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18214Fwd: [OrthodoxNews] Trouble in Bethany

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  • Rudolph Carrera
    Jul 17, 2013
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      From: Rudolph Carrera <rudolphcarrera@...>
      Date: Wed, Jul 17, 2013 at 11:05 PM
      Subject: Re: [OrthodoxNews] Trouble in Bethany
      To: OrthodoxNews-owner@yahoogroups.com


      For reference, here is the link:
      http://frstephensmuts.wordpress.com/2013/07/17/attacks-on-greek-orthodox-monastery-in-bethany/


      On Wed, Jul 17, 2013 at 8:46 PM, Rdr James <rdrjames@...> wrote:

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      > Not sure where this comes from, but I found it on an anglican blog.
      >
      > Rdr. James Morgan
      >
      > Bethany - The nuns of the Greek-Orthodox monastery in Bethany have sent a
      > letter to Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas to urge the leaders of the
      > Palestinian Authority to take charge, with appropriate measures, of the
      > escalation of attacks that the religious house has been suffering lately:
      > throwing stones, broken glass, theft and looting of the monastery property
      > which constitute a real intimidating strategy. "We do not exclude" wrote
      > the Mother Superior Sister Ibraxia in her letter to President Abbas "that
      > behind these attacks there are those who want to foment discord among the
      > children of the Palestinian nation". Local sources told Fides Agency that
      > families in the area in recent days, both Christian and Muslim, have paid a
      > visit to the monastery as a sign of solidarity, to reiterate that the
      > population of Bethany is foreign to the aggression. "Someone wants to send
      > us away", wrote Sister Ibraxia in her letter, "but we will not flee".
      >
      > In the past the Greek-Orthodox monastery represented an oasis of
      > spirituality in the city where Jesus resuscitated Lazarus, today known by
      > its Arabic name al-Azariyeh and has become a suburb of East Jerusalem. In
      > recent times, the whole area has undergone a decline made of unregulated
      > urbanization, environmental pollution, increased crime. The erection of the
      > separation wall between Israel and the Palestinian Territories has
      > deteriorated the situation further. The monastery is now in an area where
      > the Palestinian Authority fails to exercise firm control, a "no man's land"
      > where crime, abuse of power and corruption are rampant. In recent months,
      > while there continues to be a steep rise in the price of land in the area,
      > those belonging to the monastery were partly outside the control of the
      > sisters due to a local Muslim family clan who arbitrarily claim the right
      > to property.
      >
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      Rudy Carrera
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