Dear Friends of Saint George Taybeh,
As I stared at my key board for over a month, I could not seem to write a word about the terrible conditions in Israel/Palestine. I am simply just shocked. It is September 28, 2000 all over again when the 2nd uprising started.
People are fed up and cannot tolerate occupation anymore. The non-violent action on the ground has gotten little attention so it seems violence grabs the media. I have my own personal problem of being denied a three month visa so I am forced to travel and try my luck in returning home next week.
I will offer a discussion following vespers at 6:30 pm, Saturday, Nov. 14, 2015 at St. Mark Orthodox Church (7125 River Road, Bethesda, MD 20817, vesper service at 5:30 pm)
I will pray at our sister church of St. George in Bethesda for Sunday Liturgy and hope to have a wonderful fellowship with the Sunday School children. Let us all pray together for a miracle to have our world guided by the True Light of Christ. I feel we have gone back to the time of St. George and the early centuries in witnessing for Christ, the prince of Peace and the salvation of the world.
With sincere good wishes for a blessed Holy Nativity Fast as we prepare our soul for our Saviour,
Forgive me for sharing this update:
People continue to suffer in the “Holy Land” because of Zionism. Since October 1st, 80 Palestinians (17 children) and 9 Israelis were killed (two of these Israelis killed by fellow Israelis mistaking them for Palestinians).
I enclose the following article also:
JERUSALEM: ISRAEL DEMOLISHES CATHOLIC CHURCH PROPERTY, PREPARES TO DESTROY HUNDREDS MORE HOMES
Spokesman said the church would appeal to Israeli and international courts over the demolition and had already complained to the interior ministry and the municipality.
By Dan Bergin
(Independent Catholic News) November 10, 2015 – The head of the Roman Catholic Church in Israel, Palestine and Jordan protested yesterday against Israel’s demolition of a church-owned property in annexed East Jerusalem, saying it eroded chances for peace.
“It is an act of vandalism that infringes international law, Patriarch Fouad Twal said. “It is an act is against the law, against justice and against humanity, against any ideology upon which peace can be built and increases segregation and hate.”
The house, built before the 1967 occupation, was located 150 metres from the check-point, at the foot of Tantur hill, near the illegal Jewish settlement of Gilo.
The family of 14 that lived in the house which belonged to the Latin Patriarchate, said: “They turned up at 5 in the morning. They forced us to go out of our house. They took our cell phones away and forbad us to let anyone know. We stood there and watched as the bulldozers demolished the house.”
A Church spokesman said it was the first time the Jewish state had demolished property belonging to the church. “This is holy land and always will be, and the interior ministry, the municipality and Israeli organisations knew it belonged to the patriarchate.”
He said the church would appeal to Israeli and international courts over the demolition and had already complained to the interior ministry and the municipality.
The Association for Civil Rights in Israel said today that the city was starting proceedings for the mass demolition of Palestinian homes in other parts of east Jerusalem.
“Over the past few days, hundreds of families in the Ras Hamis and Ras Shahada neighbourhoods received notices that the Jerusalem municipality has requested the issuance of demolition orders on their homes because they were built without legal permits,” it said.
Palestinian-owned properties in Israeli-annexed East Jerusalem are routinely demolished by the Jerusalem municipality on the grounds of lacking the right permit – permits that are notoriously difficult to get.
Jerusalem municipality’s spokesman could not immediately be reached for comment.