Friday, January 31, 2014
"An Israeli court on Wednesday is to decide the planned route of the
concrete barrier which is also known as the Apartheid Wall. The wall
would cut through ancient irrigation systems used by the village of
Battir. It would separate residents of the nearby Beit Jala from their
olive gardens. A local Christian community will also be divided as a
result. Palestinians have been holding demonstrations almost every week
against the construction of the barrier in the West Bank. They say it
will separate their land and isolate their villages."
"Thousand of Israelis have held a rally in Jerusalem al-Quds against talks between Tel Aviv and the Palestinian Authority.
rally was attended by several prominent rabbis within the settler
community. The protesters called on Israeli authorities to halt talks
with the P-A demanding that Tel Aviv expand and continue its settlement
activities in the West Bank. The participants called US Secretary of
State John Kerry's framework agreement for the so-called peace talks
anti-Semitic. The so-called Kerry plan is expected to call for a phased
Israeli withdrawal from the West Bank based on the 1967 lines with
unprecedented security arrangements in the strategic Jordan Valley.. . ."
Saturday, January 25, 2014
"Armenian Patriarch Nourhan Manougian
is in the West Bank town of Bethlehem to give his blessing to the
faithful ahead of Christmas.
Armenians worldwide celebrate
Christmas on January the sixth. But the small Armenian community in the
Holy Lands uses the old Julian calendar to determine the date of
religious feasts. Meanwhile Greek Orthodox pilgrims have gathered along
the banks of the River Jordan for Epiphany ceremonies which celebrate
the baptism of Jesus. Biblical scholars say John the Baptist baptized
Jesus at this spot which is the third most important site in