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Pilgrimage to The Unholy Land - Reflections

Pilgrimage to The Unholy Land - Reflections

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  • Thu 20 Aug ’15, 7:00pm – 8:30pm


The Peace Place - Aiotanga, 22 Emily Place, Auckland CBD


All Ages

Pilgrimage to The Unholy Land - reflections on a recent visit to Bethlehem.

This talk will be given by Kevin and Barbara McBride who recently attended the 70th anniversary celebrations for Pax Christi in Bethlehem (13 - 17 May 2015).

During their visit they were exposed to the current situation in what we are used to calling "The Holy Land". But what they saw in places like Hebron, Jericho and the Palestinian villages of the West Bank was far from holy. Instead they witnessed the daily oppression of military occupation and the unrelenting assimilation of traditional Palestinian villages,grazing lands, plantations and city environments into Israeli settlements and military reserves.

They also shared time and experience with Christian volunteers, Israeli opponents of their government's policies (such as 'Breaking the Silence') and Palestinian townspeople and villagers striving to develop and maintain non-violent resistance to their exclusion from the right to control their own lives and future.

In addition, they saw how Israeli control of water and land resources is being used against traditional land-owners in a very fragile ecological environment and how the land-owners are resisting this.

Please note the date for this event is now 20th August.

Entry is by Koha/Donation.

Please call 377-5541 (between the hours of 10am and 4pm Monday to Friday) or email thepeaceplacenz@gmail.com for further information or to register.

Unfortunately The Peace Place is not wheelchair accessible.

How Do I Get to The Peace Place?

By Train
The Peace Place is a short walk from Britomart Transport Centre (8/10 Queen St, Auckland 1010).

By Bus
A number of buses stop close to us at 2 Anzac Ave (it is a three minute walk from there to 22 Emily Place).

By Ferry (from Waiheke or the North Shore)
It is a ten minute walk from the Auckland Ferry Terminal to 22 Emily Place.

By Car
There is no free or reserved parking at The Peace Place.
There are a small number of metered car parks on the street (charges of $3 per hour for the first two hour & then $6 for each additional hour from Monday to Friday and of $1 per hour on Saturdays apply from 8am to 6pm) but these fill up fast and are usually not available at peak times.

The following car-parks are close by:
- Tournament Parking Lumley Centre ‎ at 65 Fort Street (a two minute walk).
- The Britomart Car Park at 88 Quay Street (a six minute walk).
- Wilson Car Park – 53-73 Anzac Ave (a five minute walk).
- Wilson Car Park Cnr Short St and Eden Cres (a two minute walk).

If you are up for a slightly longer walk the Downtown & Victoria Street Car Parks are both 10 minutes walk away.

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