Posts made in February, 2017

In the name of fourteen 11 year olds: Fr. David Neuhaus’ open letter to the Israeli Minister of the Interior

Posted on Feb 14, 2017

In the name of fourteen 11 year olds: Fr. David Neuhaus’ open letter to the Israeli Minister of the Interior

ISRAEL – Fr. David Neuhaus SJ, Patriarchal Vicar for the Hebrew Speaking Catholics and Coordinator for the Pastoral Care of Migrants, sent an appeal to the Minister of Interior on behalf of 14 eleven-year old Filipino children. These children were born in Israel to migrant workers are deemed ineligible for residency and are facing immediate deportation together with their families. The appeal recalls how the Philippines welcomed and saved over 1,300 Jews who fled from Europe in the 1930s to this small Asian country.

Dear Mr. Aryeh Deri,

It is not my habit to introduce politicians to one another. However, in this case, I believe it is essential that you, the Honorable Interior Minister of the State of Israel, get to know the late President of the Philippines, Mr. Manuel Quezon. To be perfectly honest, I had hardly heard of Quezon before I was invited to the premier screening of a new, full-length documentary, detailing the involvement of Quezon in the saving of 1302 Jews fleeing Nazi Germany before and during the Shoah.

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Premier of new film on Filipino effort to save Jews

Posted on Feb 14, 2017

A new film, “Open Door,” was shown for the first time in Israel on Wednesday, January 25, 2017, at the Cinematheque in Tel Aviv. Father David Neuhaus, Latin Patriarchal Vicar attended the event.
filipno open doorThe Philippine Embassy in Israel and the American Jewish Committee hosted together the premier of the new film, entitled “An Open Door, Holocaust Haven the Philippines”. The film, directed by Filipino award winning director, Noel Izon, tells the untold story of how Filipino President Quezon and Jewish organizations created a haven in the Philippines for over 1300 Jewish refugees, fleeing the Shoah, during the Second World War.

The moving documentary is based upon the testimonies of the last remaining Jewish survivors, members of the Quezon family and others, who recount the generosity of President Manuel L. Quezon, who sought to welcome many more Jewish refugees fleeing Nazi Europe. The event of the premier also marked sixty years of Israel-Filipino diplomatic relations.

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Cardinal Woelki in Tabgha : “In a time of growing nationalism, we need reconciliation”

Posted on Feb 14, 2017

Cardinal Woelki in Tabgha : “In a time of growing nationalism, we need reconciliation”

by Saher Kawas | Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem

TABGHA – On Sunday, February 12, 2017, His Eminence Rainer Maria Cardinal Woelki, Archbishop of Cologne, presided over a Mass in the Church of the Multiplication of the Loaves and Fish in Tabgha, to celebrate the restoration of the Church Atrium that was destroyed by arson perpetrated by Jewish extremists on June 18, 2015.

In his homily, Cardinal Woelki affirmed that “in a time of growing nationalism, we need reconciliation and a life derived from the Gospel”. He added “powerful people all over the world today fuel nationalist ideas more than ever before, giving them a religious framework. In this way, they foster demarcation and, in particular, lead young people to hatred and violence.”

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Uri Avnery: That’s How It Happened

Posted on Feb 14, 2017

by Uri Avnery, Gush Shalom February 11, 2017

AFTER MY last article, in which I mentioned that the Arabs started the 1948 war after the partition resolution of the UN, I received several furious messages.

The writers, who (I suppose) were born after the events, accuse the Zionists of starting the war in order to expel the Arab population.

Since I took part in the events – I was 24 years old at the time – I feel that it is my duty to describe what really happened, as truthfully as possible. (I have written two books about it, one during the war and one immediately after.)

TO DESCRIBE the atmosphere in the country just before the war, let me recount one of the great moments of my life.

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‘Church Denounces Anti-Semitism in All Its Forms,’ Pope Tells Anti-Defamation League

Posted on Feb 10, 2017

‘I reaffirm that the Catholic Church feels particularly obliged to do all that is possible with our Jewish friends to repel anti-Semitic tendencies’ (Full Text)

CTV Screenshot – Pope in Assisi during Ecumenical Prayer Gathering

by Deborah Castellano Lubov | Zenit | February 9, 2017

The Church denounces Anti-Semitism in all its forms, noting it is “completely contrary to Christian principles and every vision worthy of the human person.”

Pope Francis stressed this to a delegation from the Anti-Defamation League, an organization which has maintained relations with the Holy See since the Second Vatican Council, which he received this morning in the Vatican’s Apostolic Palace.

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San Diego’s Jewish Community Resist Executive Order, Declaring “We Were Refugees Too”

Posted on Feb 9, 2017

Tonight, we have been reminded that hope is and must be a defiant triumph over pessimism and fear. From our liberation from bondage, we have spent much of our time wandering from country to country. We wandered because people didn’t accept us, we wandered because we were different…and because they just didn’t like us because we were Jews. Substitute Jews with ‘refugee,’ with ‘immigrant,’ with ‘Muslim.’ Our Judaism didn’t only get us chased…Our Judaism got us rejected on our very shores. But the Prophet Isaiah insisted that in times of crisis we must cry aloud, we shall not be silent. We shall make ourselves into a shofar and be the clarion call for every value that we uphold…We the people must form the more perfect union…May our actions tonight make a difference, may they inspire us to further become the clarion call to welcome the stranger, protect the refugee and to never stand idly by in the face of injustice.

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Pope Francis releases emotionally inspiring video that will hit Americans hard

Posted on Feb 9, 2017

Pray with me for all those who are afflicted, especially the poor, refugees, and marginalized, may find welcome and comfort in our communities. Pope Francis

LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) – Feb. 6, 2017 – The 120-second video features Pope Francis’ narration as scenes of society ignoring people in need are displayed.

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Israeli peace camp should use language Trump understands: Private property

Posted on Feb 9, 2017

Israeli policemen remove a pro-settlement activist during an operation by Israeli forces to evict settlers from the illegal outpost of Amona, West Bank, Feb. 1, 2017. (photo by REUTERS/Baz Ratner)

by Akiva Eldar | Ruti Sinai, Translator | Al Monitor | February 7, 2017

The White House’s recent contention that the existing Israeli settlements in the occupied territories are not an impediment to peace should, it would seem, allay the concerns of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu as he licks his wounds after the forcible evacuation of Israeli settlers Feb. 1-2 from the illegal West Bank outpost of Amona. After all, that is exactly what Netanyahu has been insisting for years about the settlements. Now, finally, there is a White House occupant after his own heart — a real estate mogul who doesn’t understand how a construction project can be a bad thing.

Like Netanyahu, President Donald Trump is apparently not bothered by the reality that some 2.5 million Muslims have been living for 50 years under a discriminatory occupation.

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Why king’s visit to Washington was essential for Jordan

Posted on Feb 9, 2017

US Defense Secretary James Mattis (L) welcomes Jordanian King Abdullah II to the Pentagon, Jan. 30, 2017. (photo by REUTERS/Yuri Gripas)

Local media praised the king’s diplomatic breakthrough and one commentator, Fahd al-Khitan, wrote Feb. 2 in al-Ghad that Abdullah had fought a diplomatic battle in the US capital on behalf of all Arabs. He also noted that the Jordanian monarch had met the US president even before Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had done so. A number of Amman dailies pointed to a Feb. 2 New York Times article in which the authors credited Abdullah for a shift in Trump’s policy on the construction of new Jewish settlements in the Palestinian territories.

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The Franciscans keep their doors open to all in Damascus

Posted on Feb 9, 2017

The war keeps pilgrims out of Syria and the chapel of St. Paul’s Memorial in Damascus remains deserted.

By Andrea Avveduto | terrasanta.net

“Syria has always been a mosaic of cultures and we will not allow war to destroy that,” affirmed the Franciscans of the Custody in Damascus who help the poorest people any way that they can.

In the Franciscan church near Bab Touma (The Door of Thomas) in Damascus, the dome still bears the signs of recent bombings. Br. Bahjat Karakach, the superior of the convent, miraculously escaped the explosion that damaged the sanctuary. The parish center where Br. Antoine Louxa lives along with him is the first stop on our trip to Syria.

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