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Pope francis asks Israelis and palestinians courage to find a path for peace

“Peacemaking calls for courage, much more so than warfare”, the courage “to say yes to encounter and no to conflict: yes to dialogue and no to violence; yes to negotiations and no to hostilities; yes to respect for agreements and no to acts of provocation; yes to sincerity and no to duplicity”, said the Pope to Simon Peres and Mahmoud Abbas in the Vatican

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The Pope and the Middle East

Pope Francis appealed repeatedly to peace in the Middle East during his visit to the Holy Land in reference to the Syrian war and the Israel-Palestinian conflict. He made an unscheduled stop at the separation wall near Bethlehem to pray there and invited the presidents of Israel and Palestine to go to the Vatican to pray together for peace with him.

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Bethlehem surrounded

Palestinian Christians who want to celebrate Christmas in Bethlehem face a lot of problems to do it mainly because of Israeli military checkpoints and the security barrier that separate Bethlehem from Jerusalem.

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Current talks ‘last chance’ for just peace with Israel, Palestinian leader tells UN

Warning that time is running out, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas called on the United Nations to end Israeli settlement building on Palestinian land and thus giving a last chance for renewed peace talks to resolve the Middle East conflict within the allotted nine-month timeframe.

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Link: Netanyahu: Israel will enter peace talks honestly, wont give up security demands

Netanyahu: Israel will enter peace talks honestly, wont give up security demands – Diplomacy & Defense – Israel News | Haaretz. Summary: Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Sunday that he intended to embark on negotiations with the Palestinians honestly, but assured ministers at the weekly cabinet meeting in Jerusalem that he would stand his ground on Israel’s […]

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Link: Solutions to conflicts in Middle East and Syria, focus of Pope's meeting with Shimon Peres

This morning in the Vatican Apostolic Palace, the Holy Father received Shimon Peres, president of the State of Israel, report the Vatican Information Service (VIS) During the cordial talks, inform the VIS, the political and social situation in the Middle East—where more than a few conflicts persist—was addressed. A speedy resumption of negotiations between Israelis […]

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A Call from the Suffering in the Holy Land, the "Fifth Gospel"

The Christians Churches in Jerusalem are calling this Easter to pray for the situation in the Middle East and the victims of violence and to remember the christians living in that region, so close to the Holy Sites and many time so far away to be able to visit them. Particularly the Palestinians from the […]

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Democratic convention and Jerusalem

A big disappointment about internal democracy in the democratic convention because of Jerusalem. The sentence “Jerusalem is and will remain the capital of Israel” had been  removed from the platform because of the negotiations in progress about the future of the city backed by the Obama’s Administration. The criticism made the President and his people propose […]

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I believe in human beings, not in masses

I have a friend who is walking from Santiago, Spain to Jerusalem in behalf of an association of families with people ill of Alzheimer who is already in Croatia after doing almost 1,900 miles. One of is friends advised him in is blog to be careful, entering the Balkans, “land of tribal fights” “Religion fundamentalism”, […]

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The unlikely wish of a Palestinian girl from Gaza

I reblog an entry from Shahd Abusalama from Gaza written on her birthday because she expressed her wishes and dreams of freedom peacefully and because I just read  the same day a note about a Report from the UN that warned that the Palestinian strip where she is dwelling (and trapped) will not livable by […]

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