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Sunday, 10 November 2013

Israel Demolished Catholic-Owned House to Expel a Palestinian Family in Occupied Palestine

00 Archbishop Fouad Tawwal of Jerusalem at demolition site. 10.11.13


Monsignor William Hanna Shomali, Auxiliary Bishop of Jerusalem, thinks that Monday’s demolition stems from an error made by the authorities, saying, “The demolition of the house owned by the Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem is the result of a transgression by the Israeli authorities. The target wasn’t the Catholic Church, but the Muslim family living in the house”. Speaking to AsiaNews about Monday’s destruction of a house owned by the Patriarchate near Bethlehem (West Bank), Bishop William noted, “The building was built before 1967 and had all necessary permits. The Catholic Church will demand the payment of damages from the Israeli government”. For Bishop William, this is an unprecedented act illustrating the seriousness of the problem posed by Israeli settlements in East Jerusalem and the West Bank, noting, “The authorities don’t follow an urban plan to select houses [for demolition], but target Palestinian families that live in them”. In his view, had the house not belonged to the Church, the illegal act would’ve largely gone unnoticed.

On Monday, Israeli security forces came to the house with bulldozers to demolish it, arguing that it lacked a permit. The residents, a Muslim family of 14, said that the authorities broke into their house at 05.00, forcing everyone out. To prevent them from calling relatives and friends, police seized all their mobile phones. The family, which watched helplessly as the Israelis tore down the house, now lives in a tent set up by the Red Cross near the rubble of the building. The demolition took place 48 hours before a visit by US Secretary of State John Kerry, who will meet today with Mahmoud Abbas, President of the Palestinian Authority, in Bethlehem, to discuss the peace process with Israel. Yesterday, the Latin Patriarchate organised a rally at the demolished house attended by Christians, Muslims, and diplomats, including the consuls of Italy and Belgium. To protest against the act, which the local Catholic Church describes as “illegal” and “unprecedented”, Archbishop Fouad Twal, the Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem wrote a letter of protest to Israeli Interior Minister Gideon Sa’ar.

6 November 2013




On Tuesday, the head of the Roman Catholic Church in the Holy Land protested against Israel’s demolition of a church-owned property in East Jerusalem, saying it eroded chances for peace. Archbishop Fouad Twal, Latin Patriarch of occupied Jerusalem, told journalists at the demolition site, “This act is against the law, against justice and against humanity, against any ideology upon which peace can be built, and increases segregation and hate”. Israeli security forces and bulldozers arrived at the house at 05.00 on Monday with a previously unseen demolition order, claiming the house lacked a permit, according to its residents, a family of 14. However, Archbishop Fouad said that the property, on occupied Jerusalem’s southeastern edge close to the West Bank city of Bethlehem, had stood since before 1967, when Israel seized Arab East Jerusalem in the Six-Day War. He added, “We didn’t receive any orders for the demolition beforehand. This is holy land, and always will be, and the Interior Ministry, the [Jerusalem] municipality, and Israeli organisations knew it belonged to the Patriarchate”. Archbishop Fouad said that the church would appeal to Israeli and international courts over the demolition and had already complained to the Interior Ministry and the municipality. He said that it was the first time the Jewish state had demolished property belonging to the church. We couldn’t reach a spokesman for the municipality for comment.

5 November 2013

Gulf News


Editor’s Note:

Do note this… the tactics used by Israel in occupied Palestine are the same ones used by the USA when it stole Northwestern Mexico and Tejas (present-day Southwestern USA and Texas). It’s expelling Palestinians (as the Americans sent the Native Americans off to crappy reservations) and destroying their homes so that they can resettle the land with Israeli squatters, in order to “legitimate” their claim to the Palestinian West Bank. No wonder, the USA supports Israel… they’re “milk brothers”… both are blatant thieves with smarmy justifications for their brutality, greed, and self-centredness. Oh… one last thing… the tactics used by the Americans and Israelis are the same ones that Adolf Hitler wanted to use in Eastern Europe (lebensraum)… fancy that. Puts a new light on the moralising that comes out of Washington and Jerusalem… they’re not so “clean”, after all, are they?

Orthodox people… take note that Real Orthodox support the people of occupied and persecuted Palestine. The konvertsy support the Israeli stormtroopers… like calls unto like, doesn’t it? Shitbirds of a feather DO flock together…




Sunday, 10 June 2012

10 June 2012. A Photo Essay. Pray for the Suffering People of Palestine…





There’s much rubbish in the American media about “Palestinian terrorists“… well, excuse me. How many of you know that AmericanEvangelicals” support Israel because they believe it’ll hasten the “End Times“, bring on the “Rapture“, and usher in the Reign of Christ after a so- called “Time of Tribulation”. It’s all a misreading of the Apocalypse of St John the Theologian (the last book in the Christian Bible). They don’t even cavil at nuclear warfare, as they believe that it’ll provoke the Second Coming. I’m NOT making this up… it’s what they truly and honestly believe.

As for us, pray for our Palestinian co-religionists (yes, many Palestinians are Christians), and pray for their Muslim neighbours, too… both have been savagely and contumaciously lied about in the Western media. What would YOU do if you gun-toting strangers came by, demanding and taking your land? Hmm… that sounds suspiciously like American Protestants and how they stole most of America from the Indians and Mexicans, isn’t it? Like does call unto like…

Remember this… many of the recent Christian émigrés from the Middle East are fleeing American-fomented violence and mayhem. You KNOW what to do in November… kaufft nicht bei Romney!


Saturday, 21 April 2012

21 April 2012. Watch “60 Minutes” on Sunday… Covering Palestinian Christians

Palestinian Christians in Catholic church in Zababdeh PALESTINE


I received the following from a friend:

Xристос воскресе!

For those interested in history, Orthodoxy, Christianity, the Holy Land, Arab issues (and much more) this should be a good telecast. Disclaimer: I haven’t seen it yet, but if Maria Khoury’s remotely involved it won’t be boring.

Bоистинну воскресе!

For those without US TV, or with scheduling conflicts, you can watch the episode at:



He is not here; for He is Risen, as He said, Come, see the place where the Lord lay.

Gospel according to St Matthew 28.6

Dear Friends of St George, in Taybeh PALESTINE:

Christ is Risen! Truly, He is Risen!

60 Minutes came last May to film where the Lord lay. My nephew Canaan Khoury (Harvard  2013), was interviewed for this program and many prominent Palestinians. I’ve helped extensively with the background information and wanted to share the following message from the producers.


At last, the time has come… the story about the shrinking population of the Palestinian Christians in the Holy Land will be broadcast on 60 Minutes this Sunday, 22 April 2012 at 19.00 EDT (16.00 PDT 00.00 23 April UTC 03.00 MSK) . For those of you who don’t have access to CBS News in your area, you can watch the story on our website at:


The story will be available on Sunday evening after it airs on TV. There’ll also be an added feature on our online program called 60 Minutes Overtime at:


You’ll be able to view a story on Taybeh, also on Sunday evening. Please forward this e-mail to those you feel should be informed of this. We also wanted to thank each and every person who helped us in telling this very complicated story.  Though you may not have made it into the piece, you all played a significant role in the story.


Harry A Radliffe II

Magalie Laguerre-Wilkinson

“60 Minutes”

Monday, 5 March 2012

5 March 2012. VOR Presents… An Anomaly of Nature: Snow Fell in Jerusalem

Suddenly, in the first month of spring in Israel, real winter weather with snow and lowered temperatures came roaring in. On the night of 2 March, in the areas of Jerusalem located at altitudes above 700 metres (@2,300 feet) above sea level, snow began to fall. By morning, the snow level reached a height of 4-5 centimetres (1.6-2 inches). The abnormal weather triggered traffic disruptions. In areas with the greatest snowfall, schools cancelled classes. The last time that snow fell in Jerusalem was in 2008.


Snow covered the streets of the Old City of Jerusalem, Galilee, and the West Bank.


To restore traffic in the city centre, snow-ploughs had to clear Jerusalem’s streets.


Because of the unusual weather conditions in Jerusalem, the demand for heaters and warm clothing increased.


Local authorities decided to cancel school in the villages of Ofra, Psagot, Beit El, and several other settlements around Jerusalem, in Judea and Samaria.


Weather forecasters promise that normal spring weather will follow the cold cyclone, there’ll be a gradual increase in temperature, and rain will replace the snow.


Jerusalemites build an early March snowman.


5 March 2012

Voice of Russia World Service


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