Rawdat El-Zuhur School, East Jerusalem
One of the projects being supported by the Church in Wales Jubilee Fund is Rawdat El-Zuhur School, a Christian-run primary school in East Jerusalem. In addition to funding the provision of school dinners for children at the school, some schools in Wales have linked with Rawdat El-Zuhur, pupils corresponding through the exchange of e-mails.
On Thursday 19th October, St Fagan's Church in Wales Primary School, Cardiff received an e-mail from Class 4 of Rawdat El-Zuhur with sad news. Here is part of the message:
"We were not able to go to school for fourteen days because of the troubles. All shops and schools were closed. Many of our friends and neighbors were shot or wounded. One was killed, he was 10 years old. One of my friends in grade 4 was shot in his leg by a dumdum bullet. It burst into many small fragments in the body. He is still in intensive care in hospital, and has lost his leg. Other children lost their left eye. The home of one of our teachers was shelled, but luckily all the family were sleeping on the other end of the house."
The boy who died was Jawdi Al 'Abeidi, who was hit by live ammunition in the head, while on his way through the Lion's Gate, Jerusalem, returning from Friday prayers on 6th October at the al-Aqsa mosque on Temple Mount. It would seem that he was caught in the clashes between Israeli soldiers and Palestinian youths.
Thirty children have died so far in the recent violence in the West Bank and Gaza, and over a thousand injured. Many have been hit in the eyes by rubber coated bullets, and a number are now blinded. A number have had limbs shattered by dumdum bullets - the use of dumdum bullets, which shatter within the body, are banned by international law.
A memorial service for Jawdi and the other children who have died in the recent troubles, will be held at St Fagan's Church in Wales Primary School, at 10.00a.m. on All Souls' Day, Thursday 2nd November. The speaker will be the Rt. Revd David Thomas, Provincial Assistant Bishop. The other victims of violence in Palestine/Israel will also be remembered, and prayer offered for peace, justice and reconciliation in the Holy Land.
I remember the children
as dead angels
and injured sparrows
God was sad
- Shawqi Baghdadi