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Visit Israel-Palestine with World Mission

April 13-24, 2015 - We live in a critical time for the Church, as we are given the opportunity to heed the call for justice and peace in the Holy Land. In the hope that we may be faithful to this call, World Mission invites Presbyterians to travel to Israel-Palestine and experience firsthand its complexity and richness. We will engage with local Israelis and Palestinians working for peace, witness the realities on the ground, and consider how we as Presbyterian Americans might respond faithfully.  For more information, please contact Kate Taber.

 

Crisis in Gaza

Western Christians Don't Understand Gaza-Israeli Conflict, says East Jerusalem Baptist pastor

Holy Land: A call for courageous change
An appeal by the Justice and Peace Commission of the Assembly of Catholic Ordinaries in the Holy Land

Statement on Economic Measures and Christian Responsibility toward Israel and Palestine—World Council of Churches Central Committee
We are convinced that targeted economic measures are an important nonviolent strategy for promoting peace and abating violence. We are called to take action in support of peaceful solutions to the Palestinian-Israeli conflict. Economic pressure, appropriately and openly applied, is one such means of action.

The Evangelical Lutheran Church in Jordan and the Holy Land calls for Immediate Cessation of Hostilities in Gaza.  Read the statement here.

Gaza Emergency Situation Reports by the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs

Call to Prayer:  A cry for peace and end to violence

Al Ahli Hospital in Gaza has sustained structural damage, impacting the ventilation system in the operating rooms and the emergency rooms.  Read more here.

10 Years Since the International Court of Justice Advisory Opinion (9 July 2014), Report by the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs

Call to prayer: for all those who weep this day...

The PC(USA) is grieving the news of 3 Israeli teenagers who were abducted and found dead in the West Bank. The church condemns the actions of those responsible for the teens’ deaths.

 

News

GA 221 on Israel-Palestine

An open letter from PC(USA) leaders to our American Jewish interfaith partners

The Assembly was explicit: that our selective divestment of American companies engaged in nonpeaceful pursuits that further the occupation in Palestine does not constitute divestment from Israel itself. Of central importance in our deliberations was our continued concern for Palestinians and Israelis to live in peace...

A journey along the path of Jesus

A Presbyterian pastor, Rev. Lawrence Bartel, hikes the Jesus Trail from Nazareth to Capernaum

WCC general secretary expresses concern over Israeli Knesset law
New statute distinguishes between Christian and Muslim Palestinians

Join Palestinian Women in Our Resistance
Statement of the YWCA in Palestine on the occasion of International Women’s Day (March 8)

Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) remains committed to peace for Israelis and Palestinians
Following the release of an independently produced study guide on Israel and Palestine the PC(USA) reaffirms its commitment to PC(USA) policy, which calls for a negotiated settlement between Israel and Palestine and the right for each to exist within secure and recognized borders.

The United Nations has designated 2014 as the International Year of Solidarity with the Palestinian People.

Made by St. Paul's Church of Auckland, New Zealand, this video begins with a Palestinian shepherd tending his flock on the hills outside Bethlehem, and weaves together the ancient Christmas story with the lives of those who now live in the town where Jesus was born. 

Background

The Presbyterian Church has been involved in mission efforts in the Middle East for nearly two centuries. The denomination's long-standing witness in Israel and Palestine has spanned a range of efforts: supporting mission personnel; working with partner churches; contributing to refugee relief and resettlement; combating hunger and poverty; supporting ministries of local churches; sponsoring travel-study seminars; promoting education, health and leadership development; vocational training programs and self-development projects; programs supporting peace, justice and human rights movements; engaging in constituency education; and mobilizing to influence public policy.

Since 1948 General Assemblies have repeatedly addressed the Middle East and particularly Israel and Palestine. The Presbyterian position has consistently been to affirm the right of Israel to exist as a sovereign state within secure, internationally recognized borders and the right of the Palestinians to self-determination, including the right to the establishment of a neighboring independent, sovereign state toward the end of establishing a just and durable peace.

Read actions of Assemblies from 1997 to 2010

Background of the conflict

A brief history adapted from Resolution on Israel and Palestine: End the Occupation Now, approved at the 215th General Assembly in 2003.


Students at the Arab Episcopal School, Ramallah, Palestine. Courtesy of the Arab Episcopal School.

Resources for study and engagement

The Israel/Palestine Mission Network's 2012 Advent Devotional

Kairos Palestine 2013 Advent Booklet

Faith Under Occupation: Palestinian Christians tell their story

B'Tselem's 2011 annual report on human rights in the Occupied Territories

The CBS News television program 60 Minutes aired a report on Christians living in the Middle East on Sunday, 22 April 2012. Included in the report are comments by Mitri Raheb, Palestinian pastor of the Evangelical Lutheran Christmas Church in Bethlehem and a key partner of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), and a mention of the Kairos Palestine: A Moment of Truth document.

The Cradle of Our Faith

Kairos Palestine document: A Moment of Truth

Kairos Palestine: Congregational Study Plan 

Steadfast Hope: The Palestinian Quest for Just Peace  

Other books, websites, Presbyterian publications and resource sheets, tools for prayer, engagement and advocacy

The July 2010 Sojourners magazine (“an evangelical voice for social justice”) contains two articles that illustrate the increasing coverage being given to Palestinian Christians’ perspectives on peace and justice in Israel/Palestine:
• A one-page testimony, “Following Jesus in the West Bank,” by nationally recognized U.S. evangelical leader Lynne Hybels (Willow Creek Community Church) sharing how her position on the Israel/Palestine conflict was transformed by her encounter with Palestinian Christians
• A strongly positive assessment of the Kairos Palestine Document
by Sojourners staff writerRyan Rodrick Beiler

Palestine-Israel Ecumenical Forum: Guidelines for Christians Contemplating a Pilgrimage to the Holy Land 

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Graduates of the Arab Evangelical Episcopal School, Ramallah, Palestine. Courtesy of the Arab Evangelical Episcopal School.


Partner churches and church organizations

Evangelical Lutheran Church in Jordan and the Holy Land

The Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem

Baraka Presbyterian Church

Department of Service to Palestinian Refugees of the Middle East Council of Churches 

Diyar Consortium

Sabeel Ecumenical Center

Bethlehem Bible College

Pilgrims of Ibillin

Ecumenical Accompaniment

ECUMENICAL ACCOMPANIMENT PROGRAMME IN PALESTINE AND ISRAEL

The Ecumenical Accompaniment Programme in Palestine and Israel (EAPPI) brings internationals to the West Bank to experience life under occupation. Ecumenical Accompaniers (EAs) provide protective presence to vulnerable communities, monitor and report human rights abuses and support Palestinians and Israelis working together for peace. When they return home, EAs campaign for a just and peaceful resolution to the Israeli/Palestinian conflict through an end to the occupation, respect for international law and implementation of UN resolutions. Learn more

Presbytery Partnerships

Israel-Palestine Mission Network

The Israel-Palestine Mission Network is among more than 40 networks that connect Presbyterians who share a common mission interest. Most participants are involved in mission partnerships through congregations, presbyteries or synods. Network members come together to coordinate efforts, share best practices and develop strategies.

  • 2014 meeting: October 23-25, Chicago, IL

Learn more about Israel-Palestine

The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs in occupied Palestinian Territory (OCHA)

Israel and Palestine, a six-minute animated introduction

 

See 2014 Presbyterian Mission Yearbook for Prayer & Study, pp. 333-335

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