations and protests in Aboud against the wall. Fr Firas Aridah Catholic Parish Priest in Aboud

70 What future is there for the people of Aboud?

71 Please act to save this unique and special community

72 The Green Line = Border with Israel Aboud Campaigning makes a difference Red The line of the wall proposed in March 2005 Orange. The line of the wall proposed in October 2005

73 The Green Line = Border with Israel Aboud But the wall will still take a lot of land far beyond the settlements, including a hill one kilometre south of Ofarim. Aboud will be cut off from Rantis and Al-Lubban.

74 Send messages of protest to the Israeli Embassy and Government

75 Ask our Government to: - Take action to save Aboud Work for Israeli compliance with the Fourth Geneva Convention Ensure that the UN enforces the International Court of Justice ruling

76 Help these Aboud children have a future of justice, peace and freedom

77 Produced by Leicestershire Holy Land Appeal www.leics-holyland.gothere.uk.com


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