Posts made in January, 2019

WCC pulls accompaniers from Hebron due to security concerns

Posted on Jan 31, 2019

The World Council of Churches (WCC) Ecumenical Accompaniment Programme in Palestine and Israel has made the decision to remove Ecumenical Accompaniers from the Hebron area due to security concerns.

WCC’s accompaniment programme is among several non-governmental and peacemaking organizations that have reached a critical point this week as a result of alleged harassment by settlers and by Israeli soldiers.

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Wallwritings: Children and IDF are Israeli Occupation Pawns

Posted on Jan 25, 2019

by James M. Wall

There are times when one picture says it all.

This picture at right shows a terrified Palestinian child between two Israeli soldiers who, from my perspective, are ashamed of what they are doing.

Ponder that picture a few moments and then ask yourself, “Does Israel have a right to exist”?  It is the wrong question. It is actually a “trick question” intended to deceive.

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Intense Week of Prayer for Christian Unity in Jerusalem

Posted on Jan 25, 2019

An eight-day journey through churches and holy places in Jerusalem to celebrate the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity.

Greek Orthodox people began these days of ecumenical prayer in the chapel of Calvary, in the Basilica of the Holy Sepulchre.

In front of the rock where Jesus was crucified, prayers rose to heaven as incense! Then they continued their journey in the Anglican Cathedral of St. George.

As in every church, the Word of God was proclaimed and commented on.

The theme of this year’s Week of Prayer for Christian Unity is “Justice, and only justice, you shall pursue”, so every day there was a thought on this subject.

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Maryknoll: 2018, a year of continued deterioration of Israeli/Palestinians relationships

Posted on Jan 22, 2019

2018 was a year of continued deterioration of Israeli/Palestinians relationships. These two peoples continue to live side by side in the same small piece of land as their numbers increase; these are the “on the ground” realities. Another reality is that the preferred Israeli solution to these deteriorating relationships is continued settlement expansion and increasing repression of the Palestinians.

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Close to the Christians. Visiting the HolyLand Coordination

Posted on Jan 18, 2019

18 January 2019 – The visit to the Christian communities in Northern Israel and the Northern Palestinian Territories helped the bishops who took part in the Holy Land Coordination to see “the great need” of promoting a fair peace between Israelis and Palestinians.

This year, the Coordination of the Holy Land, which includes bishops from North America, Europe and South Africa, visiting from 11th to 17th January, focused on challenges and opportunities for Christians in Israel. The bishops could visit Christian hospitals, schools and villages as well as meet the living stones.

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Video resource on plight of Palestinian children prompted by General Synod resolution, 3 Great Loves

Posted on Jan 17, 2019

United Church of Christ

January 03, 2019
Written by Barb Powell

In response to a 2017 General Synod resolution calling for an end to the human rights violations and violence surrounding Palestinian children living in the occupied West Bank, a new UCC video resource has been released to help church members better understand the issues and become advocates for justice.

“How Are the Children Now?” is a two-part video resource produced by the UCC Palestine Israel Network (UCCPIN) that is geared toward adult church school classes. Released in December, it is the culmination of a 7-month process to develop an educational resource to fulfill the Synod resolution’s mandate that local churches “learn about the plight of children in Palestine and the State of Israel” and foster continued community and interfaith partnerships to advocate for the rights of children.

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WCC responds to misleading report by NGO Monitor and its criticism of EAPPI

Posted on Jan 17, 2019

World Council of Churches, 14 January 2019 – The World Council of Churches (WCC) published an open letter to media in response to the new report released by the NGO Monitor criticizing the Ecumenical Accompaniment Programme in Palestine and Israel (EAPPI).

The WCC was informed by media in advance of the publication of the report, which describes the EAPPI programme as “The World Council of Churches’ Training Camp for Anti-Israel Advocacy”. WCC offers the following comments:

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Youth of Jesus’ Homeland prepares to participate in World Youth Day in Panama

Posted on Jan 15, 2019

by Rula Shomali, Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem

RAMALLAH – The Youth of Jesus’ Homeland concluded their preparatory meetings in the Holy Family Parish in Ramallah, on Friday, January 11, 2019, for the World Youth Days in Panama which will start on January 22 until February 6, 2019.

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Jerusalem’s Patriarchs and Heads of Churches condemn insulting images of Christian faith at Haifa Museum of Art

Posted on Jan 15, 2019

STATEMENT – We, the Patriarchs and Heads of Churches in Jerusalem, strongly condemn the irresponsible and provocative images that were displayed at the Haifa Museum of Art which is under the patronage of the Haifa Municipality. The Haifa Museum of Art allowed an exhibition that aimed to criticize ‘consumerism’ within the Israeli society. The content of this exhibition includes insulting images of the most sacred figures and symbols of the Christian faith. This issue is unacceptable and should be denounced and undone immediately. The respect of religious symbols and figures, whether Jewish, Christian, or Muslim, should be preserved no matter what. 

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Newsletter to/from Palestinian Christians

Posted on Jan 13, 2019

by Professor Mazin Qumsiyeh

A cold front passed over Palestine and we are expecting another cold front Wednesday. Plants are growing but people are still in disarray and Gaza was bombed (again) using US taxpayer money (that part of the government was not shut down). Refugees and displaced people are in cold rainy dwellings.

We are moving forward with the museum development; it would be much easier in any other country, see our annual reports and plans here: https://www.palestinenature.org/about-us/ .

Two new blogs here reflects our
thoughts:

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