Safely back home!
In Frankfurt, the El Al plane landed to allow German passengers to leave. Topgrade security was in order with military vehicles escorting the plane. (snapshot from inside the landing plane).
And now back to Belgium after a very pleasant holiday filled with this successful pilgrimage cum tourism tour.
The Lod International Airport was named after the first Israeli Prime Minister. David Ben-Gurion was born in Plonsk, Poland in 1886. Arriving in the Land of Israel in 1906, he became involved in politics. Having led the struggle to establish the State of Israel in May 1948, Ben-Gurion became Prime Minister and Defense Minister. As Premier, he oversaw the establishment of the state's institutions.In June 1970, Ben-Gurion retired from political life and returned to Kibbutz Sde Boker where he passed away in 1973.
On the 16th November 1986, when the party reached the Ben Gurion Airport in Tel Aviv, the EL AL plane was already waiting on the tarmac having just arrived from Belgium on a very tight airschedule.
The tour conductor is always afraid someone will be left behind! Hurry up, the plane is loading...
The taxfree shop keeps people on their knees. They can't easily leave it... Friends and relatives worry because the plane won't wait for late-comers.
The Ben Gurion Airport at Lod near Tel Aviv is a modern building with all convenient facilities to welcome passengers.
Lod, the ancient Lydda, was founded around the 8th c. B.C. St Peter came to Lydda and healed Aeneas, a man who had been bedridden for eight years (Acts 9, 32-34). According to tradition, George, the first Orthodox martyr, was born here. He was a tribune in the Roman army and suffered martyrdom under Diocletian. The Orthodox church of St George was rebuilt in 1870, with a relief of the saint as slayer of the dragon above the entrance
Protector of England, King Edward III of England (1327-77) founded his knighthood of chivalry, known as the Order of the Garter, under the banner of St. George. Many churches were dedicated to him in England and though his popularity may have lessened with the severe curtailment of saints days in the calendar during the Reformation, St George's Day continued to be observed. His veneration as protector of England was approved by Pope Benedict XIV (Lambertini 1740-58).
Since 1967, the water in the territories was placed under military control and Arab residents were forbidden to dig new wells, whereas Jewish colonies would do it without any restriction whatsoever. According to a World Bank report, 90% of water in Cisjordan is used to Israel’s profit, Palestinians getting only the other 10%. Too complex, the water issue has been postponed until the final negotiations.
The River Jordan
In 1333 the Friars established themselves in the Cenacle, where they established a Friary and ministered in the Basilica of the Holy Sepulchre. All of this was made possible through the generous aid of the King of Naples, Roberto d'Anjou and Sancha of Majorca, who had bought the Cenacle and Mount Zion from the Muslims, and who paid them for the right to minister at the Holy Sepulchre. The Franciscan presence then expanded throughout the centuries. In 1347 the Friars established themselves at the Basilica of the Nativity in Bethlehem. In 1485 they acquired the place where St. John the Baptist was born, Ain Karem. In 1523, after the Turkish conquest of Palestine, the Cenacle was transformed into a Mosque and in 1551 the Friars were obliged to abandon the friary (presently the Custody has its Curia at Saint Saviour Friary in Jerusalem, while still retaining the title of Guardian of Mount Zion). In 1630, they came into possession of the place of the Annunciation in Nazareth, and Mount Tabor in 1631. In 1641 they began the dealings for the purchase of the area for the Shrine in Cana of Galilee, which finally, after a lot of perseverance, came about in 1879. In brief, some of the more important locations were acquired in the following years: Gethsemani - 1661; Shrine of the Visitation in Ain Karem - 1679; place of the Flagellation - 1836; Emmaus - 1867; Betfage - 1880; the place called "Dominus Flevit" (The Lord wept) and the Primacy of Peter at the Lake of Genesareth - 1889; the ruins of Capharnaum - 1984; Shepherd's Field near Bethlehem - 1909; Mount Nebo - 1932. In 1936 the Custody purchased a place near the Cenacle, after so many years and useless efforts to get it back. In 1950, Bethany was acquired. This incomplete enumeration is the fulfillment of a permanent commitment to "custody" that which the Church has asked of the Order. It is a sign of the strong desire to promote worship in all the places of evangelical tradition and to reconstruct or construct Christian Shrines.
Despite the various difficulties throughout the centuries, the Franciscan presence in the Holy Land has always been maintained. This presence was established and received official status from the Church in 1342 when Pope Clement VI promulgated two Bulls: Gratias agimus (We give thanks) and Nuper carissimae (Some time ago). These two Bulls entrusted custody of the Holy Land to the Order of Friars Minor. In 1992, the 650th anniversary of these Bulls, the Pope John Paul II sent a letter to the Minister General of the Order, congratulating and exhorting the Friars to persevere in this task received from the Church.
Zaventem - 4 avril 1985, on the tarmac, le vol EL AL LY 312 about to leave (under the careful watch of the Belgian gendarmerie).
Pèlerinage en Terre Sainte du 09 11 86 au 16 11 86
Animateur Père Jean De Ridder sj
Guide israélienne: Gila Toledano
Pèlerinage en Terre Sainte du 22/12/85 au 02/01/86
Animateur: Père Jean De Ridder sj
Guide israélienne: Renée Gusman
Pèlerinage en Terre Sainte 04/03/85 au 14/04/85
17 ParticipantsAnimateur: Père Jean De Ridder sjGuide israélienne : ILANA
The State of Israel (Medinat Yisrael) founded in 1948, is a Parliamentary Democracy. It is based on a multi-party system which reflects the ethnic, cultural and ideological multiplicity in Israeli society.
The Israeli Law of Return (1950) allows every person of Jewish religion or of Jewish ascendancy to make its alyah (take up residence) in Israel. With equal right can take advantage of this Law: the spouse, the children, the spouse's children and the grandchildren.
The State of Palestine
The State of Palestine was proclaimed on November 15, 1988 by the Palestinian National Council, the legislative body of the Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO), in Algiers. West Bank and Gaza Strip are Israeli-occupied with current status subject to the Israeli-Palestinian Interim Agreement—permanent status to be determined through further negotiation.
Shalom! Salaam Aleikoum!