I am a Palestinian. My family lived for generations in the village of Al-Maghar. In 1948, my grandparents and their whole family were expelled from Al-Maghar, uprooted and sent to the huts and narrow streets of a refugee camp 100 km. away. This was our Nakbah, or catastrophe. After sixty years, still they taste the bitterness of that loss and watch as the flames of that tragedy continue to burn. As a child I was used to living in one of the huts of the refugee camp, but as I got older and became aware of the discontent inside the family, I would pester my father with questions: Continue reading “Journey through Thorns: A Palestinian’s Story”
As Palestinian Christians we hope that this document will provide the turning point to focus the efforts of all peace-loving peoples in the world, especially our Christian sisters and brothers. We hope also that it will be welcomed positively and will receive strong support, as was the South Africa Kairos document launched in 1985, which, at that time proved to be a tool in the struggle against oppression and occupation. We believe that liberation from occupation is in the interest of all peoples in the region because the problem is not just a political one, but one in which human beings are destroyed. Continue reading “A Moment of Truth – An Important Document of Palestinian Christians”
Artistul canadian de origine evreiască Leonard Cohen a susţinut la Tel Aviv, în seara de 24 septembrie 2009, un concert dedicat reconcilierii, toleranţei şi păcii între evrei şi palestinieni.
Cohen a concertat de două ori şi în România, în septembrie 2008 şi septembrie 2009. El are mulţi admiratori în România. Unul dintre ei, Mircea MIhăieş, a publica în 2005 la Polirom cartea Viata, patimile si cintecele lui Leonard Cohen.
Solicitat de Comitetul palestinian pentru boicotarea academică şi culturală a Israelului să-şi anuleze concertul din Tel Aviv, Cohen a sugerat să susţină în paralel un concert la Ramallah, capitala Teritoriilor Palestiniene. El a fost însă refuzat .
Statements on public issues
The WCC Central Committee passed a series of public statements and minutes:
Pakistan’s blasphemy law. The committee called on the government of Pakistan to “guarantee the rights of all religious minorities in the country”. It also stated that Pakistan’s Blasphemy Law has become “a major source of victimization and persecution” of religious minorities who are living “in a state of fear and terror”. Read more
Astăzi (mai sunt încă câteva minute din ziua de marţi, acum când încep să scriu aceste text), am petrecut o mare parte a zilei cu întâlniri în Betleem. Oraşul este practic o suburbie a Ierusalimului, fiind doar la 13 km sud de acesta. Continue reading “25 august – Vizita la Betleem”
Grupul Bătrânilor, despre care am mai vorbit AICI şi AICI, anunţă că va vizita la sfârşitul lunii august fâşia Gaza, pentru a evalua la faţa locului dezastrul umanitar care a urmat ultimei intervenţii a armatei israeliene. Aşa cum arată sit-ul oficial al grupului,
The Elders’ delegation will be led by former Brazilian President Fernando Henrique Cardoso and will also include Ela Bhatt, Gro Brundtland, Jimmy Carter, Mary Robinson and Desmond Tutu. Continue reading “Batrinii planuiesc sa viziteze Gaza in august”
Taybeh Village, in West Bank, Palestine
PALESTINIAN CHRISTIANS WANT A PEACE LAMP IN EVERY CHURCH
Its population may be dwindling, but the Palestinian village of Taybeh is striving to maintain normality in the midst of conflict, and hope in the midst of oppression.
Taybeh, 14 kilometres north east of Ramallah, is one of the few predominantly Christian villages in Palestine. Like villages all over the West Bank, it is suffering as many of its people decide to emigrate, seeing no other choice given the economic and physical hardship they suffer under Israeli occupation.