Should N.Y. Orthodox students hide their kippot on the way to school?
2 Sep 2014 | 1:42 pm
One- or two-state solution? The answer is both (or neither)
2 Sep 2014 | 12:58 pm
Iran's president presses clerics: Accept Internet, don't close gate to youth
2 Sep 2014 | 12:21 pm
Document outlines controversial Saudi plans to move Prophet Mohammed's tomb
2 Sep 2014 | 11:38 am
Victims of Nazi 'euthanasia program' memorialized in new Berlin monument
2 Sep 2014 | 11:26 am
Syria-Israel border nearly entirely under rebel control, says senior Israeli officer
2 Sep 2014 | 11:22 am
Despair won’t advance liberal Zionists’ agenda
2 Sep 2014 | 11:01 am
Yemen president dismisses government
2 Sep 2014 | 10:46 am
Gaza benefit at Yale was moved off-campus due to backlash against priest’s letter to NYT
2 Sep 2014 | 10:42 am
U.S. to Israel: Reverse 'deeply concerning' decision to appropriate West Bank land
2 Sep 2014 | 10:37 am
Islamic State video purports to show beheading of American-Jewish journalist Steven Sotloff
2 Sep 2014 | 10:23 am
Palestinian convicted of two bombings back in U.S. court over immigration fraud
2 Sep 2014 | 9:31 am
Young European converts are swelling the ranks of Islamic State
2 Sep 2014 | 8:52 am
British pol is beaten by man in Israeli army t-shirt, and the chattering classes are silent
2 Sep 2014 | 8:51 am
Terror suspects held in Saudi Arabia
2 Sep 2014 | 7:38 am
‘Running:’ A haunting video on life in Gaza by Eslam Saqqa
2 Sep 2014 | 7:29 am
Ian McEwan says Israel was ‘disproportionately violent’ in Gaza and practices ‘ethnic cleansing’ in Jerusalem
2 Sep 2014 | 7:15 am
Israel’s right wing Zionists, Palestine’s militant resistance are political winners after Gaza slaughter
2 Sep 2014 | 7:09 am
Although focus has been on Gaza, Israel’s plan for the West Bank is still in place
2 Sep 2014 | 7:08 am
Golan UN captors 'issue demands'
2 Sep 2014 | 6:38 am
Salaita firing shows where Zionism meets neoliberalism at US universities
2 Sep 2014 | 6:04 am
Egypt police killed in Sinai attack
2 Sep 2014 | 4:38 am
Post-Gaza war poll: Hamas, Haniyeh and rockets popularity at all-time high
2 Sep 2014 | 4:35 am
IS accused of Iraq ethnic cleansing
2 Sep 2014 | 4:22 am
Embarking on the path to jihad
1 Sep 2014 | 6:54 pm
VIDEO: Iraq grannies 'take on IS in Amerli’
1 Sep 2014 | 2:52 pm
VIDEO: ‘I smuggled jihadists into Syria’
1 Sep 2014 | 2:31 pm
When Israel grabs land, the U.S. grabs a thesaurus [satire]
1 Sep 2014 | 2:13 pm
Israel to take over West Bank land
1 Sep 2014 | 2:02 pm
Tens of thousands remain homeless in Gaza
1 Sep 2014 | 10:27 am
‘Suspects in brutal beating of two Palestinians tied to anti-miscegenation group’
1 Sep 2014 | 9:39 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
Richard Cohen says he married Israel and has been faithful during ups and downs
1 Sep 2014 | 6:56 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
How freedom of speech was crushed during Protective Edge
31 Aug 2014 | 12:19 pm
Palestinians are sentenced to sadness
31 Aug 2014 | 10:24 am
How Israeli media obscures Palestinian humanity
31 Aug 2014 | 3:58 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.
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.