Posts made in June, 2020

Questioning the Covenant

Posted on Jun 20, 2020

June 17, 2020

Image: The steeple of a Franciscan convent in the Aida refugee camp, near the Israeli separation wall in the West Bank. Photo: Ryan Rodrick Beiler

The steeple of a Franciscan convent in the Aida refugee camp, near the Israeli separation wall in the West Bank. Photo: Ryan Rodrick Beiler


by Arianna Skibell

IN 2009, Reverend Mae Elise Cannon, on her first trip to the Holy Land, stood on the Allenby Bridge waiting to cross into Jericho from Jordan, where she and her church group had just explored Petra. The evangelical pastor approached the Israeli border patrol agent, who asked if she intended to travel into the West Bank. Cannon was flummoxed. She knew she was headed to Bethlehem, where Jesus lived and ministered. But the West Bank?

“I said ‘no,’ because I didn’t even know what it was,” Cannon recalled.

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The icons of the Bethlehem artist Johnny Andonieh

Posted on Jun 19, 2020

The artist Johnny Andonieh, from Bethlehem, has always been fascinated by icons of the Christian tradition. He is very skilled in making these objects so that they become an instrument of veneration and devotion on the part of the faithful. But this ability of his would never have seen the light of day without the help of Father Seraphim, responsible for the Monastery of Mar Saba for more than fifty years until his death in 2003.

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Church leaders across the globe express deep concern over Israeli plan to annex parts of West Bank

Posted on Jun 18, 2020

17 June 2020

Church leaders from across the world are expressing their grave concern over the government of Israel’s plan to annex parts of the occupied West Bank.

Archbishop Justin Welby and Cardinal Vincent Nichols of Westminster published a “Joint Statement on Annexation” on 12 June, delivered to both the Israeli ambassador and the British prime minister. Welby and Nichols expressed their opposition to any move by the government of Israel to annex West Bank territory after 1 July 2020.

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Annexation is happening, and Congress wants us to pay for it

Posted on Jun 14, 2020

Jewish Voice for Peace: Across the country, Black Americans are leading an uprising and forcing the nation to fundamentally reckon with itself.

In every state, every city, and countless small towns, protestors are building on decades of work by Black organizers and demanding a profound change: taking the $115 billion dollars we spend every year on violent, racist, militarized policing, and instead investing in Black communities in the form of healthcare, social services, public infrastructure, and education.

As we at JVP Action learn how to best support this transformative struggle for justice, we are also asking why our nation funds not only violence in the U.S. but also violence abroad – including Israeli oppression of Palestinians.

We are weeks away from the possibility of Israel annexing one third of the West Bank – and Congress is working to push through a bill that would allow the U.S. to send the Israeli military even more money.  

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Coronavirus impact in Jericho, the world’s oldest city

Posted on Jun 12, 2020

The tourism sector in the Holy Land is completely paralyzed due to the restrictions imposed by the Coronavirus in recent months. Like the other Palestinian localities that live thanks to this sector, the city of Jericho has been greatly affected by the effects of the pandemic, because internal and external tourism is the backbone of its economy.

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An ancient prayer to Our Lady

Posted on Jun 12, 2020

In Egypt, a fragment of papyrus dating back to the third century has been found with this prayer, which used to be recited in the past by persecuted Christians.


There is an ancient prayer, recited in the past in difficult times by Christians, to which people of different languages and backgrounds still recur today to invoke the powerful intercession of Mary.


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Americans and Israelis in Solidarity : SAY NO TO ANNEXATION

Posted on Jun 11, 2020

Americans for Peace Now and our Israeli sister organization Peace Now (Shalom Achshav) are raising our voices in solidarity and asking Israelis and Americans who care about peace to sign on to this letter.

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Tell Congress: Divest from Violence Invest in Justice!

Posted on Jun 9, 2020

From the U.S. to Palestine, we strive for freedom and justice for all people. As Black organizers have argued for decades, struggles for freedom can only advance by first stopping the flow of our tax dollars to racism, oppression, and violence.

While Christian Zionist lobbies like CUFI push for racist policies in the US and Israel, we stand in solidarity with Black and Palestinian organizers. In coalition with the US Campaign for Palestinian Rights and others we are calling upon our representatives to Divest from Violence!

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Women’s work against the virus in Bethlehem

Posted on Jun 6, 2020

The difficult economic situation caused by the Coronavirus pandemic, the lack of pilgrims in Bethlehem and the consequent closure of commercial and tourist activities have led to an increase in unemployment in the city.

The project “Working Women Against Virus COVID 19”, created by FAI (Fondation Assistance Internationale) and developed by the association “Pro Terra Sancta”, was created to address this situation in Bethlehem.

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George Floyd and Eyad Hallak

Posted on Jun 4, 2020

Image: “When George Floyd was Murdered There Was Outrage – When Iyad Hallak, an Autistic Palestinian was Murdered, No one Said Anything.” Tony Greenstein’s Blog

“When George Floyd was Murdered There Was Outrage – When Iyad Hallak, an Autistic Palestinian was Murdered, No one Said Anything.” Tony Greenstein’s Blog


I am not sure how many Americans realize that the American police have been getting a lot of training in Israel.

by Samia Khoury

The scene of an American policeman pinning down George Floyd, an African American was a very familiar scene for us in Palestine. The sight of our young men facing the brutality of the Israeli police is so common, that it hardly hits the news any more unless somebody by chance was there to document the incident by video. But this past week it was ironic that the shooting of an autistic young Palestinian Eyad Hallak which coincided with the murder of George Floyd was actually documented, and so was the yelling and pleading of his teacher to stop shooting but to no avail. Had the police thought that they were under threat, as they usually claim, why not shoot at his legs. But no, the policy these days is “shoot to kill.”


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