Latest on Israel/Palestine

Another Son is Killed (A Hymn for Peace)

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.

One State, Two States: The Goal is Restorative Justice

A conversation concerning the desirability of one or two states for Israel and Palestine must start from clarity as to the goals we seek.  The Presbyterian Peace Fellowship affirms that the outcome must be grounded in Restorative Justice, providing justice for all, Israelis as well as Palestinians, achieved in a context that includes movement towards reconciliation between the parties to the conflict.

Friends of Sabeel North America, Pittsburgh Conference: We Refuse To Be Enemies - Struggle for a Just Peace in Palestine-Israel

Friday, October 16, 2015Saturday, October 17, 2015

Come hear first hand accounts of life in Gaza & the West Bank and learn why activists work day in and day out for justice in the U.S. & Palestine. Find out what you can do to take part in this important justice work! All details, speakers, registration for tickets, etc. is available here.

Netanyahu Condemns Act of Terror But Misses the Point

This past weekend was darkened by the news from the West Bank that many of us saw when we woke up on Friday--that 18-month-old Ali Dawabsheh had died in an arson fire set by Israeli settlers. As we read the news, Ali’s four-year-old brother and parents were in the hospital being treated for burn injuries. It wasn’t long before Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, the US, the UN, and the European Union condemned this act of violence. Most notably, Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu and the Israeli Army, too, called this an act of terror.

Please Help Save The Palestinian Village of Susiya

The world is watching as the Israeli army to making final preparations to demolish the entire village of Susiya and expel its residents, numbering around 340 men, women and children.  

Can We Be Peacemakers for Palestine?

"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.

Rabbi Lynn Gottlieb at Mercy Junction for weekend of 'Justice and Peacemaking: From Gaza to Chattanooga'

Social justice organizations and churches are hosting Rabbi Lynn Gottlieb for a series of events tilted “Justice and Peacemaking: From Gaza to Chattanooga,” May 29 to May 31.

Tell PC(USA) It's Time for Action on Boycott

Just like the US government, the PC(USA) has supported peace in the Middle East by periodically making statements supporting the peace process. But talk is cheap, whether it is the US government speaking or the church. The church needs to hear from its constituents. That means you. The PC(USA) Office of Public Witness is collecting signatures of individuals, churches and other entities who pledge to support this boycott. Please sign.

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