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Evolving Challenge about Israel/Palestine

On Feb. 14 here, I posted the challenge as I saw it then:

“How might an American help foster a peace process in Jerusalem? What should Americans know about Israel and Palestine, Israelis and Palestinians?”

Based on what I have been learning so far here in Israel/Palestine, from many different sources, I will now read more>>

Bethlehem – Christ’s Birthplace in a Cave in the West Bank

Today, our pilgrim group of 40 from St. George’s College, plus the Bishop of the Diocese of Virginia and his entourage, visited historic sites in Bethlehem. Bethlehem is now in the West Bank area, which means it is either inside or outside the wall between Israel and the West Bank depending on whether read more>>

Nahalin, Palestine

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Nahalin

Nahalin Arabic نحالين Name meaning “Honey collectors” Governorate Bethlehem Government Municipality Also spelled Nahaleen (officially) Coordinates 31°41′04.84″N 35°06′57.17″ECoordinates: 31°41′04.84″N 35°06′57.17″E / 31.6846778°N 35.1158806°E / 31.6846778; 35.1158806 / 31.6846778°N 35.1158806°E / 31.6846778; 35.1158806 Population 6,827 (2007[1]) Jurisdiction 16,144 dunams (16.1 km²) Head of read more>>

Old Jerusalem: Joys, Sorrows and Symbols

Four of us pilgrims (3 from Virginia, one from London) were sent by our instructor at St. Georges College to the Christian Quarter in Old Jerusalem. Our assignment was to return with insights on the joys and sorrows of people in that quarter, and a symbol that to us best represents that area of the read more>>

Jewish perspectives on peace

Restless night after lecture/discussion at St. George’s College from an expert on Jewish/Israeli perspectives on possibilities for peace in Palestine. Ophir Yarden is Director of Educational Initiatives for the Interreligious Coordinating Council in Israel (icce.org). His realistic assessment of the political situation in Israel left little room for optimism.

He did make the plea that read more>>

Jerusalem orientation day

With 30 other pilgrims, mainly from U.S., in 2-week curriculum at St. George’s College in East Jerusalem. Orientation today includes self-bios of the students, majority of whom are clergy — Episcopal. Lecture covers 5,000 years of Jerusalem history. Lunch at a pilgrim house called Maison d’Abraham because they host three religions there, all descended from read more>>

Tent of Nations news today

Today I received the following message: February 12, 2010

Dear Friends of Tent of Nations,

We would like to update you on the impending crisis situation that the Nassar family is currently facing. As you know, the Nassar Family Farm/Tent of Nations Project has a long history of modeling peaceful co-existence with its neighbors through read more>>