Posts made in December, 2019

Lessons of Hong Kong

Posted on Dec 10, 2019

“How was I supposed to think about a world where the life of a Palestinian is utterly disposable?” — Pamela J. Olson, Fast Times in Palestine

When millions of people are in an open struggle for freedom, the world takes notice. The Green Movement in Iran, the Arab Spring, the Maidan in Ukraine, are just some of the recent challenges to authoritarianism that have drawn global admiration—and headlines. Now it is Hong Kong’s turn.

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Church renovation lifts Christmas spirit in Bethlehem

Posted on Dec 9, 2019

This is our homeland. We are called to be witnesses for Jesus in his homeland. This is a great privilege, which most Christians in the world don’t have. Wadie Abunassar, a senior adviser to church leaders in the Holy Land

BETHLEHEM, West Bank (AP) — A historic renovation of the Church of the Nativity is lifting spirits in the biblical town of Bethlehem ahead of Christmas, offering visitors a look at ancient mosaics and columns that have been restored to their original glory for the first time in 600 years.

City officials hope the renovation at the traditional birthplace of Jesus will boost tourism and a weak economy in the Israeli-occupied West Bank, and perhaps slow a decades-long drain of the Christian population from the lands where the faith was born.

“Christians are leaving the Holy Land due to the lack of peace and economic hardships and we are struggling to keep them in their homeland,” said Bethlehem Mayor Anton Salman. “This is one of the ways.”

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Palestinians in Bethlehem look beyond religious tourism

Posted on Dec 9, 2019

BETHLEHEM, West Bank (AP) — For decades, the people of Bethlehem have watched tour buses drive up to the Church of the Nativity, disgorge their passengers for a few hours at the traditional birthplace of Jesus, and then return to Israel.

But in recent years a new form of tourism has taken root, focused on the West Bank town’s Palestinian residents, their culture and history and their struggles under Israeli occupation.

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Stunned and shocked, Marie Khoury writes from Taybeh

Posted on Dec 8, 2019

As much as I am in disbelief of so many things, I was stunned and shocked that while I was at church praying until 2 AM in an all night vigil for St Philoumenos last Thursday, Israeli settlers burned a truck belonging to a Taybeh resident in front of the Greek Orthodox School where he lives.

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Chanukah: It’s about the light

Posted on Dec 8, 2019

[Hanukkah begins Sunday, December 22, 2019, and ends Monday, December 30, 2019.]

When Jews recall the Chanukah story of the day’s worth of oil that lasted for eight, we often forget that the miracle was not the extra mileage the Maccabees got from a few ounces of fuel.

The miracle was that the leaders of the newly independent Israel were willing to light the oil to rededicate the Temple—even though there was no guarantee they would realize that goal.

The story of Chanukah is not about the oil; it’s about the light. Had the Maccabees not taken those first uncertain steps, the light of their faith would not still be visible, more than 2000 years later.

Today, in the first era of Jewish independence since the time of the Maccabees, Shalom Achshav, Israel’s indefatigable peace movement, has not stopped, for one moment, advocating for the steps that will lead to an end to the conflict between Israel and the Palestinians—a goal of two states at peace, and a secure, Jewish and democratic Israel.

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Egyptian President Sisi lauds Vatican’s role in promoting values of tolerance, mercy

Posted on Dec 7, 2019

Dec. 7, 2019 – President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi on Saturday affirmed Egypt’s appreciation for the role of the Vatican in promoting the values of tolerance, mercy and justice as well as enhancing ties with Cairo.

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Palestinian president awards certificate of merit to Monsignor Akasheh

Posted on Dec 7, 2019

By Munir Bayouk-en.abouna.org

On Friday, December 6, 2019, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas awarded a certificate of merit to Monsignor Khaled Akasheh, bureau chief for Islam at the Pontifical Council for Inter-Religious Dialogue, in recognition of his leading role in building bridges of communication among followers of Abrahamic religions.

President Abbas lauded the efforts exerted by Monsignor Khaled Akasheh which are designed to deepen the constructive dialogue among believers, especially through his work for more than 25 years at the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue in the Holy See, as well as in the defence of justice and peace in the Holy Land namely, Palestine.

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Vatican: Celebration marking completion of the restoration of Nativity Church

Posted on Dec 6, 2019

Fr. Ibrahim Faltas, advisor at the Custody of the Holy Land, spoke about the events that took place in Bethlehem since 2002 and quoted His Holiness Pope Francis on the need to build bridges rather than walls. He also underlined the importance of the Christian presence in the Holy Land and the need to maintain Christian presence in the Holy Land.

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Lior and Manar, a tale of friendship

Posted on Dec 6, 2019

Christian Media Center

December 04, 2019

MANAR BADER
“Our story is not just our story… we are not just two friends…it is the story about the city of Jerusalem.”

MANAR BADER
“Only if we meet, only if we get to know each other, everything is possible. We decided to make this happen… we decided to make it possible.”

Manar is an Arab Muslim girl from East Jerusalem. Lior is a young Jewish girl from Tel Aviv. First and foremost, they are friends… to tell the truth, they are best friends.

The complicated socio-political situation of this Earth remains, but to shorten the distances there has always been the desire to help each other to learn the language of the other, ever since they went to university.

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Social TV magazine with Luce Orya Meitleman

Posted on Dec 5, 2019

Social TV magazine with Luce Orya Meitleman brings you a peek of our work:

  • A Day with the Shepherds in the Jordan Valley Reveals a Slap in the Distress and Humiliation they Experience from the Settlers Backed by IDF Soldiers
  • The Story of Hamada Roma, Palestinian athlete from Jericho, whose career was interrupted by false arrest
  • Vered Eyal- Saldinger, a graduate of the Peace Journal program, presents the article she did in the program – “Partnership for Hope – N.A.I.M.A.” – about a group of Arab and Jewish women from the Galilee.
  • In our split “Behind activism” dedicated to activists – meeting with Yael Sherer, an activist, director and filmmaker, who has been active for years for the rights of victims of sexual assault.
  • We seal the magazine with Unboxing the concept “administrative detention”.
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