Posts made in December, 2018

Holy Christmas Days Are Not So Holy in Palestine

Posted on Dec 13, 2018

by Maria Khoury

It is very sad to have extreme violence during these most holy Christmas days but almost expected living under Israeli military occupation. All hell broke loose today in the West Bank following the killing of three settlers near Ramallah in a drive-by shooting where the attackers fled the scene. These killings made many settlers in our area literally go crazy, and they were damaging and attacking all Palestinian cars stuck at military checkpoints for hours on end. Israel immediately arrested sixty Palestinians in the West Bank and East Jerusalem and anyway in the last few days has been in a intense raid spree in Ramallah.

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Maryknoll Middle East Notes: Building Walls

Posted on Dec 9, 2018

“Let us build walls” seems to be the motto of the present wall builders in Israel and they have succeeded in constructing two walls…not so much to keep the Palestinians out but to keep Israelis in! Their outer physical wall along with its new air and sea additions is restricting entry into the country; their inner wall of “orthodoxy” is alienating Jews of the US and world. The present government of Israel in its attempts to wall off and at the same time incorporate the Occupied Territories are immuring their own citizens in a walled prison of their own making.

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Pope Francis will visit Abu Dhabi in February to promote peace

Posted on Dec 6, 2018

Image: Pope Francis exchanges gifts with Mohammed bin Zayed bin Sultan Al-Nahyan, crown prince of Abu Dhabi and deputy supreme commander of the United Arab Emirates armed forces, during a Sept. 15 private audience at the Vatican. (CNS photo/Clausio Peri, EPA)

Pope Francis exchanges gifts with Mohammed bin Zayed bin Sultan Al-Nahyan, crown prince of Abu Dhabi and deputy supreme commander of the United Arab Emirates armed forces, during a Sept. 15 private audience at the Vatican. (CNS photo/Clausio Peri, EPA)

by Gerard O’Connell, America

Pope Francis will visit Abu Dhabi, the capital of the United Arab Emirates, from Feb. 3 to 5, to participate in an international interfaith meeting on “Human Fraternity,” the Vatican announced today.

In a surprise announcement, Greg Burke, the director of the Holy See’s press office, said Pope Francis is going at the invitation of Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed al-Nahyan, the crown prince of Abu Dhabi. The crown prince visited the pope at the Vatican in September 2016 and assured him that he was working for peace alongside Francis.

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Rev. Naim Ateek: Sabeel Christmas Message 2018

Posted on Dec 6, 2018

Sabeel, Ecumenical Liberation Theology Center“Do not be afraid, for see – I am bringing you good news of great joy for all the people…” (Luke 2:10)

Dear Friends,

As we look back on 2018, we see that it has been a very difficult year in Palestine. It has been another year in which refugees were denied rights, and another year of occupation in Gaza, the West Bank, including East Jerusalem. There has been continued Jewish settler violence, home demolitions, arbitrary detention and arrests, deprivation of natural resources, and restriction of movement. While these are not new measures of occupation, the situation has been exacerbated by several political decisions. These include the ratification of the Nation State Law by the Israeli Parliament, the American decision to move their embassy to Jerusalem, and the defunding of UN operations designed to help Palestinian refugees.

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Pope Francis meets Mahmoud Abbas

Posted on Dec 4, 2018

Particular attention was reserved for the status of Jerusalem, underlining the importance of recognizing and preserving its identity and the universal value of the holy City for the three Abrahamic religions.

Image: Pope Francis meets Mahmoud Abbas

Pope Francis meets Mahmoud Abbas (ANSA)

Vatican News, Dec. 3, 2018  – Pope Francis on Monday met with the President of the State of Palestine, Mahmoud Abbas in the Vatican. A statement released following the discussions described the meeting as cordial. During the talks, attention turned to the path of reconciliation among the Palestinian people, as well as the efforts to reactivate the peace process between Israelis and Palestinians.

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