Next door to the Church is the Al Khader Mosque Palestinians link Al Khader to Saint George
In the Qur'an Al Khader is sent by Allah (God) to advice Musa (Moses) Many Palestinians think that Al Khader never dies and could appear to help us at any time. Many Palestinians think that Saint George was one appearance of Al Khader. Saint George/Al Khader is honoured by Palestinian Christians and Muslims
The name George comes from a Greek word for Farmer. Al Khader means the ‘Green one’. Saint George/Al Khader is seen as bringing the rain needed for farmers to have good harvests. Painting by a Palestinian school student
Palestinian children are told that thunder is Saint George/Al Khader riding his horse across the sky
Saint George and the dragon is above entrance gate to a village called Al Khader near Bethlehem This is a Muslim village
The only Christian living in Al Khader village is the priest in charge of this church of Saint George. He says the Muslim villagers look after him very well.
Saint George’s Day is a big festival in the village
In the church christians lighting candles A Muslim Lady with ‘The Bridle of Saint George’
Outside of the Church Muslims slaughter and skin sheep in honour of Al Khader
Drama in Artas village near Bethlehem 12 th April 2007
In Palestine Christians and Muslims live together in peace. Saint George slays the Dragon of religious intolerance.
Tariq in Bethlehem has Saint George slaying the Dragon of difference that can build walls between people. His Saint George stands for Global Responsibility. What ‘dragons’ in the world today do you think need slaying?