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["Nobody knows where is Layan nor the excuse to storm her home at 4 AM."}

04:00 Apr 6 2024 Birzeit (بيرزيت)

["Nobody knows where is Layan nor the excuse to storm her home at 4 AM."}
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Layan Nasser
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Xavier Abu Eid
@xabueid
April 6, 2024

Israeli Occupation Forces stormed the Nasser family home in Birzeit to arrest Layan at 4:00 AM. Soldiers were violent and threatened the family. Needless to say they didn’t give any reasons nor did they say where was she taken. Layan’s mother is the head of our parish.


Xavier Abu Eid
@xabueid
7:15 AM · Apr 8, 2024
Nobody knows where is Layan nor the excuse to storm her home at 4 AM. All we know is that this 23 years old nutritionist is a victim of the Israeli occupation colonial settler occupation & apartheid regime. This has come from the day of her baptism in 2002… (2/4)
7:15 AM · Apr 8, 2024

The Anglican pastor that was supposed to conduct the ceremony was prevented from reaching Birzeit by an Israeli checkpoint. With all the guests waiting at the church, telling them to go home wasn’t an option. Then the Roman Catholic priest accepted to help… (3/4)

ayan’s baptism was conducted by a Catholic priest at Saint Peter’s Anglican (Episcopal) Church of Birzeit: The soldiers couldn’t stop it.
I don’t know of any other case like this in Palestine, but it shows how the Israeli occupation affects every aspect of our lives. (4/4).
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Young Palestinian Christian woman arrested in West Bank
by Independent Catholic News
Apr 9th, 2024

The Archbishop of Canterbury has appealed for the release of a young Christian woman who has been arrested by Israeli forces in the West Bank today.

In a message on X (formerly Twitter) The Archbishop wrote: "I'm shocked and deeply concerned by this news. Together with our Palestinian Christian brothers and sisters, I pray for Layan and her family - and for the congregation of St Peter's Anglican Church in the Occupied West Bank. Please pray for Layan's safety and swift release."

Richard Sewell, Dean of St George's College, Jerusalem wrote on X: "Deeply disturbed and shocked that a member of our church in Birzeit in Occupied West Bank has been arrested by Israeli forces. Layan Nasir is a 23 year old Palestinian Christian. Family don't know where she is being held. Great concern and prayers for Layan and her family."

In July 2021 Layan was arrested and held for six before being freed. At that time she was studying studying nutrition and dietetics at Birzeit University. The 5.30am raid on her family home in 2021 involved seven soldiers and 12 military vehicles.

Richard Sewell tweeted: "Layan was detained for six months in 2001 and released. Now three years later, detained again. Armed soldiers cuffed and blindfolded her. Whereabouts still unknown."

Al Jazeera report that the number of Palestinians held in prison has doubled since last October to more than 10,000. Most are being held on 'administrative detention' - without any charge. Conditions in prison are grim. The Defence for Children International charity, said in January that each year Israel detains between 500 - 700 children, some as young as 12.
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