Posts made in June, 2018

TOMORROW: Presbyterians are moving forward on Palestinian rights!

Posted on Jun 14, 2018

Big things are happening. Tomorrow in St. Louis, the Presbyterian Church (USA) is holding its biannual General Assembly (GA) where they will be taking bold stands on Palestinian rights, affirming our right to boycott, calling for churches to recognize Israel as a colonial apartheid state, and more.

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Reflections on The Nakba at 70

Posted on Jun 14, 2018

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What the Nakba Means to Us

by Nahida Halaby Gordon and Sami A. Halaby

IPMN – 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.

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The Palestinians who never left

Posted on Jun 13, 2018

‘We in Jaffa know everybody is the son of God’

Displacement: with the 1948 expulsions most Palestinians became homeless refugees; some, as in Jaffa, stayed on Bettmann · Getty

While Gaza rages, a visitor to Jaffa discovers how many remained after the great expulsions of 1948, continuing to live and work in something like the diverse society they remembered.

by Stuart Braun

Le Monde Diplomatique, June 2018 – Sixty unarmed protestors were killed last month by Israeli military on the Gaza border, on the day that the US inaugurated its new embassy in Jerusalem, outraging the world; the Palestinians had been, in part, commemorating the Nakba, the catastrophe of the displacement of so many from the new state of Israel 70 years ago. The Great March of Return movement argues for the refugees’ right to come back to their ancestral lands. Yet some communities never left.

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The Role of Palestinian Liberation Theology: A Conversation with Reverend Naim Ateek

Posted on Jun 13, 2018

Video & Transcript
Reverend Naim Ateek, Max Blumenthal, & Tarek Abuata
Transcript No. 499 (May 17, 2018)

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To my fellow evangelicals: What you’re cheering in Jerusalem is shameful

Posted on Jun 12, 2018

Palestinian medics and protesters evacuate a wounded youth during a protest at the Gaza Strip’s border with Israel, east of Khan Younis, Gaza Strip, on May 14, 2018. Thousands of Palestinians protested near Gaza’s border with Israel as Israel prepared for the festive inauguration of a new U.S. Embassy in contested Jerusalem. (AP Photo/Adel Hana)

by Richard Mouw, President Emeritus and Professor of Faith and Public Life, Fuller Theological Seminary

RNS, May 16, 2018 — Of the two evangelical pastors who offered prayers Monday (May 14) at the ceremony for the opening of the American Embassy in Jerusalem, Robert Jeffress received most of the publicity. And understandably so.

Jeffress is known for making controversial religious pronouncements.

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Christian Peacemaker Team: Next Generation Peacemakers

Posted on Jun 12, 2018

Hebron, June 8, 2018 – A young boy films the Israeli military from a second story window of a family home on Shuhada Street.

The family moved into the house a month ago and has since been experiencing regular harassment from Israeli soldiers and settlers.

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Over 300 public figures from around the world: Forcible transfer of Khan al-Ahmar community is a war crime

Posted on Jun 12, 2018

B’Tselem: Gaza “cover-up” proof army can’t investigate itself | THE FLYING CARPET INSTITUTEOver 300 elected officials, legal scholars, academics, artists, faith leaders, and activists from around the world and Israel published an open letter voicing opposition to Israel’s plans to forcibly transfer thousands of Palestinians living in farming-shepherding communities in the West Bank. The letter focuses on Khan al-Ahmar in particular, a community under imminent threat of demolition and forcible transfer.

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The Oncologists’ Letter: Let Gaza Women Cancer Patients Out

Posted on Jun 7, 2018

June 3, 2018

Dear Friends,

This morning, over thirty oncology specialists from Israeli hospitals called upon the Ministry of Health and the Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories (CGAT) to allow women cancer patients form the Gaza Strip to travel for urgent and lifesaving treatments in hospitals in Israel and the West Bank.

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Heralded by Palestinians as ‘angel’ and ‘merciful martyr,’ Razan Al-Najjar is an afterthought in western press

Posted on Jun 7, 2018

Volunteer paramedic Razan Najjar, 21, center, is seen before being shot in her chest by Israeli troops while running with protesters to take cover from teargas fired by Israeli troop near the Gaza Strip's border with Israel, during a protest east of Khan Younis, Gaza Strip, Friday, June 1, 2018. Najjar was fatally shot in the chest and died later at hospital, the Health Ministry said. (AP Photo/Adel Hana)

Volunteer paramedic Razan Najjar, 21, center, is seen before being shot in her chest by Israeli troops while running with protesters to take cover from teargas fired by Israeli troop near the Gaza StrAdel Hana/AP

by James North, Mondoweiss, June 2, 2018

Let’s say Hamas fired a rocket that killed a young Israeli nurse while she was tending to the wounded from earlier rockets. Is there any doubt that the mainstream media would cover her death extensively, with photos, and interviews with friends and family?

But when Israeli snipers murdered a 21-year-old Palestinian nurse named Razan Al-Najjar yesterday, the mainstream media was nearly silent.

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Christian Peacemaker Team: Impunity

Posted on Jun 5, 2018

Israeli military forces shot and killed Rami Sabarneh, a 35-year-old father of three from Beit Ummar, while he was working on a small bulldozer along Prayer Road.

The IOF claim he tried to hit them with the bulldozer.

Immediately after, they declared the area a closed military zone and arrested a Palestinian man who had filmed the shooting. He was later released after they searched his phone.

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