“The Background and Resulting Impact of the Balfour Declaration” will be presented by Mary Grey as part of the 10th International Sabeel Conference on the theological underpinnings of the Balfour Declaration; Peter Shambrook will speak about the historical and political context of the declaration, and Leslie Orr on the practical steps necessary to address Balfour’s legacy today. Bethlehem Hotel. 17:30 “The Balfour Declaration,” presented by Xavier Abu Eid as part of the 10th International Sabeel Conference, deals with the possibilities of political action by the PLO/PA; Nour Odeh will discuss possibilities of political action through civil society. Bethlehem Hotel.
“Islamic Extremism,” presented by Mustafa Abu Sway as part of the 10th International Sabeel Conference, will discuss Islam in Palestinian society and concerns of local Muslims today; Ghada Karmi will speak about the role of religion, particularly Islam, in the Palestine struggle for independence; and Patriarch Michel Sabbah will address the concerns of Palestinian Christians in this context. Bethlehem Hotel.
Opening of the 10th International Sabeel Conference themed “Jesus Christ Liberator, Then and Now: Facing the Legacy of Injustice,” which commemorates the year 2017 as the anniversary of many difficult milestones in the history of the Palestinian people. The conference will continue until Monday, March 13 at locations in Hebron, Jerusalem, Nazareth, the occupied Syrian Golan Heights, and the Galilee. Organized by the Sabeel Ecumenical Liberation Theology Center. For registration, please visit the official website: www.sabeel.org.
Palestinian Land Day Tour is organized by the To Be There initiative to support Palestinian farmers by helping in the planting of olive trees and learning about daily life under military occupation, Israel’s policies towards land confiscations, and the control of the Palestinian population. The program will include several excursions to Bethlehem, Hebron, Jerusalem, Nablus, and Battir. For more information, please visit www. tobe-there.com.
The 5th Palestine Marathon will be held under the slogan “Free Movement,” organized by The Palestine Olympic Committee in partnership with the Bethlehem Governorate, Bethlehem Municipality, the Higher Council for Youth and Sport, and other associations. For registration and more information, please visit the official website: www.palestinemarathon.org.
The Bethlehem old city walking tour is a free-of-charge tour organized by Hosh Abu Jarour Tourist Information Center and Bethlehem Municipality to explore the history, culture, and heritage of Bethlehem through inspecting the old buildings and visiting various sites. During the tour, participants will visit Star Street, Abu Jarour Neighborhood, the Icon School, the Salesian Museum and Workshop, Manger Square, and the Church of the Nativity. The starting point will be at the headquarters of Hosh Abu Jarour Tourist Information Center on Star Street, and it will end at the Church of the Nativity. For registration, please send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.