Development agencies slam EU's inaction over Israel's Area C policies
25 May 2013 | 4:12 pm
IDF Draft reform needs to include Arabs, not just ultra-Orthodox, Habayit Hayehudi demands
25 May 2013 | 3:41 pm
Hundreds of Israelis demonstrate in protest of plan to export natural gas
25 May 2013 | 3:02 pm
Hezbollah promises Syria 'victory'
25 May 2013 | 2:08 pm
Kerry’s gamble: A resounding first victory or political humiliation
25 May 2013 | 12:25 pm
Informant’s text messages shed new light on NYPD spy program targeting Muslims
25 May 2013 | 11:36 am
Little bits of the Dead Sea Scrolls put up for sale
25 May 2013 | 11:32 am
If Syria falls, so will Palestine, Hezbollah's Nasrallah warns in speech
25 May 2013 | 11:10 am
Why did ‘NYT’ serve as platform for ‘military propaganda’?
25 May 2013 | 9:59 am
Reluctantly taking down monstrous orientalist video, college union in Israel protests that it got ’1000s of positive reactions’
25 May 2013 | 9:49 am
George Orwell would hate Israel
25 May 2013 | 9:16 am
Hezbollah, Syrian government launch artillery campaign on rebel stronghold
25 May 2013 | 9:01 am
Yesh Atid minister: Isolated settlements should be dismantled
25 May 2013 | 8:50 am
First photographs of ‘Arabs with Altitude’ and Palestinian flag atop Everest
25 May 2013 | 8:05 am
Exile and the Prophetic: Freeing the president
25 May 2013 | 7:52 am
Discovering Jerusalem's glorious Georgian past
25 May 2013 | 7:30 am
BBC poll: Israel among world's least popular nations
25 May 2013 | 7:24 am
Why Palestine is different
25 May 2013 | 6:42 am
PLO: Israel has built 16,000 settlement units over the past 3 years
25 May 2013 | 6:09 am
VIDEO: Leaving Egypt for life in Dubai
24 May 2013 | 7:46 pm
VIDEO: Saudi drivers in 'sidewalk skiing' craze
24 May 2013 | 7:21 pm
Iran election: Conservatives dominate narrow field
24 May 2013 | 4:27 pm
Chaos and suspicion in Cairo mortuary
24 May 2013 | 4:07 pm
SF officials describe ‘apartheid’ label as ‘intolerance alienating the Jewish community’
24 May 2013 | 2:20 pm
Why are so many Guantanamo inmates from Yemen?
24 May 2013 | 1:55 pm
VIDEO: Inside Iraq's Imam Hussein mosque
24 May 2013 | 11:50 am
In electric atmosphere, Medea Benjamin takes over the president’s speech
24 May 2013 | 11:23 am
Thousands protest in Bahrain sit-in
24 May 2013 | 10:08 am
'Poor response' to Iraq abuse claims
24 May 2013 | 9:16 am
'Hard decisions' needed for peace
24 May 2013 | 5:46 am
Settlers attack West Bank farmer twice a week
17 May 2013 | 11:55 am
Palestinian refugees are not at your service
17 May 2013 | 10:31 am
Dutch probe sends warning to firms abetting Israel's crimes
16 May 2013 | 12:35 pm
Porto Alegre is Palestine's friend, so why has it embraced Israel's war industry?
16 May 2013 | 9:43 am
Protests an "offensive" against settler attacks, West Bank villagers say
15 May 2013 | 11:33 am
Life "no longer bearable" in Syria, says Palestinian refugee
14 May 2013 | 3:50 pm
FBI files reveal Anti-Defamation League spied on Arab students
14 May 2013 | 2:16 pm
Oslo Freedom Forum founder’s ties to Islamophobes who inspired mass killer Anders Breivik
14 May 2013 | 9:36 am
In photos: revisiting the survivors of Israel's November assault on Gaza
13 May 2013 | 12:05 pm
Despite threats, students to commemorate Nakba at Tel Aviv University
10 May 2013 | 2:21 pm
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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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
Wishful Thinking as Propaganda
April 11, 2013
They have treated the wound of my people carelessly, saying, “Peace, peace,” when there is no peace. ~ Jeremiah 6:14
Jeremiah was right. The greatest lie of all is when the oppressed are told that the matrix of oppression is the path to peace.
For decades we have been told by Israel and all U.S. Administrations, including the current one, that the “two-state solution” is the way of peace. Many faith-based organizations, including the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), have adopted statements supporting that path. But Palestine has been chopped up into tiny unsustainable fragments by Israeli occupation, ethnic cleansing and expansionism. Given this reality, how can the “two-state solution” be considered anything other than a cruel joke? Enter the… More
IPMN, Presbyterian Mission Network, Joins the
Interfaith Coalition Boycott of Sodastream
January 29, 2013
The Israel Palestine Mission Network of PC(USA), as a member of the Interfaith Boycott Coalition, joins the Coalition in announcing its boycott of all Sodastream products. The Interfaith Coalition is an organization under the umbrella of the U.S. Campaign to End the Occupation. Sodastream's main production site is in Mishor Edomim, an Israeli settlement industrial park near the Ma'ale Adummim settlement in the West Bank. The land was illegally confiscated by Israeli military occupation authorities from Palestinian owners.
The announcement of the Coalition's boycott campaign comes just a few days before the… More
IPMN supports upgrading Palestine status at United Nations
November 28, 2012 - The Israel/Palestine Mission Network (IPMN) of the Presbyterian Church (USA) strongly supports the position of the denomination concerning the impending vote at the United Nations to upgrade the status of Palestine to an Observer State. The PC (USA) has encouraged world governments to stand with Palestine and recognize their right to self-determination. The IPMN believes that this recognition of Palestine is a vital step towards peace in the Holy Land.
In the past, both the United States and Israel have strongly opposed the move on recognition of Palestine as a state through the General Assembly of the United Nations. They have argued that the status of Palestine can only be determined by direct negotiation between Israel and… More
The IPMN Condemns Smear Campaign
NEW YORK - Feb.7, 2012 - This week has brought broad-side attacks on the Israel Palestine Mission Network (IPMN) of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) from the organized Jewish community in the U.S. In order to understand the latest vitriol coming from the Jewish Council for Public Affairs (JCPA) towards the IPMN, and the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), one has to imagine the feeling of sheer desperation that results when a fantasy world comes crashing down. The world where Israeli government policy cannot be criticized is a thing of the past. There is vigorous debate within the Jewish community around Israel’s military occupation, and groups like the JCPA and others are losing control of the narrative.
For the record, the Israel Palestine Mission Network is not an anti-Semitic organization. It does oppose Israeli government policy that sustains illegal occupation and violates Palestinian human rights every day. The IPMN is also a proponent of open dialogue and debate about the issues that prevent a just peace. The truth is that the JCPA, the American Jewish Committee (AJC) and other “pro-Israel” organizations do not desire open and free discussion about these issues in America, and when they don’t want to talk about the facts on the ground, they resort to slanderous smear campaigns.
The recent attack by the JCPA on IPMN, as well as the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) mirrors exactly the criticism leveled at these same faith groups at roughly the same time of year back in 2010. What is the correlation? This is the run-up to the national summer gathering of the Presbyterian General Assembly that deliberates on church policy every two years. In 2010 the bogeyman was the Middle East Study Committee Report that came before that body for approval. For all the critical hype from the JCPA, the Simon Wiesenthal Center and others at that time, and all the credit these organizations shamelessly took for supposedly changing the document to their liking, the reality is that the report was never substantially changed. All the original recommendations were approved, but JCPA leadership somehow called that a win. That final report is on record and can be compared to what had been originally proposed. The comparison shows no substantive difference between what was recommended and what was ultimately approved. But in today’s climate, if you say you won loud enough, you actually start to believe it yourself.
This year the JCPA concern comes in trying to stem the unstoppable tide of a growing Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement. Presbyterians and Methodists are leading the way in the faith community, along with many other Christian, Jewish and secular grassroots organizations across the United States, to stop profiting from the Israeli Occupation. The BDS movement is saying the government of Benjamin Netanyahu is wearing no clothes; you can’t say you want a just peace and at the same time build settlements on Palestinian land at break-neck pace. With Archbishop Desmond Tutu publicly stating that the present state of affairs in the Occupied Palestinian Territories is akin to what he vividly remembers as South African Apartheid, the pro-Israeli groups are desperately losing ground. Part of their tactics, as outlined by the Tel Aviv-based Reut Institute, is to delegitimize any opposition to Israeli government policy by accusing those who disagree with it of engaging in anti-Israel, anti-Zionist and even anti-Semitic behavior. It is a campaign known as “delegitimizing the delegitimizers” and it has millions of dollars behind it.
For too long pro-Israel groups in the United States have promoted a two-state solution even while Israeli policy insures that such a thing cannot possibly exist (all one needs to do is travel there to witness the facts on the ground). They have perpetuated the lie that those city-sized, Jewish-only settlements being built nonstop deep into Palestinian territory are not really illegal colonies; and have disingenuously insisted that the ethnic cleansing of Palestinians from Palestine has not been on the Zionist agenda since the days of Theodore Herzl, the father of modern Zionism, long before 1948.
Answering every false charge leveled against IPMN by these groups accomplishes nothing more than plunging a peace-dedicated volunteer mission network, whose projects are funded by small pledges by its members, into a mud pit where paid “pro-Israel” lobbyists desperately fight to take back control of a debate they can no longer win through their bullying behavior. The JCPA, AJC and others should spend their time and energy on the issues that are barriers to peace, not on name-calling and attacks in an attempt to change the subject.
About IPMN: According to our General Assembly mandate, in joyful obedience to the call of Christ, and in solidarity with churches and our other partners in the Middle East, the IPMN covenants to engage, consolidate, nourish, and channel the energy in the Presbyterian Church (USA) toward the goal of a just peace in Israel/Palestine by facilitating education, promoting partnerships, and coordinating advocacy.
Our network speaks TO the Church not FOR the Church.