Current Issue
September, 2019
Volume 45, Number 3
17 January 2014
J.D. Conor Mauro

Jewish settlers who lost land to Israeli army bulldozers reportedly take out their anger on Palestinians in West Bank. (video: Al Jazeera)

Coordination of Bishops Conferences’ voices support for Holy Land churches (Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem) “As Bishops from Europe, South Africa and North America we came to the Holy Land to pray with and support the Christian community and the cause of peace. In Gaza, we witnessed the deep poverty of the people, and the courageous presence of the small and vulnerable Christian communities there. Gaza is a man-made disaster, a shocking scandal, an injustice that cries out to the human community for a resolution. We call upon political leaders to improve the humanitarian situation of the people in Gaza, assuring access to the basic necessities for a dignified human life, the possibilities for economic development, and freedom of movement…”

Israel troops open fire on Gaza protesters (Daily Star Lebanon) The Israeli army fired live rounds and tear gas at protesters near the border fence in the Gaza Strip on Friday, wounding two Palestinians, medics and an AFP correspondent said.. Troops fired at some 300 demonstrators who were protesting against Israel’s destruction of farmland for its 300-yard buffer zone, the correspondent said. Two protesters were moderately wounded and taken to hospital, Gaza’s Hamas health ministry spokesman Ashraf al Qudra told AFP. Israel’s army was “unaware of the incident,” a spokeswoman said…

Syria proposes cease-fire in Aleppo (New York Times) The Syrian government on Friday proposed a cease-fire with rebel forces in the city of Aleppo and said it was willing to exchange detainee lists with the opposition to pave the way for a possible prisoner exchange. The proposals, which Walid al Moallem, the Syrian foreign minister, said he had given to Russia, appeared to be an effort by the government to show good faith days before an international peace conference is to be convened in Switzerland aimed at ending Syria’s civil war…

Egypt Islamists, police clash ahead of vote results (Daily Star Lebanon) At least one person was killed in clashes between Egyptian police and Islamists on Friday, as the country awaited results of a constitutional referendum billed as an endorsement of President Muhammad Morsi’s overthrow. Clashes between Mr. Morsi’s Islamist supporters and police armed with tear gas were reported in several cities, security officials said. One person was killed in fighting in Fayoum, a city southwest of Cairo, police said. His identity was not immediately clear…

Harsh anti-protest laws in Ukraine spur anger (Washington Post) Anger swept through the Ukrainian opposition Friday after a package of laws that would prohibit almost any type of street protest was rushed through parliament. The laws appear to borrow heavily from existing Russian legislation and seem to belie Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych’s declarations that he wants his country to build stronger ties with the European Union. Under the new laws, any organization receiving money from abroad — which, in Ukraine’s case, includes a huge number of groups including the Greek Catholic Church — must register as “foreign agents,” just as they must in Russia…

Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church web site hit by cyber attacks (RISU) The spokesman for the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church, the Rev. Ihor Yatsiv, announced that the church’s official web site was hit by direct denial of service (DDoS) attacks. All attacks, as reported in the church’s Department of Information come from Rostelecom — the national telecommunications company in Russia.

Tags: Egypt Ukraine Syrian Civil War Holy Land Israeli-Palestinian conflict