Turkey's new PM: No hope of 'normalizing' Israel ties until Gaza blockade ends
1 Sep 2014 | 11:05 am
Abbas, in protocol of Doha meeting: PA will give Israel authority of West Bank if border talks fail
1 Sep 2014 | 10:38 am
Tens of thousands remain homeless in Gaza
1 Sep 2014 | 10:27 am
Lebanon army receives soldier's body
1 Sep 2014 | 10:06 am
Report: Azerbaijan buying Israeli coast-guard vessels
1 Sep 2014 | 10:03 am
U.K. 'deplores' Israeli appropriation of West Bank land
1 Sep 2014 | 9:59 am
Bureaucracy – where Tel Aviv and Eritrea meet
1 Sep 2014 | 9:46 am
Iraq crimes 'on unimaginable scale'
1 Sep 2014 | 9:42 am
‘Suspects in brutal beating of two Palestinians tied to anti-miscegenation group’
1 Sep 2014 | 9:39 am
UN schools in Gaza to open in mid-September
1 Sep 2014 | 8:52 am
Germany breaks military taboo, sends arms to anti-IS fighters in Iraq
1 Sep 2014 | 8:32 am
Middle East Updates / Germany's Merkel: Islamic State is a threat to Germany, Europe
1 Sep 2014 | 8:30 am
Media self-reflection on Gaza war coverage is necessary, but unlikely
1 Sep 2014 | 8:28 am
Iran clerics 'must accept internet'
1 Sep 2014 | 8:02 am
Israel seizes 1000 acres from 5 Palestinian villages to build new settlement in response to teens’ abduction
1 Sep 2014 | 7:55 am
Alvin Rosenfeld’s Holocaust complaint
1 Sep 2014 | 7:51 am
‘Despite reforms, IDF still mistreating Palestinian children’
1 Sep 2014 | 7:16 am
Artists repudiate Israeli sponsorship of Sao Paulo exhibition
1 Sep 2014 | 7:08 am
Libya militias 'seize ministries'
1 Sep 2014 | 7:06 am
Richard Cohen says he married Israel and has been faithful during ups and downs
1 Sep 2014 | 6:56 am
Fresh clashes erupt in Syrian Golan
1 Sep 2014 | 6:39 am
Why Israel must help the Kurds in Iraq
1 Sep 2014 | 5:54 am
I see five bears
1 Sep 2014 | 5:15 am
Germany arms Iraqi Kurds against IS
1 Sep 2014 | 3:25 am
Islamic State: Who supports the jihadist group?
31 Aug 2014 | 9:45 pm
How freedom of speech was crushed during Protective Edge
31 Aug 2014 | 12:19 pm
Bahrain journalist's sentence upheld
31 Aug 2014 | 12:06 pm
Palestinians are sentenced to sadness
31 Aug 2014 | 10:24 am
Judaism’s hijacking by Zionists drives 70% of secular Jews to marry non-Jews– Koppman at Huffpo
31 Aug 2014 | 9:18 am
How Israeli media obscures Palestinian humanity
31 Aug 2014 | 3:58 am
Arielle Klagsbrun calls on the Jewish community to ‘love and honor’ those who refuse to support Israel
30 Aug 2014 | 11:17 am
The checkpoint is burning
30 Aug 2014 | 10:04 am
What if Hamas fired rockets at Britain?
30 Aug 2014 | 9:48 am
As world watched Gaza, Israel announced 1472 new settlements in West Bank
30 Aug 2014 | 9:37 am
Coming to a campus near you: ADL recruits student politicians for Israel trips
30 Aug 2014 | 9:31 am
Being Palestinian got me barred from visiting Palestine
30 Aug 2014 | 9:11 am
Israel needs a new strategy in Gaza
30 Aug 2014 | 6:56 am
Worlds apart: From Gaza to Sydney
30 Aug 2014 | 6:22 am
VIDEO: Kurdish father's grief at son's death
29 Aug 2014 | 1:05 pm
New book reveals top-secret collusion between Israel, US during twenty years of “peace talks”
29 Aug 2014 | 9:55 am
Urgent Need for Medical Aid to Gaza
There is an urgent need for medical aid to Gaza. Israeli airstrikes over the past weeks have killed at least 1400 Palestinians and injured more than 5,000. [At least 45 Israeli soldiers have also died.] 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 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
FAITH GROUPS JOIN CALL FOR AN ARMS EMBARGO ON ISRAEL
For immediate release – It is with heavy hearts that we compose this statement. At the time of this writing, the Israeli military’s ground, naval, and aerial bombardment of Gaza has killed at least 2,104 Palestinians. The majority of these victims were civilians, according to the United Nations. Palestinian rockets and anti-tank fire have killed four Israeli civilians, one Thai migrant worker, and 64 Israeli soldiers.
We deplore and condemn the use of violence by anyone, anytime, anywhere. For, each of these casualties is a child of God; each has a name; each has a family; each has a life story that has come to an abrupt and tragic end.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
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.
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.