VIDEO: Palestine wants Israel football ban
27 May 2015 | 9:35 pm
Bahrain: Between religion and reform
27 May 2015 | 5:35 pm
Iranian state turns matchmaker
27 May 2015 | 5:08 pm
VIDEO: US concern at Iraq Shia militias
27 May 2015 | 4:10 pm
Why can’t Israelis just be nice to each other?
27 May 2015 | 10:42 am
Blair quits Middle East envoy role
27 May 2015 | 9:41 am
BDS is not a Zionist movement
27 May 2015 | 8:07 am
When an entire IDF platoon takes over your roof — for a photo
27 May 2015 | 5:45 am
WATCH: The Nakba, from a feminist perspective
26 May 2015 | 11:34 am
West Bank village wakes up to no water
26 May 2015 | 1:47 am
When "good morning" is an order to kill: Israel's attack on my neighborhood
20 May 2015 | 3:14 pm
Can literature disrupt Israel’s identity?
19 May 2015 | 1:53 pm
Israel locks community of 6,000 behind steel gate
18 May 2015 | 4:14 pm
In Gaza, the Nakba is ongoing and you can help us end it
15 May 2015 | 3:32 pm
Pregnant Gaza woman blocked from joining husband in Australia
15 May 2015 | 2:03 pm
New tensions threaten Arab businesses recovering from trauma of Gaza war
10 Nov 2014 | 8:48 am
Tel Aviv residents save the city's oldest ficus tree
10 Nov 2014 | 8:29 am
Young woman killed, two others hurt in West Bank stabbing attack
10 Nov 2014 | 7:57 am
Four Syrian nuclear scientists shot dead near Damascus
10 Nov 2014 | 7:50 am
Netanyahu 'invites' Arab protesters to move to Palestinian Authority
10 Nov 2014 | 7:44 am
Urgent Need for Medical Aid to Gaza
Zionism Unsettled: A Congregational Study Guide
with accompanying video episodes
What role have Zionism and Christian Zionism played in shaping attitudes and driving historical developments in the Middle East and around the world? How do Christians, Jews, and Muslims understand the competing claims to the land of Palestine and Israel? What steps can be taken to bring peace, reconciliation, and justice to the homeland that Palestinians and Israelis share?
Zionism Unsettled embraces these critical issues fearlessly and with inspiring scope. The booklet and companion DVD draw together compelling and diverse viewpoints from Jews, Muslims, and Christians in Israel, Palestine, the US, and around the globe. By contrasting mainstream perceptions with important alternative perspectives frequently ignored in the media, Zionism Unsettled is an invaluable guide to deeper… More...
The 221st General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) was held from June 14-21, 2014 at the COBO Center in Detroit, Michigan. Follow this link to see IPMN events held at GA and our advocacy materials and educational information pertaining to the overtures on Middle East issues.
IPMN at the General Assembly
CALL to prayer - 1:10 pm Eastern, June 20th
A call for worldwide interfaith prayer
What they're saying about
IPMN Reflects on the Vatican Regonizing Palestine
The Vatican’s official recognition of the state of Palestine is a step toward Palestinian sovereignty over their land and lives. It is a statement in support of Palestinians’ God-given humanity and their right to exist outside Israeli control.
While it is important for the state of Palestine to have the capacity to engage in legal and diplomatic affairs on the international stage, there are still unfortunately far too many obstacles on the ground for the idea of statehood to have any substantive effects on the Palestinian people.
Israel’s occupation of East Jerusalem and the West Bank and its full blockade of the Gaza Strip have destroyed the Palestinian economy and paralyzed the movement of Palestinians within and between these territories. The expansion… More...
Hosanna Preaching Seminars Announced
May 14, 2015 - The Israel /Palestine Mission Network of the Presbyterian Church (USA) is pleased to announce a new initiative. The Hosanna Preaching Seminars, whose inaugural sessions will be Oct 27-28 2015, are designed to be a space where pastors can learn how to challenge and inspire their congregations to participate in God’s work for justice in the world, specifically in Israel / Palestine.
Each year, five to ten pastors will meet under the direction of selected resource leaders to study and discuss passages taken from the upcoming year's lectionary texts which refer to the profound theological concerns voiced directly by Palestinians and Jews. This year’s participants will be chosen by invitation. The sermons which will grow out of the Seminars will be posted on the IPMN… More...
IPMN Tribute to Bob Simon of CBS News
Thank You Bob Simon
In April 2012, Carol Hylkema, who at the time was serving as the moderator of IPMN, sent a letter to Jeffrey Fager, then chairman of CBS News (he has since stepped down to return as Executive Producer of “60 Minutes”), to thank him and commend reporter Bob Simon for a news story which had aired that year about Christians in the Holy Land.
In that letter, Carol said that “Mr. Simon’s reporting laid bare the unreasonable requests of the Israeli government. To hear Ambassador Oren explain that he was against the story being broadcast because ‘he had information that it was a hatchet job’ tells the public that Israel wanted to censor the story before they even knew what the content would be… they expected CBS News to concede, but were surprised that… More...
PCUSA Fails to Pass Divestment Motion
Presbyterian Church (USA) Fails to Pass Divestment Motion
July 5, 2012 - FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
The Israel/Palestine Mission Network of the Presbyterian Church (USA) is disappointed to announce that today the plenary session of the 220th General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (USA) failed to support a motion to divest church holdings from three companies (Caterpillar, Hewlett-Packard, and Motorola Solutions) that profit from non-peaceful pursuits in the occupied Palestinian territories. While voting against divestment, the plenary did approve a resolution to boycott products made in Israeli settlements in the occupied territories, including Ahava Dead Sea beauty products.
“It appears that church commissioners were swayed by a fear that divestment would cause irreparable harm to Jewish-Christian relations,” said Rev. Katherine Cunningham, IPMN Vice-Moderator. “In reality, the divestment motion was supported by a broad alliance of Jews, Christians, and others who believe that nonviolent means such as divestment are an effective way to pressure the Israeli government into abiding by international law and respecting Palestinian human rights.”
In failing to pass the motion, church commissioners disregarded many years of diligent work by the Committee on Mission Responsibility Through Investment (MRTI), which recommended divestment after making repeated, fruitless attempts at constructive engagement with the companies in question, as well as an overwhelming vote in support of divestment earlier this week by the General Assembly’s Committee on Middle East and Peacemaking Issues.
Despite today's outcome, the Israel/Palestine Mission Network of the Presbyterian Church (USA) will continue its efforts to alleviate the suffering of Palestinians and to help bring peace and justice to Israelis and Palestinians alike.
Rev. Dr. Jeffrey DeYoe
IPMN Advocacy Chair