$4400 to Families of Palestinian Prisoners
In a house-to-house campaign, members and supporters of the ODA collected $4400. The money was distributed to 44 needy families of Palestinian prisoners in the Occupied Territories and Israel in order to help them cover their expenses during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan. Several human rights groups in the Territories lent their cooperation, among them: Al Damir, Freedoms' Defense Institute, Al - Kanoun, Al Tadamoun, and Land and Water (LAWE). The distribution took place at the end of January, just before the feast of Id al Fit'r. Each family received $100, together with a picture made by the children of the al-Baqa center in Jaffa. Our meetings with the families brought home one of the most painful chapters of the Oslo Process: the fact that it has not led to the release of the freedom fighters in the Palestinian struggle for independence. This year the ODA included the families of prisoners who are languishing in the prisons of the Palestinian Authority.
Pic. Cup: An ODA supporter with the mother of female prisoner, Maha al E'k, at al-Aza refugee camp near Bethlehem. She is holding a picture from the al-Baqa children in Jaffa. Maha is accused of trying to stab a soldier near Rachel's tomb in Bethlehem. Two of her brothers have been imprisoned by the Palestinian Authority.
New Branch in Nazareth
On February 21, the Workers' Advice Center (WAC) and Challenge's sister publication in Arabic, al-Sabar, opened a new branch in Nazareth. In view of the growing economic recession, WAC will give legal advice and support to workers in the region. Al-Sabar will be able to increase its coverage of topics relating to the Arab population of Galilee. We would like to thank the Evangelische Missionswerke ??? in Hamburg for supporting the office with basic equipment.