Palestine Calling: Radio Programmes 2014

In this, the first episode of his latest series of Palestine Calling, Dr Declan Hayes speaks to Michel Sabah, the retired Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem and Caritas Jerusalem chief Fr Raed Abusahlia about the problems Palestinian Christians face and what the Catholic Church is doing to help them.

In this, the second episode of his latest series of Palestine Calling, Dr Declan Hayes visits Taybeh on the Palestinian West Bank where he speaks to Fr Peter Madros , the renowned Biblical scholar, and Ramallah’s Greek Catholic parish priest, Fr Abdallah, as well as local Taybeh Catholic children and listens to their beautiful music in Taybeh’s Latin Catholic church.

In this, the third episode of his latest series of Palestine Calling, Dr Declan Hayes visits Taybeh on the Palestinian West Bank where he speaks to the Khoury family who explain the problems Palestine’s Christians face living under occupation and how they hope their wine and beer start-ups will help allow their extended Christian community to remain in the Holy Land.

In this, the fourth episode of his latest series of Palestine Calling, Dr Declan Hayes speaks to Greek Catholic priest Mgr Youseff Saada, Anglican priest Naim Ateek and Latin Catholic priest Peter Madros about their experiences during the 1948 Nakbah when all three, together with their families, were forced to flee as refugees for their lives.

In this, the fifth episode of his latest series of Palestine Calling, Dr Declan Hayes attends three Palestinian West Bank protests in Ramallah, Taybeh and Bil’in, two of which were for Syria and one of which was against the Israeli settlement projects and he speaks to Jews, Christians and Muslims attending them.

In this, the sixth episode of his latest series of Palestine Calling, Dr Declan Hayes speaks to internationally renowned peace activist Abdallah Abu Rahm in Bil’in and to Fr Firas Aridah, the Latin Catholic parish priest of St. Joseph’s in Jifna on the Palestinian West Bank.

In this, the seventh episode of his latest series of Palestine Calling, Dr Declan Hayes speaks to Emily Levy, a Canadian Jew, working with Women in Hebron and, in the presence of two Christian monitors, to Isaac Cohen from the controversial Jewish settlements in the centre of Hebron.

In this, the eight episode of his latest series of Palestine Calling, Dr Declan Hayes visits a Palestinian kindergarten beside Hebron’s controversial Tomb of Abraham and speaks to a mini-army of Christian and other international volunteers monitoring the gauntlet the toddlers and their guardians run to get to and from school every day.

In this, the ninth episode of his latest series of Palestine Calling, Dr Declan Hayes visits Jericho, where he calls into the Russian museum and the Romanian Orthodox convent as well as Hebron where he meets Russian Orthodox monks at their massive monastery in the heart of the city.

In this, the tenth episode of his latest series of Palestine Calling, Dr Declan Hayes visits the embattled town of Bethlehem where he speaks to Dr. Salim J. Munayer, the director of the Bethlehem Bible College and Brother Joe Loewenstein, the former President of Bethlehem University.

In this, the eleventh episode of his latest series of Palestine Calling, Dr Declan Hayes tours the Bedoin and Palestinian villages of the South Hebron Hills in the very south of the Palestinian territories with NGO workers Hamed and Ahlam Taryra as well as Susanne Hefekaeuser and other EAPPI volunteers.

In this, the twelfth and final episode of his latest series of Palestine Calling, Dr Declan Hayes speaks to Frs Mario Hadchitz and Labib Debes, respectively the Latin Catholic parish priests of Jericho and Jenin, as well as to Jacques Neno of Bethlehem’s Les Enfants, Le Jeu et l’Educationan who, with others, explains the challenges and rewards Christian witness in the Holy Land brings.

Israel Closes Hebron Mosque for the crack

Israeli soldiers illegally occupying (and destroying) Hebron closed the local mosque, one of the most important in the Islamic world, during the holiest day of Ramadan to get a rise out of the locals. They close it when the fancy takes them and then allow Jewish fanatical settlers in the neighbourhood to go into the mosque and cause mayhem. After one of their number gunned down a few dozen Muzzies, as the settlers call the locals (Muslims), the Israeli Defence forces arrested a large number of the locals.

Jews Desecrate Jerusalem

Jews Desecrate Jerusalem

Jewish settlers have defaced with anti-Christian graffiti one of Jerusalem’s best known churches in the latest price tag attack, according to Israeli police.

Vandals spray-painted hate slogans such as “Christians are monkeys” and “Christians are slaves” and “Havat Maon” referring to a settler colony in the West Bank in the Dormition Abbey in the Old City on Friday.

 

Israeli Thugs Wreck Greek Easter

A Statement from the Patriarchs and Heads of Churches in Jerusalem, concerning the Israeli police measures on Holy Saturday- May 2013

We, the Heads of Churches in Jerusalem, watched with sorrowful hearts the horrific scenes of the brutal treatment of our clergy,people, and pilgrims in the Old City of Jerusalem during Holy Saturday last week. A day of joy and celebration was turned to great sorrow and pain for someof our faithful because they were ill-treated by some Israeli policemen who were present around the gates of the Old City and passages that lead to the Holy Sepulcher.

We understand the necessity and the importance of the presence of security forces to ensure order and stability, and for organizing the celebration of the Holy Fire at the Church of the Resurrection. Yet, it isnot acceptable that under pretext of security and order, our clergy and people are indiscriminately and brutally beaten, and prevented from entering their churches, monasteries and convents.

We urge the Israeli authorities especially the Ministry of Interior and the police department in Jerusalem, to seriously consider our complaints, to hold responsibility and to condemn all acts of violence against our faithful and the clergy who were ill-treated by the police. We deplore that every year, the police measures are becoming tougher, and we expect that these accidents will not be repeated and the police should be more sensitive and respectful if they seek to protect and serve.

We also denounce all those who are blaming the churches and holding them responsible of the Israeli measures during Holy Week celebrations. On the contrary, the Heads of churches in Jerusalem condemn all of these measures and violations of Christians’ rights to worship in their churches and Holy Sites.Therefore, we condemn all measures of closing the Old City and urge the Israeli authorities to allow full access to the Holy sites during Holy Week of both Church Calendars.

The Heads of Churches of Jerusalem

  • +Patriarch Theophilos III, Greek Orthodox Patriarchate
  • +Patriarch Fouad Twal, Latin Patriarchate
  • +Patriarch Norhan Manougian,Armenian Apostolic Orthodox Patriarchate
  • +Fr. Pierbattista Pizzaballa, ofm, Custos of the Holy Land
  • +Archbishop Anba Abraham, Coptic Orthodox Patriarchate, Jerusalem
  • +Archbishop Swerios Malki Murad, Syrian Orthodox Patriarchate
  • +Aba Fissiha Tsion, Locum Tenens of the Ethiopian Orthodox Patriarchate
  • +Archbishop Joseph-Jules Zerey,Greek-Melkite-Catholic Patriarchate
  • +Archbishop Moussa El-Hage,Maronite Patriarchal Exarchate
  • +Bishop Suheil Dawani, Episcopal Church of Jerusalem and the Middle East
  • +Bishop Munib Younan, Evangelical Lutheran Church in Jordan and the Holy Land
  • +Bishop Pierre Melki, Syrian Catholic Patriarchal Exarchate
  • +Msgr. Joseph Antoine Kelekian, Armenian Catholic Patriarchal Exarchate