Burkhard Schunkert’s report from Beit Jala for the Arpil is here – here are some excerpts from the report which is attached below in full:
Please stay with – and with us!
The month of April was emotionally very tense for many people in our country. The fasting month of Ramadan for Muslims, Passover for the Jewish population and our Christian Passover/Easter fell almost on the same days this year. We witnessed daily riots in Jerusalem on the former Temple Mount, where the most important mosques of Islam are located today after Mecca, as well as in other places in the Old City of Jerusalem and also in Bethlehem. Radical Islamic groups from the Gaza Strip had announced a „hot” Ramadan, Jewish radical groups, on the other hand, wanted to slaughter a Passover lamb on the Temple Mount and, as is so often the case, the waves ran high and more than 3,000 Israeli police officers were deployed to pacify the Old City to some extent, which was a very difficult task that, of course, could not go without criticism. Thank God no one died in Jerusalem during the riots and we hope that things will calm down a bit in May.
The war in Ukraine is also a daily preoccupation, and the latest statements by Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov on the Nazis, which were very disturbingly received in Israel, prompted the Israeli government to call in the Russian ambassador for an explanation. Relations with Russia are cooling, and with them Israel’s ability to attack Iranian militias in Syria, which constantly threaten Israel and thus all of us.
We sincerely ask our friends to continue to support our work. We are very dependent on this help month after month! We are pleased when, as reported here, a grant for long-needed machinery or equipment is once possible. The challenge for us, however, is the running costs of the support work for now 200–250 children and young people who come to us every day and we can only manage this with your help.
Thank you very much! Your Burghard Schunkert
Read the full report here.