Posts made in June, 2018

WCC calls for release of archbishops of Aleppo

Posted on Jun 27, 2018

WCC calls for release of archbishops of Aleppo

 

27 June 2018 – The World Council of Churches Central Committee, during its meeting on 15-21 June, issued a statement reiterating its grave concern regarding the alarming and rapidly deteriorating situation of Christians in the Middle East.

The Central Committee called for the release of two Syrian archbishops who were kidnapped near Aleppo, Syria.

The two religious leaders, Syriac Orthodox Archbishop Yohanna Ibrahim and Greek Orthodox Archbishop Paul Yazigi, were kidnapped by gunmen in April 2013 when they were on their way back from the Turkish border to their city of Aleppo.

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Wallwritings: Living Through a Nightmare “With a Little Help from My Friends”

Posted on Jun 21, 2018

Four decades later, things are far worse, now that Donald Trump and Bibi Netanyahu have seized biblical literalism and turned it into a weapon of war for Satan.

by James M. Wall

A close friend took note of the scarcity of recent Wall Writings. I told him I was living in a nightmare in which two world figures hold the power to plunge us into an even darker nightmare. Their names are Trump and Netanyahu.

To keep describing that nightmare feels futile.

My friend wrote :

“the children are crying
the parents are crying
Rachel Maddow is crying
and I am crying.”

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Presbyterians continue to take bold stances to affirm Palestinian rights

Posted on Jun 21, 2018

This week, the Presbyterian Church (USA) convened for its biannual general assembly in St. Louis, Missouri. The church, through the leadership of the Israel/Palestine Mission Network (IPMN), has taken bold stances in years prior to affirm Palestinian rights. This year’s general assembly is no different, and FOSNA is happy to be on the ground, alongside many other dedicated allies, supporting the effort.

Due to overwhelming support in the Middle East Committee, the Presbyterian Church (USA) fully adopted overtures on:

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“How many of you pray for persecuted Christians?” Pope Francis asks

Posted on Jun 19, 2018

Aletia – On July 7 the Holy Father is bringing together the leaders of the Churches of the Middle East in Bari, Italy. “Pray with me, that they may experience the support of all the Churches and communities, through prayer and material assistance.”

In the lead-up to this meeting, Aleteia is answering the pope’s call. As people of faith, we know there is genuine power in prayer, but there is something uniquely powerful and uplifting about praying together. Aleteia is mobilizing our global community of Christians for 30-days of prayer to support our brothers and sisters of the middle east.

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Christian Peacemaker Team: Imagine Humiliation, Intimidating Presence, Segregation, Delays

Posted on Jun 19, 2018

Each week members of the Christian Peacemaker Team in Hebron capture photos of the Occupation. This week descriptions replace photos.

 

Humiliation
NOT pictured here: A young adult male on his way for the Ramadan Noon Prayer, is stopped by the Border Police at the Mosque checkpoint, and is first asked to show his ID. Next, in the full view of all those who are around the place, he goes through the embarrassment of being body searched. He has to lift up his shirt and both pant legs to prove that he is not carrying a weapon. After this humiliation, he is allowed to proceed to the mosque. Young adult males are often subjected to this ordeal when crossing the many checkpoints in Al-Khalil.

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Holy Land churches cry foul over Israeli legislation on lands

Posted on Jun 19, 2018

The church leaders in protest closed the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, the site in Jerusalem where Jesus is believed to have been crucified and buried, following which Israeli authorities froze both the tax measures and the legislation

The church leaders in protest closed the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, the site in Jerusalem where Jesus is believed to have been crucified and buried, following which Israeli authorities froze both the tax measures and the legislation (AFP Photo/Thomas COEX)

Jerusalem (AFP) – Three major Holy Land churches implored Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Monday to prevent the advancement of a draft bill they said was aimed at expropriating their lands.

Heads of the Armenian, Greek Orthodox and Catholic churches in Jerusalem also accused the Israeli authorities of failing to keep a committment made just a few months ago that brought an end to a major crisis between the sides.

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Nurse describes medical mission in Gaza

Posted on Jun 19, 2018

Dina Nasser, health advisor at the Lutheran World Federation’s Augusta Victoria Hospital describes the wounds she helped treat during a medical mission to help those shot during the Right of Return marches in Gaza.

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TOMORROW: Presbyterians are moving forward on Palestinian rights!

Posted on Jun 14, 2018

Big things are happening. Tomorrow in St. Louis, the Presbyterian Church (USA) is holding its biannual General Assembly (GA) where they will be taking bold stands on Palestinian rights, affirming our right to boycott, calling for churches to recognize Israel as a colonial apartheid state, and more.

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Reflections on The Nakba at 70

Posted on Jun 14, 2018


What the Nakba Means to Us

by Nahida Halaby Gordon and Sami A. Halaby

IPMN – It has been slightly more than 70 years since we had to leave our home, our Palestine, and our Palestinian community of family, friends, and neighbors. It was a traumatic event in our lives, which we relive year after year.

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The Palestinians who never left

Posted on Jun 13, 2018

‘We in Jaffa know everybody is the son of God’

Displacement: with the 1948 expulsions most Palestinians became homeless refugees; some, as in Jaffa, stayed on Bettmann · Getty

While Gaza rages, a visitor to Jaffa discovers how many remained after the great expulsions of 1948, continuing to live and work in something like the diverse society they remembered.

by Stuart Braun

Le Monde Diplomatique, June 2018 – Sixty unarmed protestors were killed last month by Israeli military on the Gaza border, on the day that the US inaugurated its new embassy in Jerusalem, outraging the world; the Palestinians had been, in part, commemorating the Nakba, the catastrophe of the displacement of so many from the new state of Israel 70 years ago. The Great March of Return movement argues for the refugees’ right to come back to their ancestral lands. Yet some communities never left.

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