Abuse inquiry calls raised at Vatican

Megan Neil –  – Australian Associated Press 14/6/15   Archbishop Mark Coleridge will confer with the Vatican about breaking the seal of confession The Catholic Church argues it can protect children without breaking the seal of confession, even if priests face the prospect of criminal charges for failing to report child sexual abuse. Australian Catholic […] read more…

Why Jerusalem is not the capital of Israel

28 May 2017; Zena Tahhan; Zena al-Tahhan is an online journalist and producer for Al Jazeera English. By Farah Najjar; Farah Najjar is an online producer at Al Jazeera English. No country in the world recognises Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. The international community, including the US, regards East Jerusalem as occupied territory [The Associated Press] […] read more…

Memo to Israel: Lebanon is not Hezbollah, Gaza is not Hamas

Halim Shebaya   Israel has tried to bury inconvenient facts about Lebanon and Gaza – more on Lebanon Analysis: What’s next for Hezbollah in Syria?yesterday Unpicking the results of Lebanon’s electionslast week Hezbollah, Amal and allies biggest winners in Lebanon electionslast week Lebanon re-elects its political status quolast week Israeli public relations efforts to turn […] read more…

All Chilean bishops quit over child abuse scandal

19 May 2018 Agence-France Presse•;  Lucy Adler, Catherine Marciano https://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/opinion/memo-israel-lebanon-hezbollah-gaza-hamas-180520122815960.html (21-5;18) In a statement, the 34 Chilean bishops asked “forgiveness for the pain caused to the victims” of the… Thirty-four Chilean bishops announced their resignation Friday over a child sex abuse scandal within the Church in Chile that has come to haunt the reign of […] read more…

Memo to Israel: Lebanon is not Hezbollah, Gaza is not Hamas

Halim Shebaya   Israel has tried to bury inconvenient facts about Lebanon and Gaza – more on Lebanon Analysis: What’s next for Hezbollah in Syria?yesterday Unpicking the results of Lebanon’s electionslast week Hezbollah, Amal and allies biggest winners in Lebanon electionslast week Lebanon re-elects its political status quolast week Israeli public relations efforts to turn […] read more…

All Chilean bishops quit over child abuse scandal

            19 May 2018 Agence-France Presse•;  Lucy Adler, Catherine Marciano https://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/opinion/memo-israel-lebanon-hezbollah-gaza-hamas-180520122815960.html (21-5;18) In a statement, the 34 Chilean bishops asked “forgiveness for the pain caused to the victims” of the… Thirty-four Chilean bishops announced their resignation Friday over a child sex abuse scandal within the Church in Chile that has come to haunt the […] read more…

Pope receives Chilean bishops over sex abuse scandal

  Agence-France Presse•15/5/18   Pope Francis began receiving Chilean bishops at the Vatican on Tuesday in a bid to address a child abuse scandal within the Church in Chile that has come to haunt his papacy. The 34 bishops, three of whom are already retired, are to hold private and group meetings with the Argentine […] read more…

Dozens dead as embassy opens in Jerusalem

15 May 2018; Nidal al-Mughrabi and Jeffrey Heller Australian Associated Press•   At least 55 Palestinians have died in the deadliest day of fighting since the border protests began Israeli troops have shot dead dozens of Palestinian protesters on the Gaza border as the United States opened its embassy to Israel in Jerusalem, a move […] read more…

Israel to boost Gaza border, West Bank forces for US embassy move

 Agence-France Presse•13 May 201   An Israeli soldier stands on an armoured personnel carrier (APC) as troops are on alert along the border with the Gaza Strip on November 13, 2017 The Israeli army said it would almost double the number of troops surrounding the Gaza Strip and in the occupied West Bank to tackle […] read more…

UK silence on Israel’s detention of Palestinian children

Ben White; 10/5/18; 9 hours ago   Despite acknowledging ill-treatment of Palestinian kids, UK voted against a UN resolution on Israel’s accountability. Israel has received international condemnation for its system of military detention for Palestinian minors [File: Mohammed Ballas/AP] more on Israeli–Palestinian conflict UK silence on Israel’s detention of Palestinian children today Israeli soldier filmed […] read more…

Israel attempting to shut down human rights record criticism

10-5-18; 5 hours ago; Human Rights Watch accuses Israel of attempting to ‘shut down         criticism’ after director ordered to leave. HRW:   Israel has been criticized for its treatment of Palestinians protesting in Gaza [Ibraheem Abu Mustafa/Reuters] more on Israel: World leaders react to US withdrawal from Iranian nuclear dealtoday Israeli soldier filmed killing […] read more…

Israel and the loss of collective hope, part 1

              Apr 2018; Opinion United Nations by Stanley L Cohen   For seven decades the UN has failed to fulfill its original mission. Israel is the epitome of this grand failure.30; Reuters/Ibraheem Abu Mustafa Can Iranian influence be contained?today Pompeo says US ‘fully supports Israel’s right to defend itself’today What’s behind the push against […] read more…

How Mossad carries out assassinations

Ali Younes; 3 hours ago; 23/4/18   Fatal shooting in Malaysia puts spotlight on Israeli spy agency’s policy of targeted killings of Palestinian operatives. Mossad targeted Palestinian, Syrian, Lebanese, Iranian and European leaders and operatives [EPA] Syria and the beginning of a new Cold War today MSF: Palestinian protesters face ‘injuries of unusual severity’ today […] read more…

Palestine calls for UN probe into Israeli killings in Gaza

              20 hours ago Palestine’s UN ambassador calls for fact-finding mission after Israel killed 39 protesters in Gaza since March 30. 22/04/18               Riyad Mansour’s remarks come as Israeli forces continued to use lethal force against protesters [File: EPA]   UN’s Palestinian envoy urges probe into Israel’s deadly crackdowntoday Mother of killed Palestinian […] read more…

Israeli soldiers kill four Palestinians, wound 700 at Gaza rally

  21/4/16 -9 hours ago;  Mariam Barghouti is a Palestinian American writer based in Ramallah. @ MariamBarghouti   More than 10,000 attend fourth mass protest in as many weeks calling for return of Palestinian refugees to their lands. more on Israeli–Palestinian conflict – Jewish settlers torch Al-Sheikh Saada mosque: Activist6 days ago – Can US […] read more…

Can Palestinian protests achieve anything

‘I loved the sense of unity we all felt when both young men and women helped each other during the march protest,’ said Taghreed al-Barawi, seen in the photo [Mohammed Salem/Reuters] Israeli soldiers kill four Palestinians, wound 700 at Gaza rally  today Gaza protests: All the latest updatestoday Mohamad at Eton: From Refugee Camp to […] read more…
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