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    The Upper New York Conference of The United Methodist Church

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    Social Holiness Concerns: the youngest Palestinian Political Prisoner

    November 6, 2018 / By Dianne Roe

    Shadi Farah had just turned 12 years old when he and a friend were taken into Israeli police custody in December 2015 because Israeli settlers complained they looked suspicious. Under interrogation and torture Shadi "confessed" that he wanted to stab a soldier.  No actual stabbing, or attempt at stabbing had taken place.  Yet Shadi was charged and sentenced to prison. Almost three years later Shadi is still in detention.  His birthday was Monday, Nov. 5.

    His mother wants people around the world to not forget him.

    This Sunday remember him in your mission moment.  Learn more about him and the other Palestinian children in Israeli jails at  If you sing him happy birthday, videotape it, or send a photo to They will get it to his mother..  

    Happy birthday Shadi.  We won't forget you!

    With more than 144,000 members, the Upper New York Annual (Regional) Conference of The United Methodist Church comprises 865 local churches and 91 new faith communities in 12 districts, covering 48,000 square miles in 49 of the 62 counties in New York state. Our mission is to “live the Gospel of Jesus Christ and to be God’s love with our neighbors in all places."