Easter Message 2022: United We Stand in the Face of Injustice
"Early on the first day of the week, while it was still dark, Mary Magdalene came to the tomb and found that the stone had been removed from the tomb." (John 20:1)
As we approach Easter this year, Palestinians continue to suffer the injustice of the longest military occupation in the history of mankind. Gaza, the world’s largest open-air prison, remains under siege and more Palestinians, especially women and youth, are arrested and killed by Israeli forces every day. Palestinians in refugee camps across the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, struggle to meet their everyday needs and live a life of marginalization and exclusion. On top of that, the COVID19 pandemic has exacerbated the already dire humanitarian and socio-economic situation, making life unbearable.
The YWCA of Palestine is committed to building a better future for Palestinian women, youth, and children. We strive to create a democratic society that promotes justice and equal rights for all. Yet we are challenged every day to fulfill our commitment amid the ongoing Israeli occupation.
Mary Magdalene’s task, as the first witness to the Resurrection, was to tell others. We call on you to be a voice for Palestinians where ever you are in the world, so that united we go to the place of pain and suffering and even death and find that the stone of oppression and occupation has been removed.
The Resurrection of Jesus Christ, our savior, is a reminder that there is always light at the end of the tunnel. During these dark times, we continue to keep hope alive for a just peace and a brighter tomorrow
Christ is risen; he is risen, indeed!
Happy Easter from our YWCA family to yours!