Amman, The Catholic Center for Studies and Media, September 30, 2016 – The Latin Church in the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan welcomed on Friday, September 30, Apostolic Administrator of the Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem Archbishop Pierbattista Pizzaballa.
Upon his arrival at the King Hussein Bridge, he was welcomed by Latin Patriarchate Vicar for Jordan Archbishop Maroun Lahham, Bishop Salim Sayegh, advisor at the Apostolic Nunciature in Amman Roberto Cuna, and a number of priests and senior officials.Read More
by John K. Wilson, ACADEME BLOG, September 14, 2016
Suspending a course in the middle of a semester is one of the most serious actions a university can take. On Sept. 13, Dean Carla Hesse of the University of California at Berkeley did exactly that to a student-taught DeCal class about Palestine.Read More
by The Associated Press | BERKELEY, Calif. — Sep 19, 2016, 4:46 PM ET
University of California, Berkeley administrators have reinstated a Palestinian history class amid an outcry over its suspension last week.
The school’s social science dean announced Monday in a letter to faculty that the ethnic studies class was reinstated after the teacher revised the course description.Read More
Donna Baranski-Walker, Executive Director, Rebuilding Alliance, writes from the USA on September 28, 2016:
Senator Diane Feinstein met with villagers from Palestinian Susiya and Umm al Kheir on Monday, just before they caught their plane for the long flight home.
I’m happy to say that our Palestinian guest speakers crossed the many borders and checkpoints without incident and returned safely home on Wednesday afternoon — but they were greeted with heartbreaking news. Wednesday morning, the Government of Israel demolished a water well on the edge of Susiya Village, and in the north, in the West Bank’s Jordan Valley, demolitions today included “tents, animal barns, and living rooms”, along with demolitions in East Jerusalem and near Nablus.
by Ilan Pappe, Professor of History and Director of the European Centre for Palestine Studies at the University of Exeter
The obituaries for Shimon Peres have already appeared, no doubt prepared in advance as the news of his hospitalization reached the media.
The verdict on his life is very clear and was already pronounced by US President Barack Obama: Peres was a man who changed the course of human history in his relentless search for peace in the Middle East.
My guess is that very few of the obituaries will examine Peres’ life and activities from the perspective of the victims of Zionism and Israel.Read More
Fuheis-abouna.org and petra.gov.jo, September 29, 2016 – His Majesty King Abdullah II on Thursday, September 29, visited the family of the late writer Nahed Hattar to pay condolences, affirming that Jordanians denounce the cowardly criminal act that targeted him.Read More
by Thomas Charrière, Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem | Video Nizar Halloun/TSM
JERUSALEM, July 14, 2016 – Restoration of the Holy Tomb of Christ at the Holy Sepulchre started some three months ago. Blocks and scaffoldings now surround the Aedicule for reconstruction work which goes on 24 hours a day.Read More
The finding gives a glimpse of the majestic detail of this long-lost edifice central to Jewish and Christian history
by Debbie Ponchner on September 17, 2016, Scientific American
A group of archeologists and volunteers have discovered 600 tiles in the midst of tons of sediment removed from the Temple Mount in Jerusalem—100 of which, they assert, formed part of the opulent flooring that adorned the courtyard of the Second Temple, the main sanctuary of the people of Israel. The temple was reconstructed and expanded during King Herod’s reign between 37 and 4 B.C.E.Read More
In a telegram, Francis writes: “I fondly recall my time with Mr Peres at the Vatican and renew my great appreciation for the late President’s tireless efforts in favour of peace”
by Iacopo Scaramuzzi, Vatican City, September 28, 2016
“I hope that his memory and many years of service will inspire us all to work with ever greater urgency for peace and reconciliation,” the Pope said in a telegram written in English, expressing his condolences over the death of former Israeli President Shimon Peres, highlighting his “tireless efforts in favour of peace” and emphasising the importance of honouring his legacy.Read More
Fuheis, The Catholic Center for Studies and Media in Jordan, September 28, 2016 – Latin Patriarchal Vicar in Jordan Archbishop Maroun Lahham has said that the assassination of journalist Nahed Hatter “neither happened because he is Christian nor because he had insulted Islam. It took place because of differences in the thoughts and views with some bigots.” He stressed that “the differences in views are not crime but rather mercy since differences can be addressed through debate and dialogue rather than through violence and bloodshed. When the bullet becomes the only means of dialogue and settling disputes, then terrorism will have paralyzed our feeling and respect for others who are actually God’s creation.”Read More