It's Beyond Belief - West Bank plight on stage

THE plight of the Palestinians and the views of the Israeli s will be presented on stage by Exmouth-based singer songwriter Martin John Nicholls at Glenorchy Church later this month.

THE plight of the Palestinians and the views of the Israeli's will be presented on stage by Exmouth-based singer songwriter Martin John Nicholls at Glenorchy Church later this month.

Beyond Belief is based upon the real lives of ordinary people living in extraordinary circumstances in the West Bank.

Written and performed Martin who has worked in the West Bank on behalf of Christian Aid, Beyond Belief uses powerful, personal stories, searing images and sensitive original folk songs to convey the struggles and the hopes of those who live under Israeli occupation and with the threat of violent reprisals.

Performed live by Martin, the road show has toured the UK and the USA revealing the tensions, fears and frustrations of those on both sides of the divide.


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It describes how people wrestle with the impact of curfews, checkpoints, illegal settlements, closure barricades, suicide bombers and the "Security Wall" that divides whole communities.

But the road show also celebrates the amazing work of Israeli and Palestinian Human Rights Groups who are working together to bring hope and healing.

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He said: "They say there are three sides to every story in the Middle East. Opinions and loyalties are deeply entrenched and buried under years of pain and conflict, so to excavate the whole truth is a painstaking and delicate task.

"The media shows us military incursions, fanaticism and violent reprisals. But there are thousands of other stories that are seldom heard, those of ordinary, peace-loving people struggling to survive. Beyond Belief is like a collection of postcards from the edge, daring us to walk a few steps into the wilderness and to feel what life is like for those on both sides who pray for peace and work for justice in the land we still dare to call Holy..."

The show is on January 28 at 7.30pm and tickets are

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