Posts made in July, 2018

Uri Avnery: “Not Enough!”

Posted on Jul 18, 2018

by Uri Avnery

The State of Israel has no oil wells. It has no gold mines. What has it got? It has the ownership of the remembrance of the Holocaust.

That is worth a lot. Everyone who wants to clean himself from the stain needs a certificate from the State of Israel. Such a document is worth very much. And the larger the guilt of the applicant, the higher the price of the dispensation.

What does that remind us of?

FOR MANY centuries the Catholic Church sold “dispensations”. These were documents issued by the pope and the cardinals, which allowed the recipient to dispense with religious duties or to do things forbidden by the church.

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Wednesday, GlobalGiving is matching donations to keep Palestinian villages standing

Posted on Jul 17, 2018


Good steps forward in a dangerous time:

  • The young woman, Sara abu Dahouk was released home to Khan al Ahmar village today. Her lawyer reached a plea bargain that changed the indictment and sentenced her for 14 days, including the time she had been in prison during the arrest hearings. So she was went home today to celebration, no issue of house arrest.
  • School opened as scheduled on Monday!
    The right wing opposition sued to keep the school from opening but Israel’s High Court declined to stop the school from opening.
  • Israel’s High Court did not accept the Government of Israel’s push to hear the case and demolish the school this week, while equipment is there at the ready. Instead the High Court has set August 1st as the date when the court will hear the villager’s petition to recognize their own master zoning plan.
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Christian Peace Teams Palestine: A Call to Action

Posted on Jul 13, 2018

DID YOU KNOW about HP’s link to the Israeli Occupation? Join CPT’s online protest now! In solidarity with Palestinians, Christian Peacemaker Teams International is calling for a mass social media action starting today. Hewlett-Packard supplies the Israeli military with products that violate the human rights of Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza.
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BREAKING: Episcopal Church votes to divest from Israel’s human rights abuses!

Posted on Jul 13, 2018

US Campaign on Palestinian rights

Big news! The General Convention of the Episcopal Church, with more than 3 million members, just voted to divest from companies involved in Israel’s violations of Palestinian human rights! 

The Episcopal Peace Fellowship Palestine Israel Network (EPF PIN) put in amazing work over many years to make the Episcopal Church the 10th Christian denomination in the US to take economic action for justice in Palestine. Thanks in large part to their mobilization, the church also passed ground-breaking resolutions

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Episcopal Church has just voted to divest from companies involved in Israel’s violation of Palestinian rights!

Posted on Jul 13, 2018


We’re excited to announce that the Episcopal Church, with more than 3 million members, has just voted to divest from companies involved in Israel’s violation of Palestinian rights! This is the first of many steps that the Episcopal Church is taking to end its complicity in Israeli occupation and confront the intensifying violence waged against Palestinians.

FOSNA is proud to have supported the Episcopal Peace Fellowship-Palestine Israel Network (EPF-PIN), along with many dedicated allies, in urging the church to respond to the global call for justice for Palestinians.

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General Convention speaks against humanitarian crisis in Israel-Palestine despite shelving ‘divestment’

Posted on Jul 13, 2018

Bishops on Palestine

The House of Bishops votes on one of the four Israel-Palestine resolutions it took up July 13, the last day of the 79th General Convention in Austin, Texas.

By David Paulsen

[Episcopal News Service – Austin, Texas] The 79th General Convention wrapped up its consideration of resolutions relating to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict on July 13, with mixed results due largely to the House of Bishops unwillingness to take many of the bolder steps urged by the House of Deputies.

Of the 15 resolutions submitted on Israel-Palestine going into General Convention, only six passed both houses, though the successful resolutions still touch on a range of issues, including the plight of Palestinian children, the status of Jerusalem, the disproportionate use of lethal force on both sides and ways the Episcopal Church can press for peace through its investments.

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A letter to General Convention regarding Justice in the Holy Land

Posted on Jul 13, 2018

Archbishop Desmond Tutu & other leading members of the Episcopal Church tell the Church’s General Convention that investment in companies supporting Israel’s military occupation “make the Church complicit in the injustices suffered by Palestinians.” They urge the Church to adopt human rights-based investment decisions that ensure it “does not profit from the suffering of others.”

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Palestinian Christians: Freedom Flotilla to break siege of Gaza

Posted on Jul 13, 2018

“It is so sad that they are still protesting for this basic right and that the international community has done nothing to help them after so many years.” (Photo: Courtesy of Medea Benjamin)

by Professor Mazin Qumsiyeh of Beit Sahour

Love and self-sacrifice characterize the team of the ships comprising the Freedom Flotilla – true heroism and working against all odds.

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Pope Francis denounces ‘murderous indifference’ to Middle East woes

Posted on Jul 9, 2018

Pope Francis and Pope Tawadros II of Alexandria, patriarch of the Coptic Orthodox Church, right, release doves as they stand with Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople outside the Basilica of St. Nicholas in Bari, Italy, July 7 (CNS photo/Paul Haring).

For a Middle East without Christians would not be the Middle East. —Pope Francis

by Gerard O’Connell | America Magazine, the Jesuit Review

“Indifference kills, and we desire to lift up our voices in opposition to this murderous indifference,” Pope Francis said as he and 17 leaders of the Christian churches and communities in the Middle East met in the southern Italian city of Bari on July 7. The gathering was convened to pray for peace in the Middle East and to discuss what the Christian churches might do together to contribute to that goal.

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Pastoral Visit to Bari: Address at the conclusion of the Dialogue

Posted on Jul 9, 2018

With deep anguish, but with constant hope, we turn our gaze to Jerusalem, a city for all peoples, a unique and sacred city for Christians, Jews and Muslims the world over. –Pope Francis

On Saturday, June 7 2018, Pope Francis and the leaders of the Middle Eastern Churches and Christian Communities met in the Basilica of St Nicholas of Bari, to pray for peace.


Esplanade of the Basilica of Saint Nicholas
Saturday, 7 July 2018


Dear Brothers and Sisters,

I am most grateful for this graced moment of sharing. As brothers and sisters, we have helped one another to appreciate anew our presence as Christians in the Middle East. This presence will be all the more prophetic to the extent that it bears witness to Jesus, the Prince of Peace (cf. Is 9:5). Jesus does not draw a sword; instead, he asks his disciples to put it back in its sheath (cf. Jn 18:11).

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