Posts made in September, 2019

U.N. Panel: Violence based on religious grounds must end.

Posted on Sep 27, 2019

Isabelle Senechal|Ryan Di Corpo

September 27, 2019 – The European Union and representatives from seven countries denounced the worldwide persecution of Christians on Sept. 27 at the United Nations. The panel discussion, held during the 74th session of the U.N. General Assembly, was co-hosted by the permanent missions of Hungary and Brazil.

The event, “Rebuilding Lives, Rebuilding Communities: Ensuring a Future for Persecuted Christians,” addressed both recent episodes of violence against Christians and continuing efforts to ensure religious freedom internationally.

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Is Peace Possible?

Posted on Sep 27, 2019

As part of its work on justice and peace, the Justice and Peace Committee of the Assembly of Catholic Ordinaries of the Holy Land, has published a book entitled “Is Peace Possible?” The first part of the book addresses the question of who the Palestinian Christians are. Head of Justice and Peace Committee Patriarch Michel Sabbah believes that if the intentions are good, peace is just around the corner.

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New B’Tselem report: Using security as pretext, Israel managed to forcibly transfer Palestinian residents of Hebron

Posted on Sep 26, 2019

Sept. 26, 2019 – A new B’Tselem report released today, Playing the Security Card: Israeli Policy in Hebron as a Means to Effect Forcible Transfer of Local Palestinians, demonstrates how Israel has been using security excuses to implement a policy that has made life unbearable for the Palestinian residents of Hebron’s city center (the Old City), in an effort to drive them from their homes. This policy relies on the extreme regime of separation Israel has been implementing in the city for the past 25 years – ever since the massacre of Palestinians carried out by Baruch Goldstein – so as to enable a small number of settlers to live in the heart of a crowded Palestinian city. This policy violates the prohibition against forcible transfer, which constitutes a war crime.

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Sami El-Yousef, CEO of LPJ, reflects on recent Holy Land Commission’s visit to Jordan parishes

Posted on Sep 26, 2019

Reflections from the Holy Land

Journey through Jordan 8-14 September 2019

Departing from tradition, the Holy Land Commission of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulcher of Jerusalem decided to dedicate its visit entirely to Jordan in an attempt to better understand that reality. Included were a number of visits and meetings to various parishes, schools and centers as well as meetings with various stakeholders. Coincided with the visit was the beginning of an open strike by all public-school teachers and staff, the largest union in Jordan. This has not affected our schools, but its ultimate resolution will affect us as our salaries are already lower than the public-school system in Jordan. What was also very evident is the deteriorating economic conditions in Jordan that in recent years have only two classes, the poor and the upper class. The disparity is more evident than ever as increasing prices are taking a toll on all, especially the poor and many are concerned about the stability of Jordan, especially as it continues to deal with the millions of refugees it hosts. Having said that, our visit was enlightening, and is cause for us to be very proud of the great work that is taking place there. Here are a few highlights:

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Bishop Younan receives Catholic peace award

Posted on Sep 26, 2019

World Council of Churches

Bishop Emeritus Munib Younan from the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Jordan and the Holy Land received the Pacem in Terris Peace and Freedom Award on 24 September from the Roman Catholic Church for his interreligious peace-building efforts.

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Mi’ilya: the village of archaeologists

Posted on Sep 22, 2019

The largest winery of the Crusader era was discovered, and they’re already announcing new excavations. Not only in the castle of King Baudouin III, but also in the cellars of the village where precious Byzantine mosaics are still to be revealed. What makes the last archaeological adventure in the Mi’ilya subsoil unique is the fact that the excavation campaign was entirely financed by its inhabitants. We are in Galilee, near the border with Lebanon, in one of the last villages that remained entirely Christian. Rabbei Khamisky, an archaeologist of Mi’ilya, is one of the 3000 inhabitants.

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Appearances can be deceiving.

Posted on Sep 22, 2019

Americans for Peace Now

Settlers, who constitute less than five percent of the Israeli population, are siphoning disproportionate funding in the provision of services in the Occupied Territories, security spending, legalization of illegal outposts, and much more.

Jim Klutznick*, Chair, Americans for Peace Now, writes:

The cafes of Tel Aviv bustle and are full. Families gather in the gardens of Haifa and float on the Dead Sea. Even in Jerusalem all appears calm, and the slight whiff of imminent apprehension is barely detectable. The conflict does not impinge upon the good life.

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Rebirth from the dust. The testimony of Brother Noor

Posted on Sep 21, 2019

Brother Noor is a seminarian of the Custody of the Holy Land, and his strong words resonate in the dust of his city, Qaraqosh, also known as Bakhdida, in Iraq. A Christian city, the most important in the plain of Nineveh. Today, after years of war, less than half of its 60,000 inhabitants have returned. The enclave of Christianity, one of the oldest communities in the world that grew up historically in Mesopotamia, in the summer of 2014 it was swept away by the Islamic State. Three years after his liberation, Brother Noor took us to his country.

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Challenges of the New School Year in the Holy Land

Posted on Sep 20, 2019

Christian Media Center
September 18, 2019

 

Some 33,000 students returned to 47 Christian schools in the Holy Land. Many educational challenges are facing these schools at the start of the new school year.

 

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WCC in discussions at UN side event on historic document signed by Pope Francis in United Arab Emirates

Posted on Sep 19, 2019

World Council of Churches

18 September 2019

The World Council of Churches (WCC) is currently working on learning from its member churches and other partners about the realities around the world of racism, discrimination, and xenophobia, WCC director of international affairs Peter Prove has told a gathering at the United Nations in Geneva.

Prove, director of the WCC Commission of the Churches on International Affairs, Prove was speaking on 17 September at a side event during the 42nd UN Human Rights Council from 9 – 27 September at the Palais des Nations.

Titled, “Document on Human Fraternity for World Peace and Living Together,” it was sponsored by the United Arab Emirates, Egyptian and Holy See missions to the UN in Geneva and was a response to the historic visit of Pope Francis to the United Arab Emirates in February.

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