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by Fr. Ibrahim Faltas | ISRAEL – PALESTINE

The Franciscan clergyman remembers the slain journalist. The UN Security Council condemns the murder and calls for an investigation. Ordinary Muslims and Christians, right-wing and left-wing politicians took to the streets to remember her. Her death fulfilled the dream of transcending divisions.


Today's headlines: Hong Kong drops in the RFS press freedom rankings; against cyber-attacks, the Israeli government asks companies to create an "Iron Dome"; Caritas Philippines launches a schooling program for young adults and students who have dropped out of classes; in Russia, information and rumors continue to filter out about Putin's health; in Yerevan,  opposition demonstrations continue, calling for the premier's resignation. 

| 03/05/2022
| ASIA TODAY
by Fady Noun

Patriarch Pizzaballa presided over the episcopal ordination of the new vicar of Israel in the Basilica of the Annunciation in Nazareth. Passionate about dialogue, educated as an engineer, he is a builder of 'bridges' between people. The exhortation to be a "father" for priests and the faithful.

 

 

 

| 02/05/2022
| LEBANON - HOLY LAND

Today's headlines: Chinese authorities ban from social media (and detain) a popular influencer son of Wanda Group owner; Jakarta suspends palm oil exports; the world's longest glass bridge is inaugurated in Vietnam; foreign companies flee Moscow; a new political opposition movement is born in Bishkek; Jerusalem: two more victims in the new wave of violence, an Israeli and a Palestinian. 

 

 

 

| 30/04/2022
| ASIA TODAY

Sirens bring Israel to a halt to mark Yom Ha-Shoah. At Yad Vashem, Prime Minister Bennett does not mention Iran, but speaks about divisions among Jews, noting that today's conflicts cannot be equated to the “unprecedented” tragedy that took place during the Second World War. Meanwhile, a study by Tel Aviv University shows “significant rise” of anti-Semitism in 2021 in the world.

| 28/04/2022
| ISRAEL
by Dario Salvi

In spite of the clashes of recent weeks, life in the Strip "flows normally", schools and markets are open. Even the activities in the parish are "full to capcity". Fr. Romanelli reports the Russian war in Ukraine does not seem to affect "everyday life for now". The wish for an end of Ramadan celebration "in peace" and a "solution" to the Israeli-Palestinian issue.

| 26/04/2022
| GATEWAY TO THE EAST

Fresh clashes broke out today in Jerusalem’s Old City between Palestinians and Israeli security forces, with at least 20 wounded and seven arrests. Israel carried out attacks in Gaza overnight in response to rocket fire. For Adel Misk, the situation is “getting worse”, fuelled by repeated “provocations”. Al-Aqsa is “a red line that no one can cross”.

| 21/04/2022
| ISRAEL – PALESTINE
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