Posts made in November, 2016

France is a country struggling between two strands….

Posted on Nov 28, 2016

mazin qumsiyeh w175Prof. Mazin Qumsiyeh writes from France:

France is so beautiful. It is a country of laws. I met also so many people willing to help and are helping fellow human beings and/or working to protect the environment. Despite some amnesia of its colonial history and remaining strains of racism, France functions (at least in laws) with Liberté, égalité, fraternité. In practice, it is a society struggling between two strands: one based on humanity and justice and one based on fear, racism, and injustice.

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Religious leaders of the Holy Land in Auschwitz

Posted on Nov 28, 2016

Photo : Pawel Sawicki –

Vivien Laguette | Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem

AUSCHWITZ – Thirty senior religious leaders of the Holy Land, among them Archbishop Pierbattista Pizzaballa, visited the Auschwitz death camp during a historic visit to condemn extremism and hatred.

During a trip to Poland, thirty members of the Council of Religious Community Leaders in Israel visited the former death camp Auschwitz-Birkenau. Among them were Archbishop Pierbattista Pizzaballa, Apostolic Administrator of the Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem, the Orthodox Patriarch of Jerusalem Theophilos III, the Greek-Catholic Archbishop, Georges Bacouni, the Anglican Archbishop Suheil Dawani, Sheikh Mowafaq, Druze religious leader, Rabbis Dimony Icchak Elefant and David Rosen and two Sunni imams from Galilee.

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PayPal for Palestinians in Palestine

Posted on Nov 28, 2016


by Abed Almonem Fatafta |  This Week in Palestine, Issue: 223, Nov 2016

In late August and early September, Palestinian entrepreneurs and our supporters around the globe were involved in an effort to raise awareness about PayPal’s inadvertent complicity with discrimination against Palestinians. While PayPal has still not committed to making the necessary changes, we believe our efforts have been noticed. We hope to continue to nudge it in the right direction so that PayPal will make the right decision to serve all people who live in the West Bank and Gaza.

At this time, PayPal does not serve Palestinians. It does, however, serve the Israeli settlers living among us. This situation, where PayPal is in Palestine but only serves the privileged Israeli settler population, results in outright discrimination that hinders opportunities for Palestine’s tech sector.

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Linking Faith and Fair Trade in Palestine

Posted on Nov 28, 2016


Welcome to Canaan Fair Trade‘s interfaith program for faith communities in the United States who sell our Palestinian fair trade olive oil, foods, and olive oil soap as fundraisers.

Fundraising discount:  Individuals or groups who register to become Interfaith Partners receive a 20% discount on their purchases to be used for their own fundraising and outreach activities.  Fundraising need not be an extra program if a group is already doing bazaars, fairs or fair trade sales to their faith community.  A reasonable amount charged over and above the purchase cost of Canaan’s products provides more funds for projects that you now support or that you want to begin, such as feeding hungry people, helping a hospital in Gaza, sending micro loans to women in India or in Palestine, alternative travel, or building schools in Afghanistan, for example.

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Rebuilding Alliance: Tangible reasons for hope

Posted on Nov 27, 2016

Donna Baranski-Walker, Executive Director of Rebuilding Alliance, writes:

There are tangible reasons for hope and good reasons for expanding our work to keep Palestinian villages standing. I ask you to set your alarm to donate to our U.S. Movement to Save Palestinian Villages (and/or to our Brighten the Future for Gaza’s Children to send a 4th shipment of solar lights).

This bonus day starts at 9:01pm on Monday night when GlobalGiving is giving away half a million dollars in matching grants! This is the biggest match ever and GG is matching 50% on each dollar donated up to $1000. Please make a donation big or small to help our U.S. Movement to Save Palestinian Villages to hold Here’s My Village community mapathons and grow.

Here are tangible reasons for hope:

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Meditation of the Most Rev. Pizzaballa for the First Sunday of Advent

Posted on Nov 27, 2016

Meditation of the Most Rev. Pizzaballa for the first Sunday of Advent

November 27, 2016

First Sunday of Advent, Year A

On this first Sunday of Advent we begin a new liturgical year, when we will be accompanied by the reading of the Gospel of Matthew.

The passage we have heard today is taken from the twenty-fourth chapter, and is at the heart of the great eschatological discourse of Jesus, the last of five discourses present in Matthew, that directly precedes the account of the Passion.

The Liturgy offers us this passage precisely to introduce us to the time of Advent, a time that directs our attention to the coming of the Lord.

The Lord comes: the Church at this time, while making us remember the first coming, calls us to lift up our eyes to the second coming, which will fulfill time and history.

It is therefore a time of hope, of expectation, of vigilance: over and over we will hear the invitation to watch, during these Sundays.

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Palestinians, Arab and Jewish Israelis collaborate to quench flames

Posted on Nov 26, 2016

The first group to offer help to Israel in fighting the fires is Palestinian Authority; some 20 firefighters are sent to help; MK Odeh lauds the country’s coming together, criticizes those seeking to incite against Arabs.

(Photo: Omri Efraim) (Photo: Omri Efraim)

Ynet reporters|Published: 25.11.16 , 15:55

Eight firefighting brigades form the Palestinian Authority came to Israel overnight Thursday to help the local firefighters battle the blazes in Haifa and Sha’ar Hagai, the first time that Palestinian firefighters have crossed into Israel to offer professional assistance since the Carmel fires in 2010.

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Fires in Israel and West Bank : Statement of the Assembly of Catholic Ordinaries of the Holy Land

Posted on Nov 26, 2016

Fires in Israel and West Bank : statement of the Assembly of Catholic Ordinaries of the Holy Land


Statement on the ongoing fires in Israel and West Bank

Jerusalem, November 24, 2016

We have been following, and continue to follow in the past three days, the major fires that broke out across Israel and the West Bank, which led to grave damage to nature and properties.

As we thank God for the fact that the majority of human casualties were light, we express our solidarity with those who suffer from physical or material damage.

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Help Plant Olive Trees for Palestinian Farming Families

Posted on Nov 26, 2016



For hundreds of years, Palestinian farming families have cultivated groves of olive trees on the rocky terraces of the Cremisan Valley. This year will be the last.

Israel is solidifying its theft of Palestinian land near Bethlehem by building its apartheid wall around the Cremisan valley, forever cutting Palestinians off from their land and the prized groves of Beit Jala olives. One farmer, Ricardo Jaweejat, spoke to Al Jazeera about his connection to the land, “my great-great-great grandfather harvested this land, and every grandfather after that until my father and I…I just can’t imagine that this is it; we will lose this land for good.”

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A new settlement outpost in ‘Beit al-Baraka’?

Posted on Nov 26, 2016

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By EA Joyce, Hebron team, EAPPI

One of the hot topics in the West Bank, and one we EAs are witnessing, is the increasing presence of settlers and illegal settlements.[1] [2] For Palestinians the expansion of settlements in the West Bank means further loss of land, which undermines livelihoods, as well as the increased risk of settler harassment and violence. [3] But how are Israeli settlements established and expanded in the West Bank?


The Hebron and Bethlehem teams have looked deeper into one case; Beit al-Baraka, a church compound located in Beit ‘Ummar in the southern West Bank district of Hebron to try answer this question. According to Israeli media this 38-dunum (9.5 acres) church compound was secretly sold to settlers in 2012. [4[5] This sale is being strongly contested, both locally and internationally, because the church compound lies in a sensitive location on the main road between Bethlehem and Hebron, opposite Al Arroub Refugee Camp. [6] If a new Israeli settlement is established here, there will be a near continuous line of settlements from the Gush Etzion settler block south of Jerusalem, to the cluster of settlements around Hebron.

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