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, Mar 29, 2001
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> >Date: Thu, 29 Mar 2001 08:58:18 -0500
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> >From: Eric Meyers <emc@...>
> >Subject: Fwd: Re: Mar Ephrem
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> >>Date: Thu, 29 Mar 2001 12:23:56 -0800
> >>From: Executive Secretary <ecu_frat@...>
> >>Organization: Ecumenical Fraternity
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> >>To: Executive Secretary <ecu_frat@...>
> >>Subject: Re: Mar Ephrem
> >>ECUMENICAL Theological Research FRATERNITY
> >>in Israel
> >>POB 249 ~ 91002 Jerusalem ~ Tel: 625 4941 ~ Fax 672 4237 ~ Email:
> >>ecu_frat @...
> >>President: Prof. Fr. Marcel Dubois OP ~ Executive Secretary: Rev. Petra
> >>Dear Friends of the Mar Efrem School,
> >>Thank you for your prayers. It is with sadness that we confirm the death
> >>of Ghassan Azjzeh, together with at least two other men, on Friday March
> >>23 in Bethlehem. Ghassan was the Syrian Orthodox Christian architect
> >>involved in the restoration of the Mar Efrem Syrian Orthodox Public
> >>School located in Beit Jalla, on the outskirts of Bethlehem. Three male
> >>adults were also wounded in the incident and they are at present
> >>hospitalized. These were all Christians, from both the Syrian Orthodox
> >>community and from a Catholic family of Beit Jalla. According to the
> >>reports which we have received, a one and a half-year-old Muslim boy
> >>suffered the loss of both of his legs in this tragedy.
> >>The incident has been reported as both a traffic accident as well as an
> >>assassination. Both stories have been received from locals in Bethlehem.
> >>Some report shots having been fired by a passing car which then drove at
> >>very high speed into the group of people mentioned above. The identity
> >>the driver seems to be known, and is placed as a member of a
> >>militia-group located in one of the refugee camps on the outskirts of
> >>Bethlehem. Other reports speak of a tragic road accident and do not seem
> >>to know the identity of the driver. Ghassan's funeral was conducted by
> >>the Syrian Orthodox Archbishop Severios in the presence of the Syrian
> >>Orthodox community of St. Mary's Church. PA television covered the
> >>Ghassan was a professional architect-planner 40 years of age, father of
> >>children, one of which was a newborn. He lived in the neighbourhood of
> >>Beit Safafa, an Arab village in south Jerusalem. His expertise was
> >>respected by both Arabs and Jews in this country, a fact which is
> >>reflected by his great success in his work. Ghassan was one of those in
> >>the local Christian community who was able to lead a higher standard of
> >>living than prior generations, thanks to his hard work, ingenuity and
> >>genuine desire to further the influence and position of his community in
> >>this country.
> >>The final reason for this tragedy has not been determined. As the
> >>architect for the Mar Efrem school, Ghassan was certainly much involved
> >>in the project, although not necessarily to a greater extent than other
> >>members of the active school committee.
> >>Ghassan leaves a wife and two children. They are very grateful for the
> >>comfort and prayers of both the local and international Christian
> >>communities. We extend to them your condolences and the confirmation
> >>they are not alone, that there are a multitude of those who are standing
> >>with them in this difficult time.
> >>A time of mourning has been declared and work on the Mar Efrem School is
> >>temporarily suspended. In the midst of this tragedy we trust that our
> >>Lord will soon, once again make His sun shine on His people. We continue
> >>to trust in Him who promises to make the Valley of Achor a door of hope
> >>(Hosea 2:15).
> >>Rev. Petra Heldt
> >>Executive Secretary ETRFI
> >Eric M. Meyers, Bernice and Morton Lerner Professor
> >Department of Religion
> >PO Box 90964
> >Duke University
> >Durham, NC 27708-0964
> >Phone: 919,660-3517; fax:919,660-3530
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