PHOTOS: Showing Israeli soldiers the red card in Nabi Saleh
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Bomb attack at Saudi Arabia mosque
29 May 2015 | 9:46 am
IS militants 'seize Libyan airport'
29 May 2015 | 8:20 am
Saudi Arabia profile
29 May 2015 | 6:55 am
29 May 2015 | 6:44 am
Israel Supreme Court: Bedouin have no indigenous rights
29 May 2015 | 6:14 am
Expulsion or not, Palestinians can declare victory at FIFA
29 May 2015 | 4:03 am
Hundreds of migrants rescued in Med
28 May 2015 | 11:32 pm
Stamping a new identity on Palestine's landscape
28 May 2015 | 2:07 pm
Palestinian village faces demolition in South Hebron Hills
28 May 2015 | 12:50 pm
WATCH: Police brutality in East Jerusalem mini-market
28 May 2015 | 11:19 am
Israel’s president calls BDS a ‘strategic threat’
28 May 2015 | 7:46 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
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...
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.”