Posts made in March, 2016

Middle East Children’s Alliance: Water for children in Gaza

Posted on Mar 31, 2016

(MECA) March 22, 2016 – One of MECA’s main projects in Gaza has been providing clean, safe water to children to children through the installation of water purification and desalination units at schools and kindergartens throughout Gaza. While we work to give Palestinian children their right to water in this emergency situation, it’s also vital to understand the reasons for Gaza’s water crisis.

This World Water Day, we share an infographic from the Emergency Water and and Hygiene (EWASH) group we work with in Palestine on the devastating impacts of Israel’s blockade on water and sanitation in Gaza.

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Good News about Solar Lights for Children in Gaza

Posted on Mar 31, 2016

Following up on the appeal made by Msgr Labib Kobti, Brighten the Future for Gaza’s Children, Donna Baranski-Walker of Rebuilding Alliance writes…

Donna Baranski-Walker, Executive Director, Rebuilding Alliance

Donna Baranski-Walker, Executive Director, Rebuilding Alliance

February 19: Lights, solar-power, action! After much hard work, and lots of generous support and encouragement, we are proud to announce that we have made a major breakthrough in our “Brighten the Future of Gaza’s Children” project: first the Palestinian Customs and now the Israeli Customs have pre-cleared our first shipment of 1,920 (one pallet) of Luci Lights for the children of Gaza!

This is especially important because not long ago, Palestinian Non-Governmental Organizations in Gaza — and frankly, nearly everyone — was unaware that Palestinian NGOs are able to receive donations directly. With this pre-clearance, our first pallet will ship next week from Ningbo, China, to Ashdod, Israel, and then on to Gaza City. If all goes well, the lights will be distributed by our trusted partners on the ground without any further delays. The first pallet is cleared for distribution by the Gaza Community Mental Health Programme. We now start raising funds to purchase our next two pallets, to be distributed by the Rafah Women’s Program Center and the Al Basma Club for the Disabled.

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No Way to Treat a Child: Campaign to secure a just and viable future for Palestinian children

Posted on Mar 31, 2016

Ecumenical Accompaniment Program in Palestine and Israel (EAPPI) / M. Guntern.

Ecumenical Accompaniment Program in Palestine and Israel (EAPPI) / M. Guntern.

The No Way to Treat a Child campaign seeks to challenge Israel’s prolonged military occupation of Palestinians by exposing widespread and systematic ill-treatment of Palestinian children in the Israeli military detention system. It is a project of Defense for Children International – Palestine and American Friends Service Committee.

Vision and Mission

The No Way to Treat a Child campaign is committed to securing a just and viable future for Palestinian children living in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, and envisions a world where all children attain rights in accordance with the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child and other international standards.

The No Way to Treat a Child campaign implements an integrative approach that incorporates the use of the international human rights framework and movement building to advance the rights and protection of Palestinian children.

The No Way to Treat a Child campaign seeks to challenge Israel’s prolonged military occupation of Palestinians by organizing and supporting an extensive network of people demanding immediate protections for Palestinian children held in Israeli military detention where ill-treatment and torture is widespread, systematic, and institutionalized.

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Easter Message of the Patriarchs and Heads of Local Churches in Jerusalem

Posted on Mar 30, 2016

 

PATRIARCHS AND  HEADS OF LOCAL CHURCHES IN JERUSALEM

Easter 2016

We the Patriarchs and Heads of Churches in Jerusalem, Convey our Easter greetings to all humanity and all creation, in the name of the Risen Lord- Jesus Christ.

Throughout our Lenten pilgrimage, the church invites us to join a journey of ‘joyful sorrow’. During this time we travel a path of reflection, conversion, and preparation while we stand at the foot of the cross in anticipation of the light bursting forth, and turning sorrow into joy. This is the spiritual paradox of Holy Week, which draws us closer to God, and one another. Human suffering and agony are transformed into joy through the cross of Christ, where the divine and human realities meet and where Jesus overcomes death and suffering. Therefore the empty tomb here in Jerusalem is the embodiment of divine hope for all creation.

The Easter message is not exclusive to a specific race, people, or nation.

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Can Coptic Church help solve Egyptian-Ethiopian dam dispute?

Posted on Mar 30, 2016

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi (R) greets Pope Tawadros II (L), the 118th pope of the Coptic Orthodox Church of Alexandria and patriarch of the See of St. Mark Cathedral, during Egypt's Coptic Christmas Eve Mass in Cairo, Egypt, Jan. 6, 2016. (photo by REUTERS/Amr Abdallah Dalsh)

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi (R) greets Pope Tawadros II (L), the 118th pope of the Coptic Orthodox Church of Alexandria and patriarch of the See of St. Mark Cathedral, during Egypt’s Coptic Christmas Eve Mass in Cairo, Egypt, Jan. 6, 2016. (photo by REUTERS/Amr Abdallah Dalsh)

by George Mikhail * and translated by Pascale el-Khoury

(Al Monitor) Cairo, March 15, 2016 – CAIRO — The Ethiopian and Egyptian Coptic churches share close historical relations. Their ties have prompted some in Egypt to try to capitalize on the Coptic community in Ethiopia and the strong relations between these two churches to work toward solving the Renaissance Dam crisis.

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Gush Shalom presents: Settlement Products Wiki

Posted on Mar 29, 2016

A systematic informational research about businesses in the settlements and their products; businesses that have left the settlements and relocated to within the Green Line; and the misleading tactics with which businesses attempt to cover up and conceal their location in the settlements

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(Gush Shalom) Israel, March 27, 2016 – Settlement Products Wiki – a systematic informational research about businesses in the settlements and their products; businesses that have left the settlements and relocated to within the Green Line; and the misleading tactics with which businesses attempt to cover up and conceal their location in the settlements.

http://settlement-products.wikia.com/

“In recent years the settlers have been portraying themselves as the patrons of the Palestinian workers. Spokespersons for the settlers in the political arena routinely bemoan the fate of the Palestinian workers in the settlements, who might lose their jobs as the result of steps such as marking settlement products in Europe. However, perusing the Orange Pages directory, which is published by the settlers for the purpose of their own internal communications, reveals a picture that is quite the opposite,” said Adam Keller, Gush Shalom spokesperson. The Gush Shalom team of volunteers, which has been working for the last few months on an extensive project to gather and list information about the factories and businesses in the settlements, discovered many businesses that openly proclaim their policy of not employing Arab workers – “the work is performed by Jewish workers only, “Hebrew labor!!!” (exclamation points in the original), “Hebrew labor from A to Z”, “Produced by high quality Hebrew labor”, “Do you require Hebrew labor? You’ve come to the right place!”, “Reliability, dedication, good service and Hebrew labor”, “Gracious service, Hebrew labor from the heart”, and also paradoxical statements, such as “Hebrew labor, French speaking”. It is obvious that among the target audience in the settlements, a business that employs only Jews and has a policy of excluding Arabs is attractive to potential clients.”

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Peace Now Settlement Watch: The government declares 2342 dunams south of Jericho as state land

Posted on Mar 29, 2016

Peace Now: This declaration is a de-facto confiscation of Palestinian lands for the purpose of settlement. Instead of trying to clam the situation, the government is adding fuel to the fire and sending a clear message to Palestinians, as well as to Israelis, that it has no intention to work towards peace and two states. Netanyahu proves yet again, that settler pressure is more important to him than the deteriorating security situation.

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(peacenow.org) March 15, 2016 – The Army radio exposed today that on March 10, 2016, during Vice President Biden’s visit to Israel, the Civil Administration’s Head of the Government Property signed a declaration according to which 2,342 dunams (580 acres) south of Jericho are now government property. This declaration of state land comes two months after the Minister of Defense approved a declaration of 1,500 dunams as state lands in an area south of Jericho. It appears that the January approval by the MoD permitted the land declaration which is now being implemented. However, the size of the land declared is larger than what was published in January and includes 2,342 dunams. The declaration, which is in fact a confiscation, was meant for the expansion of nearby settlements as well as for trade and tourism projects operated by the settlers. This is one of the largest declarations in recent years, and it is another illustration of the government’s policy of land confiscation, including those far beyond the green line and the separation barrier.

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Time ‘to ring the alarm bell’ on waning prospects for Middle East peace, UN envoy tells Security Council

Posted on Mar 29, 2016

…two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict “is slipping through our fingers” as a result of Israel’s settlement-building and confiscation of Palestinian land, and the lack of Palestinian unity.

Toddlers sit on the top step and their grandmother stands on a landing, inside their partially destroyed home in the Shejaiya neighbourhood of Gaza City. UNICEF/UNI188296/El Baba

Toddlers sit on the top step and their grandmother stands on a landing, inside their partially destroyed home in the Shejaiya neighbourhood of Gaza City. UNICEF/UNI188296/El Baba

(un.org) 24 March 2016 – The United Nations envoy for the peace process in the Middle East today warned the Security Council that the prospects for an independent Palestinian state are disappearing, and questioned the political will of the Israeli and Palestinian actors to address the main challenges blocking peace efforts.

“The time has come to ring the alarm bells that the two-state solution is slipping from our fingers,” said Nickolay Mladenov, Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, pointing to ongoing settlement activities and confiscation of Palestinian land, as well as the continued lack of genuine Palestinian unity.

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Caritas Jordan opens a new center in Salt

Posted on Mar 28, 2016

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(abouna.org) March 11,2016 – Under the patronage of Canada’s Ambassador to Jordan Bruno Saccomani, in the presence of Latin Patriarchal Vicar for Jordan Archbishop Maroun Lahham, a new Caritas center was inaugurated in Salt on Wednesday, March 8, with the support of the Canadian government and the Karam Imseeh Fund.

In his address, the Canadian ambassador said, “Our support for Caritas stems from our partnership with the Development and Peace/ Canada.” He added that the Canadian support for Caritas has amounted since 2013 some 7.6 million Canadian dollars, which covers the needs of 65,000 people in Jordan who are in need of aid and medical care.

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The Palestine Youth Orchestra in Amman for a unique performance

Posted on Mar 28, 2016

 (Photo courtesy of the Palestine Youth Orchestra)

(Photo courtesy of the Palestine Youth Orchestra)

(Jordan Times) Amman, Jordan, March 22, 2016 – The Palestine Youth Orchestra with a full set of 75 musicians, along with twelve young women singers from the Palestine Choir,  played at a unique concert on the March 22 at Al Hussein Cultural Centre in Amman (Ras Al Ain) at 7pm.

The event was presented by the Edward Said National Conservatory of Music (ESNCM) in cooperation with Friends of Jordan Festivals. The orchestra performed under the baton of French conductor Nicolas Simon.

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