Updates November 2009

 

 

Click for Catholic Media Watch

 
 

Jan   Feb   Mar   Apr   May   Jun   Jul   Aug   Sep   Oct   Nov   Dec

 
     
 

Click for other years

 
     
  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.  
     
 

Comments made over the years by Israeli leaders

 
     
 

Last update: 01 December 2009 01:57:30 -0800

 
     
 
 

Nov. 30 2009

Churches for Middle East Peace: November 2009 Newsletter

For now the U.S. seems without an actionable strategy for Israel-Palestine peace. U.S. and Israeli failure to support creation of a viable Palestinian state with its capital in East Jerusalem threatens the end of a democratic Jewish majority state of Israel with secure and recognized borders. Either there will be a new U.S. initiative that will change equations or inaction will lead to renewed violence. --Warren Clark, Executive Director

 

Nov. 30 2009

Information Clearing House, Dispatches: Inside Britain's Israel Lobby [48-minute video]

Dispatches investigates one of the most powerful and influential political lobbies in Britain, which is working in support of the interests of the State of Israel. Despite wielding great influence among the highest realms of British politics and media, little is known about the individuals and groups which collectively are known as the pro-Israel lobby.  Political commentator Peter Oborne sets out to establish who they are, how they are funded, how they work and what influence they have, from the key groups to the wealthy individuals who help bankroll the lobbying. He investigates how accountable, transparent and open to scrutiny the lobby is, particularly in regard to its funding and financial support of MPs.  The pro-Israel lobby aims to shape the debate about Britain's relationship with Israel and future foreign policies relating to it. Oborne examines how the lobby operates from within parliament and the tactics it employs behind the scenes when engaging with print and broadcast media.

 

Nov. 30 2009

Palestine-Israel Journal: No More Walls by Hillel Schenker

...the fall of the wall will not create a united Israel/Palestine, since we are two different peoples, each longing for their secure national self-determination. Our wall will not fall because of the collapse of the Israeli or Palestinian regime, but because a peace treaty will be signed between the Israeli and Palestinian governments, with the help of an engaged and concerned international community, sooner or later.

 

Nov. 30 2009

Palestine-Israel Journal: The Other Side of the Wall by Alessandra Da Pra

This is an open letter to all the tourists visiting Jerusalem. I strongly advise you to explore beyond the walls of the Old City and venture into East Jerusalem and the West Bank. But do not cheat and visit the Arab neighborhoods on Saturday only, when shops and restaurants in West Jerusalem are closed because of Shabbat. The hearts of the Palestinian people are open everyday.

 

Nov. 28 2009

Father Dave Smith, Anglican: Australia's Rejects the Goldstone Report

It is shameful to think that our country is involved in helping to cover up war crimes, and it will be an even greater shame if we have to wait until our allies change their position before we are willing to take a stand for justice.

 

Nov. 28 2009

Gush Shalom: “…And A Little Child Shall Lead Them”  by Uri Avnery

THOMAS FRIEDMAN, the New York Times columnist, has an idea. That happens to him quite often. One might almost say - too often.

 

Nov. 28 2009

Mazin Qumsiyeh: [HumanRights] Partition of Palestine Anniversary                     

Quote of the Day: "The last thing that should interest us is the Palestinians' concern. Before the Palestinian issue, what should interest us is our friends in the world. We spoke to them and most said 'help us to help you'." -- Avigdor Lieberman speaking to Israel Radio about a 10 month "slowdown" of settlement growth (contrary to Road Map Commitments)

 

Nov. 28 2009

Q&A: Palestinian political turmoil              

The Reverend Roy Hayes, Episcopal: "A number of questions are answered in this article.  One learns, for example, about the status of the upcoming elections and about the relationship between the Palestinian Authority (PA) and the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO)."

 

Nov. 28 2009

BBC News: No easy settlement for West Bank tensions              

Alan Johnston makes his first visit to the Palestinian territories since his kidnap two years ago, and finds that the building of Israeli settlements on the West Bank and East Jerusalem is still as contentious as any issue in the Middle East.

David [a Jewish settler] saw his presence there as part of his people's near-miraculous redemption of the land that they lost 2,000 years ago.

And to be part of that destiny, he and his eight children had had to risk the threat of attack by armed Palestinians who have targeted settlers.

"The Arabs," he said, "simply needed to accept the reality of Israel's control."

But there are other realities too. One of them is that in international law, all settlement building on occupied territory has been illegal.

Another reality is that the advance of the settlers has continually added to the points of potential conflict.

 

Nov. 28 2009

Eileen Fleming, We Are Wide Awake: The Holidays in Palestine 

  • A People's History of Thanksgiving by Ramzy Baroud     "The (Palestinian) people do not hate Israelis because their names are different, or because their language is different. Nor do they hate them because they have anything against the Jewish religion, but because they are occupiers, and as long as they are occupiers, the resistance will go on. The Palestinian resistance shall live as long as the occupation lives."

  • Back to Bil'in: Part 2 [scroll down]      Some 30 Israelis and 25 internationals joined the people of Bil'in for the Id al Adha demonstration against the wall. Demonstrators marched with Palestinian flag coloured balloons, chanting slogans and imbued with holiday spirit. The army didn't let the relatively small number of demonstrators confuse them. After a formal holiday greeting, they immediately started throwing gas canisters. The wind, possibly in solidarity with the ovine population, blew directly in the demonstrators' faces, and made it difficult for them to maintain their stance. Demonstration leaders were seen scolding soldiers for their crimes while simultaneously scolding shabab for their disobedience to the no-stone-throwing-at-the-gate policy. Several demonstrators suffered direct hits by gas canisters, and some expensive holiday outfits were permanently scarred by the black soot of the struggle. --Dr. Roy Wagner, Senior lecturer Computer Science Department Academic College of Tel-Aviv-Yaffo

 

Nov. 28 2009

The Reverend Roy Hayes, Episcopal: Sunday, November 29, is the First Sunday in Advent.  Advent is the season during which Christians prepare to celebrate Christmas.  Bethlehem is literally surrounded by Israel's WALL.  Thanks to Eileen Fleming for helping to circulate the following petition addressed to the President.  Those of us who will wish to add our names to the letter can click on the link near the bottom of Eileen's post or by clicking here My allies and I are helping give this link the widest possible circulation on the Internet.

 

Eileen Fleming, We Are Wide Awake: President Obama, the little town of Bethlehem and Americans for Palestinian Equal Rights Bethlehem was the birthplace of King David and Jesus, but today it is an open-air prison, occupied by Israel's military forces and encircled by Israel's wall.
The Exodus of the Christian population is directly related to the misery and injustice they endure under a brutal military occupation. Putting Christ back in Christmas should mean remembering that he too was born, lived and died under a brutal military occupation. And that is why, I became one of many American speakers with eye witness experiences of occupied Palestine who will spend this season bringing to places of worship, educational and community centers a film of Bethlehem 2009, produced by the American Association for Palestinian Equal Rights/AAPER.

http://www.aaper.org/

 

American Association for Palestinian Equal Rights: Free Bethlehem Campaign           Bethlehem is one of the most historically significant towns in  Palestine.  It is known as the birthplace of King David and of Jesus.  And, for generations, it was a lively and bustling town.  But, today, Bethlehem resembles an open-air prison, occupied by Israel's military and encircled by Israel's wall.  These circumstances have caused Bethlehem's population, particularly its once-virbrant Christian population, to emigrate from the city in dramatic numbers.

 

Nov. 28 2009

Playgrounds for Palestine: Palestinian Olive Oil Now Available!                 Playgrounds for Palestine is pleased to sell fair trade Palestinian olive oil from Jerusalem and the West Bank.  A great deal of work and effort goes into building these playgrounds. Playgrounds that are purchased abroad are shipped and assembled using local labor. We transfer "ownership" of the equipment to a local Palestinian NGO or municipality that takes over the responsibility of maintaining the playground and providing access to all children. The land is always donated. In nearly every aspect of operations in Palestine, we rely on the generosity and dedication of ANERA (American Near East Refugee Aid) to help us ship the equipment, transport it on the ground, liaise with local organizations and local communities to install the playgrounds.

 

Nov. 27 2009

Vatican Official Notes Lesson to Learn From Muslims                  "We, Catholics, must be witnesses to the surrounding communities. This is one of the meanings of interreligious dialogue. And to be witnesses, we need to have a deep spirituality," said Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran. "  He has stressed Benedict XVI's position that "dialogue is not optional but a necessity." The cardinal is also encouraging interreligious dialogue "based on tolerance, mutual respect and cooperation."           

 

Nov. 27 2009

Mark Braverman: "Bear Fruit Worthy of Repentance"                  Sermon offered on the Second Sunday of Advent, December 9, 2007, Ravensworth Baptist Church, Annandale, Virginia

 

Mark Braverman is a Jewish American with deep family roots in the Holy Land. He serves on the advisory board of Friends of Sabeel North American and on the Board of the Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions-USA. He is the author of Fatal Embrace: Christians, Jews and the Search for Peace in the Holy Land

 

Nov. 27 2009

The Reverend Roy Hayes, Episcopal, asks: How did Israel's government know that rockets were "about to be fired" into southern Israel today?  Wasn't there another air strike last Saturday, November 21?  There's a cycle of madness that has to be broken.  

 

Nov. 27 2009

Fatal Embrace. a book by Mark Braverman                   The State of Israel was established as a safe haven for the Jewish people, but its expansionism and treatment of the Palestinians have made the prospects for peace in the Holy Land recede further and further. In Fatal Embrace: Christians, Jews and the Search for Peace in the Holy Land, author Mark Braverman shows how the Jewish quest for safety and empowerment and the Christian endeavor to atone for centuries of anti-Semitism have united to suppress the conversations needed to bring peace. Tracing his own journey as a Jew struggling with the difficult realities of modern Israel, Braverman delivers a strong message to Jews and Christians alike: it is not anti-Semitic to stand up for justice for the Palestinian people.  Describing the spiritual and psychological forces driving the discourse in America, Israel, within the Jewish community, and within the church itself, Braverman turns to the prophets’ cry for justice and to Jesus’ transformative ministry to show the way forward.       

 

Nov. 27 2009

The Reverend Roy Hayes, Episcopal, writes:

  • While Pastor John Hagee and his constituents at Christians United for Israel are beating the drums of war against Iran "for Israel's security", Churches for Middle East Peace working to bring peace to the entire region.  CMEP understands that peace is rooted in our faith. 

  • When Pope John Paul II made his famous Pilgrimage to the Holy Land in March of 2000, he made no mistakes.  He did everything right.  He traveled to the West Bank and stood in solidarity with Yassir Arafat.  He turned to the Palestinian people and repeated a promise he had made before:  "The Church will continue to plead your cause throughout the world.  You must not lose hope.  Please do not lose your dignity." he Holy Father visited the Wailing Wall which is Judaism's holiest site where he prayed on his knees, asking God to forgive Christians for all the pain Christians have caused Jews over the centuries.  After the prayers, he met with reporters and apologized to the Jews ... according to Peter Jennings ... for the 26th time.  Israel's Chief Rabbi, Meir Lau, was quick to meet with reporters, also.  Israel's Chief Rabbi told reporters that the Pope's apology was "insufficient".  Lau said:  The Pope's apology did not go far enough".  The Vatican made no comment about Lau's remarks. The Pope continued on his Pilgrimage.  About Israel's WALL he said:  "We should be building bridges, not walls."  When the Pope visited Israel's Holocaust Museum, he said:  "This is a time for profound silence".  See: EWTN - Papal Visit to the Holy Land - Multimedia

  • I've said it before and I'll say it again.  When Israel's occupation of Palestine is finally brought to an end, it will be Righteous Jews who will have made the difference.  Please watch this short video:  Fatal Embrace | Mark Braverman (06:58).

 

Nov. 27, 2009

Christian Peacemaking Team:  Soldiers beat young man in Al Kahlil Market by Johann Funk       This incident is not unique since patrols search young men regularly.  Treatment ranges from a simple check of their identity cards to full body searches.  The soldiers orders are not to beat Palestinians they detain but given the heightened tension in Al Kahlil such incidents are all to common.  The IDF patrols in sensitive areas are in themselves a form of intimidation and provocation.

[This incident took place as during last-minute shopping as Muslims prepared for the festival of Eid Al Adha, commemorating Abraham's willing sacrifice of his son, a story in which the Hebrew Scriptures [Old Testament] for Jews and Christians give the son's name as Isaac. The Koran does not give the name of the son; according to Muslim tradition, the son is Ishmael whom Abraham fathered with Hagar. --Al-Bushra]

 

Nov. 27 2009

Eid Mubarak - A Blessed Festival!    As the Muslim world celebrates Eid al-Idha, the Feast of the Sacrifice, we can all join in remembering the moment when our common Father Abraham heard the ultimate teaching of the Infinite: "Do not kill your son!"  As Abraham substituted the ram for his child, as Muslims today in memory of that moment share their food with the poor, so may we all join in acting on God's command: "Do not kill your children in war; feed the poor!"  The Quran teaches us that the One Who is infinite shaped humankind in many diverse cultures and communities so that we could learn from each other's glorious gifts, not pour hatred, contempt, and violence  upon each other. May we all take this wisdom to heart as we  learn deeply, each of us from our own tradition, the teachings of compassion --- and in this way learn to transcend those other teachings or practices of fear and hatred that may appear in all traditions to divide us against each other. 
Salaam, shalom, peace! -  --Rabbi Arthur Washkow, The Shalom Center

 

Nov. 26 2009

Jerusalem             Slideshow of beautiful pictures with music with music

 

Nov. 26 2009

Custodia di Terra Santa:  Beatification of Sr. Marie Alphonsine: the Nazareth Basilica was too small                       In spite of the fact that two basilicas are superimposed upon one another, the Nazareth basilica was seen to be too small to welcome the crowd of faithful who had come from the whole of the Holy Land as well as from Jordan, Lebanon, and Syria to celebrate the beatification of Mother Marie Alphonsine, born in 1843 in Jerusalem as Danil Ghattas and the co-foundress of the Congregation of the Sisters of the Rosary, the only indigenous congregation of the Holy Land.

 

Nov. 26 2009

The Reverend Roy Hayes, Episcopal, comments: Notice  in this report by Reuters how subtle international diplomacy can be.  Cooperative efforts, etc.  France's Foreign Minister called Netanyahu's proposal "a step in the right direction".  The British Foreign Secretary called on Israel to implement a full freeze on settlements which he deemed "illegal".  Notice, also, how a news report's headline can be misleading. 

Reuters: Israel dismisses Palestinian rejection of freeze

 

Nov. 26 2009

The Reverend Roy Hayes, Episcopal, comments:

  1. The following report from Yahoo summarizes where we are with the settlements debacle.  Benjamin Netanyahu claims his new proposal is a "far reaching" step ... a "painful" step for Israel ... designed to "encourage resumption of peace talks with our Palestinian neighbors".  Netanyahu claims that "Israel's government has made an important step toward peace today".  And, with a gesture, Netanyahu concludes: "Let us make peace together."

  1. As Yahoo reports, Israel committed to a total freeze in settlement construction in the West Bank in 2002 when it accepted the U.S.-backed "Roadmap".  The International Community still considers the Roadmap a viable blueprint.  George Mitchell plans to return to the area "in the near future".

  1. Yahoo's report also touches on the issue of prisoner exchange between Israel and Hamas.

Yahoo: Israel proposes 10-month West Bank settlement halt

 

Nov. 26 2009

Mazin Qumsiyeh: [HumanRights] Eid, ODSG, water and more          Most of [Gaza's] water is unfit for human consumption (and also below needed quantities).  Israel refuses to deal with this man-made catastrophe. Ethnically cleansing the Palestinians and concentrating them in Gaza (70% refugees on a tiny desert strip) and now denying them even import of pipes and equipment to deliver water, to filter water, or to treat sewage is simply a crime against humanity.

 

Nov. 26, 2009

Christian Peacemaking Team:  Israeli military confiscates electricity pylons; Prohibit Palestinians from improving quality of life         Despite a recent visit by Tony Blair, the Quartet's special Middle East envoy, in which Blair assured villagers of At-Tuwani that the Israeli authorities gave oral permission to carry out the electrical construction work, the community has faced repeated interruptions as it struggles to bring electricity to the area.

 

Nov. 25, 2009

Zenit: New Energy for Mideast With Beatification of Native, Jerusalem-Born Nun Founded Local Congregation            He [Archbishop Amato] said her sanctity shows how the Gospel is rooted in the land of Jesus and Mary. "Blessed [Marie Alphonsine] had a special love for this land, her land, the land blessed by Jesus. The Holy Family of Nazareth was for her, her family, and Mary was her heavenly Mother."

 

Nov. 25, 2009

Churches for Middle East Peace: Advent Reflections          We hope that these selections of Scripture, reflections by members of CMEP’s Board of Directors and staff, prayers and questions for meditation will help you not only center on the promise and hope of Christ’s birth, but also on our shared work and hope for peace in the Middle East. With the connection between our faith and this part of God’s creation so intertwined it is important that we acknowledge and celebrate our call to this work for peace that is rooted in our faith.

 

Nov. 25, 2009

Eileen Fleming, We Are Wide Awake: Back to Gaza             Last week Israel announced a sharp increase in the transfer of humanitarian aid to the Gaza Strip. That announcement coincided with the publication of a statement of concern by the European Union regarding the humanitarian situation in Gaza, noting that there has been no improvement since January 2009. Israel isn't paying for the aid to Gaza. International organizations are paying for the problems Israel's created with millions wasted on logistics to work around those restrictions and also because of Israel's Dec/Jan. attack which drastically increased the need for more aid. In 2007, aid represented 3% of all imports into the Gaza Strip. In 2009, aid represents 26% of all imports. 95% of Gaza's factories have been shut down. Israel continues to prevent the import of raw materials for industry and the unemployment rate has risen from 30% since the siege on Gaza began to 41.5% today.

 

Follow the link and scroll down:

 

Nov. 25, 2009

CNN: Deportation could leave Gaza student without degree by Kevin Flower [video with student Berlanty Azzam]                                        Officials at Bethlehem University said they were worried that Azzam's case could set a precedent for the removal of more of their students who come from Gaza and questioned why it was a problem to allow her to finish her studies. "She has been here since 2005," said Brother Jack Curran, a vice-president at the Vatican-sponsored university. "Name one security concern that she has been involved in. It's really not about political posturing," he said. "It's about a young woman's life and her dream and her goal for her university education."

 

Nov. 25, 2009

Time Magazine: In His Cave, a Palestinian Farmer Makes a Stand by Matthew Kalman           Abed Abed-Rabbo doesn't want to live in a cave, but its the only way he can stay on his farm. The Palestinian farmer, 48, inherited the property in the village of Wallajeh, on the southern edge of Jerusalem, from his father and his grandfather but had to flee amid the 1967 Six-Day War, when Israel occupied the place. In 1999, he returned to Wallajeh and the farm, risking constant arrest and defying an Israeli decision to annex it to Jerusalem. Most nights of the week, he says, he spends in the cave he slept in as a child. But now, he may even lose the cave. 

"Here we have meetings of love, of peace, for a new way. We don't just need to talk about peace on television. We also need to sit with people, to get to know them, my kids, their kids, to bring them so they can play with each other. That's what love is. You bring people together. That's how you make peace." --Abed Abed-Rabbo

 

Nov. 25, 2009

Eileen Fleming, We Are Wide Awake: President Obama, the little town of Bethlehem and Americans for Palestinian Equal Rights   Bethlehem was the birthplace of King David and Jesus, but today it is an open-air prison, occupied by Israel's military forces and encircled by Israel's wall. The Exodus of the Christian population is directly related to the misery and injustice they endure under a brutal military occupation. Putting Christ back in Christmas should mean remembering that he too was born, lived and died under a brutal military occupation.     [Link provided to sign your name to a letter to President Obama about Middle regarding justice for Palestinians]

 

Nov. 25, 2009

Ctrl Alt Shift Film Competition Winner No Way Through          Six-minute video on You Tube 

Written and Directed by: Alexandra Monro + Sheila Menon
Mentor: Jim Threapleton
Music: The Thirst

No Way Through highlights mobility restrictions imposed in the West Bank, that are limiting its habitants access to health care, thus violating a fundamental human right.

Take Action to help people in the Occupied Palestinian Territories get justice.

 

Nov. 24, 2009

Adam Keller: And how, after all, shall we dismantle the settlements?          ...De Gaulle simply announced to the settlers [in Algeria] the date on which the army would leave and Algeria become an independent state, giving every settler the free choice of evacuating or remaining. Settlers who stayed were offered the choice between Algerian citizenship, French citizenship or a dual one. In practice, almost all of them went back to France (and did not do too badly there).

 

Nov. 24, 2009

Adam Keller: Fanatics and the army          In particular, there is one section of the public who are perfectly fitted and attuned to occupation duty - the Religious Nationalists. Those who feel a strong urge to settle on every hill and dale, who regard the entire Land of Israel as ours and ours only, because of our Fathers, because God promised it, etc. etc.  These are the people who embrace military service with a great desire and motivation, serve in all units, go up on the chain of command and increasingly become the backbone of the IDF. With great enthusiasm do they guard the bulldozers building more houses for their settler brethren, highly motivated they keep Palestinians waiting at roadblocks roads and break into village homes in the small of the night to carry out arrests and charge into the heart of Gaza to shoot and wound and kill. And their rabbis bless the guns of the warriors of the Holy War and exhort them to kill without mercy, to kill even children.

 

Nov. 24, 2009

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs: West Bank Movement and Access Update | November 2009       Over the course of the past six months (May-October 2009), the Israeli authorities continued to implement measures that increased the freedom of movement of Palestinians between most Palestinian urban centres in the West Bank. However, during the same period, there has been no significant improvement when it comes to access to land and use of space by Palestinians.        

 

Nov. 23, 2009

The Reverend Roy Hayes, Episcopal: Here is an update on one of the snags in the Mideast Peace Process:  Prisoner Exchange.  Egypt and Germany are mediating the negotiations ... "behind closed doors" ... in Cairo.  Let's give the issue an accurate framing.  Hamas is still holding a prisoner, Israel's young Sgt. Gilad Shalit, who says he's "physically well" and that he's being treated "fine" by his captors.  Israel holds about 10,000 Palestinian prisoners in jail ... including women and children ... "on security grounds".  Earlier this month, several Hamas Members of Parliament were freed after the 40-month period of their administrative detention (held without charge) expired.  Fifteen MPs from Hamas and two MPs from Fatah ... who were democratically elected by the Palestinians in January 2006 ... remain in detention.  Notice that the name of Marwan Barghouti (03:41) is mentioned in this report.   Hamas 'debating Gilad Shalit prisoner exchange deal'

 

Nov. 23, 2009

Ann Hafften, a Texas Lutheran's  Voice for Middle East Peace: Israel is denying access to basic minimum of clean, safe water         "As the VIM team easily noticed, water is a precious commodity here, and life is anything but easy. What was denied by God to the people of Moses, is now being forcibly denied to the Palestinians by the Israeli government. The number one rule in warfare strategy is to control the water supply. Nothing can survive without water. Deny them water and the people will die. It’s that simple." --Janet Lewis, Methodist missionary

 

Nov. 23, 2009

The Reverend Roy Hayes, Episcopal: Here is an encouraging comment by one of my allies: "We have to hope/trust that Obama is smart and working behind the scenes to accomplish goals of justice and peace and social welfare." Also encouraging is the fact that a grassroots social movement is beginning to receive publicity. A New Intifada: Palestinian Refugees and Diaspora also voting?

 

Nov. 22, 2009

Zenit: Pope: Beatification Is Significant for Holy Land                 From the Vatican, Benedict XVI is joining in the celebration of the Holy Land Christians who attended the beatification ceremony of Maria Alfonsina Danil Ghattas today in Nazareth.  Mother Ghattas was born Soultaneh Maria, as a Palestinian in Jerusalem. She became a co-founder of the Congregation of the Sisters of the Most Holy Rosary of Jerusalem.

 

Nov. 22, 2009

Mazin Qumsiyeh: [HumanRights] Um Salamuna and more         Many Palestinians want the PA to develop real influence instead of fictional authority under occupation (and we are here talking about both the West Bank and Gaza).  They have lots of resources at their disposal: most of all people they could mobilize to organize and resist.  Our options are not really restricted to endless useless negotiations or shooting home-made rockets.   It is time I believe for many more activities like at Um Salamuna and far better organized activities to build, grow, reclaim land, resist military orders, topple down walls, and remove barricades (and those are just few examples of hundreds of actions that could be done). It is time [for] real change in Palestine. People are ready for it.  They are just looking for direction, for real heroic leadership, a leadership of actions not words, a leadership of substance not image, of rough calloused hands not suits.

 

Nov. 22, 2009

Gush Shalom: The Dutch Foreign Minister: products from the Palestinian part of the Dead Sea are not Israeli products and deserve no tax exemption  by Adam Keller                         Gush Shalom to Ahava directors: read the writing on the wall – get out of the Occupied Territories  A million people around the world are marching for peace.

 

Nov. 22, 2009

Voices for Peace: Marching for Peace in Bethlehem and Around the World by Rana Al-Arja                         A million people around the world are marching for peace. In the past few weeks alone, they walked through the streets of Sarajevo, Zagreb and Gendema, on the Sierra Leone-Liberia border. At the same time, halfway around the world, others marched in Mexico City.  Next on the agenda? New York, Paris, Freetown and Santiago.           

 

Nov. 22, 2009

The Reverend Roy Hayes, Episcopal: CMEP provides us with interesting tid bits. Details, etc. In a recent interview with FOX News, President Obama began by saying obligatory things about America's commitment to Israel's security, etc. Then ... in the language of diplomacy ... he firmly criticized Israel's ever-expanding settlements: YouTube - Obama on Israeli Settlements (11.18.09) (02:43). Charles Krauthammer followed with the argument that Palestinians have negotiated while settlements were being built the past. Krauthammer, from my perspective, is an airhead. He went further. He said that it's Obama's call for a settlements freeze that's preventing negotiations. "His call caused a 'self-inflicted wound' on the administration". Mort Kondracke was quick to suggest that Obama's foreign policy has utterly failed. Wishful thinking. The bottom line is that Obama has not been able to stop Benjamin Netanyahu ... YET.              

  • In today's BBC News - Israel halts football stadium construction in West Bank.  The stadium is being financed internationally, by the world football's governing body as well as France, Germany and Gulf States.  Palestinian municipal authorities have been told they lack the correct permit to build.

  • 900 New Housing Units Approved Beyond the Green Line

    November 17, the White House expressed dismay at Israel's plan to build 900 new housing units in the eastern Jerusalem neighborhood of Gilo. The plan will significantly expand the neighborhood where 40,000 Israelis already live in the form of 4-5 bedroom apartments to lure relatively well-off residents. 

    White House spokesman Robert Gibbs said in a statement, "We are dismayed - at the Jerusalem Planning Committee's decision to move forward on the approval process for the expansion of Gilo in Jerusalem. At a time when we are working to re-launch negotiations, these actions make it more difficult for our efforts to succeed." Gibbs also addressed other hot topic issues related to housing and said, "The U.S. also objects to other Israeli practices in Jerusalem related to housing, including the continuing pattern of evictions and demolitions of Palestinian homes. Our position is clear: the status of Jerusalem is a permanent status issue that must be resolved through negotiations between the parties."

    In an interview with Fox News, President Obama remarked that Israel's decision to build the new housing units in Gilo complicates his Administration's efforts to re-launch peace talks and "embitters the Palestinians." The President also noted that additional settlement building does not make Israel safer because decisions like this make it harder to achieve peace in the region. 

    Palestinian Authority negotiator, Saeb Erekat said, "We condemn this in the strongest possible terms…It shows that it is meaningless to resume negotiations when this goes on."

    Prime Minister Netanyahu has said that he is willing to show "restraint" of construction in the West Bank to facilitate the relaunch of negotiations with the Palestinians, but will not accept any restriction on building in East Jerusalem. 

    Resources:

    "Netanyahu senses Obama's weakness on Jerusalem", Akiva Eldar, Haaretz, November 18, 2009 

    "Will Netanyahu's behavior push Obama into Abbas' arms?", Akiva Eldar, Haaretz, November 20, 2009 

  • Sarah Palin's position on Israel's settlements policy and J Street's response to Palin can be read in CMEP's mailing pasted here:

    In an interview with ABC News' Barbara Walters, Sarah Palin weighed in on the settlement issue. 

    She said, "I believe that the Jewish settlements should be allowed to be expanded upon, because that population of Israel is, is going to grow. More and more Jewish people will be flocking to Israel in the days and weeks and months ahead. And I don't think that the Obama Administration has any right to tell Israel that the Jewish settlements cannot expand."

    J Street, the pro-Israel pro-peace advocacy group in Washington organization issued a public response to Palin's remarks on settlements. 

    Jeremy Ben-Ami, Executive Director of J Street, said, "J Street rejects Sarah Palin's comments attacking President Obama's sensible policy on Israeli settlements in the West Bank… For decades, American presidents have held that Israeli settlements in the West Bank are an impediment to peace. They are joined by the majority of Israelis and pro-Israel Americans who view the growing settlement enterprise as a threat to Israel's very future as a Jewish democracy."

    The J Street statement in turn was attacked by Abraham Foxman, head of the Anti-Defamation League, who questioned whether J Street should be considered "pro-Israel."

    Ben Ami responded to Foxman that unlimited expansion of settlements in the West Bank would mean the two state solution is no longer feasible, and if the two state solution collapses, Israel will face a South African-style struggle for voting rights.

    Resources: 

    "Jeremy Ben-Ami responds to Abe Foxman's Palin comments", J Street, November 20, 2009 

    "Foxman blasts J Street on Palin, questions its 'pro-Israel' slogan", Eric Fingerhut, Jewish Telegraphic Agency, November 19, 2009 

     

 

Nov. 21, 2009

MIFTAH: Settlements Stir Palestinian, American Ire [November 15-November 21]                 

What it all boils down to are the ever-growing settlements on occupied Palestinian territory

 

Nov. 21, 2009

The Reverend Roy Hayes, Episcopal: Iran has joined the US, the UN and the EU in condemning Israel's expansion of a Jewish settlement in East Jerusalem.  Israel has dismissed the criticism, describing construction at the settlement as a “routine process”.  The settlement is illegal according to International Law.  

 

Nov. 21, 2009

Eileen Fleming, We Are Wide Awake: Dear Virginia: Bob Dylan is a Santa Claus and Rachel Corrie a Light unto the Nations         Jesus also promised that it is the Peacemakers who are the daughters and sons of God and what ever we do-or do NOT do-unto the least and oppressed, we do it-or NOT-unto God.  

 

Nov. 20, 2009

You Tube: Bethlehem Christmas cancelled: The Wall must fall       I produced this video to go with the soundtrack to Garth Hewitt's song "They've cancelled Christmas in Bethlehem" (The wall must fall) which can be downloaded from www.amostrust.org--Steve Leicester, UK

 

Nov. 20, 2009

Sojourners: Build, Don’t Destroy in Afghanistan: An Open Letter to President Obama by Jim Wallis       We believe that after eight years of war we need a whole new approach in Afghanistan. And we respectfully and prayerfully suggest to you a different strategy that we would name: the humanitarian and development surge.

 

Nov. 20, 2009

The Reverend Roy Hayes, Episcopal: It is more urgent than ever that we make the distinction between Judaism and Zionism every chance that we get. This building in East Jerusalem was razed a day after the US said we objected to Palestinian homes being destroyed.

The Reverend Roy Hayes, Episcopal: William A. Cook is a Professor of English at the University of La Verne in southern California and serves as editor and writer for multiple Internet publications. His published books include Tracking Deception: Bush Mid-East Policy, Hope Destroyed, Justice Denied: The Rape of Palestine, and The Chronicles of Nefaria, a novella.  See:  www.drwilliamacook.com.  From my perspective, Cook has made the distinction between Judaism and Zionism in his own mind.  In this essay he writes about Palestine during the days of the British Mandate, and he explains the Balfour Declaration.

 

Nov. 20, 2009

Christian Peacemaking Team: Al-Khalil: Whose water is it anyway?  by Melanie Southworth            Frustration builds when we focus so narrowly on a debate that is so simple. The Palestinian people are running out of water.  This leads to a very simple conclusion; people need water to live; the denial of this is essentially a death sentence.  It is sad and disheartening when I hear Israeli settlers justify the denial of basic human rights based on land claims.  I notice on a daily basis that the debate is given a top priority over love and compassion.

 

Nov. 19, 2009

World Council of Churches: Israel settlement decision "deplorable", says WCC           

Quoting a position adopted by the WCC Central Committee at its meeting in September 2009, Kobia warned that, "if settlements continue to expand and proliferate, they will further complicate negotiations and may destroy any chance for peace". He continued: "People of conscience and good faith around the world are looking to the government of Israel now to move toward the resolution of an interminable conflict rather than continue with decades-old policies that have driven it toward the point of no return."

 

Nov. 19, 2009

World Council of Churches: WCC calls for investigation of Gaza war crimes       As "durable peace, reconciliation and healing between Palestinians and Israelis should be based on justice", Kobia added, "the need of the hour is an unequivocal affirmation of the highest principles of justice, human rights and humanitarian practices".

 

Nov. 19, 2009

Haaretz: Jordan: World must stop Israel settlement building  by Jack Khoury                      "Jerusalem is a red line and Israel must internalize the importance the city holds for Arabs and Christian Muslims, and stop playing with fire," said Jordanian King Abdullah II.

 

Nov. 19, 2009

World Council of Churches: Churches in the Middle East: solidarity and witness for peace          The situation of the Middle East calls for collective efforts by ecumenical partners to achieve peace and justice at local, national, regional and international levels. Major problems in the region include armed occupation of territory, denial of human rights and national aspirations, failures to implement the rule of law at the national and international levels, various forms of extremism and intolerance, and nuclear proliferation in Israel and Iran. Interlinked with these is the question of control of energy resources. 

 

Nov. 19, 2009

World Council of Churches: Public statement by the WCC general secretary on Israel's approval of 900 more housing units in Gilo settlement        It is with great disappointment that the World Council of Churches (WCC) heard the news that the government of Israel has approved construction of 900 more housing units in the settlement of Gilo near East Jerusalem. The WCC strongly condemns the decision of the government of Israel to expand the illegal Gilo settlement as we believe that this decision will hinder attempts now in process to restart the peace negotiations.

The WCC asks its member churches, ecumenical partners, specialized ministries and agencies to act with resolve, and in concert, to mobilize their members and the public to reverse this decision of the Israeli government and the settlement programme it represents.  --Rev. Dr Samuel Kobia, General secretary, World Council of Churches

 

Nov. 19, 2009

Media Monitors Network: Federation? Why Not? by Uri Avnery          Lately, the term "federation" has come into fashion again. Some people believe that it can serve as a kind of compromise between the “Two-State Solution”, now a world-wide consensus, and the “One-State Solution” that is popular in some radical circles. “Federation” sounds like a miracle: there will be both “two states for two peoples” and a single entity. Two in one, one in two."

This is a vision for the future, and it can be realized. To paraphrase Barack Obama’s slogan, even if it has lost some of its luster: Yes, we can!

Comment from the Rev. Roy Hayes, Episcopal, to President Obama: "Sir, for the life of me, I cannot understand why you've not invited Uri to the White House for talks yet.  Please read his concluding paragraph.  Watch this video (03:29) again." 

 

Nov. 19, 2009

Eileen Fleming, We Are Wide Awake: Damn Right I've Got The Blues, Buddy Guy & John Mayer     But they are nothing compared to what those enduring under military occupation feel because of our American inability to perceive ourselves in relation to others [which] is our principal weakness and Freedom can't wait.

 

Nov. 19, 2009

New York Times: A Mideast Truce by Roger Cohen                 At least until Intifada-traumatized Israeli psychology shifts. I agree with the Israeli author David Grossman when he writes: “We have dozens of atomic bombs, tanks and planes. We confront people possessing none of these arms. And yet, in our minds, we remain victims. This inability to perceive ourselves in relation to others is our principal weakness.”

 

Nov. 19, 2009

San Jose Mercury News: Opinion: U.S. should stand against apartheid in Israel by Sam Jadallah                   Already, over 20 Israeli laws favor Jewish citizens and discriminate against Palestinians. And in the Israeli-controlled West Bank, Palestinians face segregated roads, unequal distribution of water and a dual system of law. The question is how to break the impasse. I look to guidance Nelson Mandela offered from his prison cell. He asked, "What freedom am I being offered when I must ask permission to live in an urban area? What freedom am I being offered when I need a stamp in my pass to seek work?"

 

Nov. 19, 2009

CommonDreams.org: Netanyahu Shrugs off Worldwide Criticism by Jason Koutsoukis in Jerusalem and Anne Davies in Washington         Shimon Shiffer, the columnist, wrote that the latest statement from the White House indicated that the Obama Administration has decided to change the rules of the game and not to behave like other US administrations in the past.  George Mitchell ''has been trying for some time to persuade Israel that it is not enough to declare twice a day its desire to renew negotiations."  The columnist added:  "The Americans are telling Israel that Israel has to change its mode of conduct insofar as it pertains to construction in the territories.'' --The Rev. Roy Hayes, Episcopal  

 

Nov. 18, 2009

Mazin Qumsiyeh: [HumanRights] The squeky wheels of hamsters and most politicians          There are actually numerous UN Security Council Resolutions (UNSCR, those not vetoed by the US) that clearly articulate their illegality.  If Israel was forced to comply with just half of the 35 UNSCR that it [is] currently violating, we would have peace a long time ago.

 

Nov. 18, 2009

Ma'am: Ban Ki-Moon: Israel must stop blockade of Gaza               UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon called for Israel to end the blockade of Gaza, cease evictions and demolitions of Palestinian homes and ensure the rights of children, adding that all allegations of torture and ill-treatment must be promptly investigated and perpetrators prosecuted, in his annual report released on Monday.   

 

Nov. 18, 2009

Ctrl.Alt.Shift: Shot With My Hands In The Air (interview with Bil`in anti-wall activist Khamis Fathe Abu Rahmah)  by Jody.McIntyre      No, I will never stop participating in our demonstrations at the Wall. We are non-violent, and it is our right to protest against the illegal confiscation of our land. They [ Israeli Occupation Forces] have invaded our home around six times, sometimes even in the day, when they claimed that they had seen kids coming from our house to damage the Wall. They once told my mother that they wanted to destroy our house because it's where all the problems come from... it's just because we live so close to the Wall.

 

Nov. 18, 2009

Adam Keller: One day in the eternal capital          Everything was done, really every conceivable thing, to make clear to the whole world what policies the government of Israel is implementing in the place which it calls “capital”. Policies which no country calling itself "a democracy" would dream of implementing even in a godforsaken province.

 

Nov. 18, 2009

Reuters India: Obama criticizes Israel over settlement-building by Jeffrey Heller              "I think that additional settlement building does not contribute to Israel's security. I think it makes it harder for them to make peace with their neighbors....  I think it embitters the Palestinians in a way that could end up being very dangerous."      See also

 

Nov. 18, 2009

The Reverend Roy Hayes, Episcopal: An open message to President Obama regarding the proposed bid of Palestine to be recognized as a state by the UN                      All things considered, Sir, it's the Palestinian side wants peace.  Justice first... then peace.  Benjamin Netanyahu "says" Israel wants peace.  Do you believe him?  I don't, so let's hold him to his words.  We can trust Hamas.  For the same reasons we trust Islam.  Do you really and truly believe that Bibi wants peace?  There's the rub, isn't it?

 

Nov. 18, 2009

Christian Peacemaking Team: IDF detains Palestinian woman over a puddle argument by Paulette Schroeder                          CPTers meanwhile questioned the soldiers, pleaded for common sense and kindness from those who call themselves “the most moral army in the world”, but with the arrival of the Israeli police  it became very clear that neither common sense nor kindness  nor CPT’s efforts nor another international’ s pleas would make any difference to the woman’s case. The police motioned the Palestinian woman into the paddy wagon , whisked her off to Kiryat Arba Police Station, and so ended another “normal” day in the life of  our Palestinian neighbors....                                          

 

Nov. 18, 2009

The Ugly Truth: Israeli Terrorism Against America?? INCONCEIVABLE  by Mark Glen                                               

 

Nov. 18, 2009

Antiwar.com: Demolitions Continue in East Jerusalem by Jerrold Kessel and Pierre Klochendler                  "What I don’t understand," chimes in Fakhri, "is why the provocation. Why come here with your helmets and battledress and rifles and jeeps – to intimidate us? To push us to violence so that you think you can justify what you’re doing? If you’re going to deliver demolition warrants, why not simply send them in the post, like you do with our taxes?"           

 

Nov. 18, 2009

Zenit: Scholar: Christians Fighting More Than Iraqi State            Archbishop Jules Mikhael Al-Jamil, procurator of the Syrian Catholic Patriarchate in Rome, said that in Iraq's social system, Christians have no supports to defend themselves, thus becoming easy victims of common criminals or terrorist groups....   Christians used to be a quite influential minority. They made a decisive contribution to the country's culture in, for example, the creation and development of the first University of Baghdad. These contributions, the prelate explained, allowed them to "enjoy respect."    ...Now that Christians have lost their political weight and social influence, and many have abandoned their land, they suffer the persecution of a dominant social system that keeps them defenseless....

 

Nov. 18, 2009

Eileen Fleming, We Are Wide Awake: One Year Ago          On November 18, 2008, I and forty seven international ecumenical Christians and other people of faith rolled out of bed before 5 AM to travel from Jerusalem to the Erez Crossing in the Gaza Strip.

We went to stand up as a united people of conscience in NONVIOLENT Solidarity with the people of Gaza and in support of all the NGO’s that have been denied access into the Gaza Strip for over two weeks. We went in love and for love of all of God’s children; Be they the oppressed or the oppressors, Those imprisoned by walls and those who erect them, Those who are denied clean water and their deniers, Those whose fears rule their hearts and the heartbroken, Those whose ideology, greed, apathy, and power blind them to their culpability, responsibilities and obligations. We went with hope to arouse the consciences of the leaders of the world to seek peace through justice; equal human rights for all. Israel and the USA both signed the Geneva Convention. That makes them BOTH legally, morally and ethically RESPONSIBLE for the 1.5 million open air prisoners of Gaza; 60% are children under the age of 18 years old!            

 

Nov. 17, 2009

Council on Foreign Relations: Rethinking a Two-State Solution    Interviewee: Robert Malley, Director, Middle East Program, International Crisis Group      Interviewer: Bernard Gwertzman, Consulting Editor, CFR.org                                         As we've defined the parameters of a two-state solution, it hasn't really addressed the concerns of today. On the Palestinian side: the diaspora, the refugees, those who have identified with Hamas; on the Israeli side the right-wing, the religious, the settlers' community.

 

Nov. 17, 2009

Christian Peacemaker Team: At-Tuwani  Israeli settlers harass Palestinian family, beat and rob internationals               CPT has maintained a continuous full-time presence in At-Tuwani since 2005, supporting Palestinian freedom of movement under the threat of settler violence. CPT places trained volunteers in locations of violent conflict around the world at the invitation of local peacemakers.

 

Nov. 17, 2009

If Americans Knew: Israel-Palestine: The Missing Headlines         Studies show that U.S. news coverage is consistently Israeli-centric. The main bureaus for CNN, Associated Press, etc. are located in Israel and largely staffed by Israelis. Because the U.S. gives Israel $7 million/day - more than to any other nation - we feel it is essential that we be fully informed on this region. Below are news reports to augment mainstream coverage.

 

Nov. 17, 2009

BBC News: EU against Palestinian state move          The Rev. Roy Hayes, Episcopal, notes: The European Union has said proposals by the Palestinians to try to have the UN recognise an independent state in the West Bank and Gaza are "premature".  Swedish Foreign Minister Carl Bildt, whose country holds the rotating EU presidency, said the conditions were "not there as of yet" for such a move.  "There has to be one first."  The EU's position is understandable.  Palestine needs a UNIFIED government in order to be recognized.  

 

Nov. 17, 2009

Truth Dig: The New State Solution by Chris Hedges         Chris Hedges writes:  "Palestinians have no option but to unilaterally declare an independent state."  Chris graduated from Harvard Divinity School and was a foreign correspondent for The New York Times for nearly twenty years.  He is the author of many books.

 

Nov. 17, 2009

Spotlight on Palestine: an interview with Stuart Littlewood by Angie Tibbs         British writer and photographer Stuart Littlewood talks to Angie Tibbs about his experience of Israel’s occupation in Gaza and the West Bank, and comments on how British and American collusion, under the auspices of the Jewish lobby, is helping to sustain the world’s most lawless, brutal and unjust occupation regime.

"The Catholic Church, which has a significant presence in the Holy Land and runs a number of schools, appears to be fighting the battle alone. Anglican Church ministers I have spoken to are largely disinterested. Yes, their faith is focused on the Holy Land, they teach the Holy Land texts and they deliver sermons on the Holy Land, but what do they really care about it? One morning they'll wake up and discover that the Holy Land – the central plank to their existence – has been stolen from under their noses.

"The Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem – the Catholic Church in the Holy Land – does its best, but I don’t think it gets the support it deserves from the Vatican. As for the rest, they could unite and surely do much more. While Israel was planning its
blitzkrieg against Gaza's Muslims and Christians – after blockading and starving them with the British government’s connivance – the Archbishop of Canterbury went swanning off with the Chief Rabbi on a visit to Auschwitz, preaching their joint solidarity against extreme hostility and genocide! The archbishop talked about the collective corruption and moral sickness that made the Holocaust possible. But where was his concern for the shattered Christian remnants in Gaza? Or for the murdered, maimed and homeless Muslims who, many claim, are being subjected to a “slow genocide”? Let's remember that the Israelis’ killing spree left nearly 60,000 homeless and 400,000 without running water, and they still won't allow cement and other reconstruction materials to be brought in.

"Did the Pope visit Gaza to show solidarity with his frightened and impoverished flock there?

"Pious wafflers in their palaces make me sick, when genuine men of God – those in the front line, the priests, the nuns and the imams – risk their lives as they work round the clock to bring comfort to the victims of political greed and aggression."

 

Nov. 16, 2009

MIFTAH: Next Year, Let's Hope Our Independence Is Real by Joharah Baker          Palestinians are getting desperate, and its showing. After all else has failed, the leadership is now saying it will resort to the UN to define the borders of their state along the 1967 borders. Negotiations, they say, have brought them no closer to their goal of independence than when they first started, so it's time for a new tack..

 

Nov. 16, 2009

The Reverend Roy Hayes, Episcopal: Click on The picture in this forward puts the issue into proper perspective, and it's making the rounds on the Internet. 

 

Nov. 16, 2009

Air America: Bill Clinton urges Mideast foes to end conflict           "We are either going to hurt each other or we are going to help each other," he said of the two foes.

 

Nov. 16, 2009

Haaretz: U.S. State Department: Israel is not a tolerant society Akiva Eldar          At the end of 2008,  for example, all of the 137 officially recognized holy sites were Jewish. Moreover, Israel issued regulations for the identification, preservation and guarding of Jewish sites only. Many Christian and Muslim sites are said to be neglected, inaccessible or at risk of exploitation by real estate entrepreneurs and local authorities.

 

Nov. 16, 2009

CNN video with Paula Hancock reporting: Fight for Jerusalem          They broke into the house that I built for my son, and almost 50 settlers entered. I started screaming, "This is my house!" -- 80-year-old Rifna Al-Kurd  

Aletho News: Michigan woman imprisoned by Israel following Israeli takeover of a Palestinian home             "One of [the police], threatened to ‘break my head’. None of the other non-violent demonstrators were targeted; the way they treated me, it’s obvious that I was arrested because I’m of Arab descent.” --Ahlam Mohsen               The Al-Kurd home was built in 1956. An addition was built ten years ago, but the family was not allowed to inhabit that section because the municipality refused to grant a building permit.

 

Nov. 15, 2009

Baptism garments from Bethlehem where Jesus was born               Arlette and George Anastas offer garments in six different infant sizes with your choice of embroidery colors; they will take the garment on your behalf to the Church of the Nativity for a special blessing prior to shipping. Your purchase provides income for Holy Land Christians and helps them remain in their homeland.

 

Nov. 15, 2009

Eileen Fleming. We Are Wide Awake:  To Brooklyn from Occupied Territory             What follows the following request for letters to The New York Mets regarding the Hebron Fund is a report of my last visit to Hebron and related links.

 

Nov. 15, 2009

Uri Avnery in Gush Shalom: Scoundrel with Permission            Practically all Hebrew Israelis want a state with a Hebrew majority, where the Hebrew language, culture and tradition are cultivated. But many of us do not want a man-hunting, woman-hunting and child-hunting state, closed to asylum-seekers, where foreign workers who outstay their welcome must live in permanent fear, like our ancestors in the ghettoes.

In order to exorcise the demographic demon, my friends and I have applied to the courts and requested that the registration “Nation: Jewish” in the Ministry’s Register of Residents be replaced with “Nation: Israeli”. Our application was rejected by Judge Noam Solberg – the very same person the Minister of Justice is moving mountains to get appointed as Attorney General.

 

Nov. 15, 2009

You Tube: Palestine, you are not alone                         The People of the World want Palestinians to know "YOU ARE NOT ALONE"! Hundreds of Thousands of people around the world rose up and demonstrated against occupation, human rights violations, and the deaths of women, child and civilians; while the world leaders ignore the atrocities that the Palestinians have to endure on a daily basis. demand that the world condemn Israeli crimes. demand justice for Palestinians.

 

Nov. 15, 2009

Anisa Abd el Fattah, Chairwoman of National Association of Muslim American Women (NAMAW): Open Letter to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu             ...I am writing to request that Israel immediately end the occupation of Palestine, withdraw all of its troops from the West Bank and Gaza, and remove the check points. I am requesting that Israel immediately lift the illegal economic embargo that it has imposed upon the Palestinian people. I am also requesting that Israel stop demolishing Palestinian homes, and that it stop forcing Palestinians to demolish their own homes. I am requesting that Israel free all of the Palestinians that it is holding as prisoners in its jails and that Israel end the excavation under Al Aqsa mosque and that it stop the further Judaization of Jerusalem. I am requesting that Israel stop its military from carrying out illegal military raids in the towns and villages of the West Bank and Gaza, and that Israel stop kidnapping and detaining Palestinians. I am also requesting that Israel disarm the illegal settlers, and that Israel stop their raids on Palestinian children and families, that Israel stop illegal Jewish settler destruction of Palestinian farms, crops and killing of their livestock, and that Israel stop the settlers from moving into the homes of Palestinian people, and I am requesting that Israel order the settlers who migrated to Israel after the inception of the now failed Oslo Accords, to return them to their home countries, and to leave Palestine. In closing, I am also requesting that Israel immediately end the illegal harvesting of Palestinian organs and also the illegal trafficking of organs illegally harvested from Palestinian and all other Muslim and Arab people.

 

Nov. 15, 2009

Rabbi Arthur Waskow, The Shalom Center: "To Bigotry No Sanction"            I wish that Jewish, Christian, Buddhist, and other religious communities could also come forward along with Muslim groups to say truthfully, “In the fabrics of ALL our different traditions are both broad spaces of peaceful and peace-seeking wisdom, and some bloody strands. These we need to address forthrightly and to explicitly reject or reinterpret so they cannot be used to justify violence.

 

"For details on  Muslim responses to the Ft. Hood murders, see http://www.theshalomcenter.org/node/1632  I expect some people will object that the Afghan war, at least at the beginning, and threats and attacks on Iran were justifiable. For my thoughts on these, see our fuller website version of this essay, on our home page at http://www.theshalomcenter.org    And I encourage all readers of this essay to comment for a public conversation, by going to the end of the website posting and adding your comments there.

Shalom, salaam, shantih --- peace, Arthur"

 

Nov. 15, 2009

Haaretz: IDF Chief Rabbi: Troops who show mercy to enemy will be 'damned'  by Anshel Pfeffer             The Israel Defense Forces' chief rabbi told students in a pre-army yeshiva program last week that soldiers who "show mercy" toward the enemy in wartime will be "damned."     

Comment by Lissa Cadwell, Methodist missionary: "How can one wonder if the Goldstone Report was accurate or truthful?"

Comment by the Rev. Roy Hayes, Episcopal: " We must continue to make the distinction between Judaism and Zionism in our own minds even when for all practical purposes they're one and the same."

 

Nov. 14, 2009

Churches for Middle East Peace:  Congressman Moran Responds to Detained and Deported Bethlehem University Student      On October 28, Ms. Berlanty Azzam, a fourth year student at Bethlehem University, was arrested by the Israeli military and deported to Gaza. In the past Israel has prevented students from Gaza from studying in the West Bank, but this seem to be a precedent for deporting Gaza students already in the West Bank back to Gaza.

 

Nov. 14, 2009

Information Clearing House: Noam Chomsky: Palestine and the Region in the Obama era: The Emerging Framework       [regarding Goldstone Report]          Video recorded on Oct. 29 at Logan Hall, Institute of Education, Bedford Way, London

 

Nov. 14, 2009

Roy Tov, Christian  refugee: Vetoing the American Veto       [regarding Goldstone Report] Can the US justify that on “Democratic Values?” Is the American society ready to accept the full implications of its endorsing a terror inflicting entity? Would the American society accept the same verdict once it is pointed at her? Will we hear at least once a honest statement from that entity, or we will continue to hear mumbling justifications of unjustifiable double morality standards?

 

Nov. 14, 2009

You Tube: Israeli Confessions       The Reverend Roy Hayes, Episcopal: We don't have to wonder why there has always been conflict between Palestine's native population and Israel's military governments.  We can figure it out.  Click here: YouTube - Israeli Confessions (04:17). 

 

Nov. 14, 2009

Reuters: Iran's struggle with America should continue: cleric       The Reverend Roy Hayes, Episcopal, maintains that it is sometimes necessary to see things from another's point of view  

 

Nov. 13, 2009

Mazin Qumsiyeh: [HumanRights] The smell of misery and the feeling of hope          There are really few activists like the ones I met in Beirut.  But we reminisce that good people (Jordanian, Lebanese, Palestinians, and Internationals) make a difference in society every day.  It has always been like that. 

 

Nov. 13, 2009

Ethics Daily: Parliament of World Religions Names First Muslim Leader by Adelle M Banks           The Council for a Parliament of the World’s Religions announced Tuesday (Nov. 10) that a Chicago imam has been elected as its new chair, marking the first time a Muslim spiritual leader has led the prominent interfaith organization.

 

Nov. 13, 2009

Eileen Fleming, We Are Wide Awake: Words Don't Kill-but the The Truth is Brutal      IIan Pappe silenced in Munich by Sarah Stricker  [from YNET]

 

Nov. 13, 2009

The Reverend Roy Hayes, Episcopal, addresses the President and Peers regarding talks with Hamas, Syria, Palestinian election, and the Nobel Peace Prize        

 

Nov. 12, 2009

The Other Israel, edited by Adam Keller and Beate Zilversmidt: A MATTER OF LEGITIMACY    ...and links to other articles by peace-minded people

 

Nov. 12, 2009

The Reverend Roy Hayes, Episcopal, asks why Palestinian elections have been rescheduled for June 2010               ...what are we to make of today's news from Palestine?  The elections scheduled for January 2010 have been re-scheduled for June 2010.  Why's that?  Because the US and Israel want President Abbas to remain in office?  Why did Hamas refuse to participate in January?  Because the results of the 2006 democratic elections were not accepted by Israel and the Bush administration?  What would it take for Abbas to extend a real "Hand of Friendship" to the people in Gaza?  Abbas could start by helping Hamas explain to the world what a Hudna means to Muslims.  A Hunda is a ceasefire and much, much more.  A Hudna is Islamic Jurisprudence.

 

Nov. 12, 2009

The Reverend Roy Hayes, Episcopal, suggests a close reading of the BBC article: "Israel call for Syria peace talks"           Is the BBC's headline misleading?  The headline gives the impression that Israel is taking the initiative and calling for peace talks with Syria.  Close reading suggests that France's President Sarkozy is pressuring Netanyahu and that Netanyahu is setting the precondition of "no preconditions". 

 

Nov. 12, 2009

We Are Wide Awake, Eileen Fleming: Two priests at the same place living in two different worlds           Find on this page the reflections of the Rev. Richard K. Toll and [scroll down] to contrast his words with those of another priest in a confrontational conversation

 

Nov. 12, 2009

Sabeel: Reflections of the Rev. Richard K. Toll, D.Min., D.D. [Episcopal] on the Sabeel Witness Trip       We observed families being evicted from their homes in the Sheik Jarrah neighborhood of East Jerusalem, and the machinery of ethnic cleansing continues. Our trip was aptly entitled “The Ongoing Nakba”. Evictions and land confiscation are visible everywhere and moving at a fast pace.    I used to hope Israel would come to its senses because it is insane to think what they’re doing will solve the problem in a peaceful way. It’s obvious they do not want a peaceful solution and have a military solution for everything. It is also insane that the U.S. government continues to support Israel in view of a continuing arrogance and contempt for international law and human rights. Most recently, our government’s refusal to uphold the UN’s Goldstone Report on Israel’s devastating war on Gaza is a sign Washington’s policy with regard to Israel’s occupation is not changing, as we had hoped it would.

 

Nov. 11, 2009

The Reverend Roy Hayes, Episcopal, offers a glimpse of history on the fifth anniversary of Arafat's death        Few men have been demonized by the media as much as Yasser Arafat.  

 

Nov. 11, 2009

MIFTAH: J Street: A New Voice in Washington by Britain Eakin         As I read the full text of House Resolution 867, my heart sank and I once again felt a bit hopeless regarding the stance my government takes on Palestine. Even more disheartening was the fact that the Resolution passed by a landslide margin of 344 votes to 36, yet very few members of the U.S. Congress have even been to Gaza, let alone read the 575-page Goldstone report. Looking at it in this light, it becomes clear that the Resolution was written from a political standpoint, and was not based on any consideration of the report’s findings or recommendations.

 

Nov. 11, 2009

Eileen Fleming, We Are Wide Awake: Connecting the Dots: 1967 to the Fayyad Plan        With the Fayyad Plan gaining steam and a 'big brother' like Turkey, peace in the Holy Land no longer seems to be just a pipe dream.

 

Nov. 10, 2009

Zenit: Scholar: Religion Isn't Heart of Mideast Conflict             "To solve the problems of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, the economic, social and political tensions must be resolved, and the focus must be on communities that represent true peaceful coexistence beyond religious diversity." --Gianluca Solera, administrator of the Egypt-based Anna Lindh Foundation, which is working for dialogue between the cultures of the Mediterranean

 

Nov. 10, 2009

Zenit: Vatican Aide on Lessons of Fall of Berlin Wall             "...unfortunately, in the world other walls have been erected and are being erected. We will continue to be committed, hoping to celebrate also at the end their futility and collapse." --Jesuit Father Federico Lombardi, director of the Vatican press office

 

Nov. 10, 2009

The Rabbi Arthur Waskow, The Shalom Center: Ft. Hood, Armistice Day, & the Burial of Abraham    This week, the Torah reading includes the story (Gen 25) of how Ishmael & Isaac, Abraham's two long-estranged sons, came together to bury him -- though, or because, he had endangered both their lives. By mourning him together, they dissolved their hostility, and came to live together at the Well of the Living One Who Sees Me.

 

Nov. 10, 2009

The Reverend Roy Hayes, Episcopal, comments on the headline 'Hezbollah Could Strike Tel Aviv"       "We're dealing with a Culture of Fear.  Whether Israel's fears are real, imagined or exaggerated, they cannot be allowed to cause another world war. "

 

Nov. 10, 2009

The Reverend Roy Hayes, Episcopal, comments on Lebanon's new government         UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon welcomed the formation of Lebanon's new government and called on it to recommit to the full implementation of UNSC Resolution 1701 which ended the 2006 war between Israel and Hezbollah. 

 

Nov. 10, 2009

The Reverend Roy Hayes, Episcopal, comments on yesterday's meeting of Obama and Netanyahu                There were no photos, no press calls, and none of the public warmth Israeli leaders usually get from US presidents. 

 

Nov. 10, 2009

The Reverend Roy Hayes, Episcopal, forwards press picks: Demolitions without preconditions and a lot of booing      "In plain English: at the  table we will go on talking pleasantly, and on the ground the  settlers and their friends the police will throw some more families out of their homes.  Without preconditions." From Adam's blog

 

Nov. 10, 2009

Proceeds  from the sale of beautiful Christmas books will benefit families in Gaza

 

Nov. 9, 2009

MIFTAH: Is Abbas Crying Wolf? by Joharah Baker              Comments by the Reverend Roy Hayes, Episcopal

 

Nov. 9, 2009

International Solidarity Movement: Israeli army use live ammunition during invasion of Iraq Burin               ...the Palestinians have called for international activists to be present in the village on Saturday morning.

 

Nov. 9, 2009

Open Bethlehem:  Results of Bethlehem Survey [2006]                 The first question was directed to Muslims asking if they have Christian friends, 87.5% answered that they do have Christian friends, whereas 12.5% answered that they do not have Christian friends. The second question was directed to Christians asking whether they have Muslim friends, 92.2% answered that they do have Muslim friends, whereas 7.8% answered that they do not have Muslim friends.

 

Nov. 9, 2009

The Alternative Information Center: Jerusalem Diaries Episode 35: United in Struggle Against Israeli Colonialism, Occupation, and Racism          The joint Israeli-Palestinian Alternative Information Center presents the International Seminar on Economic Perspectives and Advocacy Struggles: United in Struggle Against Israeli Colonialism, Occupation, and Racism.  The Seminar was held in Bethlehem, Occupied Palestinian Territories, on October 24th-25th.

 

Nov. 9, 2009

The Alternative Information Center: Jerusalem Diaries Episode 34: Women Under Occupation           Dr. Nadera Shalhoub-Kevorkian, university Professor and author of the recent book Militarization and Violence Against Women in Conflict Zones in the Middle East, speaks about the ordeals of Palestinian women under occupation.

 

Nov. 9, 2009

The Alternative Information Center: Jerusalem Diaries Episode 33: Breaking the Thirst, Water Deprivation as a Means of Ethnic Cleansing          In the South Hebron Hills, south of road no. 317, about 3,500 Palestinians live at present in various forms of rural localities – villages, hamlets and caves. Their livelihood consists of herding sheep and goats, dry farming and olive groves. Israel eyes this region - hundreds of thousands of dunam – meaning to annex it in the future and create territorial continuity all the way to the ‘green line’ around Arad-En Gedi.  To realize its annexation plans, Israel wants the entire area of the South Hebron Hills ‘clean’ of Palestinians, the legal owners of the land. In order to make life impossible for the residents, the authorities harass the local population in numerous different ways: administrative and court orders, house demolitions, home-cave demolitions, destruction of wells, tracks and harvests, and the declaration of vast areas as ‘firing zones’ forbidden entry. The extremist Jewish settlers of the area also serve as the regime’s long arm, and assault the residents with acts of severe physical violence, uprooting of fruit trees and the destruction of crops.

 

Nov. 9, 2009

The Alternative Information Center: Executive Summary of The Economy of the Occupation Bulletin 20-21: Cast Lead: Israel Attacks Gaza           The Gaza Strip was populated by refugees deported from Israel in 1948, beginning its dependency on aid. In 1967, Israel occupied the Gaza Strip, and despite the 2005 redeployment, Israel remained the only sovereign country in Gaza, and,  stemming from its role as the occupier, continues to hold full responsibility for the wellbeing of the population there, as mandated by international humanitarian law. This is because Israel never allowed the population of Gaza the freedom to use their territorial waters, to control their own borders, to manage their own airspace or to trade freely with the world.

 

Nov. 9, 2009

English PAL: URGENTLY wanted, Care assistant for a woman with Muscular Dystrophy in Al Azzeh refugee camp in Bethlehem, Palestine          Bernadette of the PAL Team reminds us that "Palestine does not have a social welfare system and life is much more difficult for people with disabilities..."

 

Nov. 9, 2009

Christian Peacemaker Team: At-Tuwani          Israeli settlers plow privately owned Palestinian fields, Israeli police

 

Nov. 9, 2009

Real News Network: Israel: Remote control occupation?       ...because Israeli settlements continue to grow (with de facto US support) and annex the land planned for a future Palestine, the Palestinians may have to abandon hopes for an independent state.          

 

Nov. 9, 2009

The Reverend Roy Hayes, Episcopal, follows up on Uri Avnery's challenge to President Obama        Please be assured that you will have the enthusiastic support of the entire International Community if you will bring justice to the Middle East.  For it's justice and only justice that will make peace possible. 

 

Nov. 9, 2009

Zenit: International Religious Freedom, State Department Publishes Annual Survey by Father John Flynn, LC          Interestingly, both the Catholic Church and a secular institution such as the State Department can both agree that religious liberty is a vital right and important for the international community. All the more reason to renew efforts to safeguard such a fundamental right in the many countries where it is under threat.

 

Nov. 8, 2009

George Anastas et al.: Response to "U.S. Cardinal Questions Israel's Security Barrier" in America Magazine     George Anastas comments again: "I believe that the Vatican and that Christians from all around the world tried to help, but they are unable to stop our tears when we face daily the Separation Wall directly opposite our windows and front door."

 

Nov. 8, 2009

The Reverend Roy Hayes, Episcopal, forwards a message from Uri Avnery: A Line in the Sand          "Nobody expected Obama to exchange the unconditional pro-Israeli line for a one-sided pro-Palestinian attitude. But everybody thought that the US would henceforth adopt a more even-handed approach and push the two sides towards the Two-State Solution. And, no less important, that the continuous stream of hypocritical and sanctimonious blabbering would be displaced by a determined, vigorous, non-provocative but purposeful policy.      As high as the hopes were then, so deep is the disappointment now. Nothing of all these has come about. Worse: the Obama administration has shown by its actions and omissions that it is not really different from the administration of George W. Bush."

 

Nov. 8, 2009

Gilad Atzmon, author and musician: After All I Am a Proper Zionist Jew, I Am a Holocaust Survivor          I clearly resent those who deny the genocides that are taking place in the name of the Holocaust. Palestine is one example, Iraq is another and the one that is set for Iran, is probably too scary to contemplate. The Holocaust is a relatively new religion. It lacks mercy or compassion, instead it promises revenge through retribution. For its followers, it is somehow liberating because it allows them to punish whoever they like as long they gain some pleasure. This may explain why the Israelis ended up punishing the Palestinians for crimes that were committed by Europeans. It is rather clear that the newly emerging religion is not just about ‘eye for an eye’; it is actually an eye for thousands and thousands of eyes.

 

Nov. 8, 2009

Bethlehem University: BU and Gisha Petition Israeli Authorities to Reverse Student’s Deportation                 Bethlehem University is appealing for support from international friends in the struggle to bring Berlanty Azzam back to Bethlehem. The 21 year-old student, who is in her final semester at the University, was deported to Gaza on Wednesday, 28 October 2009. The University is also cooperating with Gisha Legal Center for Freedom of Movement, an Israeli NGO, on a legal appeal to reverse Berlanty’s deportation and allow her to return to classes in Bethlehem.  

 

Nov. 8, 2009

Dissident Voice: An Ode to Light a Fire: In the House and Secretary of State by Eileen Fleming           It is the American government’s hypocrisy in collusion with Israel’s negation of international law, UN resolutions, and denial of equal human rights for Palestinians which are at the root of the instability in the Middle East.

 

Nov. 8, 2009

History News Network: Today's Berlin Walls by John Keating        The wall has also been extended in several locations to encompass Israeli settlements on the West Bank, effectively annexing sections of Palestinian territory. The relatively few crossing points, even fewer of which are open at any given time, disrupt cross-border Palestinian trade. The International Court of Justice at the Hague has declared the wall to be in violation of the Geneva Conventions and ordered construction to stop.

 

Nov. 8, 2009

Zahi Masri at APPAF: Mr. President: Can America Afford Playing Games?         ...goodwill & good intentions aside - is the President of the U.S., the Sole World Superpower, is free to act when it comes to Middle Eastern politics?  Sadly, the last act by your Secretary of State seems to strongly suggest the affirmative response: Nay!

 

Nov. 8, 2009

Middle Eastern-American comedians Dean Obeidallah, Negin Farsad and friends Break it Down on You Tube: Don't Call Me That...     Questions people from the Middle East often hear from people in the West and questions we wish they would ask

 

Nov. 8, 2009

Zenit: Israel Ups Obstacles for Priests Seeking Visas          "This is an old problem and it has been talked about for a long time," he added. "For more than a year the duration of visas has gone from two years to one. It is difficult to speak about this situation, as some visas are granted but others remain on the waiting list. There is some confusion: We don't know if it depends on a policy of the ministry or on the bureaucracy of some officials. Perhaps this is an intended ambiguity." The fact is that "it is very difficult for the Churches to plan their work if it is not known with certainty if the religious or priests can come," explained the Franciscan superior.  

 

Nov. 8, 2009

Palestinian Center on You Tube: Part 1 of 5 of the Edward Said Memorial Lecture entitled "Imagining Israel-Palestine Peace: Why International Law Matters" by Professor Richard Falk.    Part 2  Part 3   Part 4    Part 5

 

Nov. 8, 2009

You Tube: Israeli T-shirts mock Gaza killings - 23 March 2009         The Israeli military has condemned the t-shirts worn by soldiers as "unacceptable," which depict the killing of Palestinian civilians in Gaza. The shirts came into fashion following disclosures that soldiers who took part in Israel's military offensive in Gaza complained about rules of engagement allowing them to kill civilians and destroy property.

 

Nov. 8, 2009

Uruknet: Whitewashing war crimes with stale lies by Khalid Amayreh            ...where is that Jewish morality? Is it a moral act to rain white Phosphorus and other agents of death on helpless children in Gaza ? Is it a moral act to order panicking civilians into buildings and then bomb these buildings from high altitudes, killing everyone inside? Is it a moral act to annihilate so many entire families because a member of these families was suspected of sympathizing with a political party that Israel didn’t like? Indeed, is it a moral act to cut off food, water and basic consumer products from 1.5 million on no ground other than the fact that they had chosen to elect a “non-conformist” political party?

 

Nov. 7, 2009

Churches for Middle East Peace: Letter to President Obama         We agree with U.S. Assistant Secretary of State Michael Posner’s statement to the UN Human Rights Council September 29 that “If undertaken properly and fairly, these [Palestinian and Israeli] reviews can serve as important confidence-building measures that will support the larger essential objective which is a shared quest for justice and lasting peace.”

 

Nov. 7, 2009

Churches for Middle East Peace: Final Votes on the Goldstone Resolution: Hold Your Representative Accountable for their Vote on H. Res. 867

 

Nov. 7, 2009

Huffington Post:  Rep. Ellison Blasts Goldstone Vote -- Plus How Your Representative Voted  by MJ Rosenberg, Senior Fellow Media Matters Action Network                       Ellison is right. The House cast a cynical vote; one that, no doubt, many are ashamed of. The United States should be an honest broker between Israelis and Palestinians, not act as if "Israel Is Us." Actions like the House's yesterday are not just wrongheaded, they endanger America's security. We simply cannot afford to have every Muslim and Arab on the planet believe that our concern for human rights extends to everyone, but not to them. We need a course correction fast, for the sake of Israelis and Palestinians, but mostly for our own.

 

Nov. 7, 2009

Fototentoonstelling Gaza      Click on "full" at the just below the picture at the right

 

Nov. 7, 2009

George Anastas et al.: Response to "U.S. Cardinal Questions Israel's Security Barrier" in America Magazine     Tony Podlecki writes: "The  Vatican authorities should be urged to use their much-vaunted diplomatic apparatus to exert pressure on the Israeli government to reverse its policy of settlement building and further bisection of the territories of the Holy Land."

 

Nov. 7, 2009

The Reverend Roy Hayes, Episcopal: Press picks of the week          There is another Israel which opposes the policies of Netanyahu's government 

 

Nov. 7, 2009

uruknet: West Bank land belongs to Jews, says Israeli army judge          In an unusually frank interview, which offers insights into the melding of religion, politics and law that underpins land seizures in the occupied territories, Agassi has laid out his belief that Israel has a biblical claim to territory beyond its borders and that he, even as an immigrant, has a right to live on it when those born there do not.

 

Nov. 7, 2009

Independent Jewish Voices of Canada: Defend Canadian Free Speech from Israel's representatives who would criminalize it          "The Independent Jewish Voices of Canada wrote this petition concerning the Canadian Parliamentary Coalition to Combat Antisemitism (CPCCA). The CPCCA is planning hearings and a report to further repress attempts to support Palestinian human rights or criticize Israel. We ask people to please pass this petition on to others."

 

Nov. 7, 2009

YMCA/YWCA Joint Advocacy Initiative: Olive Picking Program 2009 - Participants reflections

 

Nov. 7, 2009

The Reverend Roy Hayes, Episcopal: Breaking News from the Middle East...and it's good          A unity government which includes Hezbollah has been forged in Lebanon.  The time has come for Hezbollah to be taken off the US State Department's list of terror organizations.  Our allies in Europe will follow our lead.

 

Nov. 7, 2009

MIFTAH: Abbas Retires and UN Endorses Goldstone Report          Abbas has said that the decision came as a result of the international community’s indifference of Israel’s unwillingness to implement a complete settlement freeze. He also said the decision was made when he realized that the U.S. would continue to favor Israel and the settlement enterprise, and would not alter its position on the issue.

 

Nov. 7, 2009

BBC News: Legal row over Gaza report intensifies by UN Correspondent Barbara Plett            "So why the fuss? Israel especially has launched an intense lobbying campaign against the [Goldstone]report, which was most critical about the Israeli military." 

 

Nov. 7, 2009

Jimmy Carter: Goldstone and Gaza           "...it is imperative that the United States and the international community take steps to assure that the rebuilding of Gaza be commenced, and without delay.  The cries of homeless and freezing people demand relief."

 

Nov. 7, 2009

The Reverend Roy Hayes, Episcopal: Lutherans stand in support of the Goldstone Report

 

Nov. 7, 2009

Friends of Freedom and Justice, Bil'in: Bil'in Remembers Berlin           On the twentieth anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, two hundred internationals traveled from the US, UK, Ireland, Italy, Spain and Belgium to join the weekly peaceful demonstration in Bil'in.

 

Nov. 7, 2009

Haaretz: The doomsday weapon  by Gordon Levy            The Revered Roy Hayes, Episcopal: "In this essay Gideon Levy explains how Israel's military establishment "creates the scenario for the next war".

 

Nov. 7, 2009

Zenit: Serving Christ in the Holy Land      How does a Jewish adolescent's friendship with a 90-year old Russian Orthodox nun, who also happens to be a princess, lead the youth to become a Catholic? And then later, a Jesuit priest?  It may not seem the likely outcome, but it's the true story behind the vocation of Father David Mark Neuhaus....

 

Nov. 7, 2009

Zenit: Iraqi Christians: Long History, Precarious Future       A new video documentary produced by Catholics in Iraq invites people to experience the history, culture, martyrs and struggles of one of the oldest Christian communities.

 

Nov. 6, 2009

Child speaking to the UN on behalf of the Children's Environmental Organization: The girl who silenced the world for five minutes           "I can't stop thinking that...I could be a child, a victim of war in the Middle East...."

 

Nov. 6, 2009

America Magazine: Of Many Things by Drew Christensen, Catholic/Jesuit Priest:         T his last week the stories of two women brought home to me the pains inflicted by the absence of an Israeli-Palestinian peace. One is Sharihan Hannoun, a young woman who has been living on the street in Jerusalem after her home was seized and occupied by Israeli settlers. The second, a student at Bethlehem University named Berlanty Azzam, was peremptorily deported by Israeli authorities to Gaza.....        For now, hard pressure against settlements is a wiser, more realistic policy than Israeli-Palestinian negotiations without pre-conditions. Better a modicum of justice than a phony, one-sided peace.

 

Nov. 6, 2009

Maryann Cusimano Love [who during her sabbatical from the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C., is a fellow at the Commission on International Religious Freedom] in America Magazine: A Surge in Clarity          Afghanistan is not a failed state, but a fictional state.

 

Nov. 6, 2009

America Magazine Blog:   Murder at Fort Hood by Michael Sean Winters                   ...this morning, the front page of the Washington Post has a headline "Suspect, devout Muslim from Va., wanted Army discharge, aunt said." Just imagine reading such a headline, say, about an IRA terrorist twenty years ago with the phrase "devout Catholic." Or imagine reading that Timothy McVeigh, who bombed the federal building in Oklahoma City, was a "devout Christian."

 

Nov. 6, 2009

Mazin Qumsiyeh:  [HumanRights] Sad week in review  -- Quoting Gideon Levy in Haaretz: "Every few weeks you have to sow fear, every few months you need to make threats, and once every year or two you have to have another little war. Blind cooperation between the defense establishment and the media holds the promise of another round of fighting. In that way, it's possible to escape some of the blame from the Goldstone report and wallow in the conditions we love best: being the victim, feeling threatened and uniting in the face of the great external danger allegedly in the offing...."

 

Nov. 6, 2009

Rabbi Arthur Waskow, the Shalom Center: Fort Hood and the Prophetic IF          “What effect will the Ft. Hood shootings have on the American public’s perception of Islam?” That question asks us to be foretellers, fortune tellers, to predict. But The Shalom Center has had the holy chutzpah to call ourselves a “prophetic voice,” and that voice is about “forth-telling,” not foretelling. About “If,” not “will.”

 

Nov. 6, 2009

Reuters: No Takers for Abbas' Palestinian Presidency and comments by the Reverend Roy Hayes, Episcopal          Palestinian unity is a priority

 

Nov. 6, 2009

The Reverend Roy Hayes, Episcopal, suggests that it would facilitate the peace process if Michelle Obama visited Gaza          My suggestion is that Michelle not speak with reporters while she's in Gaza.  Reporters would try to entangle her in their talk.  To avoid controversy, it would not be necessary for Michelle to say a word.  Cameras from around the world would follow her every step, and the International Community would thereby become informed about the realities on the ground.

 

Nov. 6,  2009

Reuters: Israel rejects U.N. assembly vote on Gaza war         The resolution, approved by 114 countries with 18 opposed and 44 abstaining, followed Goldstone in calling on Israel and "the Palestinian side" to undertake within three months credible investigations into the report's charges.

 

Nov. 6,  2009

Breaking the Silence: Israeli soldiers talk about the occupied territories: Settler violence           Arab Festivities: During a patrol in Hebron which took place during an Arab holy day and there were festivities of food and fun. The Jewish residents of Hebron started to run about and over turn Arab stalls and I personally saw “Magav” (Border) policemen helping them and beating Arabs, telling them to shut up and be quiet.     

 

Nov. 6,  2009

Gaza Freedom March: Statement of Context        If Israel defies international law then people of conscience must send non-violent marshals from around the world to enforce the law of the international community in Gaza. The International Coalition to End the Illegal Siege of Gaza will dispatch contingents from around the world to Gaza to mark the anniversary of Israel's bloody 22-day assault on Gaza in December 2008 - January 2009.

 

Nov. 6,  2009

World Council of Churches: Lessons from the fall of the Berlin Wall are relevant today       There are still many walls separating humankind: the "Demilitarized Zone" between North and South Korea, the "Security Wall" on the occupied territory in Palestine, but also the walls of injustice, racism and prejudice that separate rich and poor, stigmatize persons suffering from HIV and AIDS and destroy the lives of many people.

 

Nov. 6,  2009

Irish4Palestine: Israel's fraudulent casus belli              [We are a group of Irish Republican writers, Ban Sidhe, Aoife, Declan and Aodh, blogging for Palestine until it is free!]

 

Nov. 5, 2009

George Anastas et al.: Response to "U.S. Cardinal Questions Israel's Security Barrier" in America Magazine     

 

Nov. 5, 2009

Sojourners: Peering through the Wall: How the Israeli media cover the occupation by Robert Hirschfield

 

Nov. 5, 2009

BBC News: Abbas 'will not seek re-election'        The Reverend Roy Hayes, Episcopal, suggests that it would facilitate the peace process immensely if Palestinian refugees were able to vote in the upcoming election

 

Nov. 5, 2009

The Reverend Roy Hayes, Episcopal, explains why he repeats himself so often

 

Nov. 5, 2009

BBC News: Wide support for UN Gaza report       The Reverend Roy Hayes, Episcopal, points out that the US House of Representatives passed HR 867 condemning the Goldstone Report and that the Resolution is non-binding on President Obama

 

Nov. 5, 2009

BBC News: Hezbollah denies Israel's arms ship claims      The Reverend Roy Hayes, Episcopal, adds that the US is widely held to be the main sponsor of Israel

 

Nov. 5, 2009

Sabeel: Wave of Prayer     Starting in Australia, passing through Palestine, and continuing on around the world we pray for Peace with Justice and focus on specific issues each week.

 

Nov. 5, 2009

We Are Wide Awake: NO PARTNER FOR PEACE: OUR AMERICAN PROBLEM by Jeff Halper        Realpolitik cannot replace a policy based on human rights. If the US wishes to rejoin the international community and genuinely pursue its interests, there is no better place to start than carving out a foreign policy based on justice.

 

Nov. 4, 2009

Zenit: Holy See on UN Aid to Palestinian Refugees, Statement of Archbishop Celestino Migliore     ...we repeat our call to the international community to facilitate significant negotiations between the conflicting parties. Only with a just and lasting peace – not imposed but secured through negotiation and reasonable compromise – will the legitimate aspirations of all the peoples of the Holy Land be fulfilled.

 

Nov. 4, 2009

Zenit: "Temporary" Palestinian Refugee Groups Turn 60    The continued existence of a U.N. agency and a pontifical mission both dedicated to Palestinian refugees is a reminder of the six decades of tragedy that have impacted millions of lives, a Holy See representative said Tuesday.   

 

Nov. 4, 2009

BBC News: Israelis 'seize Iran arms ship'     and comments by the Reverend Roy Hayes, Episcopal

 

Nov. 4, 2009

We Are Wide Awake by Eileen Fleming: Congress, AIPAC and Progress?     The best way to view yesterday's disappointing House vote is to compare it to the way the House voted on January 9, 2009 for House Resolution 34-which recognized only Israel's right to defend itself,  reaffirmed the United States' strong support for Israel and the so-called Israeli-Palestinian 'peace process' -which has NOT produced what is required for peace: justice, equal human rights and an end to the occupation.

 

Nov. 4, 2009

Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem: Gaza: Mons. Konrad Schmidt, new Honorary Canon of the Holy Sepulcher    This dignity is given to clerics demonstrating a particular commitment, love and spirit of service towards the Church of Jerusalem

 

Nov. 4, 2009

Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem: Gaza: Mass and blessing of the parish's new installations

 

Nov. 4, 2009

The Reverend Roy Hayes, Episcopal, notes that headlines make a difference

 

Nov. 4, 2009

Reuters: Clinton says Israeli settlements not legitimate, Reporting by Andrew Quinn and Cynthia Johnston

 

Nov. 4, 2009

Jim Wall, Methodist Minister: House Condemns Goldstone 344-36, Clinton Caves on Settlements      Congressman Brian Baird (D-Washington) was one of the 36 House member who voted against the resolution. Baird is one of the few members of the House who has actually visited Gaza, which he did on a recent fact-finding trip following the Gaza invasion.   

 

Nov. 4, 2009

The Reverend Roy Hayes, Episcopal, says that Hilary Clinton is not the adversary

 

Nov. 4, 2009

BBC News: Clinton tries to keep peace alive by Kim Ghattas 

 

Nov. 4, 2009

The Reverend Roy Hayes, Episcopal, gives the reason for the construction of the Wall     The WALL was built to annex Palestinian land and appropriate the land's resources to Israel.

 

Nov. 4, 2009

MIFTAH: The Writing on the Wall by Britain Eakin   If there’s anything we can and should learn from the fall of the Berlin Wall, it’s that walls and separation are not solutions, particularly when they inflict severe injustice onto an entire group of people.

 

Nov. 4, 2009

Lissa Caldwell, Methodist Missionary: Christians of all denominations should be protesting along with people of conscience of all religions.

 

Nov. 4, 2009

George Anastas of Bethlehem: Response to article in America Magazine entitled "U.S. Cardinal Questions Israel's Security Barrier" -- While I am a little bit – but not much – encouraged that Cardinal John P. Foley made a statement about the so-called Security Barrier, it is painful to me that we don’t hear the voices of our Catholic Christian brethren and leaders more often and more loudly and more passionately.

 

Nov. 4, 2009

Mazin Qumsiyeh:  [HumanRights] Mayhem in Jerusalem while politicians mumble  -- Yesterday and while politicians fret over terms like "slow-down" or "restraint" on illegal settlement activities, the Israeli authorities demolished more homes and evicted  some 30 people in Jerusalem.

 

Nov. 3, 2009

World Council of Churches: Ecumenical Prayer Cycle - The Ecumenical Prayer Cycle enables us to journey in prayer through every region of the world and through every week of the year affirming our solidarity with Christians all over the world, brothers and sisters living in diverse situations, experiencing diverse problems and sharing diverse gifts. Lord, hear our prayer ...

 

Nov. 3, 2009

Churches for Middle East Peace: Support Transparency & Accountability! Tell your Member of Congress to Oppose H.Res 867

 

Nov. 3, 2009

Council for the National Interest: Help End the Siege of Gaza

 

Nov. 3, 2009

Huffington Post: Justice Goldstone and the Jews by Tony Judt - "We Jews should be very proud of Richard Goldstone...."

 

Nov. 3, 2009

Book Review by Peter Heinegg in America Magazine: The Crisis of Islamic Civilization by Ali A. Allawi  -- "When it comes to understanding Islam, the Western world has centuries of catching up to do (the reverse is also true)..."

 

Nov. 2, 2009

Associated Press: Clinton eases praise of Israel after Arab concerns

 

Nov. 2, 2009

Tikkun: AIPAC Dominated Congress seeks to pass resolution condemning the Goldstone Report, Goldstone's response, and his interview, wit

 

Nov. 2, 2009

Rabbi Michael Lerner forwards an urgent message on House Resolution 867 on the Goldstone Report

 

Nov. 2, 2009

J Street: Statement on Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s remarks on the Middle East peace process,  posted by Amy Spitalnick

 

Nov. 2, 2009

Union for Reform Judaism: Rabbi Yoffie's Remarks to J Street Convention

 

Nov. 2, 2009

We Are Wide Awake: Goldstone and People of Conscience counter HR 867 errors and toxic Gaza

 

Nov. 2, 2009

Jewish Voice for Peace: Support the Goldstone Report

 

Nov. 2, 2009

Common Dreams: Phyllis Bennis of the Institute for Policy Studies and the Transnational Institute wants politicians, particularly President Obama, to know that criticizing Israel is no longer political suicide.

 

Nov. 2, 2009

We Hold These Truths: The Unacceptable Cost of Christian-Zionism by Charles E. Carlson

 

Nov. 2, 2009

Ecumenical Accompaniment Programme in Israel and Palestine: July-September Newsletter

 

Nov. 2, 2009

The Reverend Roy Hayes, Episcopal, shares Clinton's response to Arab anger over Israeli settlements and points out that she is meeting with Arab foreign ministers on Monday and the US Congress will vote on the Goldstone report on Tuesday

 

Nov. 2, 2009

The Reverend Roy Hayes, Episcopal, comments on the House resolution on the U.N.'s Gaza report to be voted on tomorrow

 

Nov. 2, 2009

Associated Press: Clinton to meet Arab ministers on peace prospects

 

Nov. 2, 2009

Christian Peacemaker Team: Al-Khali-Hebron Update, October 2009

 

Nov. 1, 2009

Gush Shalom: Stop US tax money flowing to settlers

 

Nov. 1, 2009

We Are Wide Awake: The Obama Memo, Moyers, Abbie, Jon and back to Goldstone

 

Nov. 1, 2009

We Are Wide Awake: Cold Hearts, Blind Eyes and Israeli High Court Justices

 

Nov. 1, 2009

We Are Wide Awake: The Daily Show with Jon Stewart did what the mainstream media has failed to report about-the rapidly growing global nonviolent solidarity movement of resisters to the occupation of Palestine, by hosting a Palestinian politician and American Jewish scholar and activist author.

 

Nov. 1, 2009

Jewish Voice for Peace: Cecilie Surasky and Sydney Levy ask that you, in addition to signing the support for the Goldstone Report, do two more things now....

 

Nov. 1, 2009

Jewish Voice for Peace: Support the Goldstone Report

 

Nov. 1, 2009

The Reverend Roy Hayes, Episcopal, offers his latest thoughts in resolving Palestinian-Israeli issues

 

Nov. 1, 2009

Gush Shalom: A REAL PEACE PROCESS - Gush Shalom addresses J Street 

 

Nov. 1, 2009

Associated Press: Palestinians accuse Clinton of hurting peace talks

 

Nov. 1, 2009

Monsignor Labib Kobti, Catholic: Clinton calls Israeli concessions "unprecedented"

 
 
       

 

 

Disclaimer: The views expressed in the Al-Bushra articles and posts are not necessarily those of Al-Bushra or its owners or volunteers, but are solely those of the individual authors. Al-Bushra does not compensate the authors for their contributions and takes no responsibility for the articles and their contents.

 
Close this window

Launch website introduction

01 Dec 2009