Posts made in May, 2019

A Call for the German Bundestag to Reverse its May 17, 2019 Resolution

Posted on May 23, 2019

 

A Call for the German Bundestag to Reverse its May 17, 2019 Resolution, “Resisting the BDS movement decisively – fighting antisemitism”

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Granddaughter fasts during Ramadan; Grandmother recounts Nakba

Posted on May 23, 2019

Lena Abdelhamid writes:

If you celebrate Ramadan, I’m sure you’re counting the days along with me. Being in the heart of the month, I’m starting to overcome my longing for coffee and beginning to enjoy the real treasure of Ramadan: moments of reflection.

This year, I commemorated Nakba Day through the lens of my fasting. I went through photos of my family and my friends’ families and took time to absorb their stories and to internalize their—our—loss that has become decades of continued suffering. 71 years ago, more than 750,000 Palestinians were displaced and 400 villages destroyed. The depth of the tragedy of the ongoing Nakba was illustrated to me in ways I’m not used to hearing.

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Is the U.S. prepping for a war in the Middle East with Iran?

Posted on May 22, 2019

by Kevin Clarke, Senior Editor/Chief Correspondent

Many Americans were startled on May 5 when John Bolton, the national security advisor, announced that the U.S.S. Abraham Lincoln aircraft carrier strike group had been rushed from the Mediterranean Sea to the Persian Gulf to counter “a number of troubling and escalatory indications and warnings” from Iran. His threat assessment went without much further elaboration.

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Pax Christi International, member organisations acknowledge 71 years of the Nakba

Posted on May 22, 2019

Wednesday, 15 May 2019, Brussels – Today, Palestinians throughout the West Bank, Gaza, East Jerusalem, Israel and the diaspora mark seventy-one years since the Nakba (Arabic for “The Catastrophe”). It marks the deliberate destruction of over 400 Palestinian towns and villages and the planned forced exodus of more than 750,000 men, women and children from their ancestral homes, between 1947 and 1948, to make way for the State of Israel. We deeply regret that the Israeli government has made it unlawful for the Nakba to be recognised in Israel, denying many of its citizens the right to acknowledge an historic event which is pivotal to the Palestinian narrative. (1)

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A Letter from a Palestinian Christian to EWTN

Posted on May 21, 2019

A copy of this 2014 letter from a Palestinian Christian to EWTN (Eternal Word Television Network or Global Catholic Network) was recently shared with us.

Bethlehem, 22 August 2014

Dear Raymond Arroyo,

I was watching your world over segment last night on EWTN and I had some concerns. My name is Mary. I’m a conservative Catholic from Bethlehem, Palestine.

I know you didn’t think we existed – don’t worry you’re not the only one.

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AUM celebrates 10th anniversary of the blessing of its foundation stone

Posted on May 18, 2019


 

Madaba, Jordan – Dr. Rajai Muasher patronized on Thursday, May 9, the American University of Madaba (AUM) celebration marking the 10th anniversary of the blessing of its foundation stone by His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI.

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One million face hunger in Gaza after US cut to Palestine aid

Posted on May 18, 2019

UN relief agency warns of crisis next month unless donor countries provide $60m

Image: A Palestinian man loads a horse-drawn cart with food aid provided by the UNRWA in Gaza

A Palestinian man in the Gaza Strip loads food aid provided by the UN relief agency UNRWA, which the US abruptly stopped funding last year. Photograph: Mohammed Abed/AFP/Getty Images

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The pilgrimage of trust. A conversation with Brother Emile

Posted on May 17, 2019

A small seed from France, where the community was founded by Brother Roger at the beginning of World War II, spread to the Middle East.

Brother EMILE Community of Taizé “When you’re a pilgrim, you know it’s best not to have much luggage. This is the spirit we want to bring to encourage young people to enter into the reality of life, even if they don’t have all the answers, but with faith in God. Pilgrimage is an important word because you do it with your faith. But trust is another important word: trust in God, among people, sometimes even in ourselves.”

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Israel Creates A New Political Normal

Posted on May 17, 2019

Netanyahu has pretended peace, while expanding a settlement policy designed to create an Israeli state from the Sea to the Jordan River. The peace façade has been dropped. Palestinians are officially second class citizens and captives in their own ancient land.

by James M. Wall

Adam Shatz, writing in the London Review of Books, described Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s legislative victory on April 9, as a “tribute” to his “transformation of the political landscape”.

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Maryknoll: Middle East Notes, April-May 2019

Posted on May 15, 2019

The seven featured articles in this issue of the Middle East Notes focus on Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s recent reelection and the influence of the right-wing in the new government; the need for the Palestinian Authority and the U.S. Congress to put pressure on Israeli Jews to fight to end the Occupation; the Palestinian PLO’s consideration of breaking ties with Israel and rejecting the U.S.’s peace plan; one father’s feelings of helplessness when Israeli airstrikes fall on his Gazan neighborhood; the UN envoy to the Mideast warning of potential for war between Israel and Hamas; the importance of Muslim and Jewish civil society groups forming positive connections; and the link to the latest CMEP bulletin.

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