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 understanding.
Released in January 2014 to immediate critical acclaim, Zionism… 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:
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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
If not now, When?
IPMN supports MRTI’s recommendation to divest from occupation
Jan 24, 2014 - The Israel Palestine Mission Network of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) welcomes and supports the report of the Mission Responsibility Through Investment Committee (MRTI) with its recommendation to the Presbyterian Church to stop profiting from Israel’s military occupation of Palestine. MRTI has once again called upon the PC(USA) and its 221st General Assembly, meeting in June 2014, to divest all its holdings from Caterpillar Inc., Hewlett-Packard and Motorola Solutions, declaring that these companies are profiting from non-peaceful pursuits in Palestine. The Presbyterian Mission Agency Board will need to approve MRTI’s report when it meets February 5th and forward the recommendation to the General Assembly (GA) in… More
Presbyterian network opens new dialogue on Zionism
Press Release - January 13, 2014
The Israel Palestine Mission Network of the Presbyterian Church (USA) is pleased to announce the publication of its newest educational resource, Zionism Unsettled: A Congregational Study Guide. This Study Guide is a condensed and edited version of a longer book entitled Zionism and the Quest for Justice in the Holy Land which will be published in 2014 by Pickwick Publications, an imprint of Wipf and Stock Publishers.
Released to immediate critical acclaim, Zionism Unsettled is published to help bring about an end to the silence surrounding the impact of Zionism, and to encourage open discussions on the topic in church and society.
Rev. Cliff Kirkpatrick, Visiting Professor of… More
No Negative Investment in Palestine
“Take the Money and Be Quiet” Say anti-BDS groups to Palestine
Oct. 10, 2013 - “Efforts toward positive investment in Israeli-Palestinian peace continue to move forward…” This was the latest statement heralded by Presbyterians for Middle East Peace (PFMEP) in its ongoing efforts to delegitimize courageous efforts of groups exposing the immoral Israeli occupation and its ongoing program of ethnic cleansing.
“Pro-Zionist organizations like PFMEP pretend that there is no such thing as ‘negative investment,’ and that all investments in Palestine are good and positive,” said Rev. Jeff DeYoe, Advocacy Chair of IPMN, The Israel/Palestine Mission Network of the Presbyterian Church, (USA). “Once again,” he said, “We need to reiterate the reality and truth about… 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.”