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Thursday, March 13, 2008


Moving Forward With Life and Hope as Fifty Thousand Mourn Bethlehem Deaths

From: jcurran@bethlehem.edu
To: BU_Happenings@bethlehem.edu
Date: Wed, 12 Mar 2008 22:50:07 +0000
Subject: [BU Happenings] University Closed in Mourning

Dear Friends, Alumni and Benefactors,

When tragedy and violence come upon us, we are called to pray for peace – work for justice – pray for peace -- and to do our best to continue moving forward with life in hope!

It is just after 10:00 pm on Wednesday, 12 March 2008 and the streets of Bethlehem are quiet.

As reported on the the Maan News website (http://www.maannews.net/en/), just a few hours ago the Israel Special Forces dressed in civilian clothes and driving a civilian car with a Palestinian license plate, entered Bethlehem and opened fire on another civilian car that was parked outside a bakery about 2 blocks from Bethlehem University, killing the four Palestinian civilians.

Brother Robert Smith, FSC, Acting Vice Chancellor, just announced that Bethlehem University will be closed on Thursday, 13 March 2008, mourning the killing of four Palestinian men in Bethlehem on Wednesday, 12 March 2008.

Unfortunately, it was only six and a half weeks ago that I shared with you similar sad news when one young Palestinian was killed in Bethlehem by the Israeli military forces.

Please join us in praying for peace – working for justice – praying for peace.

Together with your prayerful support and solidarity we will continue to move forward and provide the students entrusted to our care with the best education possible. This we must do! To do so for us is what it means to pray for peace and to work for jusitice.
Thank you for your ever faithful and kind support and solidarity.

Brother Jack

PS Even though it may seem strange to also share the positive news about Bethlehem University along with this sad news of the tragic loss of life here in Bethlehem today, we must continue to move forward with hope - this is what it means to be people of hope! Please visit our website (www.bethlehem.edu) to read more about the Annual Science Fair which attracted more than 1,500 students and teachers from local secondary schools and also about the generosity of recent pilgrims from Liverpool who passed along a generous financial gift to support the University.
Brother Jack Curran, FSC, PhD www.bethlehem.edu
Vice President for Development Tel: 972-2-274-1241
Bethlehem University Fax: 972-2-274-4440

Location Address: Rue des Freres, Bethlehem, Palestine
Temporary Mailing Address: PO Box 11407, 92248 Jerusalem
USA Office Br. Jerome Sullivan, PO Box 692, Lincroft, NJ 07738-0692
Tel: 908-839-9715 Fax: 732-219-1619 Email: jerbethlehem@yahoo.com

Brother Curran, "four Palestinian men" is a deceptive way to describe four terrorists. Had they not been eliminated, innocent Israeli civilians would have died. Would you have preferred that?
Shame on you for playing along with this crude propaganda.
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