Posts made in January, 2016

Pastoral visit to detainees at Holot in the Negev

Posted on Jan 27, 2016

The CPAM visits detention camp in Holot

(catholic.co.il) On Monday, January 18, 2016, a delegation of about twenty from the Coordination for the Pastoral Among Migrants (CPAM) visited the asylum seekers who are detained in the Holot facility in the Negev.

The CPAM decided to pay a solidarity visit to the Catholics detained in Holot in order to wish them merry Christmas and a blessed new year. The visit also came the day after the World Day for Migrants and Refugees. The delegation was made up of priests, sisters and laity who work with migrants coming from Jerusalem, Tel Aviv and Beer Sheba.

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A Tribute to Edward Said

Posted on Jan 26, 2016

Edward Wadie Said (1935-2003) Literary Critic and Advocate for Human Rights

Edward Wadie Said (1935-2003) Literary Critic and Advocate for Human Rights

The Reverend Roy Hayes has been learning about Edward Said and invites our readers to do the same. He writes, “From my perspective, there’s greatness in this man. You can find a number of his lectures on YouTube, and his eloquence can be dazzling. But it’s in videos of relaxed conversations with him that I’m really getting to know him and like him.”

 

 

A Tribute to Edward Said
Jerusalem, October 8, 2003

By Samia Khoury

The only thing I could see myself writing about this month is a tribute to Edward Said. My memories of Edward go back to 1947 when we were both attending the wedding of his cousin to my cousin at St. Paul’s Church in Jerusalem.

The next time we met was in 1993 when he visited Birzeit University and was awarded an honorary doctorate in Humanities, the first honorary degree ever awarded by the university. It was Edward’s great contribution to humanity — as an intellectual, writer and critic — that inspired the university to start the tradition of honorary degrees. Since education and the Palestinian cause were among his greatest concerns, that honorary degree was especially meaningful to Edward because it was awarded by a Palestinian university inside Palestine.

It was at that time that so many of us Palestinians in the Occupied Territories got to meet Edward personally, after we had known him through his great books and articles.

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Vocations bloom in the desert: two priests are ordained in United Arab Emirates

Posted on Jan 26, 2016

Bishop Hinder (c), Vicar Apostolic of Southern Arabia, flanked by the newly ordained Capuchin priests Fr. Manuel (L) and Fr. D'Souza (R) in Abu Dhabi, Jan. 8, 2016. Credit: AVOSA.

Bishop Hinder (c), Vicar Apostolic of Southern Arabia, flanked by the newly ordained Capuchin priests Fr. Manuel (L) and Fr. D’Souza (R) in Abu Dhabi, Jan. 8, 2016. Credit: AVOSA.

by By Antonio Anup Gonsalves

(CNA/EWTN News)  Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, Jan 17, 2016 –  Last week Catholics in Southern Arabia gathered in Abu Dhabi to celebrate the ordination of two Capuchin Franciscan priests by Bishop Paul Hinder, Vicar Apostolic of Southern Arabia.

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Israel arrested around 6,000 Palestinian children over five years

Posted on Jan 25, 2016

As Israel’s largest military donor, the United States should press hard for an end to these abusive practices and for reforms. –Sarah Leah Whitson, Middle East director at Human Rights Watch

Arrests of Palestinian children have been dramatically increasing each year [AFP]

Arrests of Palestinian children have been dramatically increasing each year [AFP]

(AFP) December 30, 2015 – Almost 6,000 Palestinian children have been arrested by Israeli army forces in the last five years, with figures continuing to increase.

The rate of annual arrests of children between 2000-2010 stood at 700 a year.

But this increased dramatically to nearly 1,200 arrests each year between 2010-2015, according to a new report by the Palestinian Prisoner’s Affairs.

The figure has also grown rapidly within the last year, with a 72 percent increase in arrests in 2015 compared to the previous year.

A total of 5,934 children have now been detained by Israeli forces in the last five years.

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Child Arrests and Illegal Settlement Expansion in Silwan

Posted on Jan 25, 2016

Following interrogation, many children, between ages 7 and 17, subsequently experience bedwetting, nightmares, anxiety, sleep disorders, weight loss, and behavior problems by either withdrawing or being aggressive.

Sahar Abbasi Baidon. (PHOTO PHIL PASQUINI)

Sahar Abbasi Baidon. (PHOTO PHIL PASQUINI)

(Washington Report on Middle East Affairs) January/February, 2016 – Sahar Abbasi Baidon, deputy director of the Madaa Creative Center in Arab East Jerusalem’s Silwan neighborhood, spoke on Oct. 27 to students in instructor Kinneret Israel’s “Demystifying the Middle East” class at City College of San Francisco. The Palestinian mother of four was on a multi-city speaking tour sponsored by the Berkeley-based Middle East Children’s Alliance to bring attention to Madaa’s efforts to help the children of Silwan, who suffer daily under illegal Israeli occupation, increased illegal settlement expansion and violence.

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Netanyahu supports ‘settlement at any time’ after Hebron incident

Posted on Jan 24, 2016

Israeli settlements in the West Bank are considered illegal under international law and major stumbling blocks to peace efforts since they take up land Palestinians see as part of their future state.

Israeli settlers stand on the roof of a building after dozens of Israeli Jews entered two homes in a building in the centre of the Palestinian city of Hebron, sparking violent clashes amid a disputed claim of ownership on January 21, 2016 (AFP Photo/Hazem Bader)

Israeli settlers stand on the roof of a building after dozens of Israeli Jews entered two homes in a building in the centre of the Palestinian city of Hebron, sparking violent clashes amid a disputed claim of ownership on January 21, 2016 (AFP Photo/Hazem Bader)

(AFP) Jerusalem, January 24, 2016 – Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu expressed strong support Sunday for Jewish settlements in the occupied West Bank as he faced pressure from hardline right-wing members of his coalition over an incident in Hebron.

Netanyahu heads a coalition with only a one-seat majority in parliament, making him especially vulnerable to the demands of religious nationalists in his cabinet regarding settlements, which much of the international community opposes.

His comments on Sunday came at a time of sharp criticism internationally on Israeli settlement activity in the West Bank, including from the United States and European Union.

“The government supports settlement at any time, especially now when it is under terrorist assault and is taking a courageous and determined stand in the face of terrorist attacks,” Netanyahu said at the start of a cabinet meeting, according to his office.

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Churches for Middle East Peace: The Limits of Power

Posted on Jan 24, 2016

Israeli Border Police officers patrol Temple Mount Noble Sanctuary. (Reuters)

Israeli Border Police officers patrol Temple Mount Noble Sanctuary. (Reuters)

by Warren Clark, Executive Director, Churches for Middle East Peace

(cmep.org) January 22, 2016 – The political mood during my trip to Israel and Palestine with CMEP Board member Nate Hosler last November was somber; conditions have not improved since then. There remains widespread despair among both Israelis and Palestinians about the possibility of progress in reducing violence or moving toward a resolution of the conflict anytime soon. If there is a tradeoff between ideas of justice and power the focus seemed to be entirely on the side of power; Prime Minister Netanyahu said he believes Israel will need to rule by the sword indefinitely. Read More

Settlers routinely destroy trees belonging to Palestinian farmers

Posted on Jan 24, 2016

Palestinian Villager - Destroyed Grove

This is one of many photos taken by Hagit Ofran as part of her work for Peace Now’s Settlement Watch, which she directs. Hagit and her colleagues document settlement activity in the West Bank, as well as settler violence such as this.

(Americans for Peace Now) January 23, 2016 – On Monday, most Israelis will celebrate Tu Bishvat by cherishing the fruit of the land and planting plant trees.

But in the West Bank, extremist settlers routinely destroy trees belonging to Palestinian farmers – not to mention other forms of vandalism and assault.

DonateAccording to the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, 11,254 trees have been vandalized in the West Bank in 2015, a 20% increase over the previous year. It is bitterly ironic that many of the trees these cowards choose to uproot or vandalize are olive trees – the very symbol of peace.

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Don’t vote for Israeli settlements!

Posted on Jan 24, 2016

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Organizations in the Faith Forum on Middle East Policy send out action alerts monthly, focusing on different issues so that members of Congress hear consistently that their constituents support a just and lasting resolution to the Palestinian and Israeli conflict.

January 2016

A resolution that supports illegal Israeli settlements by conflating the occupied territories with Israel was introduced in the House and is currently gaining co-sponsors.

House Resolution 567 opposes recently adopted European Union (EU) guidelines that call for products made in Israeli settlements to be labeled as coming from settlements, which are illegal under international law, rather than labeled “Made in Israel.”

Click HERE to contact your representative and ask them NOT to co-sponsor H.R. 567.

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Advocacy groups: Airbnb is listing stolen homes as vacation rentals

Posted on Jan 24, 2016

Take Action(stolenhomes.org) Palestine, January 20, 2016 – As people who care about human rights and international law, we ask Airbnb to immediately stop listing vacation rentals in Israeli settlements, all of which were built on stolen Palestinian land and deemed illegal under international law. Airbnb’s anti-discrimination policy states that they prohibit listings that promote racism, discrimination, or harm to individuals or groups, and require all users to comply with local laws. Yet, listing vacation rentals in illegal settlements promotes structural discrimination, theft of Palestinians’ land, and direct violations of international law. Through earning fees from settlement vacation rentals, Airbnb is directly profiting from the continuing occupation and dispossession of Palestinians.

Sincerely,

American Muslims for Palestine
CODEPINK
Jewish Voice for Peace
U.S. Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation
U.S. Palestinian Community Network

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