Archive | January, 2013

save the valley in Cremisan: online petition

31 Jan

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The Society of St. Yves is the Catholic Center for Human Rights of the Latin Patriarchate (the Roman Catholic Archdiocese) in the Holy Land. The lawyers of this society have been arguing before the Israeli Supreme Court, at the request of the Latin Patriarchate, asking the Court to stop the Israeli government from building a new section of the security fence (separation wall) through the Cremisan valley at the edge of Beit Jala (Bethlehem).

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Last summer I celebrated Mass in Cremisan valley, and wrote about the place in this previous post: “Not on Friday, but on Tuesday.”

The Society of St. Yves outlines the reasons against the building of this section of the wall, and provides an online petition of support for their position that will be sent to Israeli authorities.  Find out more and sign the petition at “Save the valley in Cremisan: Support bridges, not walls!

When I signed the petition, I wrote this as my reason for signing:

Our friends in Israel could clearly express their desire for reconciliation and security for all who live in the land by a decision NOT to build this section of the fence/wall in the Cremisan valley as it is proposed. Just think of the good public relations message that the Israeli government would put out and the good will that they would spread by making it known that they want the Christians to stay, that they want the people of Beit Jala to have a green space in which to rest and play, that they want the people of the area to have access to water, that they do not want the farmers to lose their livelihood, and that they want the children of the valley to feel safe and secure enough to live and learn as all children deserve – by making it known that they will NOT build that proposed wall/fence through the valley of Cremisan. The Israelis and the Israel government have an opportunity here that they do not often have to put their actions where their words are and their hearts where their minds are. An international audience would hear the message. Not building the wall/fence in the Cremisan Valley along the proposed route is a win-win situation for both the Israelis and the Palestinians, and especially for the children on both sides of that fence/wall that now divides them.

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2012 in review: shameless “self” promotion

1 Jan

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog.

That someone from 103 countries visited my blog in 2012 totally intrigues me. Apparently, a lot of people have gotten lost, totally confused or made mistakes in the search for what they really wanted to find. 

Most visitors came from The United States. That makes sense. Most of them are probably me!

I like the way the numbers from the Holy Land are broken down, keeping separate numbers for Israel and the West Bank. Of course, Jordan has its own numbers. Hmm.  Am I being “followed” or “watched” by someone in the Middle East, do you think?

I am curious as to who is checking in from Ireland, and why the number for the United Kingdom is so high, high for my blog, that is. They give me no way to tell “who” they are,  only “how many” they are. Actually, they don’t actually tell me how many different people, but only … oh, never mind, I am the only one who would ever care anyway.

How much do you want to bet that the “5 most active commenters” are  the first to notice that part of the report?

Wishing you a blessed good year – and wishing mysef a blogging good year 2013!

Click here to see the complete report.