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Riah Hanna Abu Alassal

Personal Info

  • Country of residence: Palestine
  • Gender: Male
  • Born in: 1937
  • Age: 79
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Born in Nazareth in 1937 to a Christian family; fled with his family to Beirut in 1948; returned to Nazareth in 1949; took Israeli citizenship in 1959; attended Bishop’s College in 1960’s specializing in Islamic Studies; was ordained Deacon of the Anglican Church in 1965 and Priest in 1966; served as Vicar of the Christ Episcopal Church in Nazareth from 1967 for over 30 years; co-founded the Nazareth Democratic Front in 1975; was a founding member of the Committee for Defense of Arab Land in 1976, of the Progressive Movement in 1981, and the Progressive List for Peace in 1984 serving as its Sec.-Gen. from 1985); was banned from traveling by the Israeli authorities during the years 1986-90 for his contacts with Yasser Arafat; became Archdeacon of the Jerusalem Diocese in March 1989; became Co-Adjutor Bishop of Jerusalem in June 1995, and the 13th Anglican Bishop of the Episcopal Church in Jerusalem and the Middle East in Aug. 1998; published his autobiography, entitled Caught in Between, in 1999.


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