Posts made in September, 2018

What was wrong with both speeches?

Posted on Sep 29, 2018

On Thursday,  September 27, 2018, both the Palestinian President Abbas and the Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu addressed the United Nations  General Assembly. 

by Samia Khoury

Samia Khoury presenting a copy of her book to Pope Francis during his visit to Bethlehem in 2014

Every time I listen to speeches like those, I keep hoping against hope that something new or fresh might come up to uplift our morale and truly give us reason to look forward to better days.  Of course it was necessary for president Abbas to draw the attention of the assembly that the USA has not been  an honest broker to the peace process, because they turned a blind eye to the violations of Israel to all the agreements signed with Israel.  He  announced that the Palestinians are not willing to continue  committing themselves to agreements that Israel has not kept, including the recognition of Israel, while Israel refuses to recognize Palestine or its right to self-determination.  He criticized the recently passed  Nation State Law, which actually has been criticized by many Jews inside and outside the State of Israel.  However it was very out of place for Mr. Abbas to carry the conflict with Hamas to the International Arena.  This is something that he should deal with on the local scene and if any help is needed it should be solved in the Arab Summit meetings. 

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By Razing Khan al-Ahmar, Israel will Bulldoze Illusions of Peace Process

Posted on Sep 27, 2018

Photo by TrickyH | CC BY 2.0

by Jonathan Cook

Israel finally built an access road to the West Bank village of Khan al-Ahmar last week, after half a century of delays. But the only vehicles allowed along it are the bulldozers scheduled to sweep away its 200 inhabitants’ homes.

If one community has come to symbolise the demise of the two-state solution, it is Khan al-Ahmar.

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Solidarity sukkah in Khan al-Achmar

Posted on Sep 27, 2018

 

 

May we all dwell in our homes and temporary structures in peace and faith in G-d’s protective presence.

This evening Rabbis for Human Rights gathered at Bedouin-Palestinian village Khan al-Ahmar, currently under the threat of demolition, for an open meeting to express our solidarity with them and discuss the Jewish holiday of Sukkot, the Succah (temporary shelters built during the holiday), Judaism and Jerusalem, the coming start of the Simchat Torah holiday, and our hopes for the New Year. The gathering was led by Rabbi Levi Weiman- Kelman, President of Rabbis for Human Rights..

 

This year we, Rabbis for Human Rights (RHR), are setting up our sukkah in Khan al-Achmar in a show of solidarity against the threatened demolition of the village. Come, build & sit with us! The residents are waiting for us.

This Sukkot, we are all the Jahalin Bedouin of Khan al-Achmar!

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Escalation in Khan al Ahmar – email Congress to urge their action to save Palestinian Bedouin village

Posted on Sep 27, 2018

 

Last Sunday, heavily armed Israeli soldiers entered the Palestinian Bedouin village of Khan al Ahmar to deliver notice to each family requiring them to “self demolish” their own homes — and their school — by Monday, October 1st. The bizarre notice read as follows:

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U.S.-Israeli Shared Values: Religious Fundamentalism and War Crimes

Posted on Sep 25, 2018

On Monday Religious Jewish and Christian fundamentalists celebrated the opening of the U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem while Israeli forces fired live ammo at unarmed women, children, journalists, first responders and bystanders for being near the barbed wire fence that separates Gaza from Israel.

From recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, to withholding money from the United Nations relief agency for Palestinian refugees, to pulling out of the Iran nuclear deal, Mr. Trump’s political prizes for Zion negates the pain of Nakba and is clearly driven by Trump’s tribe of Christian fundamentalists masquerading as evangelicals.

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Summer Camps in Holy Family Parish in Gaza: escaping tensions of daily life

Posted on Sep 25, 2018

by Rula Shomali, Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem, Sept.18, 2018

GAZA – Summer vacations are considered to be the time that students spend to relax and decompress without any study pressure. But it can also be a time of personal growth and development if used wisely. Many families around the world choose different destinations to spend the hot summer days in; going to the beach, visiting extended families, or spending time reading under the rays of the sun. Yet, summer camps in the Gaza Strip are crucial social programs for children to live their normal childhood despite constant tensions and life adversities.

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Wallwritings – Ramzy Baroud: “My people will never accept this.”

Posted on Sep 25, 2018

Image: The picture above of second-grade student Ramzy Baroud appeared in Al Jazeera though the courtesy of the Baroud family.

The picture above of second-grade student Ramzy Baroud appeared in Al Jazeera though the courtesy of the Baroud family.

by James M. Wall

The Israelis want the Palestinians to give up their right of return in order to get “peace”. The joint Israeli-American “vision” for the Palestinians basically means the imposition of apartheid. My people will never accept this.

This statement from Ramzy Baroud comes from his essay, “Diary of an UNRWA Kid”, which appeared in Al Jazeera, and is now circulating on the international internet.

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Palestinian Christians: Volunteers empower work on the ground

Posted on Sep 17, 2018

Professor Mazin Qumisiyeh writes in the Palestinian Christians newsletter.

The relentless attack on lives and livelihoods of the native Palestinians goes on. I am so glad that some of us try to counter all the negativity with some solid positive and empowering work on the ground. I am so proud of the team and volunteers at our Palestine Institute for Biodiversity and Sustainability for their hard work and dedication.

This is a team that has grown significantly in the past few weeks. Partly this is due to donations from many individuals and also to our success in getting grant support (from National Geographic, Darwin Initiative, Rotary, British Council, City of Geneva, and many more). I continue to be mostly a volunteer (getting a small amount from part-time teaching and consulting).

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Summer newsletter 2018 of the Grand Magisterium of the Order of the Holy Sepulcher

Posted on Sep 17, 2018

Order of the Holy Sepulcher

The Summer newsletter of the Grand Magisterium of the Order of the Holy Sepulcher is now available. It addresses several meetings, participation and reflections starting with the historical meeting in Bari between His Holiness Pope Francis and the Patriarchs of the Oriental Churches. It also highlights the importance of the Eastern Christians’ testimony in the Holy Land, the different reflections from its members and the projects financed by the Order. Lastly, it covers the Order’s participation in the World Meeting of Families in Ireland.

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A ‘gentleman’s agreement’: How Oslo worked out as planned for Israel

Posted on Sep 17, 2018

PLO President Yasser Arafat offers his hand to Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin after the signing of the Oslo Accords in Washington, DC. September 1993 (Reuters)

Twenty-five years on, analysts say Oslo didn’t fail: it offered Israel a formula to block the emergence of a Palestinian state

by Jonathan Cook

There will be no anniversary celebrations this week to mark the signing of the Oslo Accords in Washington 25 years ago. It is a silver jubilee for which there will be no street parties, no commemorative mugs, no specially minted coins.

Palestinians have all but ignored the landmark anniversary, while Israel’s commemoration has amounted to little more than a handful of doleful articles in the Israeli press about what went wrong.

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