--- In orthodox-synod@y..., "Srs. Martha & Maria" <bethany_mm@h...>
> >From: orthodox-synod@y...
> >Reply-To: orthodox-synod@y...
> Dear Gerry,
> Your question regarding access of Palestinians to churches is a bit
> wouldn't argue that there is a concrete policy by the Israeli Army
> Palestinians from attending churches specifically, rather the
policy is to
> restrict their movement ANYWHERE, including to their places of
> medical treatment, relatives ten miles away, etc.
> However even before the start of the present conflict (September
> were certain occasions when Palestinians have been detained or so
> down by Israeli security that they were unable to attend major
> services (for example, people from Bethlehem area not being able to
> Jerusalem for Dormition services in Jerusalem, difficulty for
> to travel to Mount Tabor for Transfiguration, etc.)
> At the present time life is a disaster for Palestinian Christians:
> damaged, employment opportunities nil, families terrorized by
> entering their homes. Sadly many would consider leaving the Holy
> order to protect their children, though visa restrictions and lack
> make it pretty much impossible for them.
> Diminishing of the local Christian community will also have a
> effect and weaken the vitality of the Holy Sites visited in normal
> so many pilgrims from all over the world. It would be very welcome
> the world Christian community make a more concerted effort to prod
> governments to work to a peaceful resolution to the conflict here.
> sr. Maria, Bethany
I have a student from Bethlehem. He and his whole family are
Orthodox Christians. As of 4 PM today, he has been unable to reach
those who are still there. He also told me that the windows of the
Church of the Nativity were blown out.
> >Message: 2
> > Date: Sat, 09 Mar 2002 02:54:21 -0000
> > From: "ptomac_belgorod" <ptomac_belgorod@y...>
> >Subject: RE: Orthodox Mission in Jerusalem
> >I hate to get off of the topic, but is there any truth to the
> >that Palestinians who are Orthodox are being denied the opportunity
> >to attend their Churches???
> >I have read where Orthodox Churches have been damaged by troops and
> >others killed. But I have yet to find out anything concrete about
> >religious restrictions.
> >No I am not being anti-Semetic by asking this question because I
> >that nowhere would the Orthodox Church condone any sort of violence
> >from either side. I am just curious to know.
> >GERRY THOMAS
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