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Zionism Unsettled: A Congregational Study Guide by IPMN

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? 

Week One for Our Delegation in the Holy Land

Our delegation currently in Israel and Palestine continue to post multiple updates every day on their blog, Dispatches from the Holy Land. Thank you to all who have spread the word, leading to over 5,000 views of the blog in just one week.

First Thoughts from our Delegation on the Ground

On January 5, twenty-eight people left Newark on a delegation bound for Israel and Palestine, co-sponsored by Presbyterian Peace Fellowship (PPF) and Interfaith Peace-Builders (IFPB). Many are young adults, many are pastors, and all are peaceseekers. The goal is to give them the opportunity to witness the Middle East first-hand and listen to the people on the ground as they seek to live in peace in this complex part of the world.

Dispatches from the Holy Land

PPF has gathered a group of peaceseekers, mostly young adults, who are serving on a two-week delegation trip to Israel and Palestine this month. This blog allows us to follow their journey daily.

Lifting the Veil

Saturday, January 4, 2014

Join PPF's Palestine/Israel Delegation and their InterFaith PeaceBuilders Delegation Organizers
for the Center & Library for the Bible and Social Justice Sponsored Evening Dialogue on:

When Time Ends: The Victory of Forgiveness at Armageddon
With author: Bruce W. Scott

What Is the Occupation-Free Fund?

We are delighted that we have added a new “Occupation-Free” fund option within the endowment. As the endowment grows, all endowment donors will have an option to give to the general endowment fund or the Occupation-Free fund, or both, until the Israeli occupation ends.

Occupation-Free Shopping Guide: 6 Companies and 15 Wineries to Boycott

The Boycott, Divestment, and Sanction (BDS) Movement is a nonviolent way for peacemakers everywhere to help end the occupation of Palestinian territory by the nation of Israel. This occupation has been a source of world conflict and inhumane injustice for over six decades. Based on international law and human rights standards, BDS is a response to the epistle from the Palestinian Christian community know as the Kairos Document, in which they pled for their fellow Christians around the world to unite in boycotts, divestment, and sanctions against the occupation.

Boycott SodaStream Days of Action: Nov. 29 to Dec. 10, 2013

Target and other stores are selling SodaStream products this holiday season, despite the fact that SodaStream profits from a system of brutal ethnic segregation that denies Palestinians, but not Israeli settlers, basic civil rights in the Occupied Palestinian Territories. Boycott SodaStream in an action near you between November 29 and December 10. Learn more here.

The Peacemakers of the Future are Here

Briefly interviews Sarah Prager, PPF's new Web Content Manager, 26, who lives in the Washington D.C. area and comes to PPF with a history of activism in LGBT work for equality and Palestine-Israel reconciliation work.

BDS Victory at TIAA-CREF

The boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement that has been protesting the Israeli occupation of Palestine took another step forward this month when the giant retirement fund giant TIAA-CREF announced it was divesting $9 million from SodaStream, an Israeli company that makes its carbonation machines in the occupied West Bank. Read the rest of the article here.