Tagged with Gaza

O Come, Ye Gazan Christians, to Bethlehem

O Come, Ye Gazan Christians, to Bethlehem

This article was first published at Christianity Today, on December 20. Bethlehem’s Church of the Nativity has restored its sparkling mosaics and marble columns to their original glory for the first time in 600 years. “It has become such a beautiful church,” Ziad al-Bandak, head of the local project committee of Christian leaders, told the … Continue reading

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Gaza Again

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Gaza Again

God, By now, the tragedy is well known. Dozens of Palestinians in Gaza were killed by Israeli fire at the border separating the two territories. Some were crossing illegally. Others were protesting. Decide between the narratives, God. There is only one truth, however nuanced. There may be guilt widely spread. There may be ample justification. … Continue reading

To be a Muslim’s Eyes

To be a Muslim’s Eyes

From al-Monitor, a unique account of a Palestinian Christian in Gaza who daily accompanies his blind Muslim friend to the mosque: “Growing up, Hatem would always perform prayers at the mosque, but after the incident five years ago, he was no longer able to do so because there was no one available to guide him … Continue reading

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Borders, Bombs

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Borders, Bombs

God, The bombs continue, this time striking a security directorate in the early morning hours with a blast that rattled all Cairo. Several injuries, none killed – it is a marker of taunting more than a message of death. But from where? There are problems at the borders, God. To the west, Libyan officials have … Continue reading

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Gaza Again

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Gaza Again

God, It is not as if this is the first time. Mutual acrimony between Israel and Hamas leads to the exchange of rockets, with deeply disproportional suffering. Now a land invasion is poised to begin. Egypt has been the historic mediator, but this time – so far – unsuccessfully. Two years ago President Morsi, whose … Continue reading

Gaza and the Right to Self-Defense

There is much wrong on both sides. The situation is complex and begs for thorough analysis. All this is granted but within this debate, here is a well-researched article from Jadaliyya exposing a false rhetoric that seems eminently logical: On the fourth day of Israel’s most recent onslaught against Gaza’s Palestinian population, President Barack Obama … Continue reading

A Security Source Speaks on the Sinai

A Security Source Speaks on the Sinai

From my recent article at Arab West Report, describing an interview with a former security officer in the Sinai, who wished to remain anonymous. In light of the current accusations leveled against the Muslim Brotherhood, his comments, issued in May 2013, are very pertinent: These known political figures, including leading Salafi-Jihadis such as ‘Adil Shahātah … Continue reading

Stop Murdering Terrorists

From Christianity Today, in an interview with Brother Andrew of Open Doors: Not long ago of course Osama bin Laden was assassinated, and the whole world rejoiced. Thousands have died in drone assaults. What is your response to such killing? I have been speaking in meetings in America, and part of my sermon was, “Have … Continue reading

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Gaza

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Gaza

God, Above all, bring peace to Israel and Palestine. Stop rockets, stop killing, stop assassinations, and stop injustice. Allow all sides to argue over who most deserves these accusations, but draw them to a halt. As for Egypt, where these arguments are few, give wisdom to the president and political leadership on how to intervene … Continue reading

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Rafah

  God, Once again Egypt is bloody. When manipulations are political it can be understood as the nature of politics in times of transition. Yet this manipulation is evil. Sixteen soldiers were killed on the border with Gaza, by as yet unknown assailants. Early reports blamed terrorist Islamist groups based in the Sinai. Then links … Continue reading

Christians in the Sinai

Bishop Cosman is the presiding bishop of the Coptic Orthodox Church in the diocese of North Sinai, consisting of an area 200km long and 127km deep. This roughly stretches from Port Said to Suez along the west (though these cities do not belong his bishopric). Bishop Cosman states that the population of his bishopric is … Continue reading