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Round up of Prophetic Church Actions in 2017
Actions by the United Church of Christ, Disciples of Christ, Mennonite Church USA, United Methodist annual conferences, and The World Communion of Reformed Churches. See the news
Round up on Anti-BDS Legislation
Current legislation in Congress, church groups’ action alerts and statements, the constitutional issues, news reports and commentary. See the round up
Reflections of a United Methodist Missionary
July 31, 2017 – Janet Lahr Lewis reflects on 20 years serving in Israel and Palestine, changes she saw happen to Bethlehem, living with closure, curfew, checkpoints and more. Read the story
Pin On the Go: Costly discipleship for Palestine?
EPF PIN – August 3, 2017
• Commentary on the Episcopal Church General Convention 2015 and the results of efforts to divest from the Israeli occupation.
• Sermon by Dick Toll, to consider in light of recent call by Palestinian Christian organizations for “costly solidarity.” Read the newsletter
Church Leaders: Take a Courageous Stand on Gaza’s Human Tragedy
By Philip Farah – July 30, 2017 – Huffington Post Imagine you are an elderly person living on the tenth floor of an apartment building in a crowded coastal town where summer temperatures frequently exceed 90°F. It is a hot summer day and an emergency has caused your electric service to drop to no more than a few hours a day. You are basically a prisoner in your home because the elevators are not working most of the time, and you are not sure when the power will come back on. Now imagine this condition persisting for several months. Read the article
Palestine Legal News – July 28, 2017
• Why Amending the Israel Anti-Boycott Act is Not Enough
• SFSU Finds No Religious Discrimination, Hillel Claim “Unsubstantiated”
• New staff attorney based in Bay Area office: Zoha Khalili
IN THE NEWS
• Senator Elizabeth Warren against anti-BDS Bill
• Taylor Force Act on Path to Become Law
• Jordan King Makes Rare West Bank Trip
• PA Won’t Resume Security Coordination with Israel unless Demands Met
TAKE ACTION: Voice Your Support for Free Speech
HAPPENING AT CMEP: Live Webinar: How Do We Fund Peace? Experts Discuss the International Fund Model, Thurs, Aug 24, 11am EDT – Pre-registration required Gaza Webinar: Growing up in Gaza – the unique challenges the ongoing humanitarian crisis places on children. Gaza Webinar: Working Toward a Better Future: CRS’ work in Gaza providing emergency relief to the most vulnerable.
MORE NEWS: • Top Senators Urge State Dept to Monitor Case of Palestinian Activist • New Israeli Policy Allows East Jerusalemites Access to Gaza • Can Israel Transfer its Palestinian Population?
FOCUS ON GAZA: • How Long Can Gaza Survive With No Water? • Trapped Between Israel and Hamas, Gaza’s Wasted Generation is Going Nowhere • How the Blockade Hurts Children
Faces of Hope and Moments of Justice and Peace: Campaign: Seek#JusticeAndPeace in the Holy Land
From the World Council of Churches – July 25, 2017
After 50 years of occupation, Palestinians in the Holy Land haven’t given up their hopes for freedom. “Hope” is the theme of the World Council of Churches’ (WCC’s) campaign “Seek#JusticeAndPeace in the Holy Land” launched in June to remind the world about 50 years of occupation and injustice. A social media- and web-campaign where 12 people from different backgrounds representing all three religions in the Holy Land share their concerns and their prevailing hopes for change. Read the full story
Learn more about the campaign: Seek#JusticeAndPeace
WCC global week of action: WWPPI 2017
July 24, 2017
The World Council of Churches (WCC) is inviting people across the world to unite in peaceful actions to create a common international public witness for just peace in Palestine and Israel.During the World Week for Peace in Palestine and Israel from 17-24 September, the International Day of Prayer for Peace will be observed, on Thur. 21 September. Read the announcement Resources for WWPPI
Eye on Palestine – July 31, 2017
From the Joint Advocacy Initiative (JAI):
• The Fight for Jerusalem: Palestinians will not be subdued
• Transferring’ Palestinian citizens of Israel to a Palestinian state
• Democrats Join Republicans In Bill Criminalizing Speech Critical Of Israel
Other news: • U.S. Lawmakers Seek to Criminally Outlaw Support for Boycott • Israel spied on interfaith delegation’s emails, rabbi says. • Weekly Report On Israeli Human Rights Violations in Occupied Territory
Media Resources: • Video: Israel attacks Jerusalem worshippers. • Empire Files: Silencing Palestine – Prison & Repression. • Film highlights daily realities of Israeli occupation. • Book: book, by Ilan Pappé says on settler colonialism and apartheid best explain Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
Open letter from The National Coalition of Christian Organizations in Palestine (NCCOP) to the World Council of Churches and the ecumenical movement
Learn to do right; seek justice. Defend the oppressed. (Isa. 1:17) Excerpts of the letter
“We need your costly solidarity. We need brave women and men who are willing to stand in the forefront. This is no time for shallow diplomacy Christians. We urge you to hear our call….
“Things are beyond urgent. We are on the verge of a catastrophic collapse. The current status-quo is unsustainable. This could be our last chance to achieve a just peace. As a Palestinian Christian community, this could be our last opportunity to save the Christian presence in this land….” Read the letter Take action with FOSNA:Sign the statement of support
Our forums provide a protected space to ask questions, share ideas and resources, and support one another’s work for a just peace in the Holy Land. A password is required to participate; click any one of these forums below and you will see how to request a password on the next page.
Every week, Christians around the world join in prayer with Palestinian Christians, through the Wave of Prayer from Sabeel Ecumenical Liberation Theology Center. Below are recent prayers and news bytes from Sabeel. Click on any item, to see it at Sabeel’s website.
World Week for Peace in Palestine Israel 2017 (WWPPI)
World Council of Churches September 17-24, 2017 • Worldwide The WCC invites people across the world to unite in peaceful actions to create a common international public witness for just peace in Palestine and Israel. During this week, on Thur. Sept. 21st, the International Day of Prayer for Peace will be observed. Get details and resources; participate in WWPPI
Choose Hope Advocacy Summit 2017
Be Educated. Lead Advocacy.
November 12-14, 2017
Provides a holistic space for millennials – including, college, seminary and graduate students as well as young professionals- who wish to engage in a national campaign for peace and justice in the Holy Land. From Millennial Voices for Peace (MVP) and Churches for Middle East Peace (CMEP Learn more
JAI Olive Picking Program 2017
Joint Advocacy Initiative (JAI) – Jerusalem YMCA, YWCA of Palestine
October 14-23, 2017 • Palestine
People from any age / background all over the world: an International Solidarity and Protective Presence with the Palestinians who suffer from the Israeli measures of land confiscation, settlements, apartheid wall and more. Besides olive picking, the program includes guided tours in various cities, introductory presentations about life under occupation in Palestine. Get details about the program and proposed schedule
Sabeel’s Fall Witness Trip 2017
Christian Zionism and Colonialism – A Response from Palestinian Christians November 1 – 9, 2017 (9 nights) • Led by Rev. Naim Ateek, co-founder of Sabeel
Join us to experience the reality of life in today’s Holy Land: meet with Palestinian Christians and Muslims, Jewish Israelis, and internationals who partner with Sabeel in nonviolent resistance against the violation of international and humanitarian law. Experience the realities of Palestinian life under occupation: the Wall, settlements, checkpoints, confiscated land, demolished homes, refugee camps, and environmental degradation. Learn more and register
Learn & work with others: Discover organizations in your denomination, find groups near you, and see the global Church movement for justice in the Holy Land.