Monday, May 14, 2007

St George as seen by Palestinian children


The Leicester-Bethlehem friendship link recently organised a children’s art competition on the theme of St George and Al Khadar, to raise awareness of Palestine among the English children, and to give welcome contact with the outside world for the children of Palestine. You can see more of the pictures, and read more background here

In Palestinian tradition Saint George is often seen as one appearance of Al Khader, the mystical figure who also appears as an advisor to Musa (Moses) in the Qur'an Surah Al Kahf. In Palestine he symbolises Christian Muslim unity and shared Arabic culture.

It is interesting that the apartheid wall appears in so many of the pictures from the Palestinian children, they literally live in its shadow.

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