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21. Peres and Egyptian deputy ambassador break fast together

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21. Peres and Egyptian deputy ambassador break fast together
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August 23, 2011
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Hours after the killing of Egyptian soldier by Israeli forces, the Egyptian deputy ambassador to Israel took iftar at Israeli President Shimon Peres' house in Jerusalem.  The Egyptian ambassador, Yasser Reda, had declined the invitation. Peres expressed his regrets at the death of Egyptian citizens, and said he hoped the issue could be resolved in a way acceptable to Egypt.
 

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29. Pope Approves Coptic Visits to Jerusalem if for Work

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29. Pope Approves Coptic Visits to Jerusalem if for Work
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January 21, 2011
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Wafā’ Shi'irah, Michael ‘Ādil, Yūsuf Rāmiz
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Hānī H&#803amdī
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Pope Shenouda has granted permission for a Coptic youth to travel to Israel, provided the visit is work related, according to Rose al-Yūsuf.
 
“There is no problem with normalization with the Palestinians,” said the pope, “Work does not mean violation of the Church’s decision.”
 
Pope Shenouda has a long-standing position of not sanctioning any visits to Jerusalem by Copts, as this would be perceived as normalization with the state of Israel, who the pope views as mistreating Palestinians.
 
However, al-Shurūq al-Jadīd’s report on the same topic says that Pope Shenouda only sanctioned the work-related visit to the city of Jerusalem.
 
A third report in al-Miṣrī al-Yawm said the youth had asked for permission to be employed in a monastery in Jerusalem. According to the paper, the pope approved the visit; so long as it "was for work and not for normalization with the Jews.”
 
The pope made his statements at the Coptic cathedral in ‘Abbāsiyyah during his first weekly address since returning from his trip to the United States for medical treatment.
 

Security at the meeting was so tight and extensive that even bishops and their cars were searched before entering the facility.

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15. Plan for More Houses in East Jerusalem

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14. Plan for More Houses in East Jerusalem
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January 17, 2011
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The article at hand reports on the Israeli proposal to build 1,400 new apartments in the contested eastern half of Jerusalem. The proposal’s implementation would not only enrage Palestinians, but could also aggravate the Israeli-Palestinian peace process. However, in pointing out that the proposal still needs to be approved at the national level, Israeli councilman Meir Margalit doubts that the apartments in question will be constructed anytime soon.

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22. Cardinal Najīb: Politicizing Religion is not Acceptable

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22. Cardinal Najīb: Politicizing Religion is not Acceptable
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January 1, 2011
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Maryīm Tawfīq
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Cardinal Antonius Najīb, Coptic Catholic Patriarch of Alexandria, talks in this interview with al-Wafd about various current issues facing Egypt.

Regarding the recent debate on divorce and remarriage Najīb said, “Marriage is sacrament built on unity between one man and one woman who will not separate, as long as marriage is built on the right basis."

Dealing with the recent and upcoming elections in Egypt, the Cardinal claims that the majority Muslim population would never vote for a minority Coptic candidate. "Logically, they will vote for the majority. Appointing a fixed parliamentary quota could be a solution,” he said.

Cardinal Najīb is also looking forward to the implementation of a unified law for building places of worship. Further, he believes that politicizing religion and relying on religious rule is unacceptable, whether in Egypt or internationally.

He related the recent Egyptian sectarian violence to a lack of tolerance, dialogue, and social participation. Commenting on recent threats from extremists to Egyptian Copts, “Al-Qā‘idah lacked a reason for this inhuman massacre [referring to the October, 2010 attack on Sayyidat al-Najāh church in Baghdad],”  thanking the Interior Minister and the Azhar for their recent statements deploring the threats.

Finally, Cardinal Najīb also called on global institutions to interfere in solving the Israeli / Palestinian conflict.

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33. Endowments Ministry: We Are not Going to Mix <i>Du‘ā’</i> and Politics

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33. Endowments Ministry: We Are not Going to Mix <i>Du‘ā’</i> and Politics
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December 27, 2010
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Ashraf Abū al-Rīsh
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Shaykh Sālim ‘Abd al-Jalīl, Undersecretary of the Ministry of Endowments, has told shaykhs to not pray for President Mubārak on Friday, saying that it is inappropriate to mix Du‘ā’ and politics together.

Various media have revealed that the Ministry of Endowments previously asked shaykhs and mosque leaders to pray for Mubārak on Friday because of the upcoming presidential elections.

"Sharī‘ah commands praying for the leader of the people, but it requires that one do so without orders from anyone," ‘Abd al-Jalīl explained.

Meanwhile, Endowments Minister Hamdǐ Zaqzūq plans to hold a meeting to discuss the ongoing peace negotiations between Palestinians and Israelis.

Dr. Muhammad al-Shahhāt, Secretary-General of the Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs, condemns Israeli plans to dig underneath the al-Aqsá mosque, saying that it willundermine the mosque's structural integrity, causing it to collapse.

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7. The peace building prince; One Jordanian leader shares his deep desire to preserve the Arab Christian World

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7. The peace building prince; One Jordanian leader shares his deep desire to preserve the Arab Christian World
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13-02-2008
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Cornelis Hulsman
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The following article presents the full text of the interview with His Royal Highness Prince Hassan of Jordan.

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6. The peace building prince; One Jordanian leader shares his deep desire to preserve the Arab Christian world

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6. The peace building prince; One Jordanian leader shares his deep desire to preserve the Arab Christian world
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13-02-2008
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Cornelis Hulsman
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The following article presents a text from Christianity Today, discussing an interview between His Royal Highness Prince Hassan Ibn Talal and Drs. Cornelis Hulsman. He discusses his drive to preserve the Arab Christian world.

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5. Interview with HRH Prince Hasan ibn Talal

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5. Interview with HRH Prince Hasan ibn Talal
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11-09-2007
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Cornelis Hulsman
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Interview: Cornelis Hulsman
The following article presents an interview between His Royal Highness Prince Hasan Ibn Talal of Jordan, and Drs. Cornelis Hulsman. Issues discussed include Christian emigration from the Arab world, reform, and political issues in the Middle East.

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30. 25,000 Muslims and Christians celebrate the Virgin Mary Festival

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30. 25,000 Muslims and Christians celebrate the Virgin Mary Festival
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29-06-2008
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Al-Dustūr reports on Muslims and Christians celebrating the Virgin Mary Festival

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53. Emad Gad, editor-in-chief of Mukhtarat Isra’eliya Living the controversy

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53. Emad Gad, editor-in-chief of Mukhtarat Isra’eliya Living the controversy
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01-06-2008
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Mary Ramsis
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The author interviews Emad Gad, a Coptic academic who specializes in the study of Israel and its society. He comments on the current tensions, and hopes for the future, as well as his opinion on Muslim-Christian relations within Egypt itself.

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