Is Israeli pharma giant Teva going to be pushed off its perch?
23 May 2013 | 5:58 pm
For new immigrants to Israel, a safe place to kvetch online
23 May 2013 | 5:41 pm
Israeli doctors rethink the way they test young couples for genetic diseases
23 May 2013 | 5:28 pm
Israel praised for efforts to protect beaches from intrusive construction
23 May 2013 | 5:20 pm
Companies in Israeli settlement challenge fee for employing Palestinians
23 May 2013 | 5:09 pm
Israel Police ignored several complaints by mother of murdered Bedouin girls
23 May 2013 | 4:58 pm
VIDEO: 'Iraq affected by Syria crisis'
23 May 2013 | 4:32 pm
U.K.'s Hague: Britain fully backs U.S.-led efforts to restart Israeli-Palestinian talks
23 May 2013 | 4:16 pm
WHO urges sharing over coronavirus
23 May 2013 | 4:11 pm
Senior officials' chatter on Syria proves that Israel is running scared
23 May 2013 | 2:46 pm
Europe's stance on Hezbollah hardens
23 May 2013 | 1:25 pm
Video: Medea Benjamin interrupts Obama speech on US drone policy
23 May 2013 | 12:33 pm
Glenn Greenwald on the Woolwich attack and blowback from the ‘war on terror’
23 May 2013 | 12:24 pm
Obama limits use of U.S. drone strikes, offers steps to close Guantanamo
23 May 2013 | 11:56 am
Church of Scotland accepts controversial report on Israel/Palestine
23 May 2013 | 11:16 am
Netanyahu: Iranian nuclear program unaffected by world pressure
23 May 2013 | 11:07 am
Transition plan floated for Syria
23 May 2013 | 9:55 am
Half of Israel’s eligible youth don’t enlist– and ranks of ‘gray resisters’ grow
23 May 2013 | 8:11 am
Chelsea Clinton’s multifaith initiative
23 May 2013 | 7:49 am
More on the ‘creepy’ al-Dura report
23 May 2013 | 6:56 am
Exile and the Prophetic: Does John Kerry have the keys to Kafka’s (middle east) castle?
23 May 2013 | 6:50 am
Wolf Blitzer looks for a religious state
23 May 2013 | 6:38 am
Kerry goes for the Hail Mary, but Obama is punting
23 May 2013 | 6:30 am
Rafsanjani criticises Iran's leaders
23 May 2013 | 4:19 am
VIDEO: Building boom in Saudi Arabia
23 May 2013 | 3:56 am
Refugees 'facing rising dangers'
22 May 2013 | 8:35 pm
Kerry condemns Hezbollah over Syria
22 May 2013 | 3:55 pm
‘Forward’ piece on destruction of Palestinian neighborhood fronting Western Wall is not embraced by all ‘Forward’ readers
22 May 2013 | 10:33 am
More centrifuges at Iran plant - UN
22 May 2013 | 10:01 am
Profiles: Iran election candidates
22 May 2013 | 6:52 am
Settlers attack West Bank farmer twice a week
17 May 2013 | 11:55 am
Palestinian refugees are not at your service
17 May 2013 | 10:31 am
Dutch probe sends warning to firms abetting Israel's crimes
16 May 2013 | 12:35 pm
Porto Alegre is Palestine's friend, so why has it embraced Israel's war industry?
16 May 2013 | 9:43 am
Protests an "offensive" against settler attacks, West Bank villagers say
15 May 2013 | 11:33 am
Life "no longer bearable" in Syria, says Palestinian refugee
14 May 2013 | 3:50 pm
FBI files reveal Anti-Defamation League spied on Arab students
14 May 2013 | 2:16 pm
Oslo Freedom Forum founder’s ties to Islamophobes who inspired mass killer Anders Breivik
14 May 2013 | 9:36 am
In photos: revisiting the survivors of Israel's November assault on Gaza
13 May 2013 | 12:05 pm
Despite threats, students to commemorate Nakba at Tel Aviv University
10 May 2013 | 2:21 pm
STEADFAST HOPE: THE PALESTINIAN QUEST FOR JUST PEACE
Steadfast Hope: The Palestinian Quest for Just Peaceis a 48-page perfect-bound booklet with a free companion DVD. Steadfast Hope challenges common myths and misperceptions about the origins of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, presents a compelling snapshot of the present situation on the ground, and offers a guide to the challenges that lie ahead in the quest for peace.
Steadfast Hope offers an inspiring view of the activities currently being undertaken by Muslim, Jewish, and Christian peacemakers working for justice and reconciliation. It also gives helpful guidance on how your congregation can contribute to the cause of just peace for the people who share the Holy Land.
Watch the More
The 2013 Hosanna Preaching Prize
The Israel Palestine Mission Network of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) [IPMN] is pleased to announce the 2013 Annual Hosanna Prize*. The award recognizes preachers who challenge and inspire believers to heed God’s urgent call to justice and reconciliation in Palestine and Israel. Two $1,000 prizes—one on an Old Testament text and the other on a New Testament text—are awarded annually.
The prize-winning sermons will raise a vision of God’s love that embraces all people, especially those who are oppressed and persecuted, exposing the theological error of using biblical passages to rationalize injustice to or by Jews or Palestinians.1 The sermons will demonstrate a deep understanding of the theological concerns voiced directly by Palestinians and Jews:
Presbyterian Center, Louisville, KY
Sponsored by the Israel/Palestine Mission Network of the PC(USA)
The Earth is the Lord's, by Jerry Van Marter, PNS
The 219th (2010) General Assembly voted to “refer the report from the Offices of Interfaith Relations and Theology and Worship entitled: ‘Christians and Jews: People of God’ back to the Office of Interfaith Relations and Theology and Worship to rewrite the report after broader consultation to include the National Middle East Presbyterian Caucus, PC(USA) partner churches and agencies in the Middle East, relevant mission networks of the PC(USA), the Advocacy Committee for Racial Ethnic Concerns, and the Advisory Committee for Social Witness Policy.”
The goal of this symposium is to help Presbyterians formulate our position on the knotty issues of… More
Wishful Thinking as Propaganda
April 11, 2013
They have treated the wound of my people carelessly, saying, “Peace, peace,” when there is no peace. ~ Jeremiah 6:14
Jeremiah was right. The greatest lie of all is when the oppressed are told that the matrix of oppression is the path to peace.
For decades we have been told by Israel and all U.S. Administrations, including the current one, that the “two-state solution” is the way of peace. Many faith-based organizations, including the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), have adopted statements supporting that path. But Palestine has been chopped up into tiny unsustainable fragments by Israeli occupation, ethnic cleansing and expansionism. Given this reality, how can the “two-state solution” be considered anything other than a cruel joke? Enter the… More
IPMN, Presbyterian Mission Network, Joins the
Interfaith Coalition Boycott of Sodastream
January 29, 2013
The Israel Palestine Mission Network of PC(USA), as a member of the Interfaith Boycott Coalition, joins the Coalition in announcing its boycott of all Sodastream products. The Interfaith Coalition is an organization under the umbrella of the U.S. Campaign to End the Occupation. Sodastream's main production site is in Mishor Edomim, an Israeli settlement industrial park near the Ma'ale Adummim settlement in the West Bank. The land was illegally confiscated by Israeli military occupation authorities from Palestinian owners.
The announcement of the Coalition's boycott campaign comes just a few days before the… More
IPMN supports upgrading Palestine status at United Nations
November 28, 2012 - The Israel/Palestine Mission Network (IPMN) of the Presbyterian Church (USA) strongly supports the position of the denomination concerning the impending vote at the United Nations to upgrade the status of Palestine to an Observer State. The PC (USA) has encouraged world governments to stand with Palestine and recognize their right to self-determination. The IPMN believes that this recognition of Palestine is a vital step towards peace in the Holy Land.
In the past, both the United States and Israel have strongly opposed the move on recognition of Palestine as a state through the General Assembly of the United Nations. They have argued that the status of Palestine can only be determined by direct negotiation between Israel and… More
Final GA 220 Report
Final IPMN Report from the 220th General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (USA)
July 9, 2012
At the close of the 220th General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (USA), the church’s Israel/Palestine Mission Network (IPMN) wishes to reflect on the results of the GA and to thank all of our friends, supporters, and the hundreds of church commissioners who took a stand for human rights and justice in the Holy Land last week by voting according to their consciences, and not according to their fears.
While the resolution calling for targeted divestment from three companies that profit from Israeli violations of international law and abuses of Palestinian human rights was not adopted by the plenary, it was approved overwhelmingly by the church’s Committee on Middle East Peacemaking Issues (Committee 15), and the minority report that replaced it won by a mere two out of 666 votes, with two commissioners abstaining. In truth, a full plenary discussion on divestment never took place, pre-empted by the minority report’s adoption.
On the other hand, the resolution calling for a boycott of just two products made in Israeli settlements in the occupied Palestinian territories was expanded and strengthened by Committee 15 to cover all Israeli products made in the occupied territories, before being approved by an overwhelming majority (457-180, or 71%) of the plenary in what was a very divided Assembly. The boycott vote puts the Presbyterian Church (USA) squarely into the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement launched by Palestinian civil society in 2005 and officially endorsed by the Palestinian Christian community in 2009 with the Kairos Palestine document. "Presbyterians have heard the call for economic solidarity from Palestinians, including Palestinian Christians,” said Rev. Jeff DeYoe, IPMN Advocacy Chair. “The IPMN looks forward to assisting the church in determining which products will be included in the boycott.”
Despite the fact that they failed to pass divestment, afterwards 57% of church commissioners voted in favor of a resolution directing the church’s Board of Pensions "to create a program for relief of conscience for plan members who are troubled by the choice to continue holding Board of Pensions assets in Caterpillar, Motorola Solutions, and Hewlett-Packard.” Although this motion was later overturned on a procedural technicality by the GA’s Stated Clerk, it clearly reflected a desire on the part of a majority of commissioners to provide an option for individual Presbyterians who have moral qualms about profiting from these three companies, whose products are used to inflict so much hardship and suffering on Palestinians.
“A few short years ago, any one of these things would have been considered a significant victory for divestment and boycott supporters,” said Rev. Katherine Cunningham, IPMN Vice-Moderator. “At every General Assembly since these issues were first introduced in 2004, the church has moved slowly but steadily towards the positions advocated by the IPMN. In 2010, following our official endorsement of a boycott of Ahava Dead Sea beauty products and dates from the Hadiklaim Co-op, we were attacked by critics for being ‘ahead of the church.’ Last week, the rest of the church caught up with the IPMN on boycotting settlement products, and moved much further in the direction of divestment than anybody could have expected just a few years ago. We believe it’s only a matter of time before the church catches up on divestment too, and we look forward to the next GA in Detroit in 2014, and to the day when both Israelis and Palestinians are able to live in peace and freedom.”