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L’École Biblique at Our Lady of Peace Center in Jordan

Posted on Jun 2, 2017

by Claire Guigou | Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem

AMMAN – For almost a week in May, students and volunteers from the French Biblical and Archaeological School of Jerusalem visited Jordan, guided by Father Dominique-Marie Cabaret, who teaches topography, made a stop at Our Lady of Peace Center.  It is a trip into the heart of both biblical and archaeological history, and encountering pre-Christian civilizations and churches of the early centuries.

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Vatican Message to Muslims for Ramadan

Posted on Jun 2, 2017

Christians and Muslims: Caring for our Common Home

Christians and Muslims: Caring for our Common Home

Dear Muslim Brothers and Sisters,

We wish to assure you of our prayerful solidarity during this time of fasting in the month of Ramadan and the celebration of ‘Id al–Fitr that concludes it, and we extend to you our heartfelt best wishes for serenity, joy and abundant spiritual gifts.

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FOSNA: Enough! Resist 50 years of occupation

Posted on Jun 2, 2017


Today, we are calling on all FOSNA members to participate in the Week of Action, June 5 to 10. During that time, activists around the United States will host actions and teach-ins to say that 50 years of occupation is enough.

Download and print this 11×17 poster to use at your local action!

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Renovations completed at Italian and French hospitals in Nazareth

Posted on Jun 2, 2017

Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem

NAZARETH – Hospitals need refurbishing to keep up with the fast developing technology and provide quality care. The Italian hospital of the Holy Family and the French hospital of Saint Vincent de Paul had renovations and new equipment installed to continue to provide quality care and services.

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St. Yves Participates in a Summer Camp for People with Disabilities

Posted on Jun 1, 2017

The Society of St. Yves – Catholic Center for Human Rights took part in a summer camp for people with disabilities last month organized by the Arab Society for the physically disabled in Tiberias.

St. Yves gave three awareness raising sessions led by the advocacy department, the beneficiary intake department and the legal department. The first session concentrated on strengthening and developing individual capacities of people with disabilities (PWDs), the second session focused on the rights of PWDs, specifically on the subject of vocational training, and the last session shed light on the rights of PWDs in regards to accessibility and the integration of PWDs at work.

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UN: Israeli rule ‘key cause’ of Palestinian hardship

Posted on May 31, 2017

Jerusalem (AFP) – Fifty years after Israel occupied the Palestinian territories, its policies in the West Bank and Gaza are at the root of Palestinian hardship, the United Nations said Wednesday.

“Occupation policies and practices remain the key cause of humanitarian needs in the occupied Palestinian territories,” the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said in a report.

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“Don’t Jail This ‘Palestinian Gandhi'”

Posted on May 31, 2017

Just Foreign Policy

Issa Amro in 2015. Credit Hazem Bader/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images

As Peter Beinart reports in the Forward [1], Hebron’s Issa Amro has been preaching nonviolent resistance in the tradition of Gandhi and Martin Luther King Jr for almost two decades. Amro’s organization, Youth Against Settlements, frequently hosts Israeli activists. Amro has won awards from the UN and the EU. Amro doesn’t just oppose violence, he’s gone to extraordinary lengths to stop it.

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CPT: Occupation Captured

Posted on May 29, 2017


While recognizing that we are only able to record a fraction of the atrocities that occur, CPT Palestine is committed to documenting these human rights violations and intervening when appropriate and possible. By sharing these numbers, we strive to amplify the stories of those who are experiencing the most injustices and promote a narrative that calls for peace with justice.


Counter-Settler Tour Pictured above: CPT monitored its first counter-settler tour created in partnership with a local tour guide. The tour takes place at the same time as the weekly settler incursion in the Old City, offering a narrative of Palestinian history and culture in al-Khalil and explaining the impact of occupation on daily life, economy, and freedom. Members of our CPT delegation were the main participants last week. A future goal of the project is to draw more Palestinians into the space of the Old City to raise awareness about resistance to the occupation. (May 20, 2017)

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INTERVIEW: Israelis and Palestinians: ‘The Holy See Can Play a Unique Role for Reconciliation’

Posted on May 28, 2017

A Conversation With Latin Patriarch Emeritus Michel Sabbah

Anne Kurian | Zenit | May 26, 2017

“The Holy See can play a unique role for reconciliation in the Holy Land between Israelis and Palestinians. It is accepted by both sides. It is above parties . . . it is a unique entity which can offer mediation,” said Monsignor Michel Sabbah, Latin Patriarch Emeritus of Jerusalem, in an interview with Zenit.

Monsignor Sabbah, head of the Justice and Peace Commission of the Assembly of Catholic Ordinaries of the Holy Land, commented on the question of “normalization,” stated in a press release of the Commission, published on May 22, 2017, as “some people, also here in the country, seem to be used to living with drama, with daily death and mutual hatred,” he said.

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Was Trump’s Middle East Visit a Win?

Posted on May 27, 2017

Analysis by APN Policy Consultant Gail Pressberg

APN
by Americans for Peace Now 05/23/17

At first glance it looks like there are a lot of winners from President Trump’s Middle East trip including:

– The Saudis, who got what they wanted. They heard Trump confirm that the US would be close to the Gulf Arab states and veer away from Iran. They also sealed an arms deal with the US for $110 billion. And they never heard the words human rights from Trump’s lips!

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