WASHINGTON, DC – The Holy Land Christian Ecumenical Foundation’s (HCEF) 17th International Conference introduces a new panel titled: “Palestinian Christians – Persecuted on all Sides.”

With the burning of churches and holy places, such as the Church of the Multiplication of Loaves and Fish, Palestinian Christians continue to fight for their rights against occupation and oppression.  Adding to this burden is the new threat by ISIS, which has threatened to “purify” Jerusalem if Christians do not leave this sacred city.  As if this were not enough, our Evangelical brethren have for a long time denied the Palestinian Christian presence and identity in the Holy Land.  These nails add to the already heavy cross Palestinian Christians are carrying: refugee status for many, lack of access to education, limited employment, and humiliations in daily lives.  This panel will discuss the conditions affecting Palestinian Christians and look to signs of hope for the future such as the canonization of the first Palestinian Saints and the recognition of the State of Palestine by the Vatican.

Be sure to join us for this crucial and educational discussion on Palestinian Christians. Experts on the panel will include Fr. Michael McDonagh, International Advisor to the Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem and Dr. Mazin Qumsieh, Professor & Director of the Cytogenetics Lab at the Palestine Museum of Natural History. 




117th International Conference & Awards Banquet
Reception: Friday, Oct. 16, 2015, 5:30 p.m. – 7 p.m.
Awards Ceremony: 7 p.m. -9 p.m. 
Conference: Saturday, Oct. 17, 8:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Washington Marriott Georgetown
1221 22nd Street, NW
Washington, DC, 20037
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