Posts made in August, 2019

Sabeel Wave of Prayer on August 15, 2019

Posted on Aug 15, 2019

Sabeel, Ecumenical Liberation Theology CenterThe Great March of Return on Friday, 9th August was much quieter than usual with no current reports of injuries. This is due to the feast of Eid al-Adha which started on Sunday, 11th August and an ongoing decline in the protests through agreements brokered by Egypt. Despite this, a number of Palestinians were killed after allegedly attempting to enter into Israel from Gaza. The occupation Israeli forces claimed that they were armed militants and shelled a number of areas inside Gaza as a response.

    Lord, we continue to pray for the people of Gaza. We pray that they may one day be able to return to their homes and that the ongoing Israeli military blockade will end. Grant those in positions of power around the world the courage to speak truth to power and stand up and act wherever injustice is seen. Lord, in your mercy…hear our prayer.
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The Meaning of Israel’s Massive Housing Demolitions in East Jerusalem

Posted on Aug 14, 2019

Destruction at this scale and visibility cannot be understood without grasping its political message; in fact, the scale and visibility are the message.

by Jeff Harper, head of the Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions (ICAHD) and the author of War Against the People: Israel, the Palestinians and Global Pacification (2015)

Image: Israeli forces blow up a Palestinian building in the village of Sur Baher on July 22. (Reuters / Ammar Awad)

Israeli forces blow up a Palestinian building in the village of Sur Baher on July 22. (Reuters / Ammar Awad)

The Nation, August 6, 2019 – The act itself wasn’t unusual. Israeli demolition of Palestinian homes is a routine, almost daily occurrence. What set it apart was the scale, the impunity, and the political implications.

On July 22, the Israeli Civil Administration—that’s the Orwellian term Israel uses for its military government in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (OPT)—deployed 900 Israel Defense Forces soldiers and Border Police to demolish 13 apartment blocks, evicting 17 people in 70 apartments that were slated to house hundreds more in the Palestinian neighborhood of Wadi al-Hummus, to the southeast of Jerusalem.

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Nicaragua Embassy in Palestine

Posted on Aug 13, 2019

Sabeel, Ecumenical Liberation Theology CenterAugust 13, 2019 – On Wednesday, the 7th of August Riyad al-Maliki, the Foreign Minister of the Palestinian Authority, announced that Nicaragua had decided to open an Embassy in Palestine. In recent years several European and South American countries have recognised Palestine, but these moves have had limited diplomatic effect.

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Getting My Head Kicked In — in the Palestinian Territories

Posted on Aug 13, 2019

It’s slow going on almost any road to peace. 

by Chris Lorigan, OZY Author, August 13, 2019

It was about 2:30 am when they came.

We’d been awake for around 60 hours, watching them come, make plans and then go. It’s not unheard of for the Israeli military to come to a village in the dead of night to attempt a demolition — morale and energy are lower, the majority of the press is sleeping. It’s just easier.

I’d arrived in the Palestinian Territories a month before with my wife. Working with an organization, we’d covered the cutting off of water supplies to farming communities; multiple injuries and deaths; the cultural resistances of shopkeepers, artists and craftsmen; the slow breaking up of the West Bank; and a 9-year-old who was sitting on a doorstep and got shot in the head by a stray bullet.

I was to begin a narrative for a documentary earlier that week. Dialogue, footage and interviews were already in hand. But for days we’d been in Wadi al-Hummus, a small village in Sur Baher, Jerusalem, observing the military as they scouted buildings that they planned to demolish.

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Presbyterian Paul Findley was one of the first to speak out against Israel’s oppression of Palestinians

Posted on Aug 9, 2019

Alison Weir writes:

I’m deeply saddened to inform you that one of our founding board members, Paul Findley, has passed away at the age of 98. I urge you to view this moving documentary about his life.

Paul Findley was a forefather of the movement for justice in Palestine, speaking and writing about Palestine for over 40 years. I was honored to have him as a friend.

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Wallwritings: Love, Not Hate, Must Follow the Amens

Posted on Aug 9, 2019

James M Wallby James M. Wall

Works of film art endure when the underlying intent remain the same. One segment in John Ford’s film, The Searchers, reminds us that revenge is not a morsel best eaten when cold, but a morsel best buried with the dead.

Jesus said it best, “little children, love one another”.

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A Palestinian Christian’s Perspective on El Paso

Posted on Aug 9, 2019

Samia Khoury writes from East Jerusalem

To My American Friends:

After watching the news about the El Paso, Texas shooting I started writing a note of condolences to my friends in Texas. It has been sixty five years since I graduated from Southwestern University in Georgetown, Texas, but I still have a soft spot for that area despite statements by some of the Texas representatives regarding our region and our rights. Even though those who favor peace and a two-state solution never seem to be willing to impose sanctions on Israel for violating human rights. While the shooting in El-Paso was taking place, Israeli soldiers were shooting young Palestinian children and holding a seven year old boy for interrogation and putting restrictions on the funeral of a released prisoner.

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Professor Mazin Qumsiyeh writes from the UK

Posted on Aug 6, 2019

mazin qumsiyeh w175 In his Palestinian Christians newsletter, Professor Mazin Qumsiyeh, on a speaking tour in the UK and Scotland, writes about being transported to his Palestine of the 19th century.

Like being transported in a time machine, I visited my Palestine of the 19th century. This happened because of my visit to the offices and the archives of the Palestine Exploration Fund (PEF) in London. Maps, notes, books, and journals. I joined as a member. PEF basically mapped every village and town in Palestine, the first comprehensive scientific study of its kind in the 19th century. Simply stunning collection. Of course it is also a challenge to the Zionist myth of a land without a people. Our own research work proceeds on comparing 19th century findings with today’s. The latest paper accepted for publication compares raptor bird findings and changes over 150 years in Palestine.

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Palestinians are holding weddings, baptisms, burials in villages destroyed by Israel

Posted on Aug 6, 2019

Image: On Easter Monday in the displaced Palestinian village of Iqrit, residents dance around the town's church, April 21, 2014. (Activestills.org)

On Easter Monday in the displaced Palestinian village of Iqrit, residents dance around the town’s church, April 21, 2014. (Activestills.org)

 

Third-generation survivors of the Nakba are returning to the churches in the villages Israel destroyed in 1948 to hold religious ceremonies.

By +972 Magazine |Published July 30, 2019

By Suha Arraf

Just over two weeks ago, Khaled Bisharat, son of famed journalist and author Odeh Bisharat, was married in a church in the village of Ma’alul. It was a wedding like any other, apart from one fact: Ma’alul, which lies just four miles southwest of Nazereth, was destroyed by Israel in the 1948 war, and most of its displaced residents fled to the town of Yafa an-Naseriyye.

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Church renews legal battle over Jerusalem properties, citing new evidence

Posted on Aug 6, 2019

Greek Orthodox Patriarchate claims discovery of alleged corruption within Ateret Cohanim group is sufficient to overturn Supreme Court ruling on Old City

By Agencies and TOI staff

Image: Greek Orthodox Patriarch of Jerusalem Theophilos III (3rd left) together with the Franciscan Custodian of the Holy Land Fr Francesco Patton (2nd left) and fellow church leaders from different denominations hold an ecumenical prayer outside the Petra hostel at Jaffa Gate in Jerusalem's Old City, on July 11, 2019. (GALI TIBBON/AFP)


Greek Orthodox Patriarch of Jerusalem Theophilos III (3rd left) together with the Franciscan Custodian of the Holy Land Fr Francesco Patton (2nd left) and fellow church leaders from different denominations hold an ecumenical prayer outside the Petra hostel at Jaffa Gate in Jerusalem’s Old City, on July 11, 2019. (GALI TIBBON/AFP)

The Greek Orthodox Church said Monday that it has filed a new lawsuit against a Jewish pro-settlement group in a bid to overturn a Supreme Court decision upholding the sale of three properties in Jerusalem’s Old City.

The Patriarchate claimed in a statement that it had “clear proof” of corruption in the long-disputed 2004 sale of several Old City properties, including two Palestinian-run hotels, to the right-wing group.

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