Palestinian factions prepare to implement reconciliation deal
23 Apr 2014 | 2:35 am
Bomb 'kills senior Egypt policeman'
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Blair warns West over radical Islam
23 Apr 2014 | 2:22 am
VIDEO: Why Palestinians love St George
23 Apr 2014 | 1:18 am
Why did U.S. billionaire accused of serial sex crimes serve only 13 months in jail?
23 Apr 2014 | 12:00 am
The impact of Man: 4,000 years of environmental damage at Acre
22 Apr 2014 | 11:15 pm
Kerry to Lavrov: More sanctions unless tensions in Ukraine abate
22 Apr 2014 | 10:42 pm
Peace talks or not, both Abbas and Hamas need the PA
22 Apr 2014 | 7:37 pm
Politics, Passover and the world's biggest mufleta
22 Apr 2014 | 6:20 pm
At least 23 Eritreans still detained in Israel, in violation of state policy
22 Apr 2014 | 5:46 pm
When a high-tech Israeli arms lab tackles your local bus stop
22 Apr 2014 | 5:18 pm
Who's less funny than a bar mitzvah-circuit comedian? Katy Perry
22 Apr 2014 | 5:15 pm
Israel's Passover tourism 25% higher than in 2013
22 Apr 2014 | 5:13 pm
Why Palestinians love St George
22 Apr 2014 | 4:14 pm
Palestinian prisoners ready for mass hunger strike
22 Apr 2014 | 1:42 pm
VIDEO: Does Syria election matter to refugees?
22 Apr 2014 | 11:11 am
Federal agencies express concerns about Israel’s entry into the Visa Waiver Program
22 Apr 2014 | 10:39 am
Peter Beinart misses South Africa’s apartheid lesson, Gideon Levy gets it
22 Apr 2014 | 10:21 am
In Bethlehem raid, "Israel and the Palestinian Authority are together"
22 Apr 2014 | 10:00 am
22 Apr 2014 | 9:58 am
Global Earth Day coalition drops SodaStream over complicity in Israeli occupation
22 Apr 2014 | 9:37 am
Al-Jazeera trial sees video evidence
22 Apr 2014 | 9:23 am
Iranian prisoners' families protest
22 Apr 2014 | 9:10 am
VIDEO: Libya's youth driven out by fear
22 Apr 2014 | 8:38 am
Getting the facts straight on law enforcement in the West Bank
22 Apr 2014 | 8:19 am
Snowden revealed a world of conspiracies I once would have scoffed at– Bryan Burrough
22 Apr 2014 | 7:42 am
Bridgegate 2.0: Israeli tech students manipulate traffic patterns
22 Apr 2014 | 7:15 am
Yemen identifying dead 'militants'
22 Apr 2014 | 6:44 am
An updated list of Israeli demands from Mahmoud Abbas
22 Apr 2014 | 6:12 am
PHOTOS: On Easter, Palestinians resurrect their destroyed village
22 Apr 2014 | 5:59 am
Saudi health minister sacked
22 Apr 2014 | 2:00 am
Father of photographer critically wounded at West Bank protest: ‘This is life under occupation’
21 Apr 2014 | 2:30 pm
‘NYT’ photo feature on women in Gaza ignores Israel and Palestine
21 Apr 2014 | 2:12 pm
Peace process: Only four options left
21 Apr 2014 | 10:18 am
John Judis’s Truman book is a landmark in anti-Zionism
21 Apr 2014 | 9:31 am
UN peace envoy denied entry to Church of the Holy Sepulchre by Israeli police
21 Apr 2014 | 6:48 am
PHOTOS: Christians face barriers to Easter worship in Jerusalem
20 Apr 2014 | 2:35 pm
Settlers fear prisoner release deal, extension of talks
20 Apr 2014 | 8:22 am
WATCH: Ilan Pappe on the ‘ongoing Nakba’
20 Apr 2014 | 5:56 am
How one Palestinian citizen challenged Israel’s ‘enemy state’ policy
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The 221st General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) will be held from June 14 to 21, 2014 at the COBO Center in downtown Detroit, Michigan. Click here for PC(USA) page for General Assembly.
We will be updating this page with news, links and more information as we move closer to GA. Please check in regularly!
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:
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
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
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.
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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, 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, 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.