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Seeking truth and justice

Wednesday, GlobalGiving is matching donations to keep Palestinian villages standing

Posted on Jul 17, 2018

 

Good steps forward in a dangerous time:

  • The young woman, Sara abu Dahouk was released home to Khan al Ahmar village today. Her lawyer reached a plea bargain that changed the indictment and sentenced her for 14 days, including the time she had been in prison during the arrest hearings. So she was went home today to celebration, no issue of house arrest.
  • School opened as scheduled on Monday!
    The right wing opposition sued to keep the school from opening but Israel’s High Court declined to stop the school from opening.
  • Israel’s High Court did not accept the Government of Israel’s push to hear the case and demolish the school this week, while equipment is there at the ready. Instead the High Court has set August 1st as the date when the court will hear the villager’s petition to recognize their own master zoning plan.
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Christian Peace Teams Palestine: A Call to Action

Posted on Jul 13, 2018

DID YOU KNOW about HP’s link to the Israeli Occupation? Join CPT’s online protest now! In solidarity with Palestinians, Christian Peacemaker Teams International is calling for a mass social media action starting today. Hewlett-Packard supplies the Israeli military with products that violate the human rights of Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza.
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BREAKING: Episcopal Church votes to divest from Israel’s human rights abuses!

Posted on Jul 13, 2018

US Campaign on Palestinian rights

Big news! The General Convention of the Episcopal Church, with more than 3 million members, just voted to divest from companies involved in Israel’s violations of Palestinian human rights! 

The Episcopal Peace Fellowship Palestine Israel Network (EPF PIN) put in amazing work over many years to make the Episcopal Church the 10th Christian denomination in the US to take economic action for justice in Palestine. Thanks in large part to their mobilization, the church also passed ground-breaking resolutions

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Episcopal Church has just voted to divest from companies involved in Israel’s violation of Palestinian rights!

Posted on Jul 13, 2018

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We’re excited to announce that the Episcopal Church, with more than 3 million members, has just voted to divest from companies involved in Israel’s violation of Palestinian rights! This is the first of many steps that the Episcopal Church is taking to end its complicity in Israeli occupation and confront the intensifying violence waged against Palestinians.

FOSNA is proud to have supported the Episcopal Peace Fellowship-Palestine Israel Network (EPF-PIN), along with many dedicated allies, in urging the church to respond to the global call for justice for Palestinians.

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General Convention speaks against humanitarian crisis in Israel-Palestine despite shelving ‘divestment’

Posted on Jul 13, 2018

Bishops on Palestine

The House of Bishops votes on one of the four Israel-Palestine resolutions it took up July 13, the last day of the 79th General Convention in Austin, Texas.

By David Paulsen

[Episcopal News Service – Austin, Texas] The 79th General Convention wrapped up its consideration of resolutions relating to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict on July 13, with mixed results due largely to the House of Bishops unwillingness to take many of the bolder steps urged by the House of Deputies.

Of the 15 resolutions submitted on Israel-Palestine going into General Convention, only six passed both houses, though the successful resolutions still touch on a range of issues, including the plight of Palestinian children, the status of Jerusalem, the disproportionate use of lethal force on both sides and ways the Episcopal Church can press for peace through its investments.

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A letter to General Convention regarding Justice in the Holy Land

Posted on Jul 13, 2018

Archbishop Desmond Tutu & other leading members of the Episcopal Church tell the Church’s General Convention that investment in companies supporting Israel’s military occupation “make the Church complicit in the injustices suffered by Palestinians.” They urge the Church to adopt human rights-based investment decisions that ensure it “does not profit from the suffering of others.”

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Palestinian Christians: Freedom Flotilla to break siege of Gaza

Posted on Jul 13, 2018

“It is so sad that they are still protesting for this basic right and that the international community has done nothing to help them after so many years.” (Photo: Courtesy of Medea Benjamin)

by Professor Mazin Qumsiyeh of Beit Sahour

Love and self-sacrifice characterize the team of the ships comprising the Freedom Flotilla – true heroism and working against all odds.

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Pope Francis denounces ‘murderous indifference’ to Middle East woes

Posted on Jul 9, 2018

Pope Francis and Pope Tawadros II of Alexandria, patriarch of the Coptic Orthodox Church, right, release doves as they stand with Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople outside the Basilica of St. Nicholas in Bari, Italy, July 7 (CNS photo/Paul Haring).

For a Middle East without Christians would not be the Middle East. —Pope Francis

by Gerard O’Connell | America Magazine, the Jesuit Review

“Indifference kills, and we desire to lift up our voices in opposition to this murderous indifference,” Pope Francis said as he and 17 leaders of the Christian churches and communities in the Middle East met in the southern Italian city of Bari on July 7. The gathering was convened to pray for peace in the Middle East and to discuss what the Christian churches might do together to contribute to that goal.

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Pastoral Visit to Bari: Address at the conclusion of the Dialogue

Posted on Jul 9, 2018

With deep anguish, but with constant hope, we turn our gaze to Jerusalem, a city for all peoples, a unique and sacred city for Christians, Jews and Muslims the world over. –Pope Francis

On Saturday, June 7 2018, Pope Francis and the leaders of the Middle Eastern Churches and Christian Communities met in the Basilica of St Nicholas of Bari, to pray for peace.

ADDRESS OF THE POPE
AT THE CONCLUSION OF THE D
IALOGUE

Esplanade of the Basilica of Saint Nicholas
Saturday, 7 July 2018

Index

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

I am most grateful for this graced moment of sharing. As brothers and sisters, we have helped one another to appreciate anew our presence as Christians in the Middle East. This presence will be all the more prophetic to the extent that it bears witness to Jesus, the Prince of Peace (cf. Is 9:5). Jesus does not draw a sword; instead, he asks his disciples to put it back in its sheath (cf. Jn 18:11).

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Maronites, Copts, Melkites, Chaldeans … It is not easy to navigate among the various Christian communities in the Middle East. An overview

Posted on Jul 9, 2018

by Martino Diez | Oasis Center

Last update: 2018-06-18 12:55:52

About 15 million Christians, among the native and immigrant faithful, are estimated to live in the Middle East today. In some countries, they are in sharp decline (Iraq and Syria), if not on the verge of disappearing – in others they face growing difficulties, while they are increasing in the Gulf and the Arabian Peninsula, mainly due to the arrival of Asian and European workers.

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Palestinian Christians: Human Rights at Khan Al-Ahma

Posted on Jul 9, 2018

by Professor Mazin Qumsiyeh of Beit Sahour

It breaks my heart to think that Khan Al-Ahmar Palestinian community will likely be ethnically cleansed in two days. Today we went there and also demonstrated at Al-Eizariya where Israel wants to warehouse the 2000+ residents of Khan Al-Ahmar area in a crowded area on land that belongs to other Palestinians. The people are heroic and this may yet turn out to be another Al-Araqib. The latter is a Palestinian community in the Negev that rebuilt repeatedly 130 times.

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FOSNA’s Question: Will the Episcopal Church divest?

Posted on Jul 5, 2018

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Building on the momentum of the Presbyterian General Assembly a couple of weeks ago, we are now in Austin for the 79th General Convention of the Episcopal Church! We’re working alongside many other allies including, the Episcopal Peace Fellowship-Palestine Israel Network (EPF-PIN), the American Friends Service Committee, the U.S. Campaign for Palestinian Rights, American Muslims for Palestine, and the Interfaith Community for Palestinian Rights-Austin to mobilize the Church in solidarity with Palestinians.

Through the leadership of EPF-PIN, the Episcopal Church will be considering several resolutions that:

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Israel accused of war crimes in Gaza

Posted on Jul 4, 2018

Egg vendor in Gaza 2018

Photo: Vendor selling eggs by donkey cart in Gaza on April 24, 2018 by Gerry Lee/MOGC. Read Gerry Lee’s article about his 24-hour visit to Gaza in April.

Maryknoll Office for Global Concerns, July 2018 – Since March 30, Israeli forces have killed 118 Palestinians, including 14 children, and wounded 3,895 with live gunfire as protesters engaged in weekly demonstrations at the border fences separating Gaza and Israel.

The “March of Return” protests at the Gaza border fence aimed to draw attention to the 11-year blockade of Gaza and to demand the right of return for Palestinian refugees, many of whom now living in the Gaza Strip. May 15 marked the 70th commemoration of the Nakba, the “catastrophe” resulting from the creation of the State of Israel which forced approximately 750,000 Palestinians to flee their homes.

The resulting injuries and deaths of residents of Gaza demonstrating near the fence in recent weeks by Israeli military forces have been called war crimes by some leading international human rights experts.

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WCC calls for release of archbishops of Aleppo

Posted on Jun 27, 2018

WCC calls for release of archbishops of Aleppo

 

27 June 2018 – The World Council of Churches Central Committee, during its meeting on 15-21 June, issued a statement reiterating its grave concern regarding the alarming and rapidly deteriorating situation of Christians in the Middle East.

The Central Committee called for the release of two Syrian archbishops who were kidnapped near Aleppo, Syria.

The two religious leaders, Syriac Orthodox Archbishop Yohanna Ibrahim and Greek Orthodox Archbishop Paul Yazigi, were kidnapped by gunmen in April 2013 when they were on their way back from the Turkish border to their city of Aleppo.

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Wallwritings: Living Through a Nightmare “With a Little Help from My Friends”

Posted on Jun 21, 2018

Four decades later, things are far worse, now that Donald Trump and Bibi Netanyahu have seized biblical literalism and turned it into a weapon of war for Satan.

by James M. Wall

A close friend took note of the scarcity of recent Wall Writings. I told him I was living in a nightmare in which two world figures hold the power to plunge us into an even darker nightmare. Their names are Trump and Netanyahu.

To keep describing that nightmare feels futile.

My friend wrote :

“the children are crying
the parents are crying
Rachel Maddow is crying
and I am crying.”

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Presbyterians continue to take bold stances to affirm Palestinian rights

Posted on Jun 21, 2018

This week, the Presbyterian Church (USA) convened for its biannual general assembly in St. Louis, Missouri. The church, through the leadership of the Israel/Palestine Mission Network (IPMN), has taken bold stances in years prior to affirm Palestinian rights. This year’s general assembly is no different, and FOSNA is happy to be on the ground, alongside many other dedicated allies, supporting the effort.

Due to overwhelming support in the Middle East Committee, the Presbyterian Church (USA) fully adopted overtures on:

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“How many of you pray for persecuted Christians?” Pope Francis asks

Posted on Jun 19, 2018

Aletia – On July 7 the Holy Father is bringing together the leaders of the Churches of the Middle East in Bari, Italy. “Pray with me, that they may experience the support of all the Churches and communities, through prayer and material assistance.”

In the lead-up to this meeting, Aleteia is answering the pope’s call. As people of faith, we know there is genuine power in prayer, but there is something uniquely powerful and uplifting about praying together. Aleteia is mobilizing our global community of Christians for 30-days of prayer to support our brothers and sisters of the middle east.

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Christian Peacemaker Team: Imagine Humiliation, Intimidating Presence, Segregation, Delays

Posted on Jun 19, 2018

Each week members of the Christian Peacemaker Team in Hebron capture photos of the Occupation. This week descriptions replace photos.

 

Humiliation
NOT pictured here: A young adult male on his way for the Ramadan Noon Prayer, is stopped by the Border Police at the Mosque checkpoint, and is first asked to show his ID. Next, in the full view of all those who are around the place, he goes through the embarrassment of being body searched. He has to lift up his shirt and both pant legs to prove that he is not carrying a weapon. After this humiliation, he is allowed to proceed to the mosque. Young adult males are often subjected to this ordeal when crossing the many checkpoints in Al-Khalil.

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Holy Land churches cry foul over Israeli legislation on lands

Posted on Jun 19, 2018

The church leaders in protest closed the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, the site in Jerusalem where Jesus is believed to have been crucified and buried, following which Israeli authorities froze both the tax measures and the legislation

The church leaders in protest closed the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, the site in Jerusalem where Jesus is believed to have been crucified and buried, following which Israeli authorities froze both the tax measures and the legislation (AFP Photo/Thomas COEX)

Jerusalem (AFP) – Three major Holy Land churches implored Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Monday to prevent the advancement of a draft bill they said was aimed at expropriating their lands.

Heads of the Armenian, Greek Orthodox and Catholic churches in Jerusalem also accused the Israeli authorities of failing to keep a committment made just a few months ago that brought an end to a major crisis between the sides.

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Nurse describes medical mission in Gaza

Posted on Jun 19, 2018

Dina Nasser, health advisor at the Lutheran World Federation’s Augusta Victoria Hospital describes the wounds she helped treat during a medical mission to help those shot during the Right of Return marches in Gaza.

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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


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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