Israeli military tanks have just occupied Dar Al Kalima Model School and Wellness Center in southern Bethlehem. They are using our hilltop location in an attempt to control surrounding sections of the city. The tanks rolled into the premises of the School and Center around 2:00 pm, destroying parts of the green area and soldiers broke down the Wellness Center iron door

Saturday, March 9, 2002 at 14:00 hr. local time:

Israeli military tanks have just occupied Dar Al Kalima Model School and Wellness Center in southern Bethlehem.  They are using our hilltop location in an attempt to control surrounding sections of the city.  The tanks rolled into the premises of the School and Center around 2:00 pm, destroying parts of the green area and soldiers broke down the Wellness Center iron door. The destruction of our facilities is still going on. No further information on inside damage is currently available, as no one is able to get close to the site, according to the Rev. Dr. Mitri Raheb, pastor of Christmas Lutheran Church and founder of the Dar al-Kalima school.

The Dar al-Kalima School and Wellness Center, an outreach ministry of the Evangelical Lutheran Church and the International Center of Bethlehem, was recently built with the support of friends from several countries to help create hope and a better future for the children of Bethlehem.  Currently there are 240 students enrolled in the school. The Wellness Center is due to open on 24 May 2002.  The Wellness Center has as one of its ministries to bring healing to the many traumatized children and adults of Bethlehem area. 

For full story, action request and pictures, go to:  http://www.annadwa.org/dakschool/urgent_appeal.htm