Posts made in June, 2018

Join the worldwide prayer chain for Christians in the Middle East!

Posted on Jun 5, 2018

“We can renounce everything, but not our faith. Pray for us, and we will pray for you!”

Aleteia – This is the message we receive every day from the Christians of Iraq, Syria, and other Middle Eastern countries, who have been persecuted in recent years for committing one crime: that of being Christians.

To awaken the world from its indifference, Pope Francis has convoked an ecumenical prayer meeting on July 7 in Bari, Italy, with the participation of the patriarchs and leaders of the Churches and Christian communities of the Middle East.

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Palestinian Narrative Training Program

Posted on Jun 3, 2018

A Christian Voice for Palestine

Remember Our Past to Awaken Our Future

The story of the Palestinian people has historically been silenced. Storytelling has served a central role in maintaining the Palestinian community, even as we are displaced around the globe. Our Palestinian Narrative Trainings offer tools to Palestinians living in the diaspora to collect, record, and share their family stories as a catalyst for social change.

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A Reader Comments on Uri Avnery’s “Strong as Death” Article

Posted on Jun 3, 2018

There are some errors and omissions in Uri Avnery’s account, posted on June 1st, entitled “Strong as Death“.

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Old Palestinian Maps

Posted on Jun 2, 2018

by Ann Hafften, a Texas Lutheran

I am an admitted map nerd. I have spent a lot of time lately poring over the amazing maps offered by Palestine Open Maps, a platform that seeks to combine emerging technologies for mapping with immersive storytelling. On a current satellite map, I located the kibbutz where I worked as a volunteer in the 1970s and 1980s. By moving through the overlying maps from 1951 back to 1880, I easily located the villages that I was always told were “abandoned.”

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Take a walk through Jerusalem

Posted on Jun 2, 2018

Adrainne and Ben Gray missionaries of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) share a video of their daily walking commute through the streets of Jerusalem. Ben and Adrainne were sent to Palestine by the ELCA to coordinate communications for the Lutheran Church in Jordan and the Holy Land (ELCJHL). They say, “Our ministry is word, images, and service to a church and a community that has a story to tell; and indeed their story impacts the world.”

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Syrian priest: International community is key to lasting peace

Posted on Jun 2, 2018

Destruction in Azaz, Syria. Credit: Christiaan Triebert/Shutterstock.

Destruction in Azaz, Syria. Credit: Christiaan Triebert/Shutterstock.

By Hannah Brockhaus

Aleppo, Syria, Jun 1, 2018 / 12:04 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The key to ending Syria’s ongoing conflict lies not with the local people, but with the leaders of the international community, said a Syrian-born Franciscan priest this week.

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Gaza’s protest leaders still believe in nonviolent struggle

Posted on Jun 1, 2018

Despite the bloodletting in Gaza over the past months, the leaders of the Great Return March believe that nonviolent resistance is still the best way to end the siege. Rami Younis spoke to Hasan al-Kurd, one of the leaders of the march about the successes, mistakes, and future of the movement.

Protesters carry away someone who was shot by an Israeli sniper along the Gaza border, May 14, 2018. (Abed Rahim Khatib/Flash90)

Protesters carry away someone who was shot by an Israeli sniper along the Gaza border, May 14, 2018. (Abed Rahim Khatib/Flash90)

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Uri Avnery: “Strong as Death”

Posted on Jun 1, 2018

So how did we succeed – we, the State of Israel – in turning Gaza into what it is today?
–Uri Avnery

by Uri Avnery

OH, GAZA. Strong as death is love.

I loved Gaza. That is a play on words. The Biblical Song of Songs says that love is strong as death. Strong in Hebrew is Aza. Aza is also the Hebrew name of Gaza.

I have spent many happy hours in Gaza. I had many friends there. From the leftist Dr. Haidar Abd al-Shafi to the Islamist Mahmoud al-Zahar, who is now the foreign minister of Hamas.

I was there when Yasser Arafat, the son of a Gazan family, came home. They put me in the first row of the reception at the Rafah border, and that evening he received me at the hotel on the Gaza sea shore, seating me next to him on the stage during a press conference.

I met with a friendly attitude everywhere in the Gaza Strip, in the refugee camps and in the streets of Gaza City. Everywhere we talked about peace and about the place of Gaza in the future State of Palestine.

GOOD, BUT what about Hamas, the terrible arch-terrorist organization?

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