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Bedekt door sneeuw

Contributed by Toine Van Teeffelen on 10.01.2015:

January 10, 2015

Toine van Teeffelen

De electriciteit doet het niet vanwege het weer. Mary en ik lopen naar het electriciteitsgebouw want de telefoon wordt niet opgenomen. Er blijkt een probleem in het Middle East building, een honderd meter van ons vandaan. De eigenaar is in het buitenland en de zoon die in het bezit is van de sleutel is ook elders. “Moet dat drie uur duren, h(...)

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Covered by snow

Contributed by Toine Van Teeffelen on 10.01.2015:

Jan 10, 2015

Toine van Teeffelen

The electricity does not work because of the heavy weather. Mary and I make a refreshing walk to the electricity company since our telephone calls are left unanswered. There is an electricity cut in the Middle East Building, hundred meters from our house. The owner is abroad and the son who is in the possession of the keys absent. “Does it take t(...)

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The second step

Contributed by Toine Van Teeffelen on 24.12.2014:

24/12/2014

Bethlehem

Toine van Teeffelen

A flash of that feeling to have real peace on earth, healing and connecting, is surely present today in Bethlehem. The image of Palestine is present in its streets. Following the Patriarch of Jerusalem many scouts enter the town, coming from all over the Holy Land, from all the various churches and Christian denominations, with als(...)

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De Tweede Stap

Contributed by Toine Van Teeffelen on 24.12.2014:

24 December 2014

Toine van Teeffelen

Bethlehem

Een flits van dat gevoel van vrede op aarde, helend en verbindend, hebben we wel deze dagen. Vandaag zien we Palestina in de straten van Bethlehem. In het gevolg van de patriarch trekken vele scouts de stad binnen, vanuit allerlei plaatsen, en van allerlei kerken en christelijke denominaties en ook met moslimse groepen. Tamer(...)

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Seeking original surname of Khader family in Bethlehem

Contributed by Jaime Cader on 20.12.2014:

My name is Jaime Cader and I live in California. My surname is comes from the name/surname Khader. However this is not the real surname of the family as many Middle Easterners took on other surnames in the Americas. I believe that it is possible that the original surname for this family from Bethlehem was Al Shamali (it could also be written as Asshimali). I am in touch with several Cade(...)

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Mary’s mother passes away

Contributed by Toine Van Teeffelen on 17.09.2014:

Bethlehem

17/9/2014

Mary’s mother, Milia Salman, passed away quietly last Friday at the blessed age of 93 years. The family name Salman is related to Solomon (or Suleiman in Arabic), as the name of her deceased husband Morcos is related to St Mark, the apostle.

At the final stages of her life the family from Bethlehem and Paris could only have limited contact with her due(...)

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Mary’s moeder overlijdt

Contributed by Toine Van Teeffelen on 17.09.2014:

Toine van Teeffelen

Bethlehem

17/9/2014

De moeder van Mary, Milia Salman, overleed vorige week vrijdag vredig op de leeftijd van 93 jaar. De familienaam Salman is gerelateerd aan Solomon, of Soeleiman in het Arabisch - zoals de naam van haar overleden echtgenoot Morcos gerelateerd is aan Marcus, de apostel.

Tijdens de laatste fase van haar leven konden de gezinsled(...)

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Boycott matters

Contributed by Toine Van Teeffelen on 12.09.2014:

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Bethlehem

12/9/2014

At the entrance of ‘Azza refugee camp in front of our house is a large ‘Boycott Israel’ painting. I can see it through the window while typing. After the horrible bloodshed in Gaza, Mary, the kids and I decided not to buy anymore any Israeli products in the nearby supermarket.

That’s not so easy because the shops here are ful(...)

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Boycot

Contributed by Toine Van Teeffelen on 12.09.2014:

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Bethlehem

12/9/2014

Bij de ingang van het vluchtelingenkamp ‘Azza tegenover ons huis is er een grote schildering ‘Boycot Israel’. Ik kan het terwijl ik type door het raam goed zien. Na het verschrikkelijke bloedvergieten in Gaza besloten Mary, de kinderen en ik om geen Israelische produkten in de nabije supermarket meer te kopen.

Dat is niet zo (...)

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No children anymore

Contributed by Toine Van Teeffelen on 30.07.2014:

Toine van Teeffelen

Vethlehem

30 July 2014

While we hear the news about an UN school targeted in north Gaza with another 17 humans killed, a mail comes in from Jewish Voice for Peace quoting an American TV personality (Bob Schieffer, of CBS) who said that “the Palestinian people find themselves in the grip of a terrorist group that has embarked on a strategy to get its ow(...)

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