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223rd General Assembly of the PC(USA)

IPMN documents and links for the 223rd General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) St. Louis, Missouri June 16 - 23, 2018 Click here for PC(USA) website for 223rd GA To keep track of GA business for current and past assemblies: see pc-biz.org Report on Actions of 223rd GA, June 21, 2018 Summary of recent GA actions on Israel/Palestine more
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Reflections on The Nakba at 70

What the Nakba Means to Us by Nahida Halaby Gordon and Sami A. Halaby It has been slightly more than 70 years since we had to leave our home, our Palestine, and our Palestinian community of family, friends, and neighbors. It was a traumatic event in our lives, which we relive year after year.Imagine how you would feel if when you visit the country… more
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Why Palestine Matters

Why Palestine Matters, The Struggle To End Colonialism April 3, 2018 — Louisville, KY The Israel Palestine Mission Network of the Presbyterian Church (USA) [IPMN] is pleased to announce the publication of Why Palestine Matters, The Struggle To End Colonialism, a new book contextualizing the liberation struggle of the Palestinian people within… more

Nakba, 70 Years On

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PCUSA signsEcumenical Statement - The Nakba, 70 Years On: Seeking a Hopeful Future in a Time of Yearning [The following ecumenical statement was issued on the 70 years since the establishment of the State of Israel and the resulting Palestinian Nakba ("catastrophe").] For surely I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord, plans for your…

Open Letter NCCOP

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OPEN LETTER National Coalition of Christian Organizations in Palestine June 12, 2017 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. ~ Isaiah 1:17 Background As we meet this month in Bethlehem…

WCRC Statement on Palestine

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World Communion of Reformed Churches GENERAL COUNCIL 2017 Public Witness Report PALESTINE - AN URGENT ISSUE OF FAITH FOR THE WORLD COMMUNION This year marks 69 years since the creation of the State of Israel. The General Council wishes to reaffirm its commitment to peace and security for the Israeli people and state. The General Council also…

Jerusalem as Capital

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The Israel Palestine Mission Network of the PC(USA) strongly condemns the U.S. President’s decision to single out Jerusalem as a Jewish capital. Jerusalem is the spiritual heart of all three Abrahamic faiths. Read Dec. 6, 2017 letter to Donald J. Trump from patriarchs and heads of local Jerusalem churches on this issue. Jerusalem fact sheet Legal…

Oppose the "Israel Anti-Boycott Act"

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Christian Leaders, including J. Herbert Nelson of the Presbyterian Church (USA), call on Congress to oppose the “Israel Anti-Boycott Act” Seventeen Christian leaders, including J. Herbert Nelson of the Presbyterian Church (USA), have sent a letter to Congress calling on them to oppose the “Israel Anti-Boycott Act” (S.720 in the Senate and H.R.1697…

US Churches on Trump Admin and UNRWA

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U.S. Churches Dismayed by Trump Administration Move on UNRWA, Send Letter to Urge Restoring Funds [see full letter below] photo: Children in Gaza pose with the flag of UNRWA. (credit: Days of Palestine) February 6, 2018 President Donald J. Trump The White House 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW Washington, DC 20500 Dear President Trump: As Christian…
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BDS Nominated for Nobel Peace Prize

January 31, 2018 —Norwegian parliamentarian Bjørnar Moxnes officially nominated the BDS movement for Palestinian rights for a Nobel Peace Prize. He did so with the support of his party, the progressive Rødt (Red) Party, explaining why BDS "should be supported without reservation by all democratically-minded people and states."

Statement by Norwegian Parliamentarian Bjørnar Moxnes on Nominating the BDS Movement for Palestinian Rights for a Nobel Peace Prize: 

As a member of the Norwegian parliament, I proudly use my authority as an elected official to nominate the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement for Palestinian rights for the Nobel Peace Prize.

Nominating the BDS movement for this recognition is perfectly in line with the principles I and my party hold very dear. Like the BDS movement, we are fully committed to stopping an ascendent, racist and right-wing politics sweeping too much of our world, and securing freedom, justice and equality for all people.

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Hosanna Preaching Seminars

The Back Story

Yerevan_2It has been said that home is where the heart is. Home is remembered as the place where one flourished and is remembered with joy; when one has lost their home, that joy is mixed with an ever-present sadness and longing.  In 1915, a ten-year-old Osanna Panian left home and escaped what is now known as The Armenian Genocide; she survived and walked over the mountains into Iran and life as a refugee. Was she just lucky that she survived what Winston Churchill later called the first holocaust of the twentieth century? Or was it Providence? 

Osanna is the Latin version of the Greek word hosanna. It’s a popular girls’ name in the Eastern Orthodox tradition, but it is also a liturgical word with Hebrew and Aramaic roots meaning “Save me!” or “Help me!” When sung in the liturgy on Palm Sunday, this beseeching cry has the feel of a profound prayer for deliverance.  Osanna Panian was given this liturgical name because she was born on Palm Sunday in 1905. Little did anyone know…

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Blogs & Info-sites

 
Kairos Palestine A Confession of Faith from the Christians of Palestine
 
Palestine Portal - Find out what you can do as an individual, at your church, and in your community. Connect with organizations and communities around the world committed to the struggle for liberation and justice.
 
Kairos USA - a movement to unify and mobilize American Christians to take a prophetic stance for a just peace in Israel and Palestine
 
IMEU - Institute for Middle East Understanding
 
Keep Hope Alive - Tree-planting Trip, Feb 2016 Led by Rev. Chad Collins & Rev. Marietta Macy
 
Mosaic of Peace,  PC(USA) Peacemaking Trip 
 
 
Wallwritings, by Jim Wall, retired Managing Editor of Christian Century
 
Shalom Rav - A blog by Rabbi Brant Rosen
 
Presbyterian Peace Fellowship Israel/Palestine page 
 
Miko Peled's Blog - Author of The General's Son, Israeli Advocate 
 
Mar Elias Volunteers, Blog by IPMNers Ted and…

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