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Israel-Palestine News

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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.



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.

Resources for study and engagement

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







Interview with Mitri Raheb

Mitri Raheb Interview from Presbyterian Foundation on Vimeo.

A Hill of Hope – Bright Stars/ Dar al-Kalima -

B’Tselem report: Attacking residential buildings in the Gaza Strip, summer 2014

Evangelicals, Islam and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict
Christ at the Check-Point: Theology in the Service of Peace and Justice   
Bethlehem Bible College,     March, 12-17, 2010      Rev Colin Chapman

The Church of Scotland, May 2013, The inheritance of Abraham? A report on the ‘promised land’

Palestine Israel Ecumenical Forum of the World Council of Churches (WCC)

The Presbyterian Pre-Occupation with the Occupation of Palestine—Construing and Misconstruing the “Divestment” Vote—Whitney Bodman, Unbound

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 


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


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

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.

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 2015 Presbyterian Mission Yearbook for Prayer & Study, pp. 344, 346, 348

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