Budleigh couple in solidarity walk for Palestine

PUBLISHED: 17:00 15 July 2017

Budleigh couple Chris and Jo Cant will be walking to mark 50 years of conflict in Palestine

Budleigh couple Chris and Jo Cant will be walking to mark 50 years of conflict in Palestine

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A Budleigh Salterton couple are joining an international walk in solidarity with those calling for equal rights in the Middle East.

Joanna and Chris Cant, of Stoneborough Lane, will be taking part in the ‘Just Walk to Jerusalem’ event later this month.

The couple will join the 270-kilometre section between Pontarlier, France, to Issogne, Italy, crossing the Great St Bernard Pass at an altitude of more than 2,400 metres.

‘Just Walk to Jerusalem’ is an event put together by human rights organisation Amos Trust to mark 50 years of military occupation of Palestinian territories and to call on the UK government to honour its 100-year-old pledge to safeguard Palestinian rights.

The couple will set off from France on the 14-day trek on Friday, July 21.

Chris, 66, said: “We’re really excited, and rather nervous, about joining the Just Walk. It’s a way to show our solidarity with the Palestinian people who continue to suffer in a situation which Britain played a big part in creating. This is a peaceful way to draw attention for the need for equal rights for all who live in Israel-Palestine.”

The entire walk began last month, following ‘ancient’ pilgrimage routes across southern England, France, Switzerland, Italy, Greece, Turkey and Jordan. Walkers will enter Jerusalem from the West Bank in November, a century after the then-Foreign Secretary Arthur James Balfour declared that the UK will use its ‘best endeavours’ to establish a national home for Jewish people in Palestine.

Chris Rose, director of Amos Trust, says: “We’re delighted that Chris and Jo are joining us.

“Everyone on the walk believes that 100 years is far too long for any conflict to go unresolved.”

As the walkers enter the Holy Land, they will walk with and listen to Amos Trust’s Christian, Jewish and Muslim partners and friends.


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