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Duchess of York Visits Bethlehem, Stresses Support to Palestinians
International Middle East Media Center
April 12, 2017 4:44 PM
Duchess of York, Sarah Ferguson, as a part of her charity and human rights work, visited Bethlehem on Tuesday, notably in the healthcare sector, where she met with Palestinian personalities and visited different sites.
Sarah Ferguson, from 2014 (Image Source)
The visit included a tour of the Nativity Church and the Old City district of Bethlehem, in addition to the wall that divides the Cremisan Valley.
Moreover, according to the PNN, the visit also included the Bethlehem Arab Society for Rehabilitation where she met the medical crews, patients, and stressed she wanted to support the people and th e society build a heart hospital.
In an interview with PNN at BASR, the duchess said that her mission in Palestine is to support Palestinians and the people in the area to be able to build a hospital with the medical crews at BASR, where she praised the doctors and the nurses team, especially Dr. Edmund Shehadeh and Ramzi Khamis.
Duchess of York visits Bethlehem, stresses support to Palestinians, PNN, Published on Apr 12, 2017
For his part, General Director of BASR, Edmund Shehadeh said that the duchess’s visit to Palestine, and to Bethlehem in specific, carries many messages on many levels, especially the human and health sectors.
The Mayor of Bethlehem, Vera Baboun expressed her delight to meet the duchess, pointing out that she is carrying a humane message from Palestinians to the world, to highlight the reality in Bethlehem and Palestine.
Baboun also thanked the duchess for meeting Palestinian women who are well achieved and to honour their hard work.
Post script (by Stewart Mills)
Curiously Sarah Ferguson, on 12 April, tweeted :
“For Harry Sadler from the birthplace of #Jesus in #Bethlehem. RIP and with love for an exceptionally brave man @TeenageCancer #Israel”
Whilst this is a beautiful sign of respect and awareness raising for Harry Sadler and for Teenage Cancer, it would also help if Ms Ferguson included the hashtag #Palestine (as well as Israel, given Bethlehem is technically in Palestine i.e. beyond the 1967 Green Line).