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Monday, 20 January 2014

Israel Trip Tenth Day: Church of Nativity, Refugee Camp

Today was another lecture day.

Stars and Bucks

Stars and Bucks

We walked to the Nativity Church from the bus terminal, and I thought I found on the way ‘Starbucks.’ But it was not.

Christmas Tree

Christmas Tree

In front of, or between the Bethlehem Peace Centre and the Nativity Church, there was a huge Christmas tree. I wonder if it lights up at night. I saw so many tourists here from all over the world; I could recognise some of their languages such as Chinese, Korean, English, French, Spanish. And there were more languages that I could not recognise. I just thought how much Jesus has been contributing to local economy just by being born here.

Church of Nativity

Church of Nativity

This is the Church of Nativity, basically built by Helena, the mother of Constantine the Great (Personally, I don’t like ‘the Great’ part). Helena built this Church, and later Persians came and destroyed all the Churches over 95% of them. When they came to this Church, they saw a paining – three magi offering to Baby Jesus. And the magi were dressed as typical Persians. And the army thought, ‘Wait a minute… this building must have something to do with our ancestors.’ And they left it. This story reminds me how cultural diversity is important.

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If you see the three pictures, you can see the original huge gate at first picture. And then little bit smaller but still cargos can go in and out. Last one is current door and is low so that everyone bows down whenever they go in and to be humble.

Church of Nativity Catholic Sanctuary

Church of Nativity Catholic Sanctuary

The original place built by Helena and repaired by Crusaders is owned by Greek Orthodox. And next to it, Catholic Church is attached.

Jerome translated here the Bible into Latin Vulgate with the help of Paula and her daughter

Jerome translated here the Bible into Latin Vulgate with the help of Paula and her daughter

Catholic Church is of course commemorate the birth place of Jesus. But they also has another purpose – Jerome. If you go down to the basement, you can see the rooms where Jerome stayed and worked. In the picture, Left two persons are Paula and her daughter, the helper of Jerome. Jerome is the only Church Father who studied Hebrew in order to translate the Bible into Latin. And to help him, Paula and her daughter also learned Hebrew and Greek, and eventually they became or fluent in both language than Jerome.

Key to Home

Key to Home

This is one of the refugee camp. The key on top of it means the key to going back home.

Graffiti on Separation Wall

Graffiti on Separation Wall

On the wall, there are lots of graffiti. And the streets are so dirty with overflowing garbage.

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On the wall, along with other graffiti, I found John 3:16 in Korean. It struck my head. Yes, God loves them so much. God loves these persecuted people so much so that He sent his only Son so that they can live.

Lajee Centre

Lajee Centre

There is Lajee Centre. I don’t know what exactly is this, but they have a library for children (where we were sitting), and computer lab, and a few more.

American History

American History

Surprisingly, they have whole volume of American history.

Blocking Entanglement

Blocking Entanglement

They are surrounded by separation wall. Out of the wall used to be their farming field, and work place. But they most of them lost their job. To Jerusalem it used to take 10-15 minutes and now it takes more than 2 hours thanks to the Israeli checkpoint.

Bethlehem University

Bethlehem University

We went to Bethlehem university. It has beautiful buildings.

Dr. Mazin Qumsiyeh

Dr. Mazin Qumsiyeh

Dr. Mazin Qumsiyeh spoke about his perspective of Palestine’s future and history. Interestingly, he is biologist and biology professor. He said if American government moves in the right way, the illegal occupation of Israel would end within two weeks. Well, that might be true since US government give about 2 million dollars to Israel every single day. But the thing is American politicians cannot live without the money from the Jewish lobbyists. And if Obama calls Israel to stop it, he may not be a president the next day.

Lawyer Raffoul Rofa

Lawyer Raffoul Rofa

After lunch where we had before on the day of Shepherds’ field, we came back to school for another session. Mr. Raffoul Rofa is a lawyer, working at St. Yves, a Catholic centre for human rights where 20 staffs working including 8 lawyers. They’ve been working for people with family reunion issues and house demolitions, and the likes. For house demolitions, they’ve got only one permit so far for fifteen years with thousands cases. And even the one was a school building built by US Aid. US Aid pressured the US federal government, and US government told Israel government. This is why they’ve got permit not because they fought in the court.

Rimon Kando Shop

Rimon Kando Shop

And then we had some time in the souvenir shop. I also bought something.

Sunday, 10 August 2008

Two murders are recently done by Chinese

Recently I heard two news about murder and the two were done by Chinese.

First thing was done near Winnipeg. At Portage la Prairie on a Greyhound bus running on Trans-Canada highway (Number 1 highway) a Chinese killed a 22 year-old boy by stabbing about forty times and beheaded. According to the RCMP, the murderer ate some part of the victim’s body.

The murderer is a immigrant from China, so there are many people saying the government must send him back to China.

Some News link:

The other news is from Beijing.

In Beijing, where the US President is staying, two Americans were attacked and one died. The other got seriously injured. It is not common that a foreigner is killed when the head of that country stays.

I think if US just closes their eyes and does nothing, it is just kneeling before China.

The news link: American Tourist Killed in Beijing

최근에 살인사건 뉴스를 두 개 봤는데, 모두 중국인이 한 거다.

먼저는 위니펙 근처에서 벌어졌다. 포티지 라 프레리라는 곳에서 1번 고속도로를 달리던 그레이하운드 버스에서 한 중국인이 22세의 한 청년을 깔로 40회 정도 찔러 죽이고 목을 땄다. 연방경찰에 의하면 죽은 사람의 신체 일부를 먹었다고도 한다.

이 살인자는 중국에서 온 이민잔데, 그래서 많은 사람들이 중국으로 돌려 보내야 한다고 주장하기도 한다.

또 다른 하나는 북경에서 벌어졌다.

현재 미국 대통령이 머물고 있는 북경에서 미국인 두 명이 습격을 당해서 한 명이 죽었다. 다른 한 명은 중상을 입었다. 외국 수장이 있는 때에 해당 외국인이 피살되는 것은 굉장히 드문 일이다.

만일 미국이 그냥 넘어가 준다면, 이는 미국이 중국에 무릎을 꿇는 것이라고 생각한다.

관련 기사: 베이징서 미국 관광객 피살

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