Lift Gaza 'siege' - Palestinian PM
22 Jul 2014 | 9:32 pm
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22 Jul 2014 | 8:53 pm
Well-known Italian philosopher:'I’d like to shoot those bastard Zionists'
22 Jul 2014 | 8:30 pm
Ex-NYC mayor Bloomberg to fly to Tel Aviv in solidarity with Israel, despite U.S. flights ban
22 Jul 2014 | 7:40 pm
Germany investigating imam who urged God to 'destroy the Zionist Jews'
22 Jul 2014 | 7:00 pm
UN Human Rights Council expected to launch probe into alleged Israeli war crimes
22 Jul 2014 | 6:24 pm
IDF clipping wings of creators of rocket alert apps
22 Jul 2014 | 5:50 pm
Israeli soldier whom Hamas says it captured is declared missing
22 Jul 2014 | 5:30 pm
The deafening silence around the Hamas proposal for a 10-year truce
22 Jul 2014 | 4:53 pm
Will Libya's militias defeat democracy?
22 Jul 2014 | 4:00 pm
Suicide car bomb kills 21 in Iraq
22 Jul 2014 | 3:36 pm
VIDEO: Gaza: Why Rafah crossing matters
22 Jul 2014 | 3:08 pm
VIDEO: Can Middle East truce be reached?
22 Jul 2014 | 2:50 pm
Israelis may not be ready for a cease-fire in Gaza
22 Jul 2014 | 2:49 pm
Following wave of protests, Israel arrests scores of Arab activists, minors
22 Jul 2014 | 2:26 pm
Airlines halt flights into Israel
22 Jul 2014 | 2:07 pm
VIDEO: Relatives mourn Israeli soldier deaths
22 Jul 2014 | 1:41 pm
Gaza: How Hamas tunnel network grew
22 Jul 2014 | 1:36 pm
Thousands bid farewell to French-Israeli soldier killed in Gaza
22 Jul 2014 | 1:29 pm
Watch: 9 Jewish activists arrested after occupying Friends of the Israel Defense Forces office
22 Jul 2014 | 1:09 pm
No ceasefire without justice for Gaza
22 Jul 2014 | 12:16 pm
Citing incitement, Facebook closes page of group that fights intermarriage
22 Jul 2014 | 12:02 pm
You are not Alone: To Palestinians on July 20, 2014
22 Jul 2014 | 11:26 am
Mr. Modi– do not court apartheid Israel in my name
22 Jul 2014 | 10:26 am
Arab reporters come under attack from Israelis
22 Jul 2014 | 10:02 am
‘Telegenically Dead’: Israel’s crumbling media war
22 Jul 2014 | 10:01 am
For Palestinians in Jerusalem, to strike or not to strike?
22 Jul 2014 | 8:42 am
US Jews occupy Israeli army support office in NY in civil disobedience action
22 Jul 2014 | 8:41 am
Gaza onslaught is p.r. problem for Israel’s ‘moral authority’ — Albright
22 Jul 2014 | 8:36 am
Why I vowed not to have children in Gaza
22 Jul 2014 | 7:41 am
Naomi Wolf walked out of synagogue when they had nothing to say about Gaza massacre
22 Jul 2014 | 7:11 am
22 Jul 2014 | 6:37 am
‘Finish the job’
22 Jul 2014 | 4:01 am
Why do Palestinians continue to support Hamas despite such devastating losses?
22 Jul 2014 | 2:08 am
VIDEO: Clashes go on amid Israeli funerals
21 Jul 2014 | 2:49 pm
PHOTOS: A Gaza funeral for 26 members of one family
21 Jul 2014 | 2:12 pm
Israel wants us to die, but we will remain
21 Jul 2014 | 12:31 pm
VIDEO: Gaza 'terror tunnels' - in 60 secs
21 Jul 2014 | 10:08 am
The ‘terror tunnels’: Another Israeli self-fulfilling prophecy
21 Jul 2014 | 6:08 am
Mourning death wherever it strikes
21 Jul 2014 | 3:26 am
Urgent Need for Medical Aid to Gaza
There is an urgent need for medical aid to Gaza. Israeli airstrikes over the past seven days have killed at least 220 Palestinians and injured more than 1,500. Hamas rockets claimed their first casualty on Tuesday, killing an Israeli near the Gaza border. The ongoing Israeli-and-Egyptian-imposed blockade had already left Gaza short on 30% of its essential medications and 50% of its disposable medical supplies before the current hostilities even began.
The onslaught of Israeli missiles, including airstrikes on More...
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
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
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221st General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Votes to Endorse Selective Divestment from Israeli Occupation
The Israel/Palestine Mission Network (IPMN) of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) is pleased to announce that the plenary of the 221st General Assembly has voted 310 to 303 to divest from three US companies that profit from Israel's military occupation of Palestinian lands.
Middle East Issues Committee Endorses Selective Divestment from Israeli Occupation at 221st General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (USA)
June 17, 2014
The Israel/Palestine Mission Network of the Presbyterian Church (USA) is pleased to announce that an overture endorsing selective divestment from three US companies that profit from Israel's occupation of Palestinian lands has been passed by a vote of 45-20 by the Middle East Issues Committee of the 221st General Assembly.
Five critical responses to “Perspectives,” a discussion paper produced by the Ecumenical and Interreligious Work Group of the Chicago Presbytery
On May 9, 2014, the Ecumenical and Interreligious Work Group (EIWG) of the Presbytery of Chicago issued a discussion paper titled “Perspectives on Presbyterian Church (USA) Support for a Just and Peaceful Compromise of the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict.” EIWG, an independently functioning work group currently composed of eight members, does not speak for the Chicago Presbytery or the PC(USA). While IPMN applauds the good intentions that appear to have driven the creation of the “Perspectives” document, IPMN strongly disputes many of its conclusions and publishes here in one location five critical responses to the EIWG document generated by key interested organizations 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.”