1949: The Beginning of the End of Empire (and a Harbinger of Dischord for Decades to Come) I’m not a historian but I do feel I am living history... with much of it yet to happen. “Living History” is the title of a book by the late Chaim Herzog, the 6th President of Israel. More about … Continue reading 1949: The Beginning of the End of Empire
Kairos Palestine conference This past weekend I attended the Kairos Palestine conference in Bethlehem. It was an inspiring gathering of leading clergy and lay people from churches and advocacy organisations in Jerusalem and Palestine. It was well attended with locals and visitors from around the world, including a group of 15 Bishops, of different denominations … Continue reading Kairos Palestine Conference – Seeking a Path to Peace
Ramallah Friends School, Making Peace Possible Ramallah Friends School is making peace possible. I visited Ramallah Friends School (RFS) last week and was given a wonderful tour and introduction by Mr. Jeries Abu Al-Ezam the Deputy Principal of Friends Boys School (which despite its name is coeducational) . Quakers have had a presence in education … Continue reading Ramallah Friends School, Making Peace Possible
Father Ibrahim uses the story of the Judgement of Solomon to explain his vision for peace with justice for all people in the Holy Land.
Welcome! You are Welcome Welcome you are welcome. "Ahalan Wa Sahalan". This is the greeting that I hear very often as I go about my daily chores and my shopping in Nablus and in Nablus Old City Often I will be invited in for tea or strong Arabic coffee and the welcome is genuine. The welcome … Continue reading Welcome! You are Welcome
The Samaritans – Living peacefully in the middle of Palestine Today we visited the Samaritan Village which is located on top of Mount Gerizim one of the two mountains which enclose the city of Nablus. The Samaritans are one of the oldest and smallest religious sects in the world that still exist today after thousands … Continue reading The Samaritans – An ancient Jewish sect Living peacefully in the middle of Palestine