Posted on Wednesday 30 November 2008

xmas As many Christians around the world prepare to celebrate Advent and Christmas in the security of their homes and communities, they are invited to pray for justice, peace and security for Palestine and Israel.

Once again this year, Christmas celebrations will take place in adifficult climate for people in the Holy Land. However, Bethlehem, the birthplace of Jesus Christ, is still first and foremost a city of peace. And even in these trying times, many individuals and groups living there refuse to give up hope. They continue to search for non-violent ways to voice their rights and work for a peaceful and just future for both Palestinians and Israelis.

Since December 2000, a new Christmas tradition has been taking shape: sending peace messages to people in Bethlehem.
Once again, individuals, communities, churches and congregations, organisations and partners from across the world are invited to e-mail Advent and Christmas wishes and prayers for justice and peace to Bethlehem.

Sending a wish or a prayer by e-mail is an important way of communicating with many people who long to hear a word of hope. People in Bethlehem greatly appreciate receiving wishes and prayers from people outside the region, both as personal and spiritual gestures of comfort and hope on the occasion of Christmas. These messages are one way of breaking through the isolation they live in.                         

Please e-mail your Christmas messages and prayers for
peace before the 25th of December 2008.

While English is the preferred language, non-native English speakers may also send wishes and prayers in their mother tongue.
Messages can be e-mailed to the Arab Educational Institute at the following address:
Read all messages at and

This initiative is locally supported by:
The Arab Educational Institute
Library on Wheels for Non-violence and Peace
The Centre for Conflict Resolution and Reconciliation
The Justice and Peace Commission of Jerusalem
Wi’am Center

This initiative is internationally supported by:
The Palestine Israel Ecumenical Forum of the World Council
of Churches
Pax Christi International
The International Fellowship of Reconciliation
Church and Peace
The Presidency of the Conference of European Justice and Peace
Asian Centre for the Progress of Peoples