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Jerusalem as Capital

The Israel Palestine Mission Network of the PCUSAstrongly condemns the U.S. President’s decisionto 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. Greetings! Many of us have… more
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Advent 2017

IPMN shares the 2017 Kairos Palestine Christmas Alert Let us all work together to spread the message of Palestinian Christians to the world! This year the Christmas Alert sheds light upon and raises awareness of what Bethlehem has been experiencing since the Balfour Declaration, of partition and military occupation. It encourages churches around… more
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Oppose the "Israel Anti-Boycott Act"

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… more

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IPMN Stands with Esther Koontz of Mennonite Church (USA)

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Protecting the Right to Protest Through Economic Actions The Israel Palestine Mission Network (IPMN) of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) supports the First Amendment litigation filed by the American Civil Liberties Union in the United States District Court of Kansas on behalf of Esther Koontz. The case challenges the constitutionality of the…

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…

Economic Measures as Nonviolent Tools

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Ecumenical Statement on Employing Economic Measures as Nonviolent Tools for Justice in the Israeli-Palestinian Context August 22, 2016 — The U.S. Congress and 22 states across the U.S. are considering, or have passed, laws that penalize or criminalize the use of economic measures to oppose Israeli policies towards Palestinians that many find…

After the 222nd General Assembly

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Greetings, friends.We have just returned from Portland and the 222ndGeneral Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (USA). For supporters of justice in Israel / Palestine, this last week was an important one. We are grateful for the hard work of the commissioners, particularly those on the Middle East Committee, for their faithfulness to the Gospel…

Church of Scotland on Balfour Declaration Centenary

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May 22, 2017 — The Church of Scotland General Assembly has called for a ‘just peace’ in Israel/Palestine, and condemned the expansion of illegal settlements on Palestinian land, writesLife and Work magazine in its daily summary of the 2017 General Assembly. The Church of Scotland General Assembly has called for a ‘just peace’ in Israel/Palestine,…
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IPMN Condemns Israeli Travel Ban on Supporters of BDS

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…

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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 and Info-sites to visit

 
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,  trip blog, PC(USA) Peacemaking Trip 
 
 
 
Wallwritings, by Jim Wall, retired Editor of Christian Century
 
Shalom Rav - A blog by Rabbi Brant Rosen
 
#PPFinAction - Presbyterian Peace Fellowship Israel/Palestine Delegation Blog 
 
Miko Peled's Blog - Author of The General's Son, Israeli Advocate 
 
Mar Elias Volunteers, by IPMNers Ted and Jane Settle

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