"Al-Bushra"

Seeking truth and justice

The Mystery Gate

Posted on Mar 19, 2019

Christian Peacemaker Team, Hebron, March 13, 2019 – As friends gather around the room, smiling and laughing, remembering stories from the past, the phone rings. Another child was just grabbed off of the street less than 400 metres away. As we had just discussed the importance of taking time to enjoy life, rather than diving into work at every possible chance, four people decide to grab cameras and walk out into the rain. When we arrive at the gate of separation between the settlers and Palestinians, the soldiers had already disappeared into the military base with the child.

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Will Christchurch be our wakeup call??

Posted on Mar 19, 2019

Paul Larudee (2010).jpgPaul Larudee writes:

Below is a powerful article by a dear friend, Rifat Audeh. Rifat and I met in Lebanon a decade or so ago, and we both were participants in the 2010 Gaza Freedom Flotilla, which was attacked by Israeli forces, with dozens of casualties and ten deaths, despite the fact that we were unarmed. Rifat created an award winning film about this, which is still being shown in many places.

These are only two of the facts that Rifat fails to mention. While his murdered cousin was Muslim, Rifat and extended family are Palestinian Christians.

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Wallwritings: “Listen, my children, and you shall hear, of the midnight ride of Paul Revere”

Posted on Mar 16, 2019

Phillip Weiss’ latest posting led me to utilize Longfellow’s poem to sound the alarm that the current discussion of Zionism and Judaism has been politically manipulated, not just by members of the Jewish community, but by Zionists of all stripes, including Christian fundamentalists.

by James M. Wall

“Listen, my children, and you shall hear, of the midnight ride of Paul Revere”, launches the poem, “Paul Revere’s Ride” by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1807 – 1882).

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Photography Tour: Depicting Jerusalem as it was before 1948

Posted on Mar 15, 2019

As part of a Festival of Photography, this group interested in the history of Jerusalem met at the Damascus Gate and from there set off to discover the Old Town.

YASMEEN ATTOUN Tourist coordinator “The Photography Festival was launched on February 24 and will continue until March 24. The activities will take place in Palestinian cities where our presence is of special importance. The theme of the Festival, the “Belle Époque”, inspired us to look for ancient images, depicting Palestine as it was before 1948.”

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Religious leaders from USA and South Africa issue pilgrimage statement on Israel and Palestine

Posted on Mar 14, 2019

World Council of Churches, 08 March 2019 – After a visit to Israel and Palestine on 21 February through 1 March, a delegation of South African and African-American church leaders, released a Group Pilgrimage Statement on Israel and Palestine.

The group was a joint delegation of leaders from historic black denominations of the National Council of Churches in the United States of America, and heads of South African church denominations of the South African Council of Churches.

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Christian Peacemaker Team: Law and Order?

Posted on Mar 12, 2019

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Christian Peacmaker Team

March 10, 2019 – Standing on a-Shuhada street, nearby the Qurtuba school, a chatoic scene breaks out as settlers rush from their vehicle and start harassing local Palestinians and human rights observers. The Israeli police and military are right in the middle and do nothing to restrain the Israelis.

The harassment quickly turns into physical attacks on cameras, cellphones, and human rights observers! Instead of protecting the people being attacked, the police arrest an innocent international who was caught in the middle of the chaos. The police and soldiers then decide to declare the area a closed military zone and remove everyone but the Israeli settlers from the street.

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International Women’s Day: be courageous, trustworthy and faithful like women in the Bible

Posted on Mar 12, 2019

Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem, March 8, 2019 – On the occasion of International Women’s Day which falls on March 8th, Nadine Bitar from the Catechetical Office of the Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem, shares with us how people today can reflect on the important characteristics of some of the female figures in the Bible.

“She is clothed with strength and dignity,
and she laughs without fear of the future.” Proverbs 31:25

While we celebrate International Women’s Day with the world, we also encourage the world to explore the importance of women in God’s salvation plan. One of the most remarkable elements we have in our biblical text is the strong female figures who have been among the main characters in God’s journey with humans.

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Christian schools catechists participate in a spiritual retreat in Taybeh

Posted on Mar 12, 2019

“One does not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.”

by Nadine Bitar, Catechetical Office of the Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem

TAYBEH – As we prepare ourselves during this blessed Lenten season for the glory of our Lord’s resurrection, the Catechetical Office of the Latin Patriarchate in Jerusalem invited the catechists in the Catholic schools to live a time of reflection at a spiritual retreat, that took place in the village of Taybeh on Friday, March 8, 2019.

The location of the retreat was chosen according to the Gospel of John 11:54 when Jesus chose to come to this village before His Passion week started; as we read “Jesus stopped his public ministry among the people and left Jerusalem. He went to a place near the wilderness, to the village of Ephraim, and stayed there with His disciples.”

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Syriac Patriarchate: Consecration of a New Archbishop for Youth Affairs and Religious Education

Posted on Mar 12, 2019

Speaking about the consecration of a new archbishop, His Holiness said that today the Church presents a new martyr (witness) for Christ. The way of martyrdom, His Holiness added, is full of spiritual joy even despite all the troubles and hardship. At the end, he congratulated the new archbishop wishing him a fruitful service for the church, especially the youth.

Syriac Patriarchate – On March 9, 2019, His Holiness Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II celebrated the Holy Qurobo at Mor Severus Church in the Patriarchal Residence in Atchaneh – Bikfaya, Lebanon.

During the Qurobo, His Holiness consecrated Very Rev. Raban Jack Yakoub as Archbishop, Patriarchal Vicar for the Youth affairs and Religious Education.

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Made Up History

Posted on Mar 12, 2019

Christian Peacemaker Team

Hebron, March 7, 2019 – Many people would like to present their history as legendary. Victors even have the power to achieve that. They mold the past like clay into the artifact they love, just for the sake of their own public relations. This sign shows an extreme example of that.

 

 

 

Image: History according to the Israeli point of view.

History according to the Israeli point of view.

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Exhibition of stolen Palestinian archaeological artifacts at “Bible Lands Museum”, Jerusaelem

Posted on Mar 12, 2019

The “Bible Lands Museum” in West Jerusalem in collaboration with Israel’s occupation authority is exhibiting, under the Title “Finds Gone Astray”, archaeological artifacts stolen from the Occupied Palestinian Territories .

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The House of the Child in Bethlehem and the fruits of a mission accomplished with love

Posted on Mar 8, 2019

In the shade of the Basilica of the Nativity in Bethlehem, there is this place, which God has certainly selected for these who are some of his beloved children!

This is the House of the Child, a house that welcomes children with difficult family conditions.

Founded in 2007, it has the special support of the Custody of the Holy Land through the American Franciscan Foundation for the Holy Land.

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YWCA of Palestine: Statement on International Women’s Day

Posted on Mar 8, 2019

As the world celebrates International Women’s Day, Palestinian women continue to live under the longest occupation in modern history. Over 70 years of oppression and the Palestinian women continue to suffer every day humiliation, physical and psychological violence at checkpoints, yet they continue to struggle with dignity and persistence to survive.

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Egypt: the eight hundredth anniversary of the meeting between St Francis and the Sultan

Posted on Mar 7, 2019

by Giovanni Malaspina, The Custody, Mar. 7, 2019 – The celebrations dedicated to the eight hundredth anniversary of the meeting between St Francis of Assisi and the Sultan Al-Malik Al-Kamel, organized in Damietta and Cairo by the Franciscans of the Egyptian Province “The Holy Family” came to an end on Sunday 3rd March. The Egyptian setting directly evokes the meeting that took place 800 years ago between the Saint and the Sultan and which, even today, speaks to all those who have made dialogue and coexistence their everyday life.

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Jerusalem Post report promotes unsubstantiated accusations and false innuendo

Posted on Mar 7, 2019

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World Council of Churhes

05 March 2019 – A Jerusalem Post report of 20 February 2019 by Hagay Hacohen titled: “World Council of Churches exposed as biased, anti-Israeli group” is inaccurate and riddled with false innuendo.

The description of the report as a “1 minute read” indicates how superficial an effort the Jerusalem Post editorial team made to substantiate the allegations it reported as facts.

The World Council of Churches (WCC) is not “anti-Israeli” as the headline claims in a bald and unjustified accusation.

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Local pilgrims and Christians start Lent in the Holy City

Posted on Mar 6, 2019

From the beginning, these young people born in the Land of Jesus, who are the future of Christianity in this land, learn the meaning of this Liturgical Time.


In the Holy City, the beginning of Lent on Ash Wednesday was celebrated with a Mass in the Basilica of the Holy Sepulchre. In this holy place we can find pilgrims from all over the world who express their gratitude to God for being here today!

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“Our hope is to see Shuhada Street opened again!”

Posted on Mar 5, 2019

Christian Peacemaker Team

Christian Peace Team, Hebron, March 1, 2019 – Since 2003, Israeli soldiers have closed off a major road to the Palestinian village of Kafr Qaddum under the guise of security for the illegal settlers living nearby in Kedumim.

Villagers have been demonstrating every week after Friday prayers since 2011 for the road to be reopened. Their demonstration is confronted often by tear gas, rubber, and live bullets.

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Fr. Abdo Abdo, director of the OPM: “the Mother Church must also be a missionary”

Posted on Mar 5, 2019

by Cécile Klos, Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem

HOLY LAND – On January 25, 2019, Cardinal Fernando Filoni, Prefect of the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples, informed the Diocese of its decision to confirm Fr. Abdo Mikhael Abdo, OCD, in his duties as National Director of the Pontifical Mission Societies of the Holy Land, for a new five-year term (2018-2023). On the occasion of this appointment the Media Office of the Latin Patriarchate had an interview with him.

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The Conference of Latin Bishops of the Arab Regions (C.E.L.R.A.) holds its annual meeting in Egypt

Posted on Mar 5, 2019

by Filippo De Grazia, Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem

CAIRO – From February 18-21, 2019, at the Catholic Coptic inter-diocesan Seminary in Maadi, Cairo, the annual meeting of C.E.L.R.A., the Conference of the Latin Bishops of the Arab Regions, was held. The topics dealt with were numerous and important – the protection of minors, youth ministry, the family and Christian formation.

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Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem: A Rediscovered Liturgical Heritage

Posted on Mar 5, 2019

by Irénée Julien-Laferrière, Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem

JERUSALEM – For over a year the Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem has decided to catalog its liturgical heritage. An important step in this project, led by Charles-Edouard Guilbert-Roed, former head of the project office at the Patriarchate, and passionate about his history, took place from February 18-24, 2019. Actually, two Lyon experts, Bernard Berthod and Gaël Favier joined him in Jerusalem to draw up an inventory of these pieces and study their origins. A work that makes one dream: and does the restoration allows a possible exhibition?

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Juxtaposing the Rise of Kahanism and Purim

Posted on Mar 2, 2019

by Joshua Shanes, February 28, 2019

Editor’s note: The rise of a political party in Israel that inherits the racist ideas of Kahane would have seemed impossible just a few decades ago when Kahane was excluded from the Knesset because of his racism. But in today’s Israeli politics, there is a reasonable chance that some of these Kahanists may end up as ministers in the next government. Purim, with its description of Jewish violence, has been appropriated by right-wing extremists to provide a religious cover for their hateful attitude toward Palestinians. Please read the article below and encourage others to join you in questioning whether and in what ways Jews should transform this holiday (Purim begins on the eve of Wednesday, March 20) into one that acknowledges the slippery slope from ultra-nationalism to racism and hatred. –Rabbi Michael Lerner

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Tradition and technology together in Palestinian clothing

Posted on Mar 1, 2019

Palestinian designer Nathalie Tahhan launched a groundbreaking project in fashion design, using digital technology. She came up with this idea after studying fashion in London and starting to direct her skills to further refine the characteristics of traditional Palestinian clothing. She gave them a modern touch to adapt them to the needs of local and foreign markets.

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Simone Srugi, Salesian of the Holy Land, witness of holiness in daily life

Posted on Mar 1, 2019

“Can anything good come from Nazareth?” is one of the biblical verses of the Gospel of John. The facts have shown that it is possible. The Messiah was from Nazareth, the Holy Family lived in this small city of Galilee…but that is not all!

A little more than 140 years ago, a certain Simon Srugi was born in Nazareth! Catholic of Greek-Melkite and Maronite rite, he was baptized and confirmed in this chapel which was the synagogue of Jesus’ time, near the Basilica of the Annunciation!

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Council on Foreign Relations: Pope’s Historic Visit to the United Arab Emirates

Posted on Feb 28, 2019

Council on Foreign Relations, February 2019 – Shaun Casey, director of the Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs at Georgetown University, discusses the pope’s historic visit to the United Arab Emirates, as part of CFR’s Religion and Foreign Policy Conference Call series.

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Hashtag to Headlines

Posted on Feb 28, 2019

How the Gaza Great March of Return challenged the world

March 1-22 speaking tour

Ahmed Abu Artema
Palestinian writer, refugee, father of four, and advocate for nonviolence

Join AFSC in cities across the country to hear from Ahmed Abu Artema, a Palestinian writer and activist who believes in civil nonviolent struggle to achieve justice, freedom, and equality.

His visionary writings about nonviolence inspired the Great March of Return in 2018, and have appeared in The New York Times, The Nation, Journal of Palestine Studies, Middle East Eye, and other outlets.

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“It can happen to any Hebron inhabitant any moment and all the time”

Posted on Feb 23, 2019

Observers: Hagit Back (reporting and photographing); Natanya Ginsburg (translating)

Machsomwatch, Hebron, Feb. 13, 2019 -It can happen to any Hebron inhabitant every moment and all the time.

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Augustine Shomali: Gastronomy between East and West

Posted on Feb 23, 2019

Chef Augustine grew up in an environment which combines mixed flavours of Arabic and Spanish cuisine. While his mother was busy making a plate of tortillas, his grandmother would cook the Palestinian “Maftoul”, a handmade couscous. Augustine began his profession after graduating from the Notre Dame Center cooking school in Jerusalem. Over time he developed a distinctive gastronomic expertise, combining East and West cuisine. His interest was enhanced by his participation in several international courses in Spain, Italy and France.

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Violins of hope. The Luthier Amnon Weinstein

Posted on Feb 23, 2019

Whether it’s maple, spruce or ebony wood, in this Tel Aviv workshop you can breathe a very special air. In this narrow space you can find not only the knowledge of an art, that of violin making learned in Cremona, Italy, but also a story to be told.

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Students of the School of the Sisters of the Rosary visit the Bedouin community

Posted on Feb 23, 2019

A solidarity initiative was launched by the School of the Sisters of the Rosary in Beit Hanina – near Jerusalem – towards Khan Al Ahmar, near Jericho. There, in the middle of the desert, you can find the Jahalin tribe and the “Tyre School”. The pupils went to meet this community of Bedouins – or desert dwellers – an ethnic semi-nomadic group living mainly from animal husbandry and hay production. To welcome visitors, a warm welcome was organised! “Welcome!” sang the little ones in Arabic. The children of the School of the Sisters of the Rosary brought with them typical foods such as falafel, caique, hummus…they arranged a big breakfast…and much more than that, they brought presence and joy to the children of the Tyre School!

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CPT Palestine: Living Nightmare

Posted on Feb 21, 2019

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Christian Peacemaker Team

As the day is coming to an end and the sun is beginning its descent, soldiers entered a house, while, quickly blindfolding and removing a 14 year old son from a place where everyone should feel comfortable and safe, home. CPT received this information and rushed by the concerned shopkeepers pointing the way. When we arrived, the gates were already shut.

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