from ONE

A Life Under Occupation
(From ONE magazine September 2007)
One Palestinian Christian reflects on a life shadowed by discord
an interview with CNEWA’s Maher Turjman

The Ties That Bind
text by Ben Cramer
photographs by Peter Lemieux
(From ONE magazine January 2005)
One Palestinian doctor’s efforts to heal wounds and discord

Through Settlers’ Eyes
by Michele Chabin
photographs by Kevin Unger
(From ONE magazine May 2006)
For many, it is all about affordable housing – not religious zeal

Struggling on the Strip
text by Michele Chabin
photographs by Miriam Sushman
(From Catholic Near East January – February 2001)
Overcrowded refugee camps. Garbage-littered streets. Open sewers. Survival is difficult, but a few are making a difference.

West Bank’s New Breadwinners
by Diane Handal
(From ONE magazine July 2008)
Palestinian women put their culinary skills to work

Against All Odds
photographs by Steve Sabella
with text by Paul Wachter
(From ONE magazine January 2007)
Even in Gaza, some women and children receive the best of care

Palestine
(From ONE magazine September 2010)
A fragmented holy land

Olive Offerings
by Hanne Foighel with photographs by Ahikam Seri
(From ONE magazine January 2009)
How the olive sustains Palestinian society

Kinderhilfe Bethlehem: A Small Bridge for Peace
by Klaus Röllin
(From Catholic Near East March – April 1998)
A profile of Kinderhilfe Bethlehem, a dynamic Swiss-German agency specializing in the care of mothers and children in the Holy Land.

Health Care in the Jordan Valley
by Brother Donald Mansir, F.S.C.
(From Catholic Near East July – August 1995)
The rural population of the West Bank and Gaza benefits from a unique health care program.

Recollections of a Dauntless Dame
by Michael J.L. La Civita
(From Catholic Near East January – February 1994)
The editor’s interview with Miss Carol Hunnybun, the former administrator of our Jerusalem office.

Gaza Health Project
prepared by Pontifical Mission, Jerusalem
photos by Karen Lagerquist
(From Catholic Near East September 1993)
Excerpts from a report and proposal by the Pontifical Mission’s Jerusalem office, presented to major funding agencies at a Vatican meeting.

Behind the Blockade
text by Fares Akram with photographs by Eman Mohammed
(From ONE March 2012)
Gaza’s Christian institutions help sustain a beleaguered population

A Loan…At Last!
by Catherine Coyne
photos: CNEWA-PMP, Jerusalem
(From Catholic Near East Magazine Winter 1980)
With some help from CNEWA, small business owners in the Holy Land are able to help themselves – and their businesses – prosper.

In Gaza The Blind Don’t Beg
by Helen Breen
(From Catholic Near East Magazine Fall 1980)
The Pontifical Mission Center for the Blind in Gaza is a haven of learning and support.

Writing on the Wall
text by Marilyn Raschka
photographs by Kevin Unger
(From ONE magazine July – August 2004)
The Israeli security barrier deepens the divide in the Holy Land

from News

Violence in Gaza
Catholic News Service (19 November 2012)
JERUSALEM (CNS) — The Israeli government and leaders of Hamas must make courageous decisions to end the violence that has once again forced residents of Southern Israel into their bomb shelters and residents of the Gaza Strip into their homes, said Auxiliary Bishop William Shomali of Jerusalem.

Pope Condemns Gaza Conflict
Catholic News Service (26 November 2012)
VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Pope Benedict XVI condemned escalating hostilities between Israel and the Palestinians, saying hatred and violence are never an appropriate solution to problems.

Catholics in Gaza
Catholic News Service (21 November 2012)
ERUSALEM (CNS) — As diplomatic efforts were underway to reach a ceasefire agreement between Hamas and Israel Nov. 20, Catholics on both sides of the Gaza border prayed for peace.

Update on Iraq
Catholic News Service (4 June 2013)
JERUSALEM (CNS) — Five schools in Gaza — two Catholic and three Christian — face closure if the Hamas government follows through on an order forbidding coeducational institutions, said the director general of Latin Patriarchate Schools in Palestine and Israel.

Floods, Rain Threaten to Complicate Christmas in Gaza
Catholic News Service (19 December 2013)
JERUSALEM (CNS) — The snowstorms and torrential rain that battered the Mideast in mid-December threatened to make this Christmas season an especially difficult one for Christians in Gaza.

Holy Land Bishops Criticize ‘Collective Punishment’ of Palestinians
Catholic News Service (10 July 2014)
JERUSALEM (CNS) — Catholic leaders in the Holy Land called for an end to the cycle of violence and criticized Israel’s occupation of Palestinian territories and its collective punishment of Palestinians.

Phone Calls, Evacuations: Gaza’s Christians Work Together to Stay Safe
Catholic News Service (14 July 2014)
JERUSALEM (CNS) — Members of the tiny Christian community in the Gaza Strip have been keeping tabs on each other and lending a helping hand to keep each other safe during Israeli airstrikes throughout the region, but nowhere in the territory is really safe, said a priest at the territory’s only Catholic parish.

Churches’ Official: ‘Everyone in Gaza Considers Themselves a Target’
Catholic News Service (15 July 2014)
JERUSALEM (CNS) — The situation in hospitals in the Gaza Strip is dire, and Palestinians are saying that medical supplies will soon run out, said a cardiologist who serves with the Near East Council of Churches in Gaza.

Cease-Fire Gives Gaza Civilians Chance to Seek Aid
Catholic News Service (18 July 2014)
VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Civilians in Gaza used a brief cease-fire to spill onto the streets and replenish scarce supplies, some church representatives said.

No Electricity, Water: Caritas Official to Launch Appeal for Gaza
Catholic News Service (21 July 2014)
JERUSALEM (CNS) — The head of Caritas in Jerusalem said he would launch an international appeal to help with the Gaza Strip and would not wait until the end of Israeli-Hamas hostilities, as he had done in the past.

Stop Targeting Civilians, Archbishop Tells Israelis, Gaza Fighters
Catholic News Service (23 July 2014)
VATICAN CITY (CNS) — The Vatican representative to the U.N. Human Rights Council urged the Israeli military and fighters in the Gaza Strip to stop targeting civilian areas.

Jerusalem Patriarch: Don’t Punish All Gaza Palestinians Because of Hamas
Catholic News Service (23 July 2014)
WASHINGTON (CNS) — It is impossible for Israeli military to target Hamas missiles without hitting civilians in the Gaza Strip, said Latin Patriarch Fouad Twal of Jerusalem.

Holy Land Priests on Both Sides Try to Help Parishioners Confront War
Catholic News Service (24 July 2014)
JERUSALEM (CNS) — Two priests on either side of the Gaza border are trying to help their small communities confront the realities of war.

For Some Middle East Catholics, Church Is Anchor of Hope Amid Violence
Catholic News Service (28 July 2014)
BETHLEHEM, West Bank (CNS) — As the death toll in Gaza surpasses 1,000, violent demonstrations in the West Bank leave dead and wounded, and an entire Christian community is exiled from the Iraqi city of Mosul by Islamic extremists, Christians in the Holy Land find themselves facing harsh realities.

Desperation of People in Gaza Spurs Violence, Say Cardinal, Patriarch
Catholic News Service (1 August 2014)
VATICAN CITY (CNS) — The president of Caritas Internationalis suggested Israeli and Hamas leaders pick up a pair of binoculars so they could see that “most of your victims are innocent people.”

CRS Official: Gaza a ‘Complete Catastrophe’ on ‘Brink of Collapse’
Catholic News Service (4 August 2014)
AMMAN, Jordan (CNS) — A top Catholic charity official described Gaza as a “complete catastrophe” after nearly four weeks of fighting between Israel and the Palestinian militant Hamas.

Caritas Official: Emotional Toll in Gaza Worse than Physical Damage
Catholic News Service (11 August 2014)
AMMAN, Jordan (CNS) — The head Caritas in Jerusalem expressed grave concern for the Gaza Strip’s residents with fighting once again erupting between Israel and Hamas.

Catholic Aid Official: Agencies Try to “Pick Up the Pieces” in Gaza
Catholic News Service (17 August 2014)
AMMAN, Jordan (CNS) — A senior Catholic aid official said humanitarian agencies are “trying to pick up the pieces” of Gaza’s badly destroyed infrastructure, desperately hoping that the declared truce between Israel and the militant Hamas will hold.

Catholic Aid Groups Hope Latest Israeli-Hamas Cease-Fire Holds
Catholic News Service (27 August 2014)
JERUSALEM (CNS) — Catholic aid organizations are hopeful that the most recent cease-fire between Israel and Hamas will hold as they begin to assess the needs in Gaza after 50 days of war.

Pope to Gaza’s Catholics: Be Christ’s Witness in Midst of Conflict
Catholic News Service (29 August 2014)
VATICAN CITY (CNS) — The priest leading the Gaza Strip’s only Catholic parish met with Pope Francis at the Vatican, thanking him for his support of those suffering in the war-torn territory.

Aid Official Says Gazans Cautious, Worry That Nothing Has Changed
Catholic News Service (5 September 2014)
JERUSALEM (CNS) — Gazans are frustrated that, despite all the sacrifice and loss of life, nothing has changed for them, except perhaps having more fishing rights, said a Catholic aid official.

Gaza War Dashed Hopes for Palestinian Tourism Windfall
Catholic News Service (10 December 2014)
BETHLEHEM, West Bank (CNS) — Palestinian hopes for a tourism windfall following Pope Francis’ spring pilgrimage did not pan out because the Gaza war broke out shortly after his visit, Palestinian Tourism Minister Rula Ma’ay’a told journalists.

In Middle East, a Year of Upheaval Leaves Millions Suffering
Catholic News Service (18 December 2014)
WASHINGTON (CNS) — The story of the Middle East in 2014 is one of war and displacement, broken families and tireless aid workers, and the rise of a new group one scholar referred to as “Al Qaeda on steroids.”

Latin Patriarch Reminds Faithful of Suffering of Christians, Gazans
Catholic News Service (26 December 2014)
JERUSALEM (CNS) — Latin Patriarchate Fouad Twal of Jerusalem reminded the faithful of the importance of spiritual and moral salvation, which, he said, “are the basis of human progress.”

Bishops See Signs of Resilience in Gaza, Despite Destruction
Catholic News Service (14 January 2015)
BETHLEHEM, West Bank (CNS) — Despite the immense destruction still evident in Gaza following the war there last summer, the resilience of the people gave hope to 16 bishops of the Holy Land Coordination during their visit to the Gaza Strip on 11 and 12 January.

Aid Official: Gazans Have Lost Hope
Catholic News Service (6 March 2015)
JERUSALEM (CNS) — Six months after the end of the most recent war in Gaza, there is still a “grave humanitarian crisis” in the narrow strip wedged between the Egyptian and Israeli borders, where more than 1.8 million Palestinians live closed off to the world because of an international embargo.

Priest Says Situation in Gaza Continues to Deteriorate
Catholic News Service (17 July 2015)
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (CNS) — One year after a war with Israel that turned daily life here into a nightmare, a Catholic priest in Gaza said the situation in this besieged Palestinian territory has deteriorated even further.

A Year After War, Gazans Persist at Rebuilding — With Help of Aid Groups
Catholic News Service (17 July 2015)
KHAN YOUNIS, Gaza Strip (CNS) — Fawzi Abu Jame’a had finally finished building his family’s dream home just eight months before the beginning of the war between Israel and Hamas, the Islamic party that governs Gaza. Unable to work because of diabetes, Jame’a had borrowed money from friends to buy the last materials he needed, but he believed it was worth it. His two children could play inside without being seen by Israeli soldiers watching from the border less than a mile away.

from Blog Content

Reflections On a Visit to Gaza

Picture of the Day: Peace Olives
n a grove near the West Bank city of Nablus women sort olives then remove stems and leaves. (photo: Ahikam Seri)

Picture of the Day: Christians in the Muslim World
There are only some 3,000 Christians in Gaza, of which a little more than 200 are Catholic. (photo: CNS/Paul Jeffrey)

Picture of the Day: Tailor Made Success
At the N.E.C.C. workshops in Gaza City, students learn to sew dresses. (photo: Eman Mohammed)

Where They See the Light
Fares Akram reflects on church-affiliated institutions in Gaza.

A Graduation in Gaza
Sami El-Yousef attended a graduation ceremony in Gaza.

Take Five: 5 Facts About Ramadan
Today marks the start of the Ramadan season, an important season of prayer and fasting for Muslims.

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Take Five: 5 Ways to Bring Good Health to Gaza
The Gaza Strip has been under siege for years.

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Gaza: When Will This Madness Stop?
It is amazing how, in the absence of a true and just peace in our region, a situation can turn upside down practically overnight.

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Picture of the Day: Praying in Gaza
Israeli reserve soldiers pray at a staging area near the border with northern Gaza on 20 November. (photo: CNS/Nir Elias, Reuters)

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Take Five: 5 Things to Know About Gaza
The area now known as the Gaza Strip got its name from the ancient city of Gaza.

Picture of the Day: Suits of the Season in Palestine
In the Christian village of Taybeh in Palestine, a child plays near Santa suits on the grounds of the Melkite Greek Catholic Church. (photo: Miriam Sushman)

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“Keep Gaza and Its People in Your Prayers”
Sami El-Yousef, CNEWA's regional director for Palestine and Israel, paid a visit to Gaza from 22-24 April. An excerpt of his report follows.

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Picture of the Day: Feeding Gaza
This 2006 photo depicts a street scene in the Gaza strip, a poor and crowded land with one of the highest population densities in the world. (photo: Steve Sabella)

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Picture of the Day: Sew Far, Sew Good
A Gaza City woman works a sewing machine in a dressmaking class hosted by the the Near East Council of Churches. (photo: Eman Mohammed)

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Picture of the Day: A Touch of Class
A student attends a computer class at the Near East Council of Churches vocational center in Gaza City. (photo: Eman Mohammed)

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Sisters Prepare to Depart Gaza
Vatican Radio reports that amid the ongoing airstrikes in Gaza, a group of Catholic nuns are making preparations to depart, following warning calls from the Israeli government.

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“Pray for an End to This Madness”
Sami El-Yousef, CNEWA's regional director for Palestine and Israel, shares details of recent developments in Gaza.

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Picture of the Day: Hope Amid Violence
Catholic nuns light candles spelling “peace” in Arabic in front of the altar during Mass in the Church of St. Catherine in Bethlehem, West Bank, on 27 July. (photo: CNS/Debbie Hill)

Gaza’s Beacon of Hope
Sami El-Yousef, CNEWA's regional director for Palestine and Israel, shares details of the situation in Gaza.

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Update From Gaza
Judith Sudilovsky shares an update on the status of Gaza and how CNEWA is helping the people of this beleaguered city.

Working Together to Aid Gaza
Sami El-Yousef, CNEWA’s regional director for Palestine and Israel, shares details of the situation in Gaza.

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The Humanitarian Crisis in Gaza
The National Catholic Register this week has some very good insight into the ongoing crisis in Gaza

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In Gaza, “This Is a Window of Opportunity”
Catholic aid organizations — including CNEWA — are hoping the latest cease-fire between Israel and Hamas will hold.

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Breaking in Gaza:
‘Grave Humanitarian Crisis’ Continues

CNS spoke with CNEWA’s regional director for Palestine and Israel, Sami El-Yousef, after his most recent visit to Gaza.

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Picture of the Day: Helping Children Cope in Gaza
Children in in Rafah, in the Gaza Strip, participate in a psychosocial program run by the Department of Service for Palestinian Refugees of the Near East Council of Churches, funded in part by CNEWA. (photo: CNS/Paul Jeffrey)

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An Update on the Situation in Jerusalem
I returned home on 3 October after a one-week visit to New York to attend CNEWA’s annual planning meeting .

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A Visit to Gaza: ‘Life Must Go On’
Sami El-Yousef discusses his recent visit to Gaza.

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Sami El-Yousef on Gaza in La Stampa
esterday, in its Vatican Insider section, the Italian daily newspaper La Stampa published an interview with Sami El-Yousef, CNEWA’s regional director for Palestine and Israel.

90 Years, 90 Heroes:
Constantine Dabbagh

Constantine Dabbagh was a key collaborator with CNEWA for many years, spearheading efforts to help the poor in Gaza...

The Christians of Gaza
In the Autumn 2016 edition of ONE, journalist Don Duncan profiles Sami El-Yousef, CNEWA's regional director for Palestine and Israel, as part of our special look at the Catholic Eastern churches.

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Picture of the Day: Say ‘Awwww’
A young child receives a checkup at the clinic administered by the Near East Council of Churches in Shajaia, a neighborhood of Gaza City.

Picture of the Day: Healthy and Happy
A child receives a checkup at a clinic run by the Near East Council of Churches in Shajaia, a neighborhood of Gaza City. (photo: Tamara Abdul Hadi)

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