Posts made in July, 2019

The overlooked wisdom of Arab women journalists in the middle east

Posted on Jul 31, 2019

by Eloise Blondiau,* July 29, 2019

“Even in wartime,” writes journalist Hannah Allam, women in Najaf, Iraq, wear abayas—“long billowy robes that leave only their faces, hands, and feet exposed.”

After she repeatedly came under fire, Allam learned how to run in an abaya. “You use your left hand to hold the silky fabric under your chin to keep it in place and your right hand to hike up the bottom to free your feet. Then you run in a zigzag pattern to avoid giving a clear shot to the snipers.”

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[Video] This is what annexation looks like

Posted on Jul 31, 2019

Late Sunday night I watched in absolute horror as people I follow on social media frantically shared live pictures and videos of hundreds of soldiers and police entering the neighborhood of Wadi Hummus to forcibly remove residents and destroy their homes.

They had sealed off the area from journalists, but Palestinian and Jewish activists were still there filming. If you are not made of stone, the footage will shake you.

This is what annexation looks like. It’s brutal and it’s heart-breaking and it’s devastatingly cruel – at least 12 buildings were destroyed by Israel’s bulldozers and hundreds more are slated for demolition….

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Christians need to know Jewish opposition to Zionism is on the rise

Posted on Jul 31, 2019

A letter from Steve France* posted in Mondoweiss

Dear Christians:

Suppose that you were a guest at a Passover Seder and you dared to bring up Israeli treatment of the Palestinians . . . and your host turned to you and said, “Thanks, for raising that. We really have trouble reclaiming our Judaism from the old Zionist narrative.” Unthinkable? Not as much as it used to be.

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Catholic Bishops of the Holy Land denounce new acts of intimidation towards Christian communities

Posted on Jul 30, 2019

Agenzia Fides, Jish (Galilee), 22/7/2019 – The Assembly of Catholic Ordinaries of the Holy Land has denounced the recent acts of intimidation perpetrated against local Christian communities by extremist Jewish groups, considered close to the settler movement.

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Israeli Impunity: The Demolitions of Sur Baher

Posted on Jul 27, 2019

by Samia Khoury

There was a wide coverage by the media this past week of the brutal demolition of Palestinian homes in Sur Baher in the Palestinian territories. It was so brutal that the attack by some settlers from the Neve Yacov settlement on the St. James church in Beit hanina with yogart cartons and tomatoes while they were celebrating the end of the summer camp seemed almost harmless despite its racist significance, and intrusion on the grounds of the church which is very close to our house and where I usually worship.

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Demolitions in Sur Baher set dangerous precedent for Palestinian communities

Posted on Jul 27, 2019

Report from Norwegian Refugee Council

Jerusalem, 22 July 2019 – The demolition of 10 buildings by Israeli forces in the Sur Baher neighborhood in East Jerusalem today, totaling around 70 apartments, is a grave breach of international humanitarian law and sets a dangerous precedent, the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) said today. The majority of the structures are located in Areas A and B, which fall under Palestinian civil control, including for planning and building matters, as designated by the Oslo Accords.

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As Israel destroys Palestinian homes, Congress demonizes a non-violent boycott

Posted on Jul 27, 2019

“BDS holds Israel accountable – unlike the White House or Congress”

(New York City, NY) July 23, 2019: Yesterday, Israeli troops demolished Palestinian homes in the village of Sur Baher in violation of international law, claiming that they were too close to Israel’s Apartheid Wall – even though Israel had built the Apartheid Wall through the middle of that village. Today, rather than condemn the Israeli government for further obstructing the path to peace, the House of Representatives voted (398-17) in favor of a resolution which condemns the non-violent Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions Movement (BDS) for Palestinian rights and freedom.

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For Christians in the Holy Land, churches are more than just pilgrimage sites

Posted on Jul 26, 2019

By Matt Hadro

Washington D.C., Jul 25, 2019 / 03:15 am (CNA).- Churches, shrines, and monasteries in the Middle East are not only pilgrimage destinations, but also places of sanctuary, identity, and hope for local Christians who are suffering existential threats, local religious leaders said.

“Christ dwelt among us in Bethlehem, in Egypt, in Galilee, and, of course, in Jerusalem. And by His Holy Spirit, he has continued to be present down the ages in Jerusalem, the Middle East, and to the very ends of the earth,” Patriarch Theophilos III of Jerusalem said. “Our holy sites tell the stories of God’s history with us.”

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WCC general secretary condemns demolitions in Wadi-Al-Hummus

Posted on Jul 25, 2019


24 July 2019 – World Council of Churches general secretary Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit called on Israel to stop the illegal demolitions immediately. “Israeli authorities have demolished 16 Palestinian buildings, containing some 70 apartments, in Wadi Al-Hummus, in occupied East Jerusalem. This is against international law.” Over two hundred people have already been displaced in East Jerusalem this year.

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Samia Khoury: Will we ever enjoy a world without walls or barriers?

Posted on Jul 22, 2019

Image: Samia Khoury presents a copy of her book to Pope Francis during his visit to Palestine.

Samia Khoury presents a copy of her book to Pope Francis during his visit to Palestine.

by Samia Khoury

Once again I attended the closing performance of Al-Fawnees last night after I had been at its opening on Saturday, the 13th of July 2019.  It ran full house for a whole week at Yabous Cultural Centre in Jerusalem.  Al-Fawanees is a musical composed by my son Suhail and was performed for the first time at the opening of the Ramallah Cultural Palace in 2004.

The political situation has deteriorated so much since then and East  Jerusalem has become almost another ghetto in which the Israeli occupation has  been trying to  squeeze us into .  It was so important for a show like Al-Fawanees to lift our spirits and put some life into  the streets of East Jerusalem.  We needed such an evening to divert our attention from watching  the news of so much brutality against our people and so  many  absurdities on the political scene.

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