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Saint George,

town (1991 pop. 1,648), on St. George's Island, Bermuda. It was the capital of Bermuda until 1815, when it was replaced by HamiltonHamilton,
city (1990 est. pop. 3,100), capital of Bermuda, on Bermuda Island. It is a port at the head of Great Sound, a huge lagoon and deepwater harbor protected by coral reefs. The city is the focus of Bermuda's commercial and social life and is a major tourist resort.
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. During the American Civil War it harbored Confederate blockade-runners.

George, Saint,

4th cent.?, perhaps a soldier in the imperial army who died for the faith in Asia Minor. His life is cloaked in legends; Gibbon's identification of him with George of Cappadocia is false. George is one of the great saints of the Eastern Church and the ancient patron of soldiers. A vision of St. George at the seige of Antioch during the First Crusade is said to have preceded the defeat of the Saracens and the fall of the city to the crusaders. Richard I placed himself and his army under the protection of St. George during the Third Crusade. He became the patron of England in the late Middle Ages. In old plays and in art St. George is the slayer of the dragon; The Golden Legend did much for the extension of the tale. The Red Cross Knight of Edmund Spenser's Faërie Queene is St. George and stands for the Church of England. St. George's Cross is red, and it appears in the Union Jack. Feast: Apr. 23.


See A. Barclay, Life of St. George, ed. by W. Nelson (1955, repr. 1960).

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George, Saint


a saint of the Christian religion. Church legend tells of his execution (c. 303) in Nicomedia (now the city of Ismit, Turkey) during Diocletian’s persecution of the Christians in the Roman Empire and of his miracles, including his victory over a dragon. At first considered the protector of agriculture, St. George later became an object of cult-worship by European feudal lords as patron saint of knighthood. In ancient Rus’, George was frequently depicted on princely seals and coins, and in tsarist Russia, on the state seal.

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The Israeli military handed out on Wednesday demolition orders against homes in the village of Al Khader near the southern West Bank city of Bethlehem.
Unable to acquire an Israeli permit to build on his own land, he can expect that it will be demolished again.The house had been home to nine children who are excitedly anticipating the chance to return to their rooms, holding out hope that their lives will be as they were before the bulldozers first came.In Bethlehem's Al Khader Village citizens live under a constant threat of demolition.
Bethlehem / PNN -- Injuries were prevalent during a football riot at the Bethlehem Governorate stadium in Al Khader last night.
Bethlehem / PNN -- Yesterday evening the Palestinian Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities opened a heritage festival in the West Bank's Al Khader Village.
Al Khader / PNN exclusive -- The Mayor of Bethlehem's Al Khader Village told PNN that he and a group of local officials were harassed and prevented from remaining on Palestinian farm land today.This afternoon Mayor Ramzi Salah was with a crew from the Bethlehem Governorate's Directorate of Agriculture.
Ibrahim Suleiman Mohammad Salah says he was the recent victim of heightened assault due to his steadfastness on the land.The 38 year old farmer from Bethlehem's Al Khader Village has been subjected to maltreatment at the hands of both soldiers and settlers during the past two months.
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