Khan Younis, Gaza Strip.
Despairing Palestinian women during the funeral of a Palestinan soldier killed the previous day during an armed confrontation with Israeli soldiers.
5th October 2000
VIII. Jesus speaks with the women
We adore you, O Christ and we praise you
Because by your holy cross you have redeemed the world
Large numbers of people followed him, and women too, who mourned and lamented for him. But Jesus turned to them and said, 'Daughters of Jerusalem, do not weep for me; weep rather for yourselves and for your children. For look, the days are surely coming when people will say, 'Blessed are those who are barren, the wombs that have never bourne children, the breasts that have never suckled!' Then they will begin to say to the mountains, 'Fall on us!; to the hills, 'Cover us!' For if this is what is done to the green wood, what will be done when the wood is dry?
Luke 23: 27 - 30