Posts made in March, 2020

Social initiatives to deal with the Coronavirus in Bethlehem

Posted on Mar 20, 2020

The Coronavirus has paralyzed the lives of everyone in Bethlehem: schools, universities, institutions. There are thirty-nine cases: thirty-seven in the Bethlehem area and two in Tulkarem. Little Mila, only two years old, was the youngest infected in Palestine. Now that she has defeated the virus, it has given hope and reassurance to the inhabitants of the city.

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Palestinians Show the World How to Respond to COVID-19 Crisis

Posted on Mar 20, 2020

Palestinians have responded to COVID-19 with ingenuity and hospitality. They are using the resilience that has allowed them to thrive under the brutal Israeli Occupation, to survive the CoronaVirus.

Bethlehem, which has been the hardest hit by the virus, has taken numerous precautions that have stemmed the spread of the virus, while still showing great love and care for those in quarantine. People have carefully left food and drinks outside the Angel Hotel to show those in quarantine that they are not forgotten.

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First International Young Adult Gathering canceled for this year

Posted on Mar 18, 2020

Regarding the First International Young Adult Gathering to be held June 17-25, 2020: “We at Sabeel have decided that it is best to cancel the trip for this year due to the world-wide health crisis.”

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Six Feet of Separation During Coronavirus—How Arabs Will Cope with It

Posted on Mar 18, 2020

The Arab priest [in America] went on to say: “I want to assure you of my love and care for you. If you feel sick and you want me to come and pray for you or/and give you communion, I will be happy to do so.”

Image: Arabs in Church or Mosque–now because of the coronavirus parishioners have to be more careful in social distancing photo Arab church

Arabs in Church or Mosque–now because of the coronavirus parishioners have to be more careful in social distancing photo Arab church

By: John Mason/Arab America Contributing Writer

Arabs in their home countries have specific ways in which they use social space. These are quite different from traditional American patterns of body language. In the context of the growing coronavirus crisis in the U.S., health specialists are recommending the practice of social distancing.

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Coronavirus: latest updates from Jerusalem

Posted on Mar 18, 2020

By: Layal Hazboun / LPJ – Published: March 18 Wed, 2020By: Layal Hazboun / LPJ – Published: March 18 Wed, 2020

JERUSALEM – The Holy City of Jerusalem has been witnessing unprecedented circumstances in the last days. It is not merely empty of its pilgrims and visitors, but also of a large portion of its inhabitants, especially after the closure of schools (including Christian schools), institutes and universities, and the cancellation of all hotel reservations for the months of March and April, those months which usually witness a tremendous increase in the number of pilgrims coming from all over the world to celebrate the Resurrection of Jesus in the Holy Land, which will affect the tourism sector including souvenir stores, tourism offices, hotels and restaurants.

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The sense of Place and Identity in Hebron, Palestine

Posted on Mar 16, 2020

In Hebron, a city of 200 000, there is the Old City of 30 000, where there are religious sites coveted by Zionist settlers, these under military cover are slowly but surely helping Israeli policies of settler-colonisation. OCHA has recently produced an excellent summary of the deteriorating situation in Hebron.

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Christians in Gaza—A Little-Known, Embattled Minority

Posted on Mar 16, 2020

By: John Mason/Arab
America Contributing Writer

The number of Christians in Gaza has been reduced to just about 1,000, while the number of Muslims is reaching close to 2 million. Still, the remaining Christians stay resilient, though the tendency is for the young people to want to emigrate. The Israeli embargo on Gaza has negatively affected Christians and Muslims in terms of their freedom to travel.

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Maria Khoury: “In one minute our whole life changed in Taybeh.”

Posted on Mar 15, 2020

by Maria Khoury of Taybeh, Palestine

May God protect you and keep you safe during these very challenging times on earth.

When my children keep saying wash your hands over and over, I want to remind them that during this Holy Great Lenten journey, we are supposed to ‘wash’ our hearts over and over. But, also it’s the first time I realize how many extra times I keep touching my face which they tell me not to with the coronavirus dictating our lives.

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A scholarship to stay in the Holy Land

Posted on Mar 14, 2020

GEORGE HLEIS
“I finished studying psychology last year at the Hebrew University… right there on the Mount of Olives.  My name is George, I’m 23 years old, I live in the Christian quarter of the Old Town, I’m a Catholic Christian.”

The objective is clear: to allow local Christians to study in their own land, to prevent them from deciding to move abroad to study and then, possibly, to live.

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Syriacs: Aramaic roots and Christian blooms

Posted on Mar 14, 2020

A mosaic of different traditions and religious communities is still flourishing in the Holy Land. The Syriac community is a part of this mosaic, and still preserves a culture rooted in the Aramaic language.

F BOUTROS NE’MEH
Syriac Orthodox Church of the Virgin Mary

“The Syriacs are the Arams descended from Aram, son of Sem, who was the son of Noah, who lived in the area of Mesopotamia and the Levant for many years. They spoke Aramaic and lived there for many centuries, even before the birth of Christianity.

“When the Aramaeans became Christians, they took the name ‘Syriacs’ because they lived in Greater Syria.”

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