On 8/15/15 in various parts of France, Catholic church bells to ring for Middle East Christians

As stated by a French Facebook group called AraMic TV, in about a day (technically even less if in Europe), Catholic church bells will be ringing in France for Middle East Christians. I appreciate this show of support, and truly wish the US churches—and other countries’ as well—would get ON IT stat and do the same!!

Check out the event page, although I note it is in French: https://www.facebook.com/lesclochesdeFrance

The map below shows the dioceses that are participating (in purple). The list is growing, which already includes other countries like Spain, Canada, Iceland, and Switzerland.

 

 

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30 things to know before going to Israel and the Palestinian Territories

After 2 visits to Palestine & Israel–the first time for 2 weeks and the second time for 3 months–there are definitely things I’ve noticed and have kept in mind (and yes, have turned into inside jokes with friends and family, not gonna lie).

As such, I’ve created my own rather detailed list based on things I’ve experienced and which may be helpful to check out before going.

*Sidenote: my short story collection “Twisted Reflections” features 2 stories set in the Holy Land. 🙂

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Two-part Al Jazeera documentary on the Palestinian Nakba

This 2-part documentary is a highly informative account of the events that led to the creation of the State of Israel in 1948, referred to by Palestinians as Al Nakba, or the catastrophe.

The documentary highlights the ways in which the creation of the State of Israel was made possible through several factors, on top of the fact that the mistreatment of Palestinians shockingly (or not?!) started well before the creation of Israel.

Totaling about 3 hours in length, it’s as heartbreaking as it is comprehensive. It’s clearly not easy to stomach all the injustice and atrocities involved, but it’s well worth watching. +

Part I:

Part II:

Other languages: link to the same documentary with Arabic, French, German, Italian, Spanish, and Portuguese subtitles:

http://www.youtube.com/view_play_list?p=30A8F80C4E383847