IPMN Condemns Israeli Travel Ban on Supporters of BDS
The Israel/Palestine Mission Network of the Presbyterian Church (USA) condemns the Israeli government’s decision to prevent five faith leaders from traveling on an interfaith delegation from the United States to Israel/Palestine. The Israeli government has banned Muslim, Jewish, and Christian leaders from traveling to the country because they support the Palestinian call for nonviolent BDS (boycott, divestment, sanctions) tactics against Israeli human rights abuses.
Those denied the right to travel, included Moderator of the 216th General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (USA) and Presbyterian Peace Fellowship member, Rick Ufford-Chase, Jewish Voice for Peace (JVP) co-Director Rabbi Alissa Wise, as well as other members of JVP, and one delegate from American Muslims for Palestine. These delegation leaders were prevented from flying to Tel Aviv because of their support for the Palestinian call to boycott, divest, and…
The Back Story
It 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…