Tripti Joshi (Editor)

Riah Abu El Assal

Updated on
Share on FacebookTweet on TwitterShare on LinkedInShare on Reddit
See  Jerusalem
Role  Bishop
Elected  1998
Residence  Jerusalem

Nationality  Palestinian, Israeli
Predecessor  Samir Kafity
Name  Riah El-Assal
Term ended  March 31, 2007
Riah Abu El-Assal jerusalemacademyorgmediapool38380240resource
Church  Episcopal Church in Jerusalem and the Middle East
Diocese  Anglican Diocese of Jerusalem
Successor  Suheil Salman Ibrahim Dawani
Born  November 6, 1937 (age 78) Nazareth, British Mandate of Palestine (1937-11-06)
Books  Caught in Between: The Story of an Arab Palestinian Christian Israeli

Sacha stone speaks to bishop of jerusalem riah abu el assal

Riah Hanna Abu El-Assal (Arabic: رياح حنا أبو العسل‎‎, Riyāḥ Ḥannā abū 'l-ʿAsal, Hebrew: ריאח אבו אלעסל‎‎; born 6 November 1937 in Nazareth) is an Israeli Palestinian Anglican bishop, who was the Bishop in Jerusalem from 1998 to 2007.


Bishop riah abu el assal former anglican bishop of jerusalem


Abu El-Assal graduated from Nazareth Baptist school where he also taught. While at Nazareth he was a member of the PLP, the Progressive List for Peace – a joint Jewish-Arab political party which, while existing only for eight years (1984–1992) is considered to have broken many previously sacrosanct taboos and profoundly influenced subsequent Israeli politics. During his time in Nazareth he was vicar of Christ Church, Nazareth.

In 1998, Abu El-Assal became the thirteenth Anglican Bishop of Jerusalem and head of the Episcopal Church in Jerusalem and the Middle East until his retirement on 31 March 2007 at the prescribed retirement age of 70 years.

Since retirement, Abu El-Assal has been engaged in a legal dispute with his successor and the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem over the ownership of the Bishop Riah Educational Campus, a school established by him when he was bishop.


Abu El-Assal has traveled widely, raising support and finances for the Bishop Riah Educational Campus and other community programmes with a vision of peace in The Holy Land.

Abu El-Assal traveled to Australia in 2006 where he attended the Black Stump Music and Arts Festival.


Riah Abu El-Assal is married to a niece of Emile Habibi. His grandfather started the first modern pilgrim service in 1893 and opened branches in Jaffa, Jerusalem, Nazareth and Tiberias. His son Hanna is currently principal of the Bishop Riah Educational Campus in Nazareth.


Riah Abu El-Assal Wikipedia

Similar Topics
Mike Regan (politician)
Ivan Robinson
Patrick Hanssens