Posts made in February, 2019

Living with the electricity crisis in Gaza

Posted on Feb 16, 2019

Oct 24, 2018 | BY: Ghada Mansi

What’s it like to live with just 6 hours of electricity a day? I can tell you what it’s like because I live in Gaza. Six hours is the most we get because of the Israeli siege that cuts off fuel to keep the electricity plant running.

Now, I’m working for MECA, managing the “Gaza Lights” project to bring electricity to power lights, a phone charger and a fan for up to 12 hours to families who need it most.

The lack of electricity makes our lives very difficult. But it’s worse than that. It’s dangerous too.

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A study and research centre for emigrants from Bethlehem

Posted on Feb 15, 2019

A cultural rebirth for Star Street – one of the oldest streets in Bethlehem, UNESCO World Heritage since 2012: from the reconstruction and rehabilitation of several buildings, thanks to the Centre for the Conservation of Cultural Heritage and the Municipality of Bethlehem, to the opening of the Centre for Studies and Research for Emigrants Dar Al-Sabbagh, considered one of the most important historical buildings in the city.

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Young people of Bethlehem share their experiences during World Youth Day

Posted on Feb 15, 2019

World Youth Day brought together participants from 156 countries in Panama. Among the registered there were young people from the Holy Land… And more than two weeks after the great event, the experience of meeting the Pope and youth from all over the world continues to live within each of them.

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Engaging for Just and Participatory Societies – Belongingness in Judaism, Christianity and Islam

Posted on Feb 14, 2019

 

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World Council of Churches

The Ecumenical Institute at Château de Bossey invites applications for the Certificate in Advanced Studies – Interreligious Studies, 2019.

Intended for an international audience of young people (ages 20-35) interested and engaged in interreligious dialogue, religious leaders, students, lay persons and professionals with a suitable level of religious literacy and/or experience in the field of interreligious dialogue and engagement, especially among the three Abrahamic religions, the Ecumenical Institute’s Certificate of Advanced Studies in Interreligious Studies is accredited by the University of Geneva under the Swiss Higher Education Programme for Continuing Education.

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Anti-Zionism not so easily conflated with anti-Semitism

Posted on Feb 14, 2019

Commentary: With the identification of the Netanyahu government with Donald Trump, the new Democratic control of the House of Representatives, the openness of young U.S. Jews to the oppression of the Palestinians, the diminishing control of Congress and U.S. media by AIPAC and the older Jewish organizations, a new freedom to criticize Israeli policies without being restricted by the conflation process used so effectively to block criticisms, many U.S. Jews and friends of Israel are becoming freer to criticize the repression and oppression by the Israeli government of Palestinians without their criticism being conflated with rejection of all Israeli Jews, nor conflated with an attack on State of Israel, nor as an attack on all the Jews of the world. Nor is anti-Zionism so easily conflated with anti-Semitism. The obfuscation tactics of denial have become less effective and the obvious injustices by the Israeli government of half the population under its control from the ‘sea to the river” are becoming starkly visible.

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Two tales of a city: Jerusalem tour guided by a Palestinian and an Israeli

Posted on Feb 12, 2019

By Rami Ayyub and Stephen Farrell

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – On a Jerusalem plaza looking up at the Western Wall and the Dome of the Rock, a crowd gathers in front of two guides, listening attentively, a common sight in a city packed with pilgrims and tourists visiting its religious landmarks.

What is unusual is that one of the guides is Palestinian, one is Israeli, and they are taking turns to give their perspectives on the city known to Jews as Yerushalayim and to Arabs as al-Quds.

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Palestine witness trips, internships, and more

Posted on Feb 12, 2019

We’re excited to share with you the following opportunities in Palestine. By witnessing the realities of Palestinians living under occupation and working alongside them, we can better strengthen our U.S.-based activism for Palestinian rights. 

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Reflections on BDS

Posted on Feb 12, 2019

Originally published in Tikkun

by Stephen Zunes

In 2005, Palestinian civil society—suffering under an increasingly repressive occupation, expanding colonization by Israeli settlers, a corrupt and inept Palestinian Authority, a growing challenge by Hamas and other hardline Islamists, and a doomed “peace process” facilitated by the principal diplomatic, financial, and military backer of their occupiers—coalesced to call for an international campaign of boycott, divestment, and sanctions against Israel.

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Updated: “I Once Was Blind. . . But Now I See”

Posted on Feb 11, 2019

The recent death of Albert Finney brings attention to his many appearances in film and television and on stage. Finney was 82 when he died February 7, 2019. One of his more memorable films was Amazing Grace. The Wall Writings posting from April 14, 2014, reprinted below, recalls Finney’s role as John Newton, author of the hymn, Amazing Grace. This 2014 posting links the evil of slavery to the still unresolved evil of Israel’s occupation of the Palestinian people. 

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The Status Quo and Holy Places of Jerusalem

Posted on Feb 8, 2019

Those who arrive in the Holy Land and visit the Sanctuaries may initially be surprised – or even frightened – by the religious plurality and the different ways of expression of faith…

In the Basilica of the Holy Sepulchre, in Jerusalem, different denominations share the same space and take turns at specific times to pray.

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