Bethlehem March 8, 2015
Peace and all Good.
Friday, something happened requires rest ends. A woman stopped her car in front of the souvenir shop The Three Arches to handle anything.
That took a while and no one could pass. When the woman finally came out, a driver called something nasty to her. Then she went back inside and told her husband what had happened to her. Then the man went to the village, where the driver came from and ‘redesigned’ the teeth of the mayor. The mayor of his village mobilized the young people of his village, who ‘redesigned’ the shop and the restaurant of the man. The store owner is a Christian (Greek Orthodox) and the mayor a Muslim. This incident will have, I fear, a follow-up.
Meanwhile, I’m waiting for admission to a hospital in Haifa, until there is place. It is relatively crowded with more brothers who need urgent medical care.
Last Sunday Mohammed Owaineh came to visit me. He handles the translation of the articles I write for my website
He appreciates them because they are short and clear and because they raise questions.
He asked me to write more articles, particularly around the situation that now arise for Muslims by many brutal violence by Isis and Boko Haram, who, according to a report this morning wanting to go together.
He told me about trolls on Internet. These are young teenagers around 12 years, who put hate mail on the Internet: Christians against Muslims and vice versa. Most alarming are the many likes these emails receive. It reflects a development of hardening of one group against the other. The question is how to approach these young people and to get in touch?
Later, the family Al Azza came to pick me up to visit them. It was a pleasant encounter. I heard that Saturday Wisam and Abeer get their second child by Caesarean section.
Husam has a hard time. He is unemployed and experiences again and again that Palestinians cannot be trusted, an experience that my hip hopper Hajj MC got too.
Thursday I got visited by the younger brother of Mohanad, who is due to throw stones at an Israeli prison. His name is Murad. He was an eyewitness to the death of Jihad a week earlier. His story was bright and clear. Jihad was on the street when Israeli soldiers invaded the camp. Jihad went to his home, while his friends warned him for the soldiers. He went to the roof and threw a piece of stone to the soldiers after this he was shot. A sad story.
I regret the statement by the Dutch Prime Minister Rutte, who agrees that it is better that young people, who join ISIS die in the Syrian Civil War die there than return here. In this way he depreciates young people and excludes the possibility that they come to their senses and change. It is also a slap in the face of the close relatives of these youths.
Another point is the question: what inspires them to join ISIS? It is important to trace this to see what can be done against this movement. This seems to me a matter of politicians.
On Monday there was a house chapter, a gathering of the brothers that I have explained what the problems are with my legs. I got the impression that it was well understood.
Friday morning I saw an interesting program in English on the channel Deutsche Welle. It is called Quadriga and at 7.30 Palestinian time. It is a discussion about a current issue. This time it was about the Ukraine. One of the three participants told that until 2005 Putin had no objection to a closer alignment of Ukraine with the West. He had the impression that Russia would benefit from Western technological knowledge. But in 2005, in 2006 the Bush administration argued against Russia. Then Putin changed his mind. I can just imagine something with this change.
This week Netanyahu hold his speech on Iran in front of the Congress of the United States. Approximately 200 leading men from the world of the Israeli security have turned against Netanyahu as a threat to the survival of Israel, namely by antagonizing against Obama. It may reduce US support. See also attachment.
Last night there was a big demonstration in Tel Aviv against Netanyahu.
Incidentally, Iran is playing an increasingly important role in the Middle East. General Suleimani of the Revolutionary Guards of Iran plays a crucial role in the war in Iraq. See attachment and the link:
The attachment of the Dutch newspaper Volkskrant.
I hope now that my legs will quickly be helped.
Greetings from Bethlehem, Louis
© 2015 Louis Bohte
About friar Louis Bohte OFM
president Commission JPIC of the Custody in the Holy Land
franciscans Palestinian Territory
August 2004 – Present (10 years 6 months)