Posts made in April, 2018

Notre Dame des Douleurs retirement home, a welcome across the wall

Posted on Apr 27, 2018

The center, founded by French sisters in 1957, welcomes and cares for 50 elderly people, whether Muslims or Christians, from Jerusalem and the West Bank. They are cared for by a medical specialists and various assistants. Apart from the sisters, foreign volunteers help out and gain job experience.

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A Taybeh Day for Saint George

Posted on Apr 27, 2018

by Maria Khoury

Today was a wonderful celebration for our Patron Saint George with Archimandrite Fr. Jack-Nobel, our Taybeh parish priest of St. George Great Martyr Church  of the Greek Melkite Catholic Patriarchate  celebrating the feast of St. George in our village with His Excellency the new General Patriarchal Vicar in Jerusalem, Archbishop Yasser Ayyash  and many members of the Greek Catholic community who traveled from various locations in the Holy Land to attend today’s beautiful liturgy with over ten priests including our own local priests, Fr. Daoud and Fr. Johnny with the entire Taybeh community.  Jack Rabah with his glorious voice continued the annual tradition to chant in Arabic and Greek. Truly it felt like heaven on earth with the most amazing chanting. 

“Since thou art a liberator and deliverer of captives, a help and succour of the poor and needy, 

a healing physician of the sick, a contender and fighter for kings, O great among Martyrs, the victory-clad George; 

intercede with Christ God for the salvation of our souls.”

(A special chant in honor of St. George, our Patron Saint of Taybeh and Patron Saint of Palestine)  

The courage of St. George to stand up against the Emperor actually reminds me of the very few but brave Israeli soldiers who love their country but refuse to serve in the Occupied Palestinian Territories.

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World Week of Peace in Palestine and Israel

Posted on Apr 26, 2018

Children in the Jordan valley. Photo: Sean Hawkey/WCC

Children in the Jordan valley. Photo: Sean Hawkey/WCC

 

During this week which includes the International Day of Prayer for Peace on 21 September, church organizations, congregations, and people of faith are encouraged to bear a common witness by participating in worship services, educational events, and acts of support in favour of peace and justice for Israelis and Palestinians.

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The Palestinian people are committed to seeking freedom

Posted on Apr 26, 2018

Palestinian Christians and Muslims march together to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre to protest to a new Israeli tax policy and proposed property law which caused Christian leaders to temporarily shut the doors of the church in February, 2018. (Photo: Seth Herald)

Then the Lord saw it, and it displeased Him that there was no justice. (Isaiah 59:15b)

As he approached Jerusalem and saw the city, he wept over it. (Luke 19:41)

Kairos Palestine, April 26, 2018 – We are a collection of Palestinian groups and civil society organizations. We address our call to the Palestinian Authority, all Palestinian leaders, Israel, the American administration, the Arab states, the international community, and to all those of good will who support us in seeking our freedom and independence.

We issue a call of peace and love, a strong call that stems from the strength of our belief in God, his righteousness and his love for all mankind, at a time when we see that the potential to achieve our cause, i.e. our demand for freedom and independence, is diminishing. The American administration has disregarded our history and our rights in Jerusalem, our city of our prayer and faith, and the capital of our state. Israel is determined to maintain its military occupation over us, particularly in the siege imposed on Gaza, and is supported by the American administration which says that it will present “the deal of the century” to us.

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Pope invites Mideast religious leaders to attend peace summit

Posted on Apr 25, 2018

Vatican News, April 25, 2018 – The director of the Holy See press office told journalists that the ecumenical encounter will take place on July 7th

Pope Francis will visit the southern Italian city of Bari on July 7th for a day of reflection and prayer for peace in the Middle East.

The head of the Vatican press office, Greg Burke, told journalists on Wednesday that the Pope intends to invite the heads of other Churches and Christian communities in the region to the ecumenical encounter.

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Donate to Support Sabeel Jerusalem!

Posted on Apr 25, 2018

After his home was demolished in Silwan, Jerusalem, 10-year-old Issa took me on a tour of his mangled swing set, pointing out that the Israeli army had left behind bulldozers for future demolitions. He explained the moral stand he takes in the face of this violence: “Corporations build cages. They place a price on the sacred… But peace is not for sale.”

Neither is his Jerusalem home. As Issa says of Israel’s actions to displace Palestinians like him from the city, “Jerusalem is like a dove. It belongs to no one.” In his chest, a dove flaps its wings. Presented with the tools for resistance, Issa wraps himself around the dove, that spiritual center that compels a just peace.

Together, we stand in solidarity with Palestinian people. We honor the sabeel, the source. And we stake our claim in the truth that, amid corporate and military claims otherwise, the doves are simply not for sale.

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Syria Bombing Designed to Distract

Posted on Apr 25, 2018

by James M. Wall

After the Syria Bombing, did you have that pit-of-the-stomach feeling that you had been deceived about a military strike?

I offer here a suggestion to clarify that feeling. It will not cure it, but clarity does have a way of easing the pain.

Accept the Syria bombing as a Wag the Dog deceit, a pretense to deliver a largely harmless distraction for an ulterior motive, as in the manner of a Roman emperor staging a stadium show for the masses.

Media reports used the 1998 movie, Wag the Dog as shorthand for The Syria Bombing. In the film, Dustin Hoffman plays a movie director hired to create television news casts to distract and deceive the American public. Robert De Niro is the spin doctor who hires him.

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Taken from Home | Appropriation of the Tomb of the Patriarchs

Posted on Apr 24, 2018

 

Christian Peacemaker Team, Hebron, April 24, 2018 – A 13 year old child came home after a day at school, and was met by Israeli soldiers at his home. The soldiers claimed he had thrown rocks and that he would be arrested. The boys parents were not home, though his 9 year old brother was with him. The soldiers took the 13 year old to the military base and the police station without his parents, and his 9 year old brother refused to leave his side. The boy was kept for 7 hours, and interrogated three times for an accusation without evidence. Under Israeli court system, run by an occupying nation state that holds a 99% conviction rate against the Palestinian people, the child, if charged, faces a penalty of up to 20 years in Israeli military prison. 

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Congratulations Israel on your 70th Independence Day.

Posted on Apr 24, 2018

by Samia Khoury

Congratulations Israel on your 70th Independence Day. Surely you should be proud of your achievements.

1. You established your state on land that belongs to the Palestinians. You were not satisfied to share with them their land, so you had to evict them to have your own Jewish state. You did that by resorting to brutal force, and in some cases massacres that remain a black spot in your history.

2. For the first eighteen years, you imposed strict military rule in the country which controlled every aspect of the lives of the original owners of the land who managed to stay in the newly established state.

3. You gave the indigenous Palestinian population citizenship, but they did not have the same rights that the Jewish community had, neither did their towns or schools have the same privileges and budgets

4. Moreover, by some absurd law, this Palestinian population ended up being “present absent” meaning that they were absent as far as their right to claim their homes and property, but were present for paying taxes to the newly established State.

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Stand with Natalie Portman & @SenSanders: Speak Up for Human Rights in Gaza

Posted on Apr 24, 2018

Just Foreign Policy

April 24, 2018 – Palestinians in Gaza have the right to nonviolently protest without being shot with live ammunition. They have the right to travel to work, to seek medical care, to study, and to visit family. They have the right to drink clean water. They have the right to import and export.

For too long, too many have been too shy to speak up against the unjust and unnecessary suffering of Palestinian civilians in Gaza caused by unflinching U.S. support of the Israeli-Egyptian blockade. In particular, too many Members of Congress have been too shy to speak up for too long – partly out of fear that they would be attacked by organizations and individuals whose definition of “supporting Israel” equals “the U.S. must support the war and occupation policies of the Israeli government no matter what, and any opposition to these policies by mainstream political actors in the United States must be crushed.”

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