Posts made in November, 2015

UN Passes Five Resolutions In Favor Of Palestine

Posted on Nov 30, 2015

The resolutions endorse the return to peace talks, denouncing settlements in disputed East Jerusalem and in support of the work of the UN Committee fighting for the rights of the Palestinian people.

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas speaks during the 67th session of the United Nations General Assembly at U.N. headquarters in this Thursday, Sept. 27, 2012 file photo. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas speaks during the 67th session of the United Nations General Assembly at U.N. headquarters. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

by IMEMC News

November 30, 2015 – The overwhelming majority of General Assembly of the United Nations, Wednesday, voted on five draft resolutions in favor of Palestine. The decision comes after the Assembly discussed the two articles, “the Palestinian Cause” and “the Conditions in the Middle East.”

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Israeli Peace Activist Uri Avnery: The Reign of Absurdiocy

Posted on Nov 29, 2015

Uri Avnery

Uri Avnery

November 28, 2015 – There is no such thing as “international terrorism”.

To declare war on “international terrorism” is nonsense. Politicians who do so are either fools or cynics, and probably both.

Terrorism is a weapon. Like cannon. We would laugh at somebody who declares war on “international artillery”. A cannon belongs to an army, and serves the aims of that army. The cannon of one side fire against the cannon of the other.

Terrorism is a method of operation. It is often used by oppressed peoples, including the French Resistance to the Nazis in WW II. We would laugh at anyone who declared war on “international resistance”.

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Palestinian Christians Newsletter: International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People

Posted on Nov 29, 2015

Dr. Mazin Qumsiyeh

Dr. Mazin Qumsiyeh

Bethlehem, November 28, 2015 – This is the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian people as declared by the United Nations general assembly ! But locally people see so little solidarity and Israel continues to violate basic human rights with impunity. For the past week, we mourned ten more young Palestinians killed, and we saw home demolitions, we saw the continued horrific siege of Gaza, we saw health and religious rights violated daily, and we saw roads blocked to traffic (getting from one Palestinian area to another is becoming impossible).

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Middle East Notes from the Maryknoll Office for Global Concerns

Posted on Nov 29, 2015

November 28, 2015

Please note: Opinions expressed in the following articles do not necessarily reflect the opinion of the Maryknoll Office for Global Concerns.

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THANKSGIVING PEACE AND BLESSINGS TO ALL

This week’s featured articles and links to other articles focus on the Daesh (ISIS) attacks on Paris, responses to these attacks, the present Israeli government’s opposition to any two-state solution, President Obama’s de-facto acceptance of this status quo, the reality that the Israelis and Palestinians are already living in a single state with freedom and equality only extended to Israelis, the present need for either a real peace move by Israel or the full occupation of the West Bank, and other articles of interest.

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Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People

Posted on Nov 28, 2015

A letter from Samia Khoury

 Dear Family and friends:

November 29 is the day that the UN has designated for the Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian people This date is actually the commemoration of the UN resolution 181 on November 29, 1947 to partition Palestine. A resolution that ended up with the establishment of the state of Israel and the creation of the Palestinian Nakba which saw the exodus of around 750,000 Palestinians ending up as refugees in Jordan, East Bank, and West Bank, Syria, Lebanon, the Gaza Strip, Egypt, and the diaspora, and who were never allowed to return home in accordance with the UN general assembly resolution 194 adopted on December 11, 1948.

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Newly built church in refugee camp lifts Christians’ spirits in Iraq

Posted on Nov 28, 2015

The Mass dedicating Our Lady's church at a refugee camp in Baghdad, Nov. 13, 2015. Credit: Amigos de Irak via Facebook.

0 1 1 The Mass dedicating Our Lady’s church at a refugee camp in Baghdad, Nov. 13, 2015. Credit: Amigos de Irak via Facebook. The Mass dedicating Our Lady’s church at a refugee camp in Baghdad, Nov. 13, 2015. Credit: Amigos de Irak via Facebook.

(Catholic News Agency/EWTN) November 26, 2015 – The construction of a new church building in a Baghdad refugee camp has encouraged the camp’s inhabitants, as they now have a place for worship and for activities during the week.

According to Amigos de Irak (Friends of Iraq), a project of the Institute of the Incarnate Word, the church, named for the Virgin Mary, was dedicated during a Nov. 13 Mass.

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Christian and Muslim leaders in Cyprus join to deplore violence in the name of religion

Posted on Nov 27, 2015

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(World Council of Churches) 26 November 2015 – Five religious leaders from Christian and Muslim communities in Cyprus have released a joint statement deploring all forms of attacks in the name of religion on their island, and in the whole world, saying they cannot be justified.

The five religious leaders of Cyprus actively engaged in dialogue and peacebuilding, called the Religious Track of the Cyprus Peace Process (RTCYPP), released their statement on 25 November.

In their statement, the second in the history of Cyprus, the religious leaders “categorically condemn all forms of violence against innocent civilians.

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Benedictine Sisters of the Eucharistic King celebrate their annual feast

Posted on Nov 27, 2015

Benedictine Sisters of the Eucharistic King celebrate their annual feast(Photo by by A. K.)

Benedictine Sisters of the Eucharistic King celebrate their annual feast (Photo by by A. K.)

(Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem) Tabgha, November 22, 2015 – The Benedictine Sisters of the Eucharistic King celebrated their annual feast in the Church of the Multiplication of the Loaves.

The Solemnity of Christ the King is observed in the Universal Church and is an occasion for celebrations in parishes, religious congregations and associations in the Holy Land.

The community of Benedictine Sisters of the Eucharistic King was no exception, as they celebrated their annual feast in Tabgha. For this occasion, Sister Leah and the five sisters of the Tabgha Convent invited Bishop Giacinto Boulos Marcuzzo, Patriarchal Vicar in Israel as the main celebrant of the Solemn Mass with Benedictine and Filipino priests. The German volunteers of Beit Noah assisted during Mass, and music was animated by the choir of the Divine Mercy Filipino Community at Our Lady Woman of Valor Pastoral Center in south Tel Aviv. Filipino religious Sisters from different congregations were present for this occasion along with over 150 Filipino migrants from Tel Aviv, Nazareth and Afula, Qiryat Shemona, Tiberias and Rosh Pina.

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Patriarch of Baghdad welcomes amendments to Law on Islamization of children

Posted on Nov 27, 2015

The Iraqi parliament begins process to change the controversial bill, accepting the objections of Christians and other minorities. An act of “justice” and “equality” that equates all citizens. Mar Sako: This is an “important message” and a “test of our democracy”.

Protest in front of the Church of St. George, Baghdad

Protest in front of the Church of St. George, Baghdad

by Joseph Mahmoud

(AsiaNews) Baghdad, November 18, 2015 – “I am deeply satisfied with the Iraqi parliament’s decision to change” the controversial article 26 of the Constitution on the Islamization of children. “This decision shows support and is an important message for the minorities [Christian] in Iraq. It is also a clear demonstration of democracy” the Chaldean Patriarch caldeo Mar Louis Raphael I Sako tells AsiaNews. The religious leader is overjoyed by the Parliamentary Assembly decision to revise the norm under which children of a couple where one parent converts to Islam would automatically be considered Muslim. Yesterday, MEPs voted a resolution amending the norm, in response to requests made by the representatives of minorities, led by the Christian community.

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Syrian Patriarch: Western Media Is ‘Silent, Cowardly and Complicit’ with ISIS

Posted on Nov 27, 2015

151126 Patriarch Ignace Joseph III Younan, head of the Syriac Catholic Church

Western nations wanted to establish democracy in the Middle East after the 2003 occupation of Iraq, but Christians in Syria “understood the horror of the situation,” Younan said. “Since, there’s no real separation of religion from the state, our nations do not easily accept democracy,” he pointed out.

By Mairead McArdle

(CNSNews.com) November 24, 2015 – Western media have been “silent, cowardly and complicit” with the persecution of Christians by the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), said Patriarch Ignace Joseph III Younan, the head of the Syrian Catholic Church, in a recent interview.

“This is not defending truth and justice, this is bowing down to those who pay and remaining silent,” Younan told Le Messager, an online Egyptian Catholic magazine, on Nov. 18.

“Innocent people, especially Christians, have no support. The West has betrayed us.”

The Syriac patriarch said that American, British, French and other Western politicians seem to want “an endless conflict in Iraq and Syria.”

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