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  We seek to keep you literally "updated" on movement in terms of truth and justice in the Middle East in general with a particular eye on Palestine.  The links below will take you to various articles and websites that offer the perspective of leaders in the religious, NGO, and human rights communities. Additionally, Al-Bushra, ever vigilant, provides links to regular reporting as well as opinion pieces by journalists. The dates given here indicate when the link was posted; the most recent posting is at the top. Check the article itself for the date of publication.  

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Last update: 29 April 2010 13:12:38 -0700


Apr. 29, 2010

Soujourners | Dialogue at the Demonstration: Risking Conversation with the Face of Occupation by Gary M. Burge  

Bethlehem, West Bank. Evangelicals have never been keen on political protests. Especially the sort that includes rifles and grenades — in the hands of your opponents.

I was attending the remarkable Christ at the Checkpoint conference in Bethlehem (West Bank) in March when I learned about a problem brewing in the village adjacent to Bethlehem: Beit Jala.


Apr. 28, 2010

Mondoweiss | Nobel Laureates: ‘We are all peace makers, and we believe that no amount of dialogue without economic pressure can motivate Israel to change by Adam Horowitz


Shirin Ebadi, Iran, 2003 Nobel Peace Laureate
Mairead Maguire (Corrigan), Ireland, 1976 Nobel Peace Laureate
Rigoberta Menchu Tum, Guatemala, 1992 Nobel Peace Laureate
Jody Williams, USA, 1997 Nobel Peace Laureate


Apr. 28, 2010

Wallwritings |Do Not Call It a Military Conflict; It’s The Occupation, Stupid by the Reverend James M. Wall, Methodist

Enough already with the euphemism of “conflict”, which so conveniently covers up Israel’s absolute dominance of  US policy in the Middle East.

This is no conflict; it’s the Occupation, stupid.

Rachelle Marshall cuts through the garbage piled up by American politicians and media, starting in 1947. It is not really all that complicated, as she points out...


Apr. 28, 2010

Mazin Qumiseyeh Human Rights | Al-Walaja heroism, conference in Bethlehem and more

A sign from Gaza: "Dear Europe, Sorry about that cloud of ash over your heads and that you can't travel anywhere. We feel just the same. Sincerely, Gaza"


Apr. 28, 2010

Christian Peace Team | Relection: 25 Insanities of the Israeli Occupation in Palestine by Paulette Schroeder

“That’s insane!” I often insist as Palestinian friends meet one more restriction in their daily lives.  The following list [link above] I have compiled mentions some of the insanities I see enforced  regularly on our Palestinian friends in this land we call “holy.”


Apr. 25, 2010

Daily Cal | Bill Would Pave the Way to Peace by Rick Sterling

As a 21-year veteran UC Berkeley staff member, I was pleased to see the ASUC resolution calling for divestment from companies profiting from war crimes in general and Israeli war crimes in particular.

As they debate overturning the veto and restoring the resolution, I hope ASUC senators will not be confused by those who attempt to divert or change the issue.


Apr. 24, 2010

Jordan Times | Jordan vows to resist Israeli measures by Hani Hazaimeh

Jordan will not allow Israel to deport any Palestinian to the Kingdom and retains its right to oppose Israeli military order 1650 by any political, legal or diplomatic means, the government reasserted on Wednesday.


Apr. 24, 2010

Crazy Country | Reflections on real estate by Adam Keller

The subject of real estate and land ownership has always been a very political issue in Israel since its inception - and indeed, long before. One of the hallowed principles of the Zionist movement was "Redemption of the Land" – i.e., land on which Arabs are living is "unfree" and should be "redeemed" by passing it over to Jewish ownership.


Apr. 24, 2010

Gush Shalom | In the Name of Zionism by Uri Avnery

ISRAEL IS a Zionist State. Everybody knows that.

There is no (Jewish) politician in Israel who misses an opportunity to repeat this.

Last week, when we celebrated the 62nd Independence Day, we were flooded by a deluge of patriotic speeches. Each of the Ciceros, without exception, declared his total commitment to Zionism.

...What makes the state into a “Zionist” one?


Apr. 24, 2010

Arab Education Institute affiliated with Pax Christi | The Wall at Rachel's Tomb

Occupation and Sumud in Palestine [slideshow]  Background Information and Map


Apr. 23, 2010

The Reverend Roy Hayes, Episcopal, writes:

Contemporary history is being made.  Under our very noses.  Whether we like it or not.  What can we learn from reading BBC's article [link below]?  Count the "if's" in the article.  Let's see if we can learn where these alarming accusations originated, and for what purpose.  Is there any mention in the article that the US has over the years supplied Israel with highly sophisticated weaponry?  Any mention at all?  Is Feltman an Irish name?  If not, why not?  Does everybody remember that Hezbollah is now an integral part of Lebanon's coalition government?  Lebanon's new government has even been blessed, as it were, by Secretary Hillary Clinton.  Remember how Hillary was targeted by The Swarm during her husband's first administration?  Because she said:  "Palestinians need a country of their own."  If I remember, she was in one of the Scandinavian countries at the time, talking with some school children.  Lebanon's new Prime Minister ... whose name is Saad Hariri  ... whose father was assassinated ... (some folks tried to blame the assassination on Syria) ... suspects that Benjamin Netanyahu is trying his best to provoke another conflict.  Why would Bibi do a thing like that?  So that he'd have an excuse for not coming to terms with the Jewish Settlers Movement.  (Some folks suspect that the Mossad had something to do with the aforementioned assassination.)  Has everybody read this article by Don Belt?  Click here:  Syria — National Geographic Magazine Don got in to interview Syria's President Assad.  He met Mrs. Assad, too, who's a lovely person.  Don and I go way back.  We've been friends since the summer of 1968.  Don is originally from Columbia, South Carolina and I'm originally from Swainsboro, Georgia.  Please read on. 

Thomsas Reuters Foundation | US warns Syria over Scuds-to-Hezbollah claim

A top US official has warned of serious repercussions for Syria if claims that it supplied the Lebanese Islamist group Hezbollah with Scud missiles are true.


Apr. 23, 2010

The Reverend Roy Hayes, Episcopal, writes:

Our Diplomats at the United Nations are using strong language with Israel these days.  Netanyahu is finding it more and more difficult to portray Israel as the "victim" in the Arab-Israeli conflict.  His "spin" doesn't work as well as it used to.  He's no longer convincing when he talks as though Israel is a plucky little nation ...  just trying to survive ... surrounded by enemies ... who want to drive Israel into the sea ... and kill all the Jews.  When you think about it, nothing could be further from the Truth.  Please pause for a second.  Please carefully listen (full of care) while I give you some information that's very, very important.  There's no reason for this information to be kept a secret.  There is another Israel.  There are Righteous Jews in the other Israel.  See:  www.gush-shalom.org and check out Gush's links, for starters.  Now.... if you will.... please read on.

Thomsas Reuters Foundation | Easing of Gaza blockade shows more can be done-UN

Israel's recent easing of its blockade of Gaza is inadequate but shows restrictions could be lifted further without compromising the Jewish state's security, the top U.N. official in Gaza said on Thursday.


Apr. 23, 2010

Mazin Qumsiyeh Human Rights | From Bilin to Beit Jala

The past two days witnessed further Israeli war crimes from shooting at unarmed protesters in Gaza, to destruction of land and property, and to raids in the middle of the night. But we also had a good first day of the International conference in Bil'in.


Apr. 23, 2010

America, the U.S. Catholic Weekly | Israel Deportation Order Troubles U.N.

Two orders by the Israeli military relating to movement in the occupied Palestinian territory may breach the fourth Geneva Convention and violate the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, a U.N. human rights expert said on April 19. “The orders appear to enable Israel to detain, prosecute, imprison and/or deport any and all persons present in the West Bank,” said Richard Falk, U.N. Special Rapporteur on human rights in the occupied Palestinian territory. Falk said his concern was based on Israel’s new definition of the term infiltrator. The term is defined as “a person who entered the Area unlawfully following the effective date, or a person who is present in the Area and does not lawfully hold a permit.” “Even if this open-ended definition is not used to imprison or deport vast numbers of people, it causes unacceptable distress,” Falk said, charging that “a wide range of violations of international human rights and international humanitarian law could be linked to actions carried out by the Government of Israel under these orders.”


Apr. 23, 2010

Isaac Luria of J Street writes:

A moving article in Haaretz this week by Carlo Strenger, entitled "Israel's leaders have forgotten Herzl's dream," challenged the "silent majority of liberal U.S. Jewry not to be afraid any longer to speak its mind."

Amen. We are not afraid.

And we won't be afraid even when enforcers like Harvard Law Professor Alan Dershowitz try to intimidate our movement by attacking J Street in an article brimming with distortions and name-calling.

Dershowitz's article, which you can read here, is a perfect example of what is wrong with the conversation in our community on Israel. Far too often J Street's opponents spend more time manufacturing what they wish J Street has said, rather than checking the facts and actually challenging the merits of our arguments.

Jeremy Ben-Ami, J Street's Executive Director, fired back yesterday in The Huffington Post [link below], calling out Dershowitz for his inability to mount any serious fact-based case to challenge J Street's assertions that resolving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is in the interests of Israel, the Palestinians, and the United States.

Click here to read Jeremy's piece in The Huffington Post and please share it widely.

MJ Rosenberg at Media Matters also had his own assertive push-back against the Dershowitz piece. Click here to read MJ's piece and sign up to receive MJ's weekly column here.


Apr. 23, 2010

Palestine Israel Ecumenical Forum | A letter of great urgency from Michel Nseir

We are writing to you on a matter of great urgency. 

The Israeli military has issued an amendment to an order, effective as of 13 April 2010, that will categorize tens of thousands of Palestinians living in the West Bank as “infiltrators”. Their target is those who lack proper residence permits. 

The order is a flagrant display of military arrogance and will reduce thousands of people to “illegal aliens” in their own homes. It will also confine Palestinians to their villages and further sever them from vital economic, health, education, and social centers. Palestinians found in contravention of the order could be subject to almost immediate deportation or jail terms of up to seven years.


Apr. 23, 2010

Dissident Voice | What Anglicans Need Is Another Tutu as Top Cat by Stuart Littlewood

The Archbishop of Canterbury is Britain’s ‘Mister Christianity’, the top cat in the Anglican Church. His website explains that his role as a figure of unity in the worldwide Anglican Communion, which is represented in over 130 countries, means that “he is in a unique position to bring the needs and voices of those fighting poverty, disease and the effects of conflict, to the attention of national and international policy makers and donor agencies.”


He started his Ecumenical letter this Easter by saying: “Christians need to witness boldly and clearly,” and ended with: “The world will not be saved by fear, but by hope and joy… In whatever way we can, we must seek to communicate this joy, however dark or uncertain the sky seems.”

Hope and joy? Tell that to the Palestinians, especially those in Gaza.
Since his return has he said anything about Gaza in the House of Lords, where he has a voice in Parliament? It seems he hasn’t opened his mouth there for over a year, hasn’t spoken in any debates and hasn’t voted. He’s a below-average performer.

Apr. 23, 2010

The Reverend Roy Hayes, Episcopal, writes:

Dave Lindorff is a Philadelphia-based journalist and columnist.  Rupert Murdoch owns the Wall Street Journal, FOX News and other media outlets. Please read the article:

Common Dreams | Demonizing Iran: US Media Continue Beating War Drums by David Lindorff

What, exactly, has Iran done to make itself America's arch enemy? It has backed the same Shi'ite led government in Iraq that the US has been backing, and indeed, to the extent that Iraq has stabilized, it is largely Iran's doing. It provided key help to the US in the early invasion of Afghanistan and the routing of the Taliban government, which was never favored by the Iranians.


Apr. 23, 2010

Catholic Radio & Television Network : Where God Weeps | The situation of the church in Israel and Palestine

World religious leaders have called on Churches in the West to help Christians in the Holy Land who are threatened by religious intolerance and deepening poverty. Emigration is such a serious problem that if it continues at current levels Christians will all but disappear. According to some senior clergy, Christians now make up more than 20 percent of emigrants. It is an alarming statistic given that Christians number about 160,000.


Apr. 22, 2010

Zenit | Pope Urges Macedonia to Keep Its Roots

The Bishop of Rome also focused on the good relations between the Holy See and Macedonia, as well as praising the religious coexistence that succeeds there.

Macedonia's two million people are approximately 65% Orthodox and 33% Muslim, with Catholics being a small minority.


Apr. 22, 2010

The Reverend Roy Hayes, Episcopal, writes:

Media activism is an important part of FOSNA's work.  See:  www.sabeel.org.  Check out FOSNA's Leadership Notice how ecumenical Sabeel's friends are:  Episcopalians (Anglicans), Lutherans, Roman Catholics (Sister Elaine manages FOSNA's office in Portland), Methodists, Presbyterians, Congregationalists (UCC), etc.  Please take a close look at the map. 

FOSNA | Mapcards


Apr. 22, 2010

Sabeel | Why is Sabeel calling for "morally responsible divestment" from Israel?

The campaign of disinvestment in Israel is modeled after the campaign of disinvestment in South Africa that helped end apartheid in 1990. Like that campaign it does not seek to address the problems of any and every nation in the world, which could only diffuse the issue and destroy its effectiveness, but focuses on one nation and one situation seen as particularly egregious.  It does not call for general disinvestment in Israel, but rather for a selective disinvestment in those companies that are making money on the Occupation in hopes of putting some pressure on these companies to withdraw from their support of the Occupation and to raise consciousness about the Occupation in general.


Apr. 22, 2010

World Council of Churches | WCC general secretary expresses dismay over recent Israeli military order

Expressing dismay at a recent Israeli military order redefining the notion of "infiltrator" in the occupied Palestinian territories, the general secretary of the World Council of Churches (WCC), Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit, said he is "worried the new measures will be a severe obstacle toward the process for a just peace."


Apr. 22, 2010

Jewish Voice for Peace | Jewish Letters of Support for Berkeley Divest Bill

We know that those who oppose progress are working to maintain the veto - we need to demonstrate just how widespread support for divestment is. Please spread the word and send everyone to www.StandWithStudents.org. Thank you.

P.P.S: After you sign, please watch this remarkable UC Berkeley testimony from last week by visiting student Ibrahim Shikaki from the West Bank. You can also read JVP's position on the bill, download some of the statements of Jewish support, and read our report of last week's hearing.


Apr. 21, 2010

The Reverend Roy Hayes, Episcopal, writes:

There's a flurry of diplomatic activity in the Holy Land this week.  Read today's news:  Egypt seeks UN pressure on Israel over nukes Israel may come under new pressure at a UN meeting on atomic weapons as the United States, Britain and France consider backing Egypt`s call for a Middle East free of nuclear arms.  The 189 signatories to the 1970 Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) will meet at UN headquarters in New York for a May 3-28 conference.
      Some of today's news is quite subtle:  BBC News - Obama to 'ratchet up' pressure on Iran over nuclear plans.  There's more.  Factor this in:  Turkey offers to mediate on Iran's nuclear programme There's no doubt about it.  International Diplomacy is like a game of chess.  Is it not obvious?
      [Here is the link to] Joharah Baker's latest essay: Don't Tell Them; They Already Know [in MIFTAH].  Joharah's essay begins with a major insight.  She's only stating the obvious, but have you noticed?  Sometimes the obvious needs to be stated again and again. 

Apr. 21, 2010

Churches for Middle East Peace | The Struggle for Jerusalem by Warren Clark, Executive Director

It is often said that an agreement between Israel and its neighbors is only possible when a U.S. President really wants it. Jimmy Carter was successful in 1979. President Obama also seems determined. However, reasoned arguments can only go so far; public opinion in both Israel and U.S. will play a crucial role in coming months. The game has only started, but we have perhaps now arrived at the end of the beginning of the effort by this President to do again what no other President has done… to make real progress this time toward an agreement to end the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.


Apr. 21, 2010

Mazin Qumiseyeh Human Rights | Israeli "independence" vs Nakba

We are off to the International conference in Bil'in where hundreds are expected to attend including representatives of ALL Palestinian political factions, Israelis acting on their good conscience, and internationals. There, the struggle for justice will gain new momentum. Freedom for Palestinians will also mean freedom for Israelis from the chains of mythologies. Stay tuned.


Apr. 21, 2010

Israel-Palestine News | Lawmakers’ letters press Obama on [Iran] sanctions [AIPAC victory]

More than three-quarters of the members in both houses of the U.S. Congress wrote to President Obama urging him to unilaterally sanction Iran.

The House of Representatives letter, initiated by Reps. Jesse Jackson Jr. (D-Ill.) and Mike Pence (R-Ind.), garnered 363 signatories. The Senate letter, initiated by Sens. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) and Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), garnered 76.

.......The Obama administration has resisted unilateral sanctions, preferring to focus on multilateral sanctions through the U.N. Security Council.


Apr. 21, 2010

Mondoweiss | Israel is debated at California Democratic convention, Harman walks out in huff by Philip Weiss

We often note the news that Democratic rank-and-file support for Israel is fading. Well, the California State Democratic Convention yesterday endorsed Congresswoman Jane Harman for reelection from a district around Los Angeles, but before it did so, Harman and her opponent, Marcy Winograd, both appeared before a progressive caucus at the convention, and argued Israel. The Fresno Bee calls the fight the "flashpoint" of the convention.


Apr. 21, 2010

J News | Renewed attacks on human rights groups in Israel

A campaign planned for Israeli Remembrance Day feeds a growing trend to delegitimize dissent in Israel


Apr. 21, 2010

J Street | Jerusalem

In advance of negotiations, all sides should refrain from unilateral actions – including new construction of Jewish housing in the eastern part of the city, evictions, demolitions and mass revocations of Palestinians’ residency status– that will make the ultimate resolution of this issue even more difficult. J Street is therefore deeply concerned by increasing tensions in Jerusalem and recent provocative actions being taken by the Israeli government and settler groups there, including approval of new Israeli housing construction in occupied East Jerusalem, the eviction of Palestinian families from their homes in the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood, and reports that Israel stripped a record 4,577 Palestinians of their Jerusalem residency status in 2008— more than half the number that lost their residency for the entire period between 1967 and the end of 2007.


Apr. 20, 2010

Wallwritings | A Budget is Always a Moral Document by the Reverend James M. Wall, Methodist

The Chicago Hearing was important because it joined together leading figures of the Palestinian Peace and Justice movement in one time slot and one location. The event provided basic information and analysis for anyone engaged in the struggle.

Topics for the Hearing were familiar: Property Rights; Freedom of Movement, Association and Speech, and Military Aid. But rarely will we have found such in-depth examinations of these topics, all under one roof.


Apr. 20, 2010

J Weekly | UPDATE: U.C. Berkeley student senate votes to uphold veto of divest-from-Israel resolution by Amanda Pazornik

The fate of a divest-from-Israel resolution brought before the U.C. Berkeley student senate has been decided — for now.

At approximately 4 a.m. April 15, the Associated Students of University of California voted to uphold the veto of a measure urging divestment from two U.S. companies supplying war materials to Israel.


Apr. 20, 2010

Haaretz | This Independence Day, Israel still turning its back on the Arab peace plan by Akiva Eldar

...the Netanyahu government has implemented the views of the majority of independent Israel's Knesset, which supports the policy of settlements in the West Bank and deepening the Jewish hold on East Jerusalem. To fend off pressure from abroad, Netanyahu has once again transformed the Jewish Diaspora into a defensive army against the might of the nations of the world. The leader of "independent" Israel has transformed Jewish activists into "parties to the conflict" between his government and the American administration (we, of course, are allowed to meddle in American politics).


Apr. 20, 2010

Foreign Affairs | Bad Faith in the Holy City: How Israel’s Jerusalem Policy Imperils the Peace Process by Rashid Khalidi  

The biggest obstacle the Obama administration must now overcome is the legacy of these two decades of failed policies. If the president wants a successful outcome to any future negotiations, he should decisively reject the failed approach of his predecessors and resolutely stress the positions of every previous administration as laid down in Security Council resolutions and international law. Such a clean break from the past is not enough to ensure a rapid and successful resolution of the Jerusalem issue, but it is an essential step toward producing the lasting and equitable peace that the people of that city and the region deserve.


Apr. 20, 2010

Bitter Lemons | End occupation then start negotiations by Sam Bahour

What Obama can do differently is to take a concrete approach to resolving the conflict with two clear milestones. The first milestone is to end Israel's 43-year military occupation of Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza Strip. Then, and only then, can Palestinians be expected to negotiate in good faith toward the second milestone, which is a negotiated final status agreement that would end the conflict and launch a process of reconciliation. Holding Palestinian freedom hostage to an unachievable final status agreement is paramount to a war crime.


Apr. 20, 2010

International Solidarity Movement | International activist arrested on false accusations in Sheikh Jarrah

Brown says, “It is clear that settlers have decided to try to find ways to get rid of the international activists who sit in solidarity with Sheikh Jarrah residents, and who document the violence and harassment that is inflicted upon them by the settlers. Settlers frequently make up lies in an attempt to get Palestinians arrested. It’s no surprise that they’re now doing the same to internationals”.


Apr. 20, 2010

International Middle East Media Center | Troops Detain Ten Peace Activists In Hebron by Saed Bannoura

Israeli soldiers detained on Saturday evening ten international peace activists in Al Tiwani area in the southern West Bank city of Hebron, and prevented others from entering Beit Ummar Town, north of the city.


Apr. 19, 2010

Irish Times | Church in worst credibility crisis since Reformation, theologian tells bishops by HANS KÜNG

Pope Benedict has made worse just about everything that is wrong with the Roman Catholic Church and is directly responsible for engineering the global cover-up of child rape perpetrated by priests, according to this open letter to all Catholic bishops.


Apr. 19, 2010

BBC News | Netanyahu says East Jerusalem demands 'prevent peace'

The comments by Israel's prime minister come just days after the US pressed Israel to do more to pursue peace.


Apr. 19, 2010

Al-Bushra | The Judas Effect by Monsignor Labib Kobti

Today this Judas effect is touching the Catholic Church. We read every day about the many Judases here and there. It can get worse in days, weeks, and months. We feel so disoriented, so confused, and so hurt. It is the Judas effect in our human nature.


Apr. 19, 2010

Associated Press | Israeli defense minister says occupation must end by Amt Teibel

Barak told Israel Radio that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's government has "done things that didn't come naturally to it," such as adopting the vision of two states for two peoples and curtailing settlement construction.

"But we also shouldn't delude ourselves," he added. "The growing alienation between us and the United States is not good for the state of Israel."

The way to narrow that gap is to embark on an Israeli diplomatic initiative "that doesn't shy from dealing with all the core issues" dividing Israelis and Palestinians, he said. Chief among these are the status of contested Jerusalem, final borders and a solution for Palestinian refugees from the war around Israel's 1948 independence.


Apr. 19, 2010

BBC News | 'Palestinians will rule themselves' says Ehud Barak

Israel's Defence Minister Ehud Barak has said Israel must, eventually, allow the Palestinians to rule themselves.

In an interview with Army Radio he said in the future there would be a separate Palestinian state "whether you like it or not".


Apr. 19, 2010

BBC News | Palestinians test out Gandhi-style protest  by Heather Sharp

In the past, Mr Lazza says, Palestinians had a "bad impression" of non-violent resistance, which had become associated with pacifism and concessions to Israel.


But recently, he has seen "a big change".


Palestinian Authority (PA) officials have started attending protests, holding up regular demonstrations in the villages of Bilin and Naalin as models of "popular resistance", and calling on Palestinians to boycott goods produced in Israeli settlements in the West Bank.


Apr. 19, 2010

Mazin Qumiseyeh Human Rights | Support for Palestine groups needed

…today, I wanted to break tradition by asking you to contribute also financially.  In particular, I listed below three organizations that are dear to my heart and  that I believe your donation, however small or big, can make a significant  difference on the ground.  If you decide to donate, please send me a note to  let me know that you donated and how much so and so that I can follow-up and ensure your donation is received and where it was used.


Apr. 18, 2010

Christian Peace Team | Israeli army fails to protect Palestinian school children on their way to school

On Thursday 15 April, 2010, an Israeli settler drove his vehicle into a
group of Palestinian schoolchildren as they walked to school in At
Tuwani. The children, aged from 6 years old to 15 years old, were able
to leap out of the way and none were hurt.


Apr. 18, 2010

Veterans Today | Israeli actions are turning Jerusalem into a settlement by Zeev Sternhell

The state institutions now have a golden opportunity not only to show that equality in the eyes of the law is more than an empty, flowery phrase, but also to declare that there is no way back from the political and legal situation that was created in 1949. Any other approach will be considered intolerable discrimination and will serve as a preface to endless appeals to international institutions.


Apr. 17, 2010

The Reverend Roy Hayes, Episcopal, comments on the article below:

"We must Beware of Politically Motivated Hype as we work to make the Peace of Jerusalem a fact on the ground."

Big News Network | Iran hosts summit on nuclear disarmament

While the world reads of Iran's quest for nuclear weapons, anyone attending a two-day conference in Tehran this weekend would come away with a different view.


Apr. 17, 2010

Gush Shalom | Avnery proposes to Fayad: A joint Israeli-Palestinian appeal

Avnery summed up his speech with the words: “One can be for Palestine without being against Israel, and one can be for Israel, without being against Palestine. One can be for Israel and Palestine, and for peace.”

Comment by the Reverend Roy Hayes, Episcopal: "Who can say it better?  I say Israel needs a Prime Minister like Uri Avnery.  More and more of the American Jews on my mailing list are saying so, too."


Apr. 17, 2010

Gush Shalom | A Birthday Present by Uri Avnery

OBAMA IS a man of many talents, but most of all he has the ability to convince. He is capable of touching the profoundest emotions of people and peoples. I hope he uses this talent for the good of the two long-suffering peoples of this tortured country.

On the 62nd anniversary of the founding of the State of Israel, I cannot conceive of a more beautiful present.


Apr. 17, 2010

The Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem | The Order of the Holy Sepulcher welcomes its two first Iraqi members

During the Mass that the Patriarch presided over on Sunday [14 March], in which he appointed a new knight of the Holy Sepulcher, namely Mr. Akram Faraj Hermez Karim and his wife Bernadette Tuma, both of an Iraqi origin, he added: “We pray for your country, Iraq, and for all its inhabitants and all its religions. We also pray for Jordan and its King who keeps an eye on security, justice, and safety for all.”


Apr. 17, 2010

The Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem | The Princess Basma Center and the Diocese of Jerusalem host MESF Medical Meeting and Workshop

In addition to shared medical information, research, and techniques which will improve patient services, participants have increased their networks which often add to additional medical benefits and future research projects. Dr. Hisham Nasser, Medical Coordinator for the Diocese of Jerusalem, attended the Saturday morning session to show his support and encourage future cooperative endeavors between medical professionals, particularly in Israel and Palestine.


Apr. 17, 2010

Bethlehem University | What Christian Character Means

His Paternity Father Pierbattista Pizzaballa, Custos of the Holy Land, explained that the Christian “presence is fragile and less visible” than other groups because, “We contribute to teaching and schools, but we do not have a political role.” However, Christians in the Middle East “are part of this land,” he said. “We contribute to the culture and the tradition.” He also emphasized the importance of building Christian identity in the holy land by “being aware of our traditions, roots, and symbols of our presence.”


Apr. 17, 2010

Bethlehem Bible College | Christ at the Checkpoint

The conference addressed different understandings of how the Evangelical Church, both in the past and currently, deals with scriptural understandings of theology regarding those who live in the Holy Land and how that either promotes war and violence, or promotes peace and justice. Some of the themes of the conference included a biblical critique of dispensational theology and repudiation of an exclusive theology of the land that marginalizes and disenfranchises the indigenous people. The conference affirmed the strategic role of the Palestinian Evangelical Church in justice, peacemaking and reconciliation. The conference speakers repudiated both Christian Zionism and Anti-Semitism.


Apr. 16, 2010

Mazin Qumiseyeh Human Rights | Prisoners' day in Palestine

...we find it contemptible that the Zionist movement is pulling its big gurus in the US, people with loyalty to racist ideologies rather than their own country (Elie Wiesel and Ronald Lauder) to regurgitate discredited myths about Jerusalem and Israeli "security" on pages of biased newspapers like the Washington Post and Wall Street Journal. Fortunately the internet had made finding the facts far easier and within reach of millions who no longer bother reading discredited newspapers.  But I sometimes wonder about the mental status of people who continue to justify ethnic cleansing.  But then again, the Israeli army  are still imprisoning the donkey and a horse from Bethlehem arrested on charges of entering Jerusalem illegally!! How more loony can this tribalistic crowd get and how far will the world let them continue to indulge the fantasy and racism of being God's chosen people while enslaving others.


Apr. 16, 2010

Christian Peace Team | Hebron Update for Second Half of February

Due to the announcement of Netanyahu on Feb. 22 that the Ibrahimi mosque would henceforth be considered a Jewish historical site, Palestinians were very skeptical and restless. Everyone wondered what action would follow by both the Israeli military and government.  Acts of Palestinian nonviolent solidarity followed.

The military continued to harass the young men (shabab) daily on their military patrols which happened frequently in the Old City. The Hebron team continued to host delegations from many countries.  There was also a strong collaborative effort with EAPPI to share personnel and knowledge a number of times through this month.


Apr. 16, 2010

J Street | Our Second Birthday by Jeremy Ben-Ami

J Street turned two this week.

As ever, there wasn’t a quiet moment. With fury to our right over President Obama’s more focused attention to resolving the conflict and fury to our left over divestment at Berkeley, J Street’s thesis that a powerful political movement can be built with its feet planted in the progressive mainstream of our community is being put to the test.

We at J Street remain convinced - as we were at our launch two years ago - that a large number of Americans - Jewish and not - are pro-Israel and pro-peace: uncomfortable with either extreme and supportive of a rational but urgent effort to end the occupation and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict through a two-state solution.


Apr. 16, 2010

Israel: the Only Democracy in the Middle East? Jewish Voice for Peace | A Bailout For Arms Dealers: US Aid and the Israeli Budget by Rela Mazali and Jesse Bacon

...the ’security threat’ actively perpetuated by successive Israeli governments–through their choices of continued occupation and repeated warfare–has provided an effective smoke screen allowing the extremely swift implementation of radically neoliberal economic policies.  Recurring severe slashes in social budgets result from these policies rather than the needs of ‘national security’. But the official, as well as media, focus on national fear and ‘national security’ has successfully stemmed social unrest and potential protest. Meanwhile, these budget cuts actually feed directly into tax breaks for the highest salaried employees and richest property owners in the market. And the oversize, well heeled ’security’ apparatus stoking conflict while deflecting social resistance is bolstered annually both by a disproportionate slice of Israel’s own budget and by billions in US aid. These same billions also directly benefit a related interest group within the US, because 75 percent of the funds are earmarked for purchases from US industry. Consequently, it’s no wonder that the aid agreement between the U.S. and Israel has for some years now been changing the ratio of military to civilian aid, increasing the former while incrementally canceling the latter. As journalist Moti Bassok wrote in 2007,”Each year throughout the present agreement civilian aid was reduced by $120 million, while military aid grew $60 million. As of next year, annual U.S. aid will [… be] all military,” forming an integrated enabling component of Israel’s continuing and destructive militarization. It would seem that the economic and political elites of both the US and Israel have vested interests in continuing Israel’s militarization, occupation and choice of warfare. Personally, we believe that it’s left to us as citizens of both these countries to make maintaining those policies too costly for both regimes.


Apr. 15, 2010

Daily Trojan | Wall provokes discussion and, for some, anger by Christianna Kyriacou

“It’s important for people who are offended by this wall to know that there is really a wall of separation in Israel-Palestine,” Katbi said. “That is what they really should be offended about.”


Apr. 15, 2010

World Council of Churches | Called to prophesy, reconcile and heal: an ecumenical perspective: Thematic Address by WCC general secretary Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit

While Tveit said there were complicated issues at stake in the discussion surrounding the appropriate means of non-violent resistance. However, he pointed out that "from the World Council of Churches the call to not buy products illegally produced in occupied territories and the call to member churches for proper stewardship of investments so as not to benefit from occupation remain both well known and unchanged."


Apr. 15, 2010

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, Occupied Territory Palestine | Protection of Civilians March 31-April 13, 2010

Latest developments since April 13

  • 14 April: The Israeli authorities demolished two Palestinian houses and several commercial structures in Area C of the West Bank (in the Bethlehem and Salfit governorates), displacing nine people. These are the first demolitions in Area C since 14 March 2010.

  • 5 April: The Hamas authorities carried out two executions in Gaza, the first such executions since its akeover in June 2007. According to Al Mezan Centre for Human Rights, those executed were convicted of collaborating with Israel and are among a group of 16 who have been sentenced to death by the Hamas courts in Gaza.

  • 15 April: The Israeli authorities allowed the entry of three truckloads of aluminium and three truckloads of wood into the Gaza Strip. This the first time that aluminium and wood are allowed into Gaza for commercial purposes since June 2007 and October 2008, respectively.


Apr. 15, 2010

Mondoweiss | Showdown for Human Rights in Berkeley by Rae Abileah

A former IDF soldier is speaking out in opposition to the occupation of Palestine. An 85-year old Holocaust survivor testifies to the peril of waiting to make a decision rather than saving lives now by stopping war machines. A queer Jewish Latino speaks about his own journey from living in a settlement in East Jerusalem to coordinating a national organization opposing the occupation. A Palestinian student shares the story of his own family's loss and highlights the lost logic in the room. The Israeli Consulate General admits to the existence of an "occupation" and states that Israel wants to end it! An orthodox man calls in a metaphor of candlelight illuminating goodness, each of us a candle. Facts are flung around like snowflakes that melt on impact spilling into the subjective world of painful stories that pull at heartstrings and paint barbed pictures. It all went down in Berkeley, California on Wednesday night, April 14, as the world watched (and tweeted).


Apr. 15, 2010

Zenit | Iraqi Christians Return Home for Easter

The archbishop of Mosul of the Chaldeans is reporting that a record number of people attended Easter Mass in Mosul, as Christians begin to return after fleeing violent attacks.

Archbishop Emil Shimoun Nona told Aid to the Church in Need that some 1,500 people attended the Chaldean rite liturgies in Mosul, which is the highest number of attendants in the last few years.

He noted that this is a sign of "new hope" for the survival of Christianity in those parts, which has been threatened by recent murders and violence against Church members.


Apr. 15, 2010

Sojourners | This Isn’t About Wallis vs. Beck–It’s About Biblical Social Justice by the Rev. Jim Wallis, Methodist

I’m glad for the discussion, but “Wallis vs. Beck” really isn’t the point. Over several weeks, Glenn Beck has attacked the term and concept of “social justice”; likened it to Marxism, Communism, and Nazism; told people to leave their churches if the words even appeared on congregational Web sites; and instructed Christians to “turn in” their pastors and priests to church authorities if they preached or taught “social justice.” That’s what he said, and is still saying. I felt it necessary to respond when I heard that a Fox News personality had attacked the heart of the mission statement of Sojourners: “to articulate the biblical call to social justice.” He only attacked me when I challenged his misrepresentations and distortions of a central Christian teaching that is integral to biblical faith.


Apr. 15, 2010

The Berkeley Daily Planet | No Final Decision on UC Berkeley Israel Divestment Bill after Marathon Meeting by Riya Bhattacharjee

After almost nine hours of often contentious debate and discussion Wednesday, the fate of the UC Berkeley student senate Israel divestment bill remains undecided as of Thursday morning. The student senate voted at about 7 a.m. to table the bill, which had been vetoed by senate President Will Smelko last month, until next Wednesday.


Apr. 14, 2010

Common Dreams | International Attention Focused on Berkeley Divestment Vote by Allie Bidwell

International attention will descend on the ASUC Senate meeting tonight as senators consider upholding the passage of a controversial bill urging the student government and the University of California to divest from two companies that have provided war supplies to the Israeli military.


Apr. 14, 2010

Wallwritings | Barack Obama: “I’m Not Going to Comment” on Israel’s Nukes by the Reverend James M. Wall, Methodist

The kindest thing to be said about that response is that it shows our president has chutzpah. It also demonstrated that his determination to be firm with Prime Minister Bibi Netanyahu is just so much sound and fury, signifying nothing.


Apr. 14, 2010

BBC News | Jewish settlers suspected in West Bank mosque attack

The mosque, in the village of Huwara near Nablus, had Jewish stars of David sprayed alongside the name of the prophet Muhammad, written in Hebrew.

Two cars outside the mosque were burned, and more than 300 olive trees uprooted, Israeli media reported.


Apr. 13, 2010

Sabeel Wave of Prayer

Each Thursday at noon in Jerusalem, Sabeel holds a Communion service that is open to the community. It is a time to join together to celebrate the Eucharist, to discuss how the scriptures apply to our lives today, and to pray for the specific needs of this region. Following the 2006 Sabeel International Conference, the Friends of Sabeel coordinators met and discussed the idea of "Waves of Prayer." The premise is that in their respective time zones, individuals and groups around the world will pray together at 12:00 on Thursdays, in solidarity with Sabeel in Jerusalem and with "Friends of Sabeel" worldwide. Starting in Australia, passing through Palestine, and on around the world we will pray for Peace with Justice and focus on specific issues each week.  

Wave of Prayer for Thursday, April 15, 2010

A recently revealed Israeli military order that goes into effect this week, allows for the deportation and eviction from the West Bank of tens of thousands of people. Palestinians born in Gaza, foreign-born spouses of Palestinians, and international activists are likely to be the primary targets of the policy but the ambiguous wording puts nearly the entire population of the West Bank at risk. We pray that this injustice is stopped before families and communities are torn apart.  For more information, see http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/1162075.html  or http://www.hamoked.org.il/news_main_en.asp?id=901

April 17th marks "Prisoners Day" in Palestine. On this day we remember the nearly 8,000 Palestinians currently held in Israeli jails-including the 259 people being held in "administrative detention" without charge or trial and 337 minors (41 of whom are under the age of 16). Currently, many prisoners are enduring a hunger strike in order to raise awareness about the poor conditions in which they are kept. We pray that their message will be heard by those in positions of power. May they find comfort and justice.

Apr. 13, 2010

Dimi's Notes | Breaking with the Intent to Terrorize by Haggai Mattarin


Why, come to think of it, do they need to break into our homes? After all, there are legal routes to obtain search warrants and confiscate computers, in a perfectly orderly manner. If they could legally confiscate “Anarchists Against the Wall” t-shirts from the home of one of my friends, or if they found an ex-Mossad, friendly judge to discuss the gag order on the Anat Kamm affair – in other words, if the law is on their side, they could’ve knocked on our door and confiscate everything legally. So why burgle?


Apr. 13, 2010

The Only Democracy | Expanded Military Powers of Deportation in West Bank; Palestinian Leaders Charge “Ethnic Cleansing” by Carol Sanders


A military order to take effect April 13th so drastically expands the IDF’s power to deport people from the West Bank that it threatens mass arrests and exile, according to Hamoked Center for the Defense of the Individual in Israel.


Apr. 13, 2010

The Only Democracy | A Bedouin Tale by Rebecca Vilkomerson


A couple of weeks ago, on a Friday afternoon, a few young men from the Bedouin town of Qasr al-Sir went walking on the hills just outside their village. Without warning, shots were fired from the other side of the hills, and one of the young men was killed, another wounded. The shots were fired by Israeli soldiers, who were practicing within a military firing range.


A simple, unfortunate tragedy?  Not quite.


Apr. 13, 2010

The Only Democracy | "They Don't Want Palestinians Damaging the View", a report from South Hebron Hills by Shy Halatzi


The story here is quite simple. The whole land area around Ma’on is either private Palestinian land or “state lands”. This means of the settlers have no ownership rights over them. But, of course this doesn’t concern those whose land ownership is god-given. They don’t want Palestinians damaging the view. But Tuba’s residents need to make a living, and their Shepherds want to feed their herds on the land. When they do, they are expelled by the army – normally by shouting, threatening and sometimes even by taking a goat hostage (yes, that’s right). If the shepherds demand their rights on their own, they would be imprisoned and harassed in the better scenario, or physically hurt in worse scenario. Needless to say that all of this is illegal, either by international law (the mere existence of Ma’on) or by the occupation laws (forbidding the shepherds). The Israeli supreme court and legal adviser ordered the army that an area can be closed for Palestinians only if one of two conditions applies: an immediate security threat or immediate negative interaction with settlers. None of these exist here.


Apr. 13, 2010

Free Palestine Movement | Why are American Jewish groups so intent on defending illegal Israeli settlements and other human rights violations? by Sydney Levy and Yaman Salahi


Yet this coalition of Jewish groups does not contest any of the facts. Without offering any evidence, they dismiss findings by reputable organizations like the Red Cross, Human Rights Watch, and Amnesty International. Instead of condemning these human rights violations, they prefer to misinform the public by suggesting that it is somehow wrong to “take sides” against universally recognized injustice. In so doing, they effectively defend illegal Israeli settlements and the Israeli military occupation that continues to disrupt everyday features of Palestinian life: education, health care, economic life, and art and culture.

Further, they claim that the Berkeley bill calls on the University "to divest exclusively from Israel." They imply that the bill calls for divestment "from any company doing business with Israel."

But this is simply not true.


Apr. 13, 2010

Jewish Voice for Peace | Jewish and Israeli support for ASUC bill to divest from Israel’s Occupation


From Israel’s most respected peace groups and Ofra Ben Artzi, the sister-in-law of Israel’s current Prime Minister, to Naomi Klein, Rabbi Lynn Gottlieb and Jewish Voice for Peace, the list of Jewish and Israeli supporters for the UC Berkeley Senate vote to divest from companies that profit from the occupation grows longer every day. Support the students on Wednesday at 7pm, 7th floor, Eshleman Hall, UC Berkeley campus when they try to overturn the veto of their original 16 to 4 vote. Download our flyer about Jewish and Israeli support.


Apr. 12, 2010

Free Palestine Movement | U.S. Group to Join International Aid Flotilla to Gaza


California-based Free Palestine Movement recruiting prominent Americans to challenge Israeli siege, bring humanitarian supplies and human rights volunteers to Gaza


Apr. 12, 2010

Salem News | Archbishop Desmond Tutu to UC Berkeley: Divesting is the Right Thing To Do


To those who wrongly accuse you of unfairness or harm done to them by this call for divestment, I suggest, with humility, that the harm suffered from being confronted with opinions that challenge one’s own pales in comparison to the harm done by living a life under occupation and daily denial of basic rights and dignity. It is not with rancor that we criticize the Israeli government, but with hope, a hope that a better future can be made for both Israelis and Palestinians, a future in which both the violence of the occupier and the resulting violent resistance of the occupied come to an end, and where one people need not rule over another, engendering suffering, humiliation, and retaliation. True peace must be anchored in justice and an unwavering commitment to universal rights for all humans, regardless of ethnicity, religion, gender, national origin or any other identity attribute. You, students, are helping to pave that path to a just peace. I heartily endorse your divestment vote and encourage you to stand firm on the side of what is right.


Apr. 12, 2010

Churches for Middle East Peace:

The White House has signaled a possible change in the strategy orchestrated by Senator Mitchell so far this year of working to start step by step negotiations to narrow gaps on issues between Israel and Palestinians.

The U.S. wants Israel to suspend all construction of new housing in territories captured by Israel in 1967, including in East Jerusalem, but so far Israel has not agreed. Palestinians have said the U.S. now has reached a "dead end" in its efforts to revive peace talks. 

According to the report from David Ignatius in the Washington Post of April 7 there now is White House interest in developing a new and more comprehensive U.S. approach that could involve Iran and Israel's Arab neighbors.  The report lacks details and can be seen as a trial balloon by the administration.

The reports indicate the President is directly involved in considerations about how to break out of the current diplomatic impasse.

Washington Post | Obama weighs new peace plan for the Middle East by David Ignatius


Apr. 12, 2010

Jewish Funds for Justice | Haik U Glenn Beck

So, Glenn Beck said:

"I beg you, look for the words 'social justice' or 'economic justice' on your church website. If you find it, run as fast as you can. Social justice and economic justice are code words [for Communism and Nazism]. Am I advising people to leave their church? Yes!"


We at Jewish Funds for Justice join many other faith organizations in strongly disagreeing. We work every day for a just, fair, and compassionate America, rooted in our values.

Why are we doing this? Because our organization's purpose has been to increase the very work Beck disdains; because we believe social justice can bring faiths together; because Passover and Nazis don't mix; and because those suffering from this recession need solutions not scapegoats. We are doing this to provide a place for people to rebut Beck's slander.


Apr. 12, 2010

Maria Khoury, Ed.D. | Personal Reflections about the Kairos Document


This historic document means to me that we continue to recognize the hope for freedom and we have entered a new season of joy in the non violent resistance movement.  It is as if Kairos Palestine Document reaffirms a new Intifada, non violent and peaceful resistance as has been practiced in Taybeh for 2000 years.


Apr. 12, 2010

Mazin Qumsiyeh | Southern Europe and popular resistance to apartheid


Apr. 11, 2010

Middle East Monitor | Church leaders condemn Israel and Christian Zionism by Dr. Hanan Chehata


Easter was the perfect opportunity for Christians to reconsider their position on the Palestine/Israel conflict and many did. In South Africa, more than sixty church leaders and theologians showed their support for Palestine and expressed their condemnation of Israel's apartheid policies by supporting the 2009 Kairos Palestine document. This was a paper written by Palestinian Christians and endorsed last December by many high-ranking church leaders. Citing the military occupation of Palestine as a "sin against God and humanity", the Kairos document refers to the daily humiliation endured by Palestinians of all faiths at the hands of the Israeli regime and claims that the illegal Israeli settlements are ravaging Palestinian land. In doing so, it calls upon the international community and world leaders to withdraw their support for Israel and support campaigns to boycott Israel instead, and to compel Israel to abide by international law.


Apr. 11, 2010

Middle East Monitor | The un-Christian "Christians" who embrace Israeli apartheid by Khalid Amayreh


Any theology that condones and, indeed, endorses oppression against non-Jews (including Christians) by Jews is a theology devoid of morality, a theology which owes more to Satan than to true guidance from the Almighty.

I am not suggesting that Christians should become the enemies of any particular people; I am only challenging them to behave in accordance with the teachings of Christ. If that is done, we will see organisations called
"Christians united for justice" rather than "Christians united for Israel", because true Christians can never be instrumental in implementing oppressive policies.


Apr. 11, 2010

Middle East Monitor |Israel's Negev 'frontier' by Ben White

In the Negev (referred to as al-Naqab by Palestinian Bedouins), over 3,000 attended a rally at al-Araqib, an 'unrecognised' Palestinian Bedouin village whose lands are being targeted by the familiar partnership of the Israeli state and the Jewish National Fund.

The historical context for the crisis facing Palestinian Bedouins today is important, as the Israeli government and Zionist groups try to propagate the idea that the problems, so far as they exist, are 'humanitarian' or 'cultural'.


Apr. 11, 2010

Middle East Monitor |Michel Sabbah: "Hamas is protecting us" by Laurent Grzybowski

Contrasting with the general pessimism, the 77 year old Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem, continues to believe in the harmonious cohabitation with Islam.


Apr. 11, 2010

Wallwritings | Bibi Skips Obama Nuke Meeting; Still Not Ready to Confess Dimona by the Reverend James M. Wall, Methodist

It is time for Obama to say to Israel, we will still be your friend, but we will no longer be your patsy.


Apr. 11, 2010

Franciscan Father Father Michele Piccirillo (1944-2008) was a Franciscan priest and a notable archaeologist. His work on Early Byzantine ecclesiastical sites distinguished him as one of the pre-eminent specialists of his generation. He discovered, excavated and recorded some of the most spectacular Christian edifices and floor mosaics in the Middle East.



Apr. 10, 2010

Haraatz | Harrass the IDF, not alleged whistleblower Anat Kam by Gordon Levy


The defense establishment is not trying (only) to keep state secrets in this case, but to cover-up grievous acts committed in the territories. These deeds were committed in our name, therefore we must know everything about them.


Apr. 10, 2010

Crazy Country by Adam Keller | The Unspoken Speech


Adam Keller writes the speech that Natanyahu won't make and then concludes:


Back to reality

No, Benjamin Netanyahu will not deliver any such speech. In any case, he decided not to go to the Washington conference at all – perhaps the right decision from his point of view, considering the way that his recent visit to the American capital went. .

Maybe the next Prime Minister, or the one after that.

Meanwhile, perhaps this week is the right time to mention again the poem "
I'm your spy" which Mordechai Vanunu wrote in his cell at Ashkelon Prison, in 1987.



Apr. 10, 2010

Gush Shalom | Avnery proposes to Fayad: A joint Israeli-Palestinian appeal to Obama


Avnery summed up his speech with the words: “One can be for Palestine without being against Israel, and one can be for Israel, without being against Palestine. One can be for Israel and Palestine, and for peace.”


Apr. 10, 2010

Gush Shalom | The Big Gamble by Uri Avnery

I met Salam Fayyad, the Palestinian Prime Minister, two weeks ago, and was again impressed by the calm and modesty he radiates....

The Palestinian split is, to a large extent, made in the US and Israel. Israel has contributed to it by disrupting all physical contact between the West Bank and the Gaza Strip – in gross violation of the Oslo agreement, which defines the West Bank and the Gaza Strip as one integral territory. Israel undertook to open four “safe passages” between the two territories. They were not opened for a single day.

The Americans have a primitive model of the world, inherited from the days of the Wild West: everywhere there are Good Guys and Bad Guys. In Palestine, the Good Guys are the Palestinian Authority people, the Bad Guys are Hamas. Fayyad will have to work hard to convince Washington to adopt a stance a little bit more nuanced.


Apr. 10, 2010

Maan | Christian leaders call for 'permits' boycott


According to organizers of the initiative, "Palestinian Christians declare that the military occupation of our land is a sin against God and humanity, and that any theology that legitimizes the occupation is far from Christian teachings because true Christian theology is a theology of love and solidarity with the oppressed, a call to justice and equality among peoples."

Qassis said that the world and the heads of churches should refuse the idea of permits and that everyone should go to the military checkpoints and demand for their natural right to enter Jerusalem to pray in Al-Aqsa mosque and the Church of the Holy Sepulchre.


Apr. 10, 2010

Maan | Tourism up 50% in the West Bank


Palestinian Authority Tourism and Antiquities police said tourism in the occupied Palestinian territories increased during March, with a considerable rise in guests registered in local hotels.


Apr. 10, 2010

Maan | Gandhi's grandson applauds non-violent protest


Gandhi applauded what he described as Bil'in's "modern struggle," adding that "the whole world knows of Bil'in's activists, and it is a model for modern popular resistance. There will come a day when the Israelis learn that their settlements and separation wall vanish and will be destroyed as a result of the injustice and tyranny they practice."

He added that "It is our duty to awaken the international community, and to call attention to what is going on in Palestine, and seek support for the Palestinian people and their just cause."


Apr. 9, 2010

The Reverend Roy Hayes, Episcopal, suggests that Israel needs a regime change


Is everyone...aware that Iran has signed the NPT?  (The Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty.)  It's a fact.  So has the USA.  Benjamin Netanyahu's government, however, adamantly refuses to sign.  Please read on.


Avaaz.org | Global Zero: Stop the Nuclear Threat


Apr. 9, 2010

Regarding BBC News | Israeli PM Netanyahu pulls out of US nuclear summit

  • Dr. Duane Christensen: The material presented here brings back fond memories of our meeting with Mordecai Vanunu in West Jerusalem. He spent fourteen years in prison for revealing what Israel was doing with its nuclear program. And he is still unable to leave East Jerusalem. This is important information that reveals what is happening in the internal Israeli program as the country is being forced to reveal its "hidden" underground nuclear program. We must watch to see what will happen in the days ahead.

  • The Reverend Roy Hayes: I didn't know that Duane had held meetings with Mordechai Vanunu until I read his post [above].  I knew that Eileen Fleming had met with Vanunu and filmed interviews, and I knew that Father Dave: "The Fighting Father" in Australia and Vanunu are warm, personal friends.  I knew that Dave and Eileen are friends and I knew that Dave and Bishop Riah are friends.  I knew that Bishop R gave Vanunu sanctuary when he needed it most, but I didn't know that Duane had met with him until I read his post below.  We live and learn, don't we?


Apr. 9, 2010

The Reverend Roy Hayes, Episcopal, asks: Should Jews look in the mirror?


Much is being said by "The Swarm" these days about terrorists and terrorist organizations.  From my perspective, Islam takes more than its share of the hits.  All of us should look into a mirror.  Christians should study the ideology of the KKK before we point accusing fingers towards Hamas and Hezbollah.  Muslims need to start writing essays and making documentaries which explain the vast social services networks of Hamas and Hezbollah.  A Righteous Jew by the name Mark Braverman says "Jews should look into a mirror."  See: Mark Braverman: Author of Fatal Embrace.  I agree with Mark with every key on my board..  All of us should all look into a mirror, and each of us needs to start with himself or herself.  I, for example, needed to start with me.  Pastor John Hagee needs to look into a mirror, and Jews need to look into a mirror, also.  See, for confirmation:  www.jtf.org.


Let there be peace on earth, and let it begin with you and me.


Apr. 9, 2010

Christian Peace Team | Settler Youth Harass Palestinians and International Human Rights Workers


A masked Israeli settler youth threatened and physically assaulted two
Italian human rights workers on April 5 as they walked to Tuwani after
accompanying Palestinian shepherds near the village of Tuba. The two
members of Operation Dove were walking through an uncultivated
Palestinian field near the Israeli settlement of Ma'on and were about 50
meters from Road 317 when a young man approached them. Although his face
was partly covered they recognised him as the same person who had been
verbally harassing the shepherds earlier in the day. The settler yelled
threats at them, ordered them to go back to where they came from, and
said he would call police. When the Italians told him they did not mind
if he called the police he kicked one of them on the thigh and then ran
away from them in the direction of Ma'on settlement.

In a separate incident, also on April 5, two young male Israeli settlers
brought a dog from the illegal Israeli outpost of Havat Ma'on onto
Palestinian land in Khoruba Valley where two Palestinian families were
harvesting crops, accompanied by a members of Christian Peacemaker
Teams. In previous years Israeli settlers from the outpost of Havat
Ma'on have attacked and harassed families in Khoruba valley during
harvesting. The families, which included women and small children, were
frightened by the presence of the settlers, but did not leave their
fields. The settlers continued walking with the dog and left the area.


Apr. 9, 2010

J Street | Tell the truth about President Obama and Israel by Isaac Luria


In addition to providing a political home for mainstream pro-Israel Americans who believe strong U.S. leadership to achieve a two-state solution - like what President Obama is embarking upon at this very moment - is critical to advancing American and Israeli interests, J Street aims to repair what we believe is a broken political conversation on Israel and the Middle East in this country.


Apr. 9, 2010

J Street | J Street Strongly Condemns Palestinian Incitement by Amy Spitalnick


We call on the Palestinian Authority to cease using incitement as a political tool and applaud US efforts to hold all sides accountable for counterproductive actions. We also urge that issues such as this not be used as an excuse to stop the U.S. and the parties from immediately pursuing a two-state resolution to the larger conflict.


Apr. 9, 2010

J Street | Putting American Ideas on the Table by Isaac Luria

...we’ll continue to push back against anyone arguing that a bold approach to Middle East peace making will hurt the President political standing with the Jewish community. According to a poll J Street commissioned just two weeks ago, over 71% of American Jews support pressuring both parties to make the hard compromises necessary for peace. Despite sustained political attacks from defenders of the status quo on Israel, the President’s approval rating remains high at 62% among American Jews, 15 points higher than his popularity in the general population.

Our community is thirsty for real leadership on the Middle East, both to secure Israel’s future and to advance American interests. After nearly decades of a wilderness full of violence, strife, and hopelessness for Israelis and Palestinians, it is high time that the United States boldly lead the parties to the promised land of real peace and security through a two-state solution. 


Apr. 9, 2010

Christian Peace Team | Border Policeman Burns Palestinian Teacher with Cigarette by Paulette Schroeder


CPT received a very disturbing report from one of the teachers on April 6.  While this teacher was returning through the checkpoint back to his home, a Border Policeman stopped him at the Ibrahimi Mosque checkpoint and insisted that he repeat the phrase: “Yasser Arafat is a son of a bitch.”  The teacher refused this order so the policeman applied his burning cigarette end to the teacher’s chest. The lit cigarette burned two holes  in the teacher’s shirt and left a scar on his chest. 


Apr. 9, 2010

Haaretz | Obama bans terms `Islam` and `jihad` from  U.S. security document


President Barack Obama's advisers will remove religious terms such as "Islamic extremism" from the central document outlining the U.S. national security strategy and will use the rewritten document to emphasize that the United States does not view Muslim nations through the lens of terror, counterterrorism officials said.


Apr. 9, 2010

The Reverend Roy Hayes, Episcopal, writes:


The plot thickens and details are important.  Everybody's true colors are showing.  Netanyahu changed his mind today about attending Obama's nuclear summit in Washington on Monday.  Netanyahu learned that Turkey and Egypt plan to call for Israel to sign the Nuclear Non-proliferation Treaty (NPT).  Netanyahu's concern is that Iran not develop nuclear capabilities ... not even for energy.  Iran will host an international Nuclear Disarmament Meeting on April 17--18. 


  • BBC News | Israeli PM Netanyahu pulls out of US nuclear summit - Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu has cancelled a visit to the US where he was to attend a summit on nuclear security, Israeli officials say. Mr Netanyahu made the decision after learning that Egypt and Turkey intended to raise the issue of Israel's presumed nuclear arsenal, the officials said.

Several months ago I posted a note insisting that Iran has never threatened to attack anybody ... only to defend itself if attacked. Please watch this video again:  Beware of Politically Motivated Hype.

  • You Tube | Scott Ritter Lambasts Propaganda Against Iran  - October 29, 2009 — Scott Ritter is noted for his role as a chief United Nations weapons inspector in Iraq from 1991 to 1998, and later for his criticism of United States foreign policy in the Middle East. Prior to the U.S. invasion of Iraq in March 2003, Ritter publicly argued that Iraq possessed no significant weapons of mass destruction (WMDs). He became a popular anti-war figure and talk show commentator as a result of his stance. in this video broadcast on C-SPAN's Washington Journal, Ritter refutes much of the modern day propaganda against Iran. Building off of his opposition to the war in Iraq he attacks the lies and deception that is being employed by the Zionists, NeoCons, and others against the Islamic Republic of Iran.


Apr. 9, 2010

Washington Report on Middle East Affairs | Richard Becker Dispels Myths About Israel in Palestine, Israel and the U.S. Empire and [scroll down] Dialogues Against Militarism Support Israeli Youth War Resisters by Elaine Pasquini

  • Richard Becker Dispels Myths About Israel in Palestine, Israel and the U.S. Empire - “What's a good first book to read about the Middle East?” is a question Richard Becker has been asked many times, the West Coast coordinator of ANSWER (Act Now to Stop War and End Racism) told his audience at San Francisco’s Arab Cultural and Community Center on Jan. 6. Aiming to answer this question, the activist penned Palestine, Israel and the U.S. Empire. “What I attempted to write was a book aimed to demolish the myths that have taken the place of the real history,” he explained. “The real history is very important because it’s impossible to understand any contemporary situation without understanding its historical context.”

  • Dialogues Against Militarism Support Israeli Youth War Resisters [scroll down] - Israeli youth war resisters, known as Shministim (12th graders, in Hebrew) called for an international day of action on Jan. 9 to bring attention to 19-year-old Israeli citizen Or Ben-David, who is serving her third prison term, as well as other Israeli youths who refuse their mandatory military service and are imprisoned because of their moral stand. With few exceptions, military service is compulsory for both male and female 18-year-old Jewish Israelis.


Apr. 9, 2010

Washington Report on Middle East Affairs | Monsignor’s Museum Brings a Little Bit of the Holy Land to San Francisco

Located in the rectory of San Francisco’s St. Thomas More Church, the Holy Land Museum is a small repository of art and artifacts from Palestine, as well as offering information about the region at the time of the birth of Jesus.

The eclectic collection is a labor of love created by Monsignor Labib Kobti, pastor of St. Thomas More since July 1, 2002. Ever since the popular Lebanese-born clergyman’s investiture, the church has been the home of Northern California’s Arab-American Catholic Community.


Apr. 9, 2010

Mazin Qumsiyeh sends the following links in his human rights email:


Apr. 9, 2010

Uruknet | Testimony: Israelis beat, pour boiling water on Palestinian


Residents of Israel's Kiyrat Shimona reportedly beat, and poured boiling water on a 26-year-old Palestinian worker on Friday night, who returned to Nablus for treatment in hospital.


Apr. 9, 2010

The Reverend Roy Hayes writes:


The influence of AIPAC - America's Pro-Israel Lobby - extends far beyond Capitol Hill.  Please [click on the link] below.  An encouraging thing about this [posting] is that MuzzleWatch is a project of Jewish Voice for Peace.  Alan Dershowitz is among those featured in the video at MuzzleWatch's website.  The video is an eye-opener.


Muzzlewatch | AIPAC- We’ll take over the UC Berkeley student government


When asked about fighting the Berkeley pro-divest initiative, Kessler said, “we’re going to make sure that pro-Israel students take over the student government and reverse the vote…This is how AIPAC operates in our nation’s capital. This is how AIPAC must operate on our nation’s campuses.”  Kessler is at 3:58 in video below. Student elections are happening now at UC Berkeley and you can bet everyone’s looking for the AIPAC-Manchurian candidate, if such a thing exists.


Apr. 8, 2010

Letter forwarded by Bethlehem University | Controlling Tours of the Holy Land


The enclosed [follow the link above], concerning a proposal before the Israeli Knesset, was forwarded from Bethlehem University. If it is adopted, it will be extremely difficult to obtain a Christian or Palestinian tour guide in the Holy Land. That means that almost all future tours of the Holy Land will at the same time be slanted in favor of the policies of the State of Israel. djm,sj 


Apr. 8, 2010

International Solidarity Movement | International ISM groups show solidarity with Palestine and reveal Zionist practices abroad


ISM groups from around the world are taking the anti-apartheid and anti-occupation campaigns, plus a bit of Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions (BDS) revolution out of Palestine and into the streets of their home countries. Here is a summary of some of the action from the past week.  


Apr. 8, 2010

Bethlehem University | Bethlehem University Symposium Addresses Special Education


The symposium on special education was part of the “Synergy for Development” project, an extension of the Faculty of Education’s “Quality of Education for All Through Partnership” project.  


Apr. 8, 2010

The Reverend Roy Hayes, Episcopal, writes:


This article was published in the Washington Post.  Please note the concluding paragraph in particular.


Washington Post | Obama weighs new peace plan for the Middle East by David Ignatius


A political battle royal is likely to begin soon, with Israeli officials and their supporters in the United States protesting what they fear would be an American attempt to impose a settlement and arguing to focus instead on Iran. The White House rejoinder is expressed this way by one of the senior officials: "It's not either Iran or the Middle East peace process. You have to do both."


Apr. 8, 2010

Sojouners, the Reverend Jim Wallis, Methodist | (Some) Palestinians Allowed to Travel to Jerusalem for Easter by Rose Marie Berger

The Israeli Embassy has confirmed this afternoon with Sojourners that travel restrictions preventing Palestinian Christians from entering Jerusalem for Holy Week and Easter have been lifted.

[UPDATE since this story was first posted at 5pm 3/31/2010 : According to representatives from Holy Land Trust, two staff members of which are still in prison after a nonviolent demonstration against such restrictions: By “lifting” travel restrictions from the West Bank to Jerusalem, Israeli officials are merely referring to ending a total curfew imposed a few days ago on access even to people previously granted selective permission to get into Jerusalem. This does not mean that all Palestinian Christians are now allowed entry into Jerusalem to freely celebrate Easter. This only means that Christians who applied for a permission (not all did or could) and who got one (not all did or could) can now take advantage of the permission (if they got it) that “allows” them to enter from one occupied territory into another through the long and humiliating process of going through the checkpoints. Even then, restrictions have already been put in place on access to the Old City for the Holy Fire service on Holy Saturday, which is the most important ceremony for the Greek Orthodox and the Eastern rite communities. Israeli army radio reported 10,000 permits were granted this year; not even a quarter of the Christians in the West Bank. ]


Apr. 8, 2010

J Street | Tell PM Netanyahu We Want a Democratic and Pluralistic Israel


We call on you, Prime Minister Netanyahu, to stand with us and with all those working to strengthen a democratic and pluralistic Israel.  


Apr. 8, 2010

Christian Peace Team | Football Conversation Ends with Detention by Paulette Schroeder


Mutasheb called the Captain, explained that it was she who had loosened the wire. The boys had not been at the scene when she had loosened the wire. Both the soldier who called the patrol to the scene and the soldier on the rooftop nearby had seen the whole action. In approximately 1 hour the police released the three youth.


Apr. 8, 2010

Christian Peace Team | Old City Celebrates in a Gesture of Solidarity by Barbara Martens


The week culminated with a large celebration inviting everyone to the Old City on Sunday, March 21 to enjoy a free breakfast.  The locals transformed the coffee shop area close to the CPT apartment into an outdoor café with rows of tables, laden and repeatedly replenished with typical Palestinian food for everyone.  The Mayor and Governor spoke to the many guests and a band in full costume, led by a piper on the bagpipes, filled the air with a happy sense of community.


Apr. 7, 2010

The Reverend Roy Hayes, Episcopal | The interesting thing about expectations is that they sometimes cause things to happen


Yes, Peers, I honestly believe that the Church is on the verge ... on the very, very verge ... of another Great Awakening.  This time Laypeople in the mainstream Christian denominations will be involved like never before.  See a list of Mainstream Christian Denominations (MCDs) at this website:  www.cmep.org.


Apr. 7, 2010

Christian Peace Team | Israeli soldiers ransack Palestinian homes and damage


On March 31, the Israeli Special Police Forces entered the Palestinian
village of Tuba, immediately east of Ma'on settlement, and destroyed
household belongings in two homes in the village. The police forced Tuba
residents from their homes and told them that they were searching for two
goats which settlers from the outpost of Havat Ma'on had reported missing.
The police also accused the villagers of possessing weapons, and while
questioning nearly a dozen villagers, the police upended nearly every
belonging in both homes. The police ransacked three bedrooms, a kitchen,
and a storage unit. International activists and Tuba residents reported
that the police left the scene without confiscating any weapons or sheep
and without making any arrests. During the search police personnel
refused to let international activists observe the search of the homes or
the interrogations of the residents....


The link above was posted at Al-Bushra on March 31. Click below for the video posted today.


Christian Peace Team on You Tube | Israeli Police ransack Palestinian homes and damage belongings in Tuba Village, South Hebron


Apr. 7, 2010

Palestinian Students' Campaign for the Academic Boycott of Israel | An Open Letter to Margaret Atwood from Gaza: Don’t Stand on the Wrong Side of History


We are students from Gaza representing more than 10 academic institutions therein. Our grandparents are refugees who were expelled from their homes in the 1948 Nakba. They still have their keys locked up in their closets and will pass them on to their children, our parents. Many of us have lost our fathers, some of us have lost our mothers, and some of us lost both in the last Israeli aggression against civilians in Gaza. Others still lost a body part from the flesh-burning white phosphorous that Israel used, and are now permanently physically challenged. Most of us lost our homes, and are now living in tents, as Israel refuses to allow basic construction materials into Gaza. And most of all, we are all still living in what has come to be a festering sore on humanity's conscience—the brutal, hermetic, medieval siege that Israel is perpetrating against us, the 1.5 million Palestinians of the Gaza Strip....


Apr. 7, 2010

The Reverend Roy Hayes, Episcopal, writes to President Obama:


Please read Alison Weir's post [link pasted below].  You were wise to authorize General Petraeus to leak the information.  Do you know what this means?  It means that you're outsmarting Benjamin Netanyahu at his own game.  Keep up the good work, Sir.


If Americans Knew | Letter regarding  misconceptions that so many Americans have on the causation of U.S. support for Israel


Apr. 7, 2010

The Reverend Roy Hayes, Episcopal, writes:


It must be obvious to all of us by now that the Middle East Peace Process is proceeding along two tracks:  the political track and the religious track.  On the political track, Jerusalem must become the capital of two states ... Israel and Palestine ... in accordance with existing International Law.  On the religious track Jerusalem must remain undivided but shared by Christians, Muslims and Jews alike.  Follow the link below for an UPDATE on the progress being made on the religious track.


Churches for Middle East Peace | 2010 Advocacy Conference: Pursuing Peace Together


Apr. 7, 2010

Mazin Qumsiyeh | Visiting the Galilee and north Palestine


But we also visited still heavily populated (and growing) Palestinian towns like Arrabe, Sakhnin, and Acre. One is tempted to feel sad at the inability of the Zionist Jews to see that they could have lived with the natives instead of at their expense. I was saddened to see how Jewish settlements throughout the Galillee are built on Palestinian lands instead of on the very many open spaces. I was saddened to see how these Jewish communities live behind guarded perimeters (gated communities). Palestinian towns, impoverished but still open to visitors.


Video taken on road trip


Apr. 6, 2010

Haaretz | Israel to smash tourism record, asserts minister by Cnaan Liphshiz


[Tourism Minister Stas Misezhnikov] also mentioned new markets out side Europe. "Following the Pope's last visit to Israel, we launched very active marketing efforts for Catholics and Evangelists in Brazil and tourism from there in 2009 went up to 40,000 people, which is a 30 percent leap compared to the previous year," Misezhnikov said.


Note: But the Israeli tourist agencies don't take the tourists to visit Holy Land Christians or stay in their hotels. They take them to the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem for 45 minutes and then hurry them back to the Israeli tourist hotel in Jerusalem, leaving the indigenous Christian hoteliers behind the Separation Wall with empty rooms and empty pockets.


Apr. 6, 2010

Arab News | Jericho stands out as Palestinian tourism magnet by Rachelle Kliger


Palestinians often complain that the Israelis organize trips for foreign tourists and make sure the money flows into their hotels, guides, restaurants and tourist attractions, in effect depriving their Palestinian peers of tourism profits.

“They also control the borders, the travel agencies, the promotion, the guides and the transportation,” Ariqat said. “We want to change this idea. For the benefit of the region, they should cooperate because the tourists planning to visit Jericho are planning to visit the whole region – Jericho, Israel, Jordan and Egypt.”


Apr. 6, 2010

The Reverend Roy Hayes, Episcopal, writes:


This morning I read an article by Matthew Davies in the latest off-line edition of Episcopal News Monthly.  The headline:  "Christian, Muslim Leaders Commit to Peace Efforts".  Davies writes:  "Christian and Muslim leaders, gathering for a historic summit at Washington National Cathedral, committed themselves to appeal to government and community leaders to promote peace and reconciliation efforts worldwide.  The March 1-3 summit culminated in a call to action.... "
Unfortunately, the article has not been posted on the Internet yet.  It probably will be posted in the near future at Episcopal Life Online.  Meanwhile, today's news is that Palestinians see U.S. Mideast push at dead end | Reuters which is understandable, but, Peers, let us not be too hasty.  The Zeitgeist is still in a state of transition.
The March meeting to which Matthew refers has also been reported by Mark Pattison of Catholic News :

Apr. 6, 2010

Ann Hafften, a Texas Lutheran | A message of hope in a time of suffering...and other postings

Easter greetings from the Ecumenical Accompaniment Program and from Jerusalem's Christians.

Prayer: "During this Holy Week, together with all Christians throughout the world, we pray that Jesus, crucified and risen, will give hope to all who live in fear; and to nourish with His eternal bread those who hunger for freedom, justice and peace."


Apr. 6, 2010

Christian Peace Team | Summary for March 2010 At Tuwani

During the month Israeli military twice entered the village of Tuba. On the second occasion police special forces ransacked two homes. The village of Tuwani also experienced two settler incursions into the village. During March Palestinians encountered frequent harassment by Israeli soldiers and settlers in Khalli, an area of Palestinian- owned land located at the edge of Tuwani village and close to the settlement of Ma'on. On one occasion Palestinian children were detained by Israeli soldiers while gathering herbs, and on another occasion fence posts newly installed on Palestinian land were vandalized during the night. In seven instances Israeli soldiers and a settler security guard interrupted grazing or detained shepherds.

Internationals continued to monitor the military escort of school children from Tuba and Maghayer al Abeed as they walked to and from school in At-Tuwani. The failure of soldiers to arrive on time and complete the entire escort caused the children to be at added risk of violence from settlers. Throughout the month internationals also accompanied children traveling to Al-Fakheit school.

Present on team during March were Laura Ciaghi, Sarah MacDonald, Josh Hough, Melanie Southworth, Jessica Fredrick, Janet Benvie, Sam Nichols, Cassandra Dixon


Apr. 5, 2010

Gush Shalom | “Hold Me Back!”  by Uri Avnery

“HOLD ME back!” is a part of Israeli folklore. It reminds us of our childhood.

When a boy has a scuffle with a bigger and stronger boy, he pretends that he is going to attack him any moment and shouts to the spectators: “Hold me back, or I am going to kill him!”

Israel is now in such a situation. We pretend that we are going to attack Iran at any moment and shout to the entire world: “Hold us back or…”

And the world does indeed hold us back.


Apr. 5, 2010

Wallwritings | Nabi Saleh Has Endured Land Confiscation Since 1977 by the Reverend James M. Wall, Methodist

If your understanding of the current contretemps between Israel and the United States is limited to what you read or see in the Main Stream Media, then the village of Al Nabi Saleh (the Prophet Samuel) should be of interest to you. So gather round.


Apr. 5, 2010

The Reverend Roy Hayes, Episcopal, writes to President Obama:


Did you see this article published in today's Jerusalem Post?  Jerusalem posters call for Third Temple.  If this development isn't a deliberate provocation, I don't know what is.  There's an op-ed pasted below from The Christian Science Monitor which you'll want to read.  It was written by one of Bibi's nephews.  Sir, are you open to a suggestion?  If the perfidious Mr. Netanyahu continues to drag his feet in the peace process, you might mention that the US is considering a strategy which will resolve the Arab-Israeli issues once and for all:  Move the UN to Jerusalem.


Apr. 4, 2010

Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem | Easter Homily

This year, then, our joy is double. All of us, the pastors and faithful of the diverse Churches, are celebrating the same Easter on the same day in the same place. It is the same voice. The Christians of all the world shout out today in a loud voice: “Christ is Risen!” Together with the Oriental Liturgy we praise Christ who “by his death has trodden death under foot and given life again to those who were in the tombs.” With the words of the Latin Liturgy we sing to the Lord of Life: “Victimae paschali laudes immolent christiani. Agnus redemit oves, Christus innocens Patri reconciliavit peccatores.”

Perhaps someone might be disturbed by the overlapping of prayers and songs that are heard at the same time and in diverse rites. Yet this seeming cacophony, lived in faith becomes instead a symphony that expresses the unity of the faith and of the joyful celebration of the Lord’s victory over evil and death, of the One who arose again on the third day precisely from this tomb. Yes, we are the Church of Cavalry, the Church of the empty Tomb, and of the glorious Resurrection!


Apr. 4, 2010

Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem | Holy Thursday Homily

In this  Holy City, at the Cenacle, the Lord Jesus took bread and wine. He changed the ritual prayer by proclaiming that His Body, signified by the bread, will be given up for us and that His Blood will be shed for us so that sins may be forgiven.

As the eternal High Priest, “according to the order of Melkisedech”, he did not sacrifice animal victims but a spiritual one. His complete obedience to His Father, expressed through the acceptation of death on the Cross, was the unique sacrifice of the New Covenant. In the Gospels and the rest of the New Testament writings, Jesus’ Priesthood is manifested at the Last Supper, and accomplished on the Calvary, just some steps from this empty Tomb before which we are standing !


Apr. 4, 2010



Grande est la frustration des habitants des Territoires Palestiniens Occupés, des chrétiens mais aussi des musulmans, soumis en cette période de Pâques – comme c'est souvent le cas pendant les fêtes religieuses – à des limitations de déplacement renforcées et aux interdictions d'accès aux lieux sacrés en Terre Sainte prescrites par Israël. "Près de 15.000 chrétiens des Territoires palestiniens souhaiteraient venir en cette période à Jérusalem, mais le gouvernement israélien n'a délivré que quelques centaines de laissez-passer", indique à la MISNA Yusef Daher, directeur du Centre interreligieux de Jérusalem, affligé par les nouvelles restrictions imposées par Tel-Aviv pendant la semaine, qui coïncide cette année avec la Pâques juive....


Apr. 4, 2010



“Our message for you, whether you are near or far, is a message of hope, encouragement and perseverance. We are aware of the challenges that many Christians must face, both here an elsewhere in the world, we know the force of desperation and the power of the evil, as it were, …but we also know the power of the Resurrection, the power of God in Christ to confront the powerful and powers to promote the faith, mutual respect, compassion the courage to say the truth”. And this is a part of the ecumenical Easter message issued today by the Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem and subscribed by the patriarchs and the leaders of the Christian Churches of Jerusalem. “We ask you to pray for us – goes on the message – engaged as we are in a battle for justice, peace and reconciliation such that when the Jesus lord shall return he will not have to cry for Jerusalem again, but he will join us in our joy in unity, in respect and in the love for all the peoples of the Holy Land.”


Apr. 4, 2010

Maan | Israeli rules on Easter access to Jerusalem unclear


Rumors abound about whether or not Palestinian Christians from the West Bank will be able to access Jerusalem and the Church of the Holy Sepulchre over Easter, as crossings into the city remain locked and a general closure prevails on the West Bank.

Access restrictions will be implemented by several arms of the Israeli military, police and Border Police units, many of which overlap or cancel each other out.


Apr. 4, 2010

BBC News | Aramaic 'an endangered language'

The common language in the time of Jesus, Aramaic, is now so endangered the written version has become practically extinct.

Now the only place left in the world where it has remained virtually unchanged since biblical times is losing its Aramaic speakers, as people leave to find work elsewhere.

Natalia Antelava reports from Maaloula in Syria. 


Apr. 4, 2010

BBC News | Easter's Holy Fire ceremony celebrated in Jerusalem

Hundreds of Christian worshippers have celebrated Easter's Holy Fire ceremony at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem.

The Holy Fire is considered a miracle occurring every year on Holy Saturday, the day before Easter Sunday.

The ancient church is believed to be built on the site of Jesus' crucifixion, burial and resurrection.


Apr. 4, 2010

Uruknet | Video: Israeli Apartheid and the Nakba by Andrew Lawson


Please join the millions of decent people around the world who are crying out against Israel's ongoing persecution of the Palestinians. Send the link to this video to your elected representative and make sure he or she does something about it. You have to ask yourself: If I keep quiet , will it ever end?


Apr. 3, 2010

World Council of Churches | From South Africa to Palestine, a message of peace and hope


In an Easter message, more than 60 South African church leaders and Christian, Jewish and Muslim lay theologians have conveyed their solidarity with Palestinian Christians in their Kairos call.


Apr. 3, 2010

Haaretz | Swedish pension fund bans investment in Israeli company on ethical grounds


The biggest Swedish pension fund has barred Israeli defense electronics company Elbit Systems from its investment portfolios on ethical grounds, Israel Radio reported Monday.

Following the lead of Norway's state oil fund, the Första AP-Fonden pension fund said it had banned investment in Elbit because the Israeli company had built and is operating a surveillance system for the much debated West Bank separation barrier.


Apr. 3, 2010

Maria Khoury, Ed.D. | Sincere wishes from the land of Christ's Holy Resurrection


Here in our small village of Taybeh, we have received the True Light (about 5pm local time) from the Life Giving Tomb of Christ following the Miracle of the Holy Fire today in Jerusalem....


Apr. 3, 2010

Al Jazeera on You Tube | Palestinians Mark Land Day


It has been 34 years since six Palestinian activists were killed by Israeli troops during a demonstration against Israeli occupation. It is a day remembered annually as the Palestinian Land Day.

Like every year, Palestinians around the world used the day to voice their opposition against the occuption of their land.

Nour Odeh reports from the Palestinian town of Beit Sahoor, where many Palestinians planted olives as a symbolic statement of preserving their land.


Apr. 3, 2010

Sabeel | Sabeel Easter Message


Could we be approaching a decisive time in the conflict when the truth, the reality, and the facts are becoming so transparent they cannot be ignored anymore? The foundations of injustice and oppression are shaking....


Apr. 3, 2010

Free Gaza Movement | Coalition to Break the Blockade on Gaza Announced


Istanbul, Turkey – Following months of preparation, a coalition bringing together a number of organizations and movements working to break Israel’s illegal blockade on Gaza was announced yesterday in Istanbul.  The coalition, comprised of the Turkey-based IHH (Insani Yardim Vakfi) organization, the European Campaign to End the Siege on Gaza (ECESG), the Greek Ship to Gaza campaign, the Swedish Ship to Gaza campaign and the Free Gaza Movement, will launch a flotilla of ships laden with cargo, media, parliamentarians, celebrities and activists to Gaza next month.


Apr. 3, 2010

Free Gaza Movement | Free Gaza Movement to Launch Cargo Ship from Ireland

Free Gaza’s ships will take part in an international flotilla taking humanitarian aid to the besieged Gaza strip this May. Passenger and cargo ships are also being organised by the Turkish humanitarian organisation I.H.H., and by groups in Greece, Sweden, Malaysia and Belgium.

Free Gaza has launched eight missions to Gaza over the past two years. Five were successful. The last three were violently stopped by the Israeli Navy.

The Irish ship will be taking 500 tons of cement, as well as medicines, medical equipment and educational materials to the people of Gaza.


Apr. 3, 2010

Ann Hafften, a Texas Lutheran | Bishop Munib Younan's Easter message for 2010


Bishop Munib Younan's Easter message for 2010 is provided here. For more about the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Jordan and the Holy Land, explore the church's website: http://www.elcjhl.org/


Apr. 3, 2010

Haaretz | U.S.: Military action will not solve Mideast conflict  by Natasha Mozgovaya


"The Israelis have a right to self defense," Crowley said during a press conference in the wake of a recent bout of violence, after Israel war planes struck the Gaza Strip in retaliation to rockets fired into Israeli territory.

"At the same time, as we have said many times, we don't ultimately think there is a military solution to this," he said, adding that "this is why we have been pressing the Palestinians and the Israelis to get into proximity talks that can lead to direct negotiations."

"We are always concerned that steps taken by either side, legitimate or otherwise, can be misconstrued, can be twisted and end up causing turbulence that can be an impediment to progress," Crowley added.


Apr. 3, 2010

BBC News | Hamas 'working to curb Gaza rocket attacks'


Leaders of the Hamas militant movement which controls the Gaza Strip have said they are working to curb rocket attacks against Israel by smaller factions.


Comment by Tim Frank, BBC Jerusalem: "In any case, the received wisdom among Gazans and Israelis is that another major clash is inevitable at some point: there are just too many sources of tension, too many triggers across the region."


Apr. 3, 2010

Al Jazeera | Israeli air raids wound children

Three Palestinian children have been wounded after Israeli planes and helicopters launched a string of air attacks on the Gaza Strip overnight.

The Israelis claimed that the air raids were in response to rocket fire from Gaza, but Hamas which runs the Palestinian enclave blamed the Israelis for the escalating tensions.


Apr. 3, 2010

Recent Photos from Maan



Apr. 3, 2010

Humanity Voice | Tens of Jewish settlers stormed the yards of the Al-Aqsa Mosque


Tens of Jewish settlers stormed the yards of the Al-Aqsa Mosque in occupied Jerusalem on Wednesday with intensified protection on the part of Israeli occupation policemen.


Apr. 3, 2010

Humanity Voice | Chinese Vice Premier Liangyu visiting the West Bank on Tuesday


Bethlehem's mayor, Batarsa, briefed the Chinese vice premier on the Nativity Church's history, and spoke of the city's dependence on tourism and the unique relationship between Muslims and Christians in Bethlehem.


Maan | Photos of Chinese VP's Visit to West Bank Holy Sites


Apr. 3, 2010

Ynet | Jerusalem Christians say Easter traditions at risk


Christians say Israeli security measures obstruct access to capital's holy sites. 'In the last two or three years, it was like a military zone,' human rights lawyer says. 'Their justification is security, this holy word. It is wrong. I want to go and pray,' resident says.


The Reverend Roy Hayes: It's 2006 in this video: Holy Saturday (04:41).  Tomorrow is Easter.  Peter Ashnab (Butros) is the President of the Holylanders Association for the Preservation of Christian Heritage.   Peter has an extensive mailing list, but for some reason the Association's website is not operational at this time.


Apr. 2, 2010

Zenit | Christians, Jews and Muslims Converge on Jerusalem


Jerusalem experienced a flux of pilgrims today as Christians, Jews and Muslims were present in the Israeli capital for religious observances.


Apr. 2, 2010

Free Palestine NL on You Tube | Follow the Leader


Follow Me, do as I do: Don't buy Israeli Apartheid

Utrecht, Netherlands, 30th of March, International BDS day

Boycott Israeli products as long as Israel doesn't comply with international law. Don't do business as usual with a country that commits the crime of Apartheid.


Other BDS action in various countries


Apr. 2, 2010

Mazin Qumsiyeh | Israeli forces in action good Friday: Friend arrested, car windshield smashed


They finally released our 10 friends yesterday from Israeli jails on bail
pending "trial".  Those kidnapped from the peaceful march in Bethlehem area
on Palm Sunday attended a press conference in Ramallah and passed by Beit
Sahour late last night.   Each is to appear in front of a military judge
later this month.  Yet, the Friday regular demonstration in Al-Ma'sara was
large and daring.  Speeches were given at the site where soldiers had
stretched barbed wire blocking the road.   Internationals (including
Israelis) participated with Palestinians.  The occupation troops decided to
end the demonstration early with a barrage of concussion/stun grenades.  Two
reporters and two demonstrators were injured by the soldiers as they tried
to arrest some people in a violent way. They managed to arrest our deaf
Italian colleague.  The soldiers also shot directly at my car smashing one
concussion  grenade into the windshield from a distance of over 100 meters
(replacement and clean-up will cost $250-300).  Video at
Similar repression occurred in other towns in the West Bank. Israel also
shelled a number of places in Gaza including a dairy products factory.

Actions (good or bad) speak louder than words


Apr. 2, 2010

Chicago Theological Seminary | The Victim, the Vulnerable, and the Pretender to the Throne by the Reverend John Thomas

Christians begin Holy Week on Sunday and will immerse themselves in texts that evoke the deeply contested geography of Jerusalem. Sadly, this is a geography often locked in time for many U.S. Christians. It remains First Century Common Era time, making invisible those who struggle for the peace of the city today.  Even so-called Holy Land tours treat the city as a museum filled with curious artifacts of ancient and medieval piety. It is left to the daily press to remind us Jerusalem is no longer simply a Jewish city under Roman occupation, but a rich and volatile mosaic of Israeli Jews, native born and recent immigrant, Arabs, both Muslim and Christian, and small but vibrant communities of Armenian and Greek Christians struggling to bear witness not just to memory, but also to hope. To the many holy places recalling events in the Hebrew and Christian scriptures are added equally holy sites for Muslims, chief among them the Dome of the Rock, and the al-Aqsa Mosque....


Apr. 2, 2010

Haaretz | U.S. seeks 4-month East Jerusalem building freeze in return for direct talks by Barak Ravid


One of the U.S. administration's requests to Israel regarding the peace process with the Palestinians is a four-month construction freeze in all parts of East Jerusalem. In exchange, the United States would pressure Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas to hold direct talks with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu instead of the indirect talks to which the Palestinians have agreed.


Apr. 2, 2010

National Council of Churches | Israeli Ambassador tells Kinnamon


The General Secretary of the National Council of Churches said today he received a telephone call from Dr. Michael Oren, Israel's Ambassador to the United States, with news that travel restrictions that prevented Palestinian Christians from visiting Christian sacred sites in Jerusalem have been lifted.


Apr. 2, 2010

The Reverend Roy Hayes: Today is Good Friday.  Tomorrow is Holy SaturdayChristians who live in the Holy Land are Palestinians ... who are part of the native population ... who are descended from the original Christians.   Dozens of local Christian Churches and organizations have signed a letter to the Israeli Chief of Police protesting the policy of preventing worshippers from reaching the Church of the Holy Sepulchre this Holy Week.  The Church of the Holy Sepulchre is also known as the Church of the Resurrection (03:06) where the Light of Christ is passed from person to person the way a flame is passed from torch to torch.  You'll be able to see Israeli soldiers in the video, made in 2008, attempting to control the enthusiasm.  Please read the article pasted below:


Haaretz | Arrest at home marks new phase of crackdown on E. J'lem rallies  by Nir Hasson and Akiva Eldar


Apr. 2, 2010

The Reverend Roy Hayes: Israel says the operation was targeting weapons factories. Reports say three children were injured.  Hamas Prime Minister Ismail Haniya has called on the international community to intervene in order to avoid a possible escalation. 


Reuters | Thirteen Israeli air strikes hit Gaza Strip


Apr. 2, 2010

The Reverend Roy Hayes: Today is Good Friday and Benjamin Netanyahu is in control.  Does Bibi not know that peace would be good for Israel's economy?  I could be mistaken about that.  There's such a thing as a war-based economy.


Reuters | Palestinians await Israeli nod on West Bank project


Apr. 2, 2010

America Free Press | Obama Under Assault From Both Parties For ‘Attacking’ Israel


In a pathetic display of pandering to a foreign power, members of Congress reportedly flooded the White House with angry letters and phone calls following the White House’s recent criticism of Israel’s unbridled settlement building.


Apr. 1, 2010

Holiest Days behind the Wall by Maria Khoury, Ed.D., of Taybeh

On this Great and Holy Friday, Christians in the Holy Land feel like crying out the same words of our Lord and Savior, “My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me.” (Mark 15:34)

Especially since September 2000 there has been no change on the ground from the awful military occupation that strips people from their very basic human rights.

And at the same time seeing all our hope in Christ who offers eternal life, we remember the most important words of all, “Forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing” (Luke 23:34)

Thus on this most holy day, we must forgive that we live behind the huge Apartheid Wall that keeps us as prisoners in an open space.

We must forgive that there are 600 military checkpoints all around us....


Apr. 1, 2010

Jewish Voice for Peace | Make a contribution


Israelis and Palestinians--two peoples, one future


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Your financial support makes the important work of standing on the side of justice and dignity possible. Your gift will help us speak out for a US foreign policy that respects and supports the rights of both Israelis and Palestinians.


Apr. 1, 2010

World Council of Churches | Easter message of the Heads of Churches of Jerusalem


We encourage your prayers for us and all your Christian brothers and sisters, the "living stones" of all the Christian traditions, here in the Land of the Holy One. We ask you to pray for us in our struggle for justice, peace and reconciliation, so that when Jesus returns he will not again weep for Jerusalem but share in our joy of unity, respect and love for all people in the Holy Land. Be assured, at the same time, of our prayers for you. 


Apr. 1, 2010

World Council of Churches | From South Africa to Palestine, a message of peace and hope


In an Easter message, more than 60 South African church leaders and Christian, Jewish and Muslim lay theologians have conveyed their solidarity with Palestinian Christians in their Kairos call.


Recognizing Palestinian Christian “history of keeping the faith in the Holy Land”, despite the circumstances, they urged Palestinians to be steadfast and resist being “forced out of your own land”.


Responding to the Kairos Palestine document, they recall the words of Nelson Mandela who said: “our freedom is incomplete without the freedom of the Palestinians”. Conveying South African solidarity “with your cause”, they express conviction that “justice will come to the Holy Land, as it came to us here in the southernmost part of Africa”.


Apr. 1, 2010

World Council of Churches | Defying the Wall, Palm Sunday demonstrators break out of Bethlehem by Kimmy and Stefan, Ecumenical Accompaniers in Bethlehem

Echoing Jesus’ ride through into Jerusalem about two thousand years ago, crowds of people waving palm branches accompanied riders on a pony and two donkeys through a checkpoint between Bethlehem and Jerusalem on Sunday, the Christian festival of Palm Sunday.


Apr. 1, 2010

BBC News | Peace talks: Palestinian views


With planned indirect Israeli-Palestinian negotiations on hold after a row over settlement building in East Jerusalem, Palestinians from Gaza and the West Bank give their views on the prospects for peace.


Apr. 1, 2010

BBC News | The Thais Working on Israel's Farms by Jon Donnison 

And Roni Keidar said her Gazan workers were "part of the family".

"We used to go to their weddings or birthday parties in Gaza. They would come and eat at our house," she says.


Apr. 1, 2010

Redress | Palestine's "turbulent priest" delivers a blistering Easter message by Stuart Littlewood


Stuart Littlewood views the Easter message of Gaza’s courageous Fr Manuel Musallam in which he delivered a blistering attack on Israel’s occupation and its rape of the holy sites, and a damning indictment of the silence of the cowards in the West.


Apr. 1, 2010

American Association for Palestinian Equal Rights | Israeli Settlements: Recalling the Costs & Consequences


But much more than zoning is at stake. The humanitarian, political and security implications of Israeli settlement expansion make it an issue that must be addressed candidly, publicly and decisively. The time has long since come.


Apr. 1, 2010

American Association for Palestinian Equal Rights | Thirsting for Justice: Diminishing Access to Water in the Gaza Strip


Today, the people of Gaza have access to roughly half of their recommended daily water allotment, as defined by the United Nations. By means of comparison, Israelis, many of whom also rely on the Coastal Aquifer as their primary source of fresh water, enjoy four times the recommended amount. As a result, Palestinians are far more likely to suffer the health effects of limited access to clean water. According to the World Bank, 26% of all disease and illness in Gaza, including several forms of cancer, are caused by consuming or washing with contaminated water. Experts agree that there are ways to address the crisis, but Israel will have to cooperate if any real progress is to be made. Emergency measures such as small-scale desalinization and the digging of personal wells have been enough to ensure the survival of the people of Gaza until this point, but they do not address, and often compound, the root causes of the crisis. According to Martha Myer of the development organization CARE International, "As the population increases and infrastructure keeps collapsing, we - the international community and Gaza's neighbors - need to be cognizant of the fact that, ecologically, Gaza is simply not sustainable."


Apr. 1, 2010

American Association for Palestinian Equal Rights | U.S. Policy Toward Palestine and Israel Takes Center Stage


But fundamental disagreements between Israel and the United States over the legitimacy of Israeli settlements on Palestinian land and the status of East Jerusalem remain. Emboldened by a health care victory, Obama appears committed to publicly pressing his Israeli counterpart on the matter. Whether or not Netanyahu can be moved remains to be seen.


Apr. 1, 2010

FOSNA | Is Sabeel a political organization, or a religious one?


This question assumes that a movement's goal is religious only if it is completely non-political. But in fact all religious faith communities are intertwined with the whole of society, in its legal, political, social, economic and ideological structures.


Apr. 1, 2010

Ann Hafften, a Texas Lutheran | Sabeel Conferences in the USA affirmed activism and concern for justice and peace


Best of all, many of them are saying in various ways: "We're getting involved from now on. Count on us!"


Apr. 1, 2010

TPMCafe | Happy Passover from Gaza by Sam Bahour


My Jewish sisters and brothers, you can continue to look away as Israel claims to speak and to act in your name. It kills and maims in your name. It dispossesses and occupies in your name. It talks peace and wages war in your name. If you turn a deaf ear to their mourning again this year, if you harden your heart again this year, if your voice is not raised this year in protest - then you are acquiescing in the ongoing ethnic cleansing of another people, in your name. If you cannot see Palestinians as fully human now, you will hear them trying to give voice to their humanity in your nightmares, year after year, until you can see and until you can hear.


Apr. 1, 2010

The Reverend Roy Hayes: What Christians say about Jerusalem

As we Christians make our rightful claim to Jerusalem, we acknowledge that Muslims and Jews also have rightful claims to Jerusalem from their perspectives.  It is useless to quarrel about sovereignty in the Holy City.
P.S.  See www.cmep.org for details.

Apr. 1, 2010

The Reverend Roy Hayes: What Sabeel says about Jerusalem

The Rev. Naim Ateek is Sabeel's Founder and Director.  See: www.sabeel.org.  See: www.fosna.org.  Also see this page: Sabeel InternationalThere's a postscript. 
Naim writes"Jerusalem remains the key to peace.  Ultimately it is what happens to Jerusalem that will determine whether a viable peace will be achieved or not.  Unless the International Community can build peace on a just foundation, it is difficult to imagine a permanent solution to the conflict....."
To read the complete essay:  Click here: http://www.sabeel.org/pdfs/corner39.pdf.  Please don't forget to read the a postscript.
P.S.  Peers, have you noticed?  Jesus got Himself crucified for constantly saying things which are undeniably true.  Today is Maundy Thursday for Christians.

Apr. 1, 2010

The Reverend Roy Hayes: What Islam says about Jerusalem


We're all of us doing what we can to facilitate the peace process.  Please read (and/or re-read) the essay by Karen Armstrong [link below].  I have highlighted Karen's concluding sentence, as you will see.  Then let us do some serious thinking so that we can connect a few friendly dots.  Please read: Pause for Peace - New York Times and The Arab Peace Initiative of 2002 Now, if you will, please study this website very, very carefully, i.e, while caring:  A Common Word It will facilitate the peace process immeasurably if you do.  Because no true Muslim will accept being denied his or her rightful claim to Jerusalem indefinitely.  And I, for one, wouldn't want a Muslim to.  For Jerusalem is our common ground.

Apr. 1, 2010

RSN | Open Letter to Berkeley Students on their Historic Israeli Divestment Bill by Naomi Klein


On March 18, continuing a long tradition of pioneering human rights campaigns, the Senate of the Associated Students of the University of California, Berkeley (ASUC) passed "A Bill In Support of UC DIVESTMENT FROM WAR CRIMES." The historic bill resolves to divest ASUC's assets from two American companies, General Electric and United Technologies, that are "materially and militarily supporting the Israeli government's occupation of the Palestinian territories"—and to advocate that the UC, with about $135 million invested in companies that profit from Israel’s illegal actions in the Occupied Territories, follow suit.

Although the bill passed by a vote of 16-4 after a packed and intense debate, the President of the Senate vetoed the bill six days later. The Senate is expected to reconsider the bill soon; groups such as Jewish Voice for Peace are asking supporters of the bill to send letters to the Senators, who can overturn the veto with only 14 votes.

[Click above for] the letter I just sent.


Apr. 1, 2010

Zenit | Auxiliary Named for Jerusalem


Benedict XVI has named Monsignor William Shomali, 59, as an auxiliary bishop for the Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem.

Vatican Radio announced the appointment today. Bishop-elect Shomali will be assisting Archbishop Fouad Twal, the Latin Patriarch.


...He affirmed his promise "to be a faithful servant of Christ and of my people, to work with all my strength to sustain the faith and hope of believers, to strengthen ecumenical and interreligious dialogue and to work for peace and reconciliation in this Holy Land, torn by divisions."   The date and place of the episcopal consecration has yet to be determined. 




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