Peace Light of Bethlehem

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The Peace Light of Bethlehem is a program inaugurated in Austria in 1986 as part of a charitable relief mission for handicapped children and people in need. It has gone to more than 20 countries in Europe, as well as the Americas.[1]


Since Austria joined the European Union (1995), the Austrian Member of the European Parliament Paul Rübig initiated the tradition to bring the Peace Light of Bethlehem to Strasbourg to hand the flame over to the Council of Europe, the European Parliament and the city itself.[2]

In 2007 a delegation of Guides and Scouts from Austria, Germany, Israel, Jordan and the Palestinian National Authority together lit the Peace Light in Bethlehem.[3] Also in 2005 the International Commissioner of Austria Thomas Ertlthaler passed the Peace Light to a delegation of Guides and Scouts from the Palestinian National Authority under the leadership of Saed Shomali, the International Commissioner of the Palestinian Scout Association.[4]

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  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 16 January 2015. Retrieved 5 January 2011.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  2. ^ Handover of the Flame of Peace], European Commission, 10 December 2012.
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  4. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 8 December 2007. Retrieved 1 February 2012.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)