"A quiet, intense man with piercing eyes, enthusiasm for action and a fierce love of family, Iyad Burnat has turned the defense of his little village of Bil'in into an international phenomenon. If Palestinian resistance on the ground has a face, it is his.
The following hymn is dedicated to the memory of Shaul Lahav, grandson of Paul and Helen Loeb (members of the church where we were then pastors), who was killed while serving in the Israel Defense Forces by a Palestinian on November 18, 2003 on the road between Bethlehem and Jerusalem. See Carolyn Gillette's hymn note for more on this tragic story that inspired this hymn of lament.
"Can We Be Peacemakers For Palestine?" is an educational program developed by the Presbyterian Peace Fellowship for religious, community and other groups interested in justice for Palestinians. The program consists of three sessions of about two hours each. The sessions could be scheduled over three separate days or all three on one day.
Over the coming months, many of us will be in the position of interpreting the actions of the General Assembly in our congregations and with friends who are Presbyterian and from other faith traditions, and possibly with leaders from the Jewish and Muslim communities. Some of us will have the opportunity to craft letters to the editor or to make appearances on local radio or TV stations. We want to provide you with some background to help you prepare well to take advantage of those opportunities.
What role have Zionism and Christian Zionism played in shaping attitudes and driving historical developments in the Middle East and around the world? How do Christians, Jews, and Muslims understand the competing claims to the land of Palestine and Israel? What steps can be taken to bring peace, reconciliation, and justice to the homeland that Palestinians and Israelis share?
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by Chris Iosso
The grim truth about Israel’s current bombing of Gaza is that the U.S. government will do very little to limit the one-sided collective punishment or correct the claims that this pre-election military campaign by the Netanyahu government is about “defense.” The casualty toll already confirms the vast inequality of power, recalling the last invasion of Gaza in late 2008 and early 2009 that killed 1400 Palestinians to 14 Israelis.