Posts made in February, 2020

Amazon offers free delivery to illegal Israeli settlements, charges Palestinians

Posted on Feb 22, 2020

E-commerce giant says free shipping discount is also available to Palestinians if they select Israel as their country

By MEE staff, Published date: 14
February 2020 18:38 UTC

Amazon is offering free shipping to customers in illegal Israeli settlements in the occupied West Bank, while charging Palestinians fees of as much as $24 when they list the “Palestinian Territories” as their country.

The US retail giant said on Friday that the free shipping promotion was also available to Palestinians if they amended their addresses and selected Israel as their country.

According to an investigation by the Financial Times, Amazon has been running a free shipping promotion in Israel since November, when it first entered the Israeli market.

The offer also extends to settlements on occupied Palestinian land, which are deemed illegal under international law.

Meanwhile, customers who live in, and select “Palestinian Territories” as their address, are subject to shipping and handling fees upwards of $24, the FT found.

Amazon spokesperson Nick Caplin chalked up the discrepancy to a “logistical issue,” telling Middle East Eye that it was “not a sign of any other consideration”.

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Christ at the Checkpoint Conference, 5th to the 9th of June, 2020

Posted on Feb 22, 2020

Speakers | Christ at the Checkpoint 2020Hope and Resilience in a Broken World

Join is in the year 2020 in Bethlehem for the sixth international Christ at the Checkpoint conference. The theme will be Hope and Resilience in a Broken World. Join us as what we consider what it means to follow Christ in the shadow of walls and conflict, and how to be resilient in our Christian witness, keep hope alive, seek just peace and truth, and preach good news in the midst of a broken world.

We are a community of evangelical Christians who believe that following Jesus with integrity means that our lives are formed by our love for God, the teaching of the Bible and a fearless life of discipleship in the complexities of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. We believe that one of the first hallmarks of discipleship is love for both our own community and for our enemies. We wish to find Jesus at the center of everything we do and to make his life our life. Which means finding courageous love for Palestinian Arabs and Israeli Jews alike.

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This Syrian Catholic priest was kidnapped and tortured by ISIS.

Posted on Feb 21, 2020

He still has hope in humanity.

by Stephanie Saldaña

Photo: Father Jacques MouradIt became clear that I would need to follow the Rev. Jacques Mourad around all day. To the kitchen, where he was preparing kebab with eggplants or demonstrating how to cut onions just so or washing dishes. To the chapel, where he was picking away wax collecting on candle holders. To the classrooms, where he was nodding his head as nuns from India attempted to recite the Mass in Arabic that he has spent months teaching them. To the door, which he was always leaning out of, calling to someone in the street.

There was nothing too small, or nothing small enough, to occupy Father Jacques, for he believed that God was captured best in simplicity. The woman called by name. The prayer in the chapel, where only two of us had gathered beneath the rising Iraqi sunlight. The coffee filled exactly to the correct level.

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Areej Masoud: How a Palestinian Christian deals with challenges on her identity

Posted on Feb 21, 2020

In a two-minute video Palestinian Christian Areej Masoud tells that she has learned to live both her Palestinian and Christian identity despite the challenges.

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Tell Congress to oppose the Trump administration’s “peace plan” for Israel/Palestine

Posted on Feb 21, 2020

Organizations in the Faith Forum on Middle East Policy send out action alerts monthly, focusing on different issues so that members of Congress hear consistently that their constituents support a just and lasting resolution to the Palestinian and Israeli conflict.

Thursday, February 20, 2020

The Trump administration has released its “plan” for the future of Palestine and Israel—a document that cannot truly be called a “peace plan.” In releasing this plan, the U.S. government has demonstrated support for Israeli control over all of Jerusalem, Israeli sovereignty over Israeli settlements in the West Bank, the Israeli annexation of the Jordan Valley, and the continued isolation of Gaza.

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New humanitarian crisis in Syria

Posted on Feb 21, 2020

February 20, 2020
The advance of the government army into northwest Syria has continued in recent weeks. At the center of international attention is the province of Idlib, and the western suburbs of Aleppo.

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Israel confiscates school in Susiyah

Posted on Feb 20, 2020

by Cody O’Rourke

On February 19, 2020, the Israeli Civil Administration confiscated a schoolhouse from the village of Susiya in the South Hebron Hills. These Israeli attacks on the basic infrastructure that serves the Palestinian children of Susiya is not simply a violation of human rights, but a message to the community: Leave your village.

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WCC welcomes Grand Mufti of Egypt

Posted on Feb 20, 2020

20 February 2020

World Council of Churches (WCC) general secretary Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit received Egypt’s Grand Mufti Shawki Ibrahim Abdel-Karim in the Ecumenical Centre, Geneva, Switzerland. In their meeting, the religious leaders engaged in in-depth dialogue to promote peaceful relations among diverse communities, religious freedom, values for equal citizenship and key aspects of peacebuilding and interreligious dialogue, paying special attention to combating religious extremism leading to violence in many parts of the world.

Abdel-Karim pointed out the common roots and experiences of both Muslims and Christians living together for centuries in Egypt, which he said should be the basis of a constructive engagement for promoting peaceful relations.

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Kairos for Creation: Confessing Hope for the Earth – The Wuppertal Call

Posted on Feb 18, 2020

Professor Mazin Qumsiyeh, whose work includes Palestine Institute for Biodiversity and Sustainability, recommended the following in his Palestinian Christians newsletter.

25 June 2019

Kairos for Creation – Confessing Hope for the Earth
The Wuppertal Call

“If my people who are called by my name humble themselves, pray, seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land” – 2 Chron. 7:14.

“If anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here! All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation” – 2 Cor. 5:17-18

Preamble

From 16 to 19 June 2019, 52 participants from 22 countries and from different confessional and faith traditions gathered in Wuppertal, Germany for a conference entitled “Together towards eco-theologies, ethics of sustainability and eco-friendly churches”.* In Wuppertal we were reminded of the courageous confession of faith articulated in the Barmen Declaration (1934) against the totalitarian, inhuman and racist ideology of the time. Barmen continues to encourage us today for “a joyful liberation from the godless ties of this world for free grateful service to his creatures” (Barmen 2).

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Christian Zionist archaeology: A tool of Palestinian subjugation

Posted on Feb 18, 2020

Archaeological projects in Palestine led by US evangelical Christians contribute to Palestinian dispossession.

Image: Tourists visit the archaeological site of Tel Shiloh in the West Bank, March 12, 2019 [File: AP Photo/Sebastian Scheiner]

Tourists visit the archaeological site of Tel Shiloh in the West Bank, March 12, 2019 [File: AP Photo/Sebastian Scheiner]

by Mimi Kirk, Mimi Kirk, Managing Director of The Palestinian Policy Network, Al-Shabaka
16 Feb 2020

About 20 kilometres (12.4 miles) north of Ramallah in the occupied West Bank, just west of the Israeli settlement Shiloh, lies Tel Shiloh, an archaeological site that attracts tens of thousands of evangelical Christians every year.

There, Scott Stripling, an evangelical pastor from Texas, heads a dig in search of remnants of the biblical tabernacle – a portable dwelling containing a chest holding the two stone tablets of the Ten Commandments.

In a recent interview with the Times of Israel, Stripling says his latest find – three horns that may have adorned an altar – supports his claim that Tel Shiloh is the site of the dwelling.

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