Rifat Odeh Kassis

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Rifat Odeh Kassis is a Palestinian Christian from the village of Beit Sahour, located on the outskirts of Bethlehem and Jerusalem. He currently serves as the president of International Executive Council for Defence for Children International (DCI) and the General Director and founder (1992) of the Palestine section; in 2005 he was elected President of the international movement. An active human rights and political and community activist, he was arrested and imprisoned several times by Israel. He is coordinator of Kairos Palestine, an umbrella organization of Palestinian Christians of various denominations that was founded in 2009 to explain, primarily to fellow Christians, what Israel's occupation is all about.

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