Posts made in September, 2016

Apostolic Administrator Archbishop Pizzaballa arrives in Jordan

Posted on Sep 30, 2016

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.

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University of California at Berkeley Bans a Palestine Class

Posted on Sep 30, 2016

Sather Gate, University of California at Berkeley

 

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.

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UC Berkeley Reinstates Palestine History Class After Outcry

Posted on Sep 30, 2016

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.

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US Senator Diane Feinstein met with villagers from Palestinian Susiya and Umm al Kheir

Posted on Sep 29, 2016

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.

https://actionnetwork.org/letters/ask-congress-to-care-about-peace

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Shimon Peres from the perspective of his victims

Posted on Sep 29, 2016

Officials and mourners surround coffins covered with Lebanese flags during a mass funeral in the southern Lebanese town of Tyre, 30 April 1996. The victims were killed in an Israeli artillery attack on a UN base in Qana, in southern Lebanon, on 18 April as part of an operation ordered by then Israeli Prime Minister Shimon Peres. Ahmed Azakir AP Photo

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.

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King Abdullah expresses condolences to Hattar family

Posted on Sep 29, 2016

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.

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Restoration of the Holy Tomb of Christ: The Aedicule a bit hidden but yet accessible

Posted on Sep 29, 2016

Restoration of the Holy Tomb of Christ: The Aedicule a bit hidden but yet accessible

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.

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Archeologists Restore Flooring that Adorned the Second Temple of Jerusalem

Posted on Sep 29, 2016

The finding gives a glimpse of the majestic detail of this long-lost edifice central to Jewish and Christian history

Design motifs from tiles that adorned the Temple Mount in Jerusalem 2,000 years ago. Credit: Temple Mount Sifting Project (Zachi Dvira)

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.

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Pope laments Peres’ death: He was a man of peace, we must honour his legacy

Posted on Sep 28, 2016

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”

Francis and Peres embrace at the Vatican in September 2014

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.

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Archbishop Lahham: “Hattar was assassinated due to differences with bigots”

Posted on Sep 28, 2016

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.”

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