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Settlements and Soccer

Posted on Apr 26, 2017

What does Israel’s West Bank settlement policy have to do with international soccer?

Americans for Peace Now

Dr. James M. Dorsey, a senior fellow at the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies and the co-director of the University of Würzburg’s Institute for Fan Culture, is the leading world expert on this subject. He is the author of The Turbulent World of Middle East Soccer, a book that among other things explores the topic of this episode’s discussion. Dorsey closely follows the way in which the Israeli-Palestinian conflict plays out on the soccer field, in FIFA, the international soccer association.

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APN 2017 Israel Study Tour – CANCELLED

Posted on Apr 26, 2017

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Americans for Peace Now | April 20, 2017

With a heavy heart, we are writing to let you know that we have decided to suspend our 2017 Israel Study Tour, pending clarifications from the government of Israel regarding the new “Entry Law,” which could be used to deny entry into Israel to individuals and organizations that publicly support boycotting settlement products.

We are therefore canceling our planned June tour. We do not know yet whether we will reschedule this tour to another date this year or whether we’ll have to suspend our Israel Study Tour program indefinitely, until the law is either revoked, amended or applied in a way that does not impact APN, its staff members, Board members and activists.

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A Family Will Teach the Pope the Words of the Sign of the Cross in Arabic

Posted on Apr 25, 2017

Children Representing Holy Land Offer the Lesson on April 27, During Catholic Action’s International Congress, Will Help Pope Prepare for Trip to Egypt

by Deborah Castellano Lubov | zenit.org | April 25, 2017

A family from Bethlehem will teach Pope Francis the words of the Sign of the Cross in Arabic, the day before he leaves for Egypt for his 18th Apostolic Visit to Cairo, April 28-29.

“In this way, the Pope will be more prepared for his visit,” said children Anthony and Lea, who together with their parents, Vincenzo and Carol Bellomo, are representatives of the Holy Land in Catholic Actions 2nd International Congress.

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Barghouti Recounts Victories in Acceptance Speech of Gandhi Peace Award

Posted on Apr 25, 2017

Yale University | April 23, 2017

Introduced by Rebecca Vilkomerson, Executive Director of Jewish Voice for Peace, Gandhi Peace Award Honoree Omar Barghouti describes victories of the boycott, divestment and sanctions movement (BDS) in the effort for Palestinian justice.

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Good news! Charges dropped against AMP staffers & more!

Posted on Apr 24, 2017

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Charges dropped against AMP staffers

Thanks in part to public pressure from activists and attention from major media outlets around the world, the federal government has dropped all charges against American Muslims for Palestine (AMP) staffers Taher Herzallah and Kareem El Hosseiny.

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On Yom Ha’Shoah – A Dad to us, hero to all

Posted on Apr 24, 2017

Dad applied lessons from the Holocaust into a commitment to human rights, equality and justice in the US and in Israel.

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Our father, Arthur Stern (z”l), was a Holocaust survivor, so like many Jews, today’s Yom Ha’Shoah – Holocaust Remembrance Day –touches us personally.

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Israeli travel agencies will soon have to promise not to send tourists to the West Bank

Posted on Apr 24, 2017

Tourists visit the Nativity Church in the southern occupied West Bank city of Bethlehem (File)

BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Israeli authorities have notified Israeli travel agencies that they will be forced to sign a commitment pledging not to take groups of tourists to the occupied West Bank, according to a copy the notification obtained by Ma’an on Sunday.

In the Hebrew-language document dated April 23, the Border Control Department of the Israeli Population and Immigration Authority notifies travel agencies that as of May 15, the day when Palestinians commemorate the 1948 Nakba, they will have to “attach, with each request to bring a group of tourists into the country, a special form pledging that they will not send tourists to Judea and Samaria,” using the Israeli term for the occupied West Bank.

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Israel stops tourists accessing Bethlehem

Posted on Apr 24, 2017

Israeli soldiers stand guard at a checkpoint in West Bank on 26 January 2017 [Wisam Hashlamoun/Apaimages]

Israeli soldiers stand guard at a checkpoint in West Bank on 26 January 2017 [Wisam Hashlamoun/Apaimages]

MEMO Middle East Monitor, April 24, 2017 – Israel has tightened restrictions on the movement of tourists to the occupied West Bank with particular limitations on their access to occupied Bethlehem, sources told Ma’an.

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Did you know that there is a St. George Church in Burqin?

Posted on Apr 23, 2017

It’s also known as the Church of the Ten Lepers

St. George Church, also known at the Church of the Ten Lepers, in Burqin (Photo courtesy of Norman, a member of the Ecumenical Accompaniment Programme in Palestine and Israel (EAPPI), sent by the United Church of Canada and the World Council of Churches, to serve in the West Bank of Palestine

by Maria C. Khoury, EdD, of Taybeh

On the Gregorian calendar, the 23rd of April is the holy Feast Day of Saint George. In Orthodox Christian tradition, which uses the Julian calendar, feasts are celebrated thirteen days later.

Saint George is the most beloved saint in the whole Middle East and the patron saint of Taybeh in particular and Palestine in general. In addition to the honor of having our own Saint George Church in Taybeh, I happen to have had the great blessing of seeing the new renovations at Saint George Greek Orthodox Church in Burqin this week.

While we few Christians left in Burqin, we have lots of miracles and a deep tradition of Saint George oral history. The seventy Christians who live there are maintaining the Light of Christ; you can imagine this means hardly ten families.

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Christians of the Holy Land retrace the steps of Jesus and of His disciples on the road to Emmaus

Posted on Apr 21, 2017

We know that shortly after being risen, Jesus appeared to two disciples on the road to Emmaus, not far from Jerusalem …. that is where we are going!

The Sacred Scriptures tell us that the Risen Jesus appeared to the disciples who were walking from Jerusalem to Emmaus, a small village about 11 kilometers away from the Holy City.

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