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  • Mixed Blessings Aug 30 2012


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    Mideast: Israel launches campaign for deported Arab Jews

    ישראל משיקה קמפיין להעלאת מודעות לפליטים יהודים יוצאי ארצות ערב.

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    This is not a trip to Lebanon only that the Pope will make, but for the entire region,

    פטריארך טואל על הביקור הקרוב של האפיפיור בלבנון ועל חשיבותו לאיזור  כולו

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    Pope's Lebanon trip could be a papal high-wire act

    מאמר מערכת על ביקורו הקרוב של האפיפיור בלבנון ומשמעותיו הדיפלומטיות

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    Mideast: Israel launches campaign for deported Arab Jews,Aug 29

    ישראל משיקה קמפיין להעלאת מודעות לפליטים יהודים יוצאי ארצות ערב.

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     (The Israeli foreign ministry on Wednesday launched a campaign called I Am A Refugee, urging Israelis of Arab origin to tell their stories of deportation, Yediot Ahronot newspaper reported. The campaign is the brainchild of Deputy Foreign Minister Danny Ayalon, who was born in Algeria and became a refugee in Israel. It urges citizens to upload their stories, in English, Hebrew, or Arab, on a Facebook page. The idea is to identify and compensate the refugees, as well as to put the issue on the international agenda.

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    This is not a trip to Lebanon only that the Pope will make, but for the entire region, by Laurent Charnin, aug 29

    פטריארך טואל על הביקור הקרוב של האפיפיור בלבנון ועל חשיבותו לאיזור  כולו

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    …. During this time, the Pope will present to the heads of Churches and leaders of Christian communities   the Apostolic Exhortation for the Middle East, following the Synod which took place in 2010.

     Fouad Twal, Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem:… “It goes back to the idea of belonging to this land (Editor’s note: Palestine). It is a matter of identity, of politics. (…) It is for us, pastors, and a few in the international community to be concerned for the presence of Christians… There has not been much progress in the dialogue with the Jews, even if there are people of good will"

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    Pope's Lebanon trip could be a papal high-wire act, by John L Allen Jr, Aug 27

    מאמר מערכת על ביקורו הקרוב של האפיפיור בלבנון ומשמעותיו הדיפלומטיות

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    the September trip to Lebanon by Pope Benedict XVI will be a severe test of papal diplomacy. ..Lebanon Christians make up 39 percent of the population of 4.1 million, the largest Christian footprint in percentage terms in the Middle East. ..Most experts expect a largely apolitical line from Benedict, stressing a humanitarian role for Christians as reconcilers, peacemakers, and dispensers of charity across sectarian and ideological divides….In terms of the aftermath of the Arab Spring, few expect the pope to lay out an explicit vision for the future of Middle East societies, apart from extolling religious pluralism and minority rights …Lebanon also affords Benedict a platform to address the broader Christian/Muslim relationship.

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