Posts made in May, 2018

Israel detains Gaza Freedom Flotilla

Posted on May 29, 2018

The Israeli military has intercepted a Palestinian protest bound for Limassol in Cyprus.

The siege on us for 12 years must be broken.
–Ihab Abu Armana Palestinian student

By Kristina Harazim, euronews

The Freedom Flotilla set sail from the local port on Tuesday in defiance of a 12-year Israeli sea blockade on Gaza.

The boat, said to be carrying 17 passengers and crew, was stopped by the Israeli navy which announced it had taken control of the vessel less than 12 miles from its home port.

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“How long, Lord?”: Fairouz chants in solidarity with Jerusalem and Gaza

Posted on May 29, 2018

 

by Saher Kawas, Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem

LEBANON – Over fifty years have passed since Lebanese artist Fairouz released in 1967 her song for Jerusalem, “The flower of cities”. Today, and in the aftermath of the recent Gaza massacre, Lebanon’s most renowned artist returns with “Ela Mata Ya Rabbou” (How long, Lord?), a hymn adapted from chapter 13 of the Book of Psalms, which she dedicates to the Jerusalem and Gaza.

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Christian Peacemaking Team: The Festival of Ramadan

Posted on May 29, 2018

 

The Old City of Al Khalil set aside the pain of the Occupation, as far as possible, and donned a joyful and celebratory look for the Festival of Ramadan. Flickering yellow, green and red lights dangle decoratively from ornate strings, lighting up the place and creating a bright and festive atmosphere. Ramadan is a joyous festival and people look forward to it as it is considered the most sacred month in the Islamic year.

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JVP reports: Shakira will not be performing in Israel anytime soon

Posted on May 29, 2018

Jewish Voice for Peace, May 29, 2018 – It’s just been confirmed that Shakira will not be performing in Israel anytime soon!

Media reports last week trumpeted a Tel Aviv concert as her first appearance in Israel. But after a massive global outcry, including by almost 15,000 JVP supporters, her concert promoter tweeted that no concert was on the cards.

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“The Other Voice” reaches out to Gazan Palestinians

Posted on May 28, 2018

by Adam Keller, Gush Shalom

I was asked by the activists of “The Other Voice” to thank all the many people around the world who have expressed their support for this movement’s campaign.

“The Other Voice” is a grassroots movement founded by Israelis living in the town of Sderot and other locations near to the Gaza Strip border. The aim of “The Other Voice” is to reach out to the Gaza Palestinians, to promote peaceful dialogue and call for an end to the siege of the Gaza Strip and the occupation and oppression of the Palestinians in general. Members of “The Other Voice” maintain ongoing personal contacts with Gaza Strip Palestinians, unbroken even in periods of high tensions, violence and bloodshed. It is virtually impossible to have face-to-face meetings since Gaza Palestinians are virtually never allowed to enter Israel and Israeli citizens similarly forbidden to enter Gaza; still, it is possible to maintain contact, across the high physical and mental barriers, by phone and the net.

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Canadian Boat en route to Gaza; reaches Germany

Posted on May 27, 2018

The Freedom Flotilla boat Al Awda (The Return) spent two days in Copenhagen (Denmark) over the weekend, and on Tuesday-Wednesday traveled to Kiel in Germany, where she was greeted by Reiner Braun, co-president of the International Peace Bureau, among other well-wishers.

The first Canadian Boat to Gaza participant, Heather Milton-Lightening from Treaty 4 Territory (Saskatchewan) is currently on board Al Awda (The Return).

Along with three other Freedom Flotilla boats (Freedom, Mairead and Palestine), Al Awda left Kiel (Germany) on Friday and is heading for Wilhemshafen, where they should arrive Saturday evening. Together they will continue their 75 day voyage to Gaza, to challenge and break the illegal Israeli blockade.

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The mortal remains of the “Coptic Martyrs of Libya” return to Egypt

Posted on May 24, 2018

 

(Agenzia Fides) – On the evening of Monday, May 14 church bells and monasteries rang throughout Egypt to celebrate the return to Egypt of the mortal remains of the 21 Coptic Christians, “martyrs of the faith”, beheaded in Libya in 2015 by cutthroats affiliated to the so-called Islamic State (Daesh). After three years and three months since that barbaric massacre, the mortal remains of the victims were transported by plane from the Libyan city of Misrata to Cairo, where, at the moment of disembarkation, Coptic Orthodox Patriarch Tawadros II was also present to pay homage to them, together with Mrs Nabila Makram, Egyptian Minister for Immigration. Anba Makarios, Coptic Orthodox Bishop of Minya, in some statements reported by the Egyptian media said that the Coptic Church welcomes with joy the return to Egypt of her children martyred in Libya, thanking the Lord for their testimony of faith.

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Israeli Comedy Show Host Implores Israelis to Wake Up and Smell the Apartheid

Posted on May 22, 2018

Published on Mar 1, 2017: Asaf Harel’s scathing indictment of Israeli society has gone viral.

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Christian Peacemaker Team: Nakba

Posted on May 22, 2018

 

On this anniversary of the continuing Nakba, CPT monitors heard or otherwise witnessed 25 tear gas canisters and 24 stun grenades. There were an additional 21 popping sounds that we could not determine whether the source was live ammunition or rubber-coated bullets. We were told by community members the news that two people were shot at this demonstration.

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Truth about Gaza: 3 myths keeping U.S., Jerusalem from owning up to their roles in the crisis | Trudy Rubin

Posted on May 22, 2018

Adel Hana / AP In this Monday, May 14, 2018 file photo, Palestinian medics and protesters evacuate a wounded youth during a protest at the Gaza Strip’s border with Israel, east of Khan Younis, Gaza Strip.

by Trudy Rubin, STAFF COLUMNIST @trudyrubin | trubin@phillynews.com

The knee-jerk reaction in the White House and Israel to the recent violence in Gaza is to blame Hamas and be done with it. The radical Hamas organization that controls Gaza drove thousands of Palestinians toward the fence, the argument goes, so it is wholly to blame for the 62 killed by Israeli snipers, the bulk of them Hamas members.

But this PR blame game obscures the bigger picture.

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