'Ten killed' by Baghdad car bombs
28 May 2015 | 3:45 pm
Stamping a new identity on Palestine's landscape
28 May 2015 | 2:07 pm
Syria Islamists 'seize Idlib city'
28 May 2015 | 1:43 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
IS 'kills 20 men at Palmyra site'
28 May 2015 | 7:59 am
Israel’s president calls BDS a ‘strategic threat’
28 May 2015 | 7:46 am
Palestinians press Fifa to show Israel red card
28 May 2015 | 6:12 am
Iraq exhumes IS victims in Tikrit
28 May 2015 | 5:50 am
The untold story of Israeli military exports to South Sudan
28 May 2015 | 5:10 am
Why can’t Israelis just be nice to each other?
27 May 2015 | 10:42 am
BDS is not a Zionist movement
27 May 2015 | 8:07 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...
THE PALESTINIAN QUEST FOR JUST PEACE
Steadfast Hope: The Palestinian Quest for Just Peace is 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.
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Praise for Steadfast Hope
Here's what people are saying about Steadfast Hope:
"I commend Steadfast Hope as an excellent resource for Presbyterian Women as well as pastors, educators, and congregations. It grows from the Israel/Palestine Mission Network purpose to demonstrate solidarity, educate about the facts on the ground, and change the conditions that erode the humanity of both Israelis and Palestinians."
Carol Hylkema, Former Moderator, Israel/Palestine Mission Network
"For the sake of life for both Palestinians and Israelis, and for a steadfast hope for both, justice must prevail. And for justice to prevail, the truth must be known. Christians must work to discover the truth, and stand by it."
Dr. Mary Mikhael, President, Near East School of Theology
"Only by visiting Israel, the West Bank and Gaza can one truly experience the injustice, fear and systemic violence that affects every person in the region. For those who cannot do so, Steadfast Hope provides a clear window through which to view the situation and to discern what is required for a durable peace for Israelis, Palestinians and all who are bound to that 'holy land.'"
Vernon Broyles, "Representative for Public Witness"(Volunteer) Office of the General Assembly
"The most important thing we can do now to achieve justice for Palestinians and Israelis is to communicate their situation to our local church congregations for study, reflection and action. Steadfast Hope will do that because it is both accurate and passionate."
James M. Wall, Contributing Editor, Christian Century magazine
"The World Council of Churches strongly believes that it is time for Palestinians and Israelis to share a just peace. I endorse Steadfast Hope because it is a powerful statement of solidarity which significantly contributes towards the achievement of that goal."
Samuel Kobia, General Secretary, World Council of Churches
"Steadfast Hope" is an excellent resource fo people of faith everywhere who seek to be informed on the current situation of Palestine and educated on the complexity of the Palestine-Israel conflict. I strongly endorse the resource as an exceptional guide for churches, study groups and individuals searching for toolsto work towards a peace rooted in justice." In peace,
Naim Ateek, Anglican Pastor and Director of the Sabeel Center for Palestinian Liberation Theology, Jerusalem.
"Hope is Palestine's gift to the world. Justice is what the world owes Palestine. This resource infuses us with this great hope that became incarnate in Christ so that we can be transformed into agents of Justice, peacemakers and ambassadors of reconciliation."
The Rev. Dr. Mitri Raheb, Senior Pastor, Christmas Lutheran Church President, Diyar Consortium, Bethlehem, Palestine
"In this book, the Presbyterian Church explores a controversial issue with the courage and clarity few communities before it have found. It exemplifies the compassion, nonviolence, and brotherly love fundamental to Christian values and gives Jews like me hope for a just and lasting peace in our lifetimes. Challenging oppression and injustice like this will surely elicit criticism, but we know from history that prophets are scorned in their own time."
Anna Baltzer, a former-Fulbright scholar, the granddaughter of Holocaust refugees, and author of Witness in Palestine: A Jewish American Woman in the Occupied Territories. www.AnnaInTheMiddleEast.com
"Steadfast Hope is an excellent resource for those interested in educating themselves about the plight of the Palestinian people and their struggle for self-determination. It serves as the voice of those who seek justice in Israel/Palestine."
Neve Gordon, author of Israel's Occupation, and professor of politics at Ben-Gurion University, Israel
"I welcome the new resource offered to the church by the Israel/Palestine Mission Network entitled Steadfast Hope: the Palestinian Quest for a Just Peace. In the midst of all the competing claims, it makes clear 'the things that make for peace' in Israel and Palestine and the urgency for all of us to take action, and to take it now, to ensure a just future for all who live in this part of the world."
Clifton Kirkpatrick, former Stated Clerk of the Presbyterian Church (USA), President, World Alliance of Reformed Churches
"We...find [Steadfast Hope] to be a superb resource--honest and hard-hitting, ever so much more truthful and insightful than the usual anodyne church document on this conflict. We are truly impressed and thank you for your part in 'telling it like it is.' ...(T)here is [now] some greater recognition at the grassroots level of the horrors of what's going on, and Steadfast Hope is a brilliant proof of that. Maybe this is the start of something good."
Bill and Kathleen Christison, former CIA political analysts; co-authors of Palestine in Pieces: Graphic Perspectives on the Israeli Occupation, 2009.