Heavy snow burdens Afghanistan
An elderly Afghan man shovels snow Sunday in Kabul. Avalanches and freezing weather have killed about 100 people, according to the national disaster management ministry, as emergency workers prepared to send out emergency aid. By Sayed …
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Afghanistan avalanches: Death toll crosses 100 as entire villages buried under snow
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Heavy snow fall led to a series of avalanches in Afghanistan over the weekend, killing more than 100 people. At least 50 bodies were recovered from the Nuristan province alone, where entire villages were buried under the snow and debris. "Avalanches …
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Cairo – Egypt’ Supreme Constitutional Court, ruled that the first item in Article 71 under the Civil Labour Act was unconstitutional. The revoked item reads as follows: [“… limiting the scope of the application of its provisions only on the ritual pilgrimage (to Mecca) for Muslim civil servants, to the exclusion of the ritual Pilgrimage (to Jerusalem) for Christian civil servants...”].
Copts who decide to travel to Jerusalem to visit the holy sites are often accused of “normalization with Israel” and of violating the orders of the Egyptian Orthodox Church, which opposes their travel to Jerusalem. “The Holy Synod” decided not to allow members of the Coptic Orthodox Church to travel to Jerusalem during the Holy Week and Resurrection Day until the [Egyptian Orthodox] Church officially gets back Deir El-Sultan in Jerusalem. This decision is automatically renewed every year.
In an exclusive statement for “Albawaba News Portal” on Saturday, Moncef Suleiman, the Church attorney and member of the General Congregation Council of the Orthodox Coptic Church, said that the ruling that would grant Christian civil servants a “paid leave” for one month on performing a “ritual pilgrimage” to the holy land of Jerusalem, does not mean that the Christians have changed their national position on the issue of normalization of relations with Israel or disregarded the Egyptian Church’s orders and national obligations. It only reflects the concept of equality of all citizens before the law.
‘Suleiman’ commended the Supreme Constitutional Court for its decision. He added: “Par excellence, our Supreme Court stands as the bulwark of the Constitution. That is the vital role it plays. By disclosing legal texts and probing into their applications or misapplications, it is seeking to preserve the constitutionality of all the laws. Moreover, the ruling today identically conforms to the following constitutional article that dictates, “All Egyptians are equal before the law”.”
It is worth mentioning here that the issue of “normalization of relations” with Israel was the result of the best-known Camp David Accords between Egypt and Israel on 17 September 1978. The Camp David Accords consisted of two frameworks, the second of which resulted in normalizing relations with Israel that went into effect in January 1980.
Suleiman pointed out that the same ruling was passed by the Egyptian State Assembly in the 1960s, but it did not change the church’s national position on the issue of normalization with Israel, stressing that the church always sides with the Egyptian national position. He also reaffirmed that the Egyptian Pope and Christians will never visit Jerusalem as long as Muslims are barred, but when they do, it will be in the company of Sheikh of Al-Azhar and their Muslim brethren.
In this regard, Pope Tawadros II noted in press statements last year, “We will not visit Jerusalem unless our Muslim brothers are with us. In the 1967 war and after the 1973 victory and the peace treaty as well as the church’s stance in this regard, the Holy Synod issued a ban on travelling to Jerusalem. This is when the idea of not visiting Jerusalem without our Muslim brothers was en-rooted.“
Suleiman concluded with the mantra: No normalization but with the consent of everyone, especially Sheikh of Al- Azhar (for Muslims) and Pope of the Church (for Christians).
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