Posts made in March, 2019

The Mystery Gate

Posted on Mar 19, 2019

Christian Peacemaker Team, Hebron, March 13, 2019 – As friends gather around the room, smiling and laughing, remembering stories from the past, the phone rings. Another child was just grabbed off of the street less than 400 metres away. As we had just discussed the importance of taking time to enjoy life, rather than diving into work at every possible chance, four people decide to grab cameras and walk out into the rain. When we arrive at the gate of separation between the settlers and Palestinians, the soldiers had already disappeared into the military base with the child.

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Will Christchurch be our wakeup call??

Posted on Mar 19, 2019

Paul Larudee (2010).jpgPaul Larudee writes:

Below is a powerful article by a dear friend, Rifat Audeh. Rifat and I met in Lebanon a decade or so ago, and we both were participants in the 2010 Gaza Freedom Flotilla, which was attacked by Israeli forces, with dozens of casualties and ten deaths, despite the fact that we were unarmed. Rifat created an award winning film about this, which is still being shown in many places.

These are only two of the facts that Rifat fails to mention. While his murdered cousin was Muslim, Rifat and extended family are Palestinian Christians.

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Wallwritings: “Listen, my children, and you shall hear, of the midnight ride of Paul Revere”

Posted on Mar 16, 2019

Phillip Weiss’ latest posting led me to utilize Longfellow’s poem to sound the alarm that the current discussion of Zionism and Judaism has been politically manipulated, not just by members of the Jewish community, but by Zionists of all stripes, including Christian fundamentalists.

by James M. Wall

“Listen, my children, and you shall hear, of the midnight ride of Paul Revere”, launches the poem, “Paul Revere’s Ride” by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1807 – 1882).

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Photography Tour: Depicting Jerusalem as it was before 1948

Posted on Mar 15, 2019

As part of a Festival of Photography, this group interested in the history of Jerusalem met at the Damascus Gate and from there set off to discover the Old Town.

YASMEEN ATTOUN Tourist coordinator “The Photography Festival was launched on February 24 and will continue until March 24. The activities will take place in Palestinian cities where our presence is of special importance. The theme of the Festival, the “Belle Époque”, inspired us to look for ancient images, depicting Palestine as it was before 1948.”

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Religious leaders from USA and South Africa issue pilgrimage statement on Israel and Palestine

Posted on Mar 14, 2019

World Council of Churches, 08 March 2019 – After a visit to Israel and Palestine on 21 February through 1 March, a delegation of South African and African-American church leaders, released a Group Pilgrimage Statement on Israel and Palestine.

The group was a joint delegation of leaders from historic black denominations of the National Council of Churches in the United States of America, and heads of South African church denominations of the South African Council of Churches.

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Christian Peacemaker Team: Law and Order?

Posted on Mar 12, 2019

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March 10, 2019 – Standing on a-Shuhada street, nearby the Qurtuba school, a chatoic scene breaks out as settlers rush from their vehicle and start harassing local Palestinians and human rights observers. The Israeli police and military are right in the middle and do nothing to restrain the Israelis.

The harassment quickly turns into physical attacks on cameras, cellphones, and human rights observers! Instead of protecting the people being attacked, the police arrest an innocent international who was caught in the middle of the chaos. The police and soldiers then decide to declare the area a closed military zone and remove everyone but the Israeli settlers from the street.

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International Women’s Day: be courageous, trustworthy and faithful like women in the Bible

Posted on Mar 12, 2019

Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem, March 8, 2019 – On the occasion of International Women’s Day which falls on March 8th, Nadine Bitar from the Catechetical Office of the Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem, shares with us how people today can reflect on the important characteristics of some of the female figures in the Bible.

“She is clothed with strength and dignity,
and she laughs without fear of the future.” Proverbs 31:25

While we celebrate International Women’s Day with the world, we also encourage the world to explore the importance of women in God’s salvation plan. One of the most remarkable elements we have in our biblical text is the strong female figures who have been among the main characters in God’s journey with humans.

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Christian schools catechists participate in a spiritual retreat in Taybeh

Posted on Mar 12, 2019

“One does not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.”

by Nadine Bitar, Catechetical Office of the Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem

TAYBEH – As we prepare ourselves during this blessed Lenten season for the glory of our Lord’s resurrection, the Catechetical Office of the Latin Patriarchate in Jerusalem invited the catechists in the Catholic schools to live a time of reflection at a spiritual retreat, that took place in the village of Taybeh on Friday, March 8, 2019.

The location of the retreat was chosen according to the Gospel of John 11:54 when Jesus chose to come to this village before His Passion week started; as we read “Jesus stopped his public ministry among the people and left Jerusalem. He went to a place near the wilderness, to the village of Ephraim, and stayed there with His disciples.”

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Syriac Patriarchate: Consecration of a New Archbishop for Youth Affairs and Religious Education

Posted on Mar 12, 2019

Speaking about the consecration of a new archbishop, His Holiness said that today the Church presents a new martyr (witness) for Christ. The way of martyrdom, His Holiness added, is full of spiritual joy even despite all the troubles and hardship. At the end, he congratulated the new archbishop wishing him a fruitful service for the church, especially the youth.

Syriac Patriarchate – On March 9, 2019, His Holiness Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II celebrated the Holy Qurobo at Mor Severus Church in the Patriarchal Residence in Atchaneh – Bikfaya, Lebanon.

During the Qurobo, His Holiness consecrated Very Rev. Raban Jack Yakoub as Archbishop, Patriarchal Vicar for the Youth affairs and Religious Education.

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Made Up History

Posted on Mar 12, 2019

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Hebron, March 7, 2019 – Many people would like to present their history as legendary. Victors even have the power to achieve that. They mold the past like clay into the artifact they love, just for the sake of their own public relations. This sign shows an extreme example of that.

 

 

 

Image: History according to the Israeli point of view.

History according to the Israeli point of view.

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