Monthly Archives: November 2012

PALESTINIAN STATEHOOD—WHY SHOULD AMERICANS CARE?

Irwin Cotler writes today in Haaretz, a Jerusalem newspaper:   “Today, the Palestinian Authority is seeking Observer Status at the UN General Assembly with a view to securing a UN General Assembly vote later in the day.  November 29 is no … Continue reading

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PALESTINIAN STATEHOOD—TO BE OR NOT?

To be decided in the U.N. General Assembly later this week.  In his Op-Ed contribution, New York Times November 25, 2012, Israel’s former deputy foreign minister and minister of justice, Yossi Beilin, concludes: “President Obama and Israel’s prime minister, Benjamin … Continue reading

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I AM SO THANKFUL FOR YOUR FREEDOMS

All eyes turned to Rashid as everyone around the Thanksgiving dinner table had answered the question, “what are you thankful for?”  Most had included family and the freedom we enjoy in the United States. The young Palestinian graduate student from … Continue reading

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PRAY FOR THE PEACE OF JERUSALEM

King David wrote that, Psalm 122:6.  Maybe pray for all the Holy Land and its suffering?  It’s so complex and we in America understand so little.  Even though we support primarily one side with massive military aid and our tax … Continue reading

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SLAUGHTER OF INNOCENTS, AGAIN

On a Skype call yesterday, our good friend in Bethlehem reported non-violent demonstrations throughout the West Bank as the Israel’s “Operation Pillar of Defense” against Gaza heats up. He worries about a third intifada beginning. Several days ago Israeli soldiers … Continue reading

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“COME AND SEE”

The invitation echoed from many Palestinian friends who realize that Americans have little opportunity to know them or understand how they can live for years under military occupation.  Christians wonder where are their brothers and sisters in the West.   “Why … Continue reading

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A TOUR TO THE HOLY LAND?

A once-in-a-lifetime chance to learn the multi-layered history of this famous land?  For many it is.  The ancient peoples of Canaan, and then the descendents of Abraham.  The sites of triumph and disaster- victory and slaughter, exile and return.  The … Continue reading

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